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All The Whiskey You Need To Chase Down This October

As we rapidly approach the holiday gift-giving and partying season, amazing whiskeys are starting to drop fast. October is when things get very interesting and basically non-stop. Over the last week, dozens of new whiskeys have hit shelves; and over the next week, dozens more will. So, I’m going to do my best to keep track of them all for you by calling out (a mere) 15 whiskeys that I think you should track down in October below.

As you can probably tell from the first paragraph, this list is only scratching the surface. Some of these whiskeys have been released in the last week and some are hitting shelves right now or about to, others dropped in the last couple of weeks at distilleries only and are going wider on store shelves currently. Moreover, this list isn’t looking forward to releases that haven’t dropped yet — we’ll cover those as they do (things like Buffalo Trace’s 2022 Antique Collection and the 2022 Pappy line, which drop later in October).

Look at it this way, the 15 whiskeys below are some of the best bottles you can stock on your bar cart right now. Yes, the list is bourbon heavy, but there are also new rye whiskeys, a brand new US-exclusive Scotch single malt, an Australian drop, a new Irish blend, and plenty of one-off special releases that slap. So without further ado, let’s dive in and find you a great whiskey to drink this October.

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Bomberger’s Declaration

Michters Distillery

ABV: 54%

Average Price: $150

The Whiskey:

This whiskey heralds back to Michter’s historical roots in the 19th century before the brand was even called “Michter’s.” The juice in the bottle is rendered from a very small batch of bourbons that were aged in Chinquapin oak which was air-dried for three years before charring and filling. The Kentucky bourbon was then bottled in an extremely small batch that only yielded 2005 bottles this year.

Tasting Notes:

This nose is subtle with echoes of sticky toffee pudding, black-tea-soaked dates, sharp cinnamon, salted toffee sauce, vanilla cream, and a twinge of cedar sticks wrapped in old leather. The palate is a lush and silky crème brûlée with dustings of allspice, nutmeg, orange zest, and dark cacao with just a flake of salt and a whisper of dry cedar bark. The end stays lush as prunes and figs mingle with marzipan with a fleeting hint of orange lingering on the senses.

Bottom Line:

This is often called “secret Michter’s” and that’s pretty apt. The expression is a yearly release that always hits high marks amongst those in the know. This year’s drop is stone-cold classic bourbon with a deep flavor profile and satisfying nature.

Not for nothing, but this makes one the best Manhattans you can make.

The Dalmore Aged 14 Years

The Dalmore 14
The Dalmore

ABV: 43.8%

Average Price: $110

The Whisky:

This Highland single malt is classic malted whisky from The Dalmore that spends 14 years mellowing. Then The Dalmore’s Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass hand-selects specific barrels for vatting and re-barreling in very rare Pedro Ximénez casks from the House of Gonzalez Byass in Spain. Once Glass deems those barrels just right, they’re vatted, proofed, and bottled exclusively for the U.S. market.

Tasting Notes:

The nose on this one is light and almost playful with hints of pomelo rind, burnt orange, and salted black licorice next to salty, rich caramel ice cream with a hint of brittle toffee and maybe some poppy seed. The palate is all about the sticky toffee pudding with black-tea-soaked dates, soft cinnamon and nutmeg, a sprinkle of orange zest, and a flake or two of salt next to brandy butter and maple-infused toffee syrup. The end has a moment of sharp cinnamon warmth before descending toward dried figs, a pinch of marzipan, and a fleeting sense of dark chocolate next to sweet prunes.

Bottom Line:

This is a delicious pour of single malt. It has a very fall/winter vibe on the palate with all that dried fruit, spice, and sticky toffee pudding vibes. Still, this isn’t heavy. It’s silky and luxurious.

Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #8

Bardstown Fusion
Bardstown Bourbon Company

ABV: 47.75%

Average Price: $65

The Whisky:

The second to last Fusion Series this year highlights Bardstown’s 100% estate-distilled bourbon whiskey in a lead-up to them releasing their own line — the Origin Series — early next year. The blend is a mix of 58% of a four-year-old Bardstown Bourbon Company bourbon with 70% corn, 18% rye, and 12% malted barley, 30% a 12-year-old sourced Kentucky bourbon with 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley, and 12% a four-year-old Bardstown Bourbon Co. bourbon with 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. Those barrels were vatted and just touched with water before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a full orchard on the nose with tart apples, ripe apricots, and a hint of pear next to fresh honey, mild winter spices (especially clove), and a hint of green tea with little ginger. The palate leans into the ginger and spices with a spiced Christmas cake next to minced meat pies just touched with powdered sugar icing while the apricot gets dried out and the cinnamon turns toward dried chili on the mid-palate. The finish has a subtle layer of vanilla that supports woody cinnamon and allspice berries next to an apricot-laced tobacco leaf braided with some soft cedar bark.

Bottom Line:

This is a subtle whiskey that hits all the right marks. It’s deep yet fresh and light. It really goes down easily while delivering a full-bodied tasting experience without over-challenging your palate. It’s great on a couple of rocks but also works wonders in a cocktail as well.

Redemption Sur Lee Straight Rye Whiskey

Redemption Sur Lee

ABV: 47%

Average Price: $55

The Whisky:

This brand new whiskey from Redemption is going deep on drawing out flavors from the spirit and wood by utilizing the “wine less” method. Very basically, when MGP is contract distilling Redemption’s 95% rye, they take the backset or “whiskey lees” that usually would be redistilled and instead put that into the barrel to activate the wood before the heart cut of rye distillate goes into the barrel for its aging period. The barrels are then rolled and rotated throughout that aging spell before vatting, non-chill filtering, proofing, and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

The nose has a sense of bitter orange next to pecan and walnut shells with hints of dried apricot, dried apple chip, and floral honey. The palate leans into the nuttiness with a sense of pecan waffle cooked in butter next to eggnog lattes and singe marshmallow with a hint of caraway rye bread crusts and a hint of fennel. The end is lush with a hint of apple pie in a lard crust next to salted popcorn with a dash of brown butter before a woody sense of dried figs and old cedar leads to a whisper of cinnamon-orange on the finish.

Bottom Line:

This is another winning release from the team at Redemption. It’s well-balanced and has serious depth but not overly so. In the end, this is going to be a great old fashioned base as the leaves start to fall this October.

Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled In Bond Vintage Series Fall 2018

Chattanooga BiB
Chattanooga Whiskey

ABV: 50%

Average Price: $53

The Whisky:

The latest seasonal drop from Tennessee’s Chattanooga Whiskey is another winner. The juice is a blend of four of their mash bills. 30% comes from mash bill SB091, which is a mix of yellow corn, malted rye, caramel malted barley, and honey malted barley. Another 30% comes from mash bill B002, which has yellow corn, hardwood smoked malted barley (smoked with beech, mesquite, apple, or cherry), caramel malted barley, caramel malted, and honey malted barley. The next 20% is mash bill B005, which is yellow corn, malted wheat, oak smoked malted wheat, and caramel malted wheat. And the last 20% is from mash bill R18098, which is yellow corn, pale malted barley, naked malted oats, double roasted caramel malted barley, peated malted barley, cherrywood smoked malted barley, chocolate malt, and de-husked chocolate malt.

It’s a complex whiskey, folks.

Tasting Notes:

This opens with a sense of those grains with oatmeal cookies with walnuts, raisins, and plenty of cinnamon next to buckwheat pancakes cooked off in brown butter with a hint of dried apple, vanilla wafer, and maybe some cherry-infused honey with this faint hint of dried sage and maybe some sweet basil in there. The palate has a light sense of vanilla sauce beneath layers of cherry barks, prunes, dates, woody cinnamon, allspice berries, and maybe some cumin and dried red chili with a dash of old leather. The end is dry with dark chocolate tobacco leaves on top of cedar planks, dried mint, dried-out orange rinds, and maybe a whisper of lime leaves.

Bottom Line:

This is complex, yes. But that’s only if you really want it to be — that is if you take your time going back and forth on the nose and taste. You can just drink it over some rocks and it’ll be delightful and fun. In fact, maybe just do that.

George Dickel Bottled In Bond Fall 2008 Aged 13 Years


ABV: 50%

Average Price: $43

The Whisky:

Nicole Austin has been killing it with these bottled-in-bond releases from George Dickel. This release is a whiskey that was warehoused in the fall of 2008. 13 years later, this juice was bottled at 100 proof (as per the bottled-in-bond law) and left to rest. This fall, new releases of that Tennessee juice were sent out to much acclaim.

Tasting Notes:

Another classic nose! Maple syrup on buttery pecan waffles leads toward apple chips, old leather, and a mix of winter spices and sour cherry vanilla wafers. The palate leans into an apple pie with plenty of nuts, spices, and raisins next to malted vanilla milkshakes, blueberry cotton candy, and a hint of dark chocolate milk powder. The end has a hint of dry anise mixed with cherry and brown sugar with a slight nuttiness leading toward a cherry-cinnamon tobacco finish.

Bottom Line:

This is a great value for a truly great whiskey. This is one of those bottles that you should buy two of every time you see it on a shelf. One for you and one to give as a gift. Or just two for you in case your store runs out this season.

Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel Finished Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Honey Barrel

ABV: 45.2%

Average Price: $60

The Whiskey:

This brand-new whiskey from Woodford Reserve takes classic Woodford bourbon that’s aged at least four years and finishes it with some honeyed oak. The bourbon is filled into barrels that aged honey for a final maturation before blending, very light proofing, and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

The nose has a lovely floral honey note with a hint of orange peels studded with cloves next to Almond Joy and a touch of Graham Cracker dipped in honey and dusted with cinnamon. The palate has a touch of fresh ginger next to more fresh honey with a hint of sticky toffee pudding underneath it all. The end has a touch of old cedar with a whisper of coconut tobacco next to creamy honey cut with vanilla.

Bottom Line:

This is a nice and easy sipper. There’s a real sense of fresh honey, so the whiskey delivers on what’s promised on the label. This also makes for a nice cocktail base thanks to that sweet and smooth honey base.

Slainte Irish Whiskey Smooth Blend


ABV: 40%

Average Price: $38

The Whisky:

The new Slainte Irish Whiskey Smooth Blend starts off with classic barrels of grain whiskey aged in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Those barrels are batched and then the whiskey is re-barreled into new ex-bourbon casks for a final maturation before vatting, proofing, and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Minor notes of black pepper and soft lemon oils mix with vanilla and a hint of banana bread on the nose with a touch of green grass. The palate leans into a buttery brioche with orange marmalade, almonds, and vanilla next to a hint of oak and floral honey. The end is light and quick with a sense of dried honey wafers next to a final touch of that black pepper from the nose.

Bottom Line:

This is a quality Irish whiskey. It’s very much for mixing drinks so treat it that way.

Shenk’s Homestead

Shenk's Homestead

ABV: 45.6%

Average Price: $150

The Whisky:

Chinquapin oak is at the core of this release as well. The variable here is that this isn’t bourbon. This straight whisky leans heavily into rye but isn’t rye, not by law, anyway. The juice is devised to highlight the best of both worlds with a unique barreling that really brings something unique to the table and palate.

Tasting Notes:

Soft leather, burnt orange, spiced Christmas cake, fresh vanilla beans, sultanas, and a hint of fresh firewood round out the nose with a hint of almost sweet oak char. The palate has a nice sweet spiciness to it like a box of Hot Tamales next to allspice and orange with raisins, nutmeg, and a whisper of espresso bean sneaking in late. The end marries the orange oils to soft cedar notes with a woody spiciness next to soft notes of sweet cinnamon, stewed plums, minced meat pies, and brandied cherries layered into chewy tobacco leaves.

Bottom Line:

This sour mash whiskey is just goddamn delicious. Pour it over a rock or sip it neat. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

Five Trail Blended American Whiskey Small Batch Limited Release

Five Trail Small Batch
Coors Whiskey Co.

ABV: 47.5%

Average Price: $72

The Whiskey:

This is another big blend of whiskeys that leans into the new Coors Distilling out in Colorado (yes, that Coors). The whiskey is a blend of sourced whiskeys from Indiana (a four-year wheated bourbon), Kentucky (a four-year, four-grain bourbon), Tennessee (a 17-year TN whiskey), and Colorado (an eight-year-old American single malt). Those whiskeys are vatted in a small batch and bottled proofed down a tad with that Coors Rocky Mountain water.

Tasting Notes:

The nose opens with a classic sense of burnt orange, cardamom pods, dried chili pepper (only a dash), and soft leather with a touch of ginger lurking in the background. The palate leans into Honey-Nut Cheerios with an almost floral honey vibe next to creamy vanilla sauce. The mid-palate leans back into the burnt orange with a hint of spicy apple pie filling and a touch of spiced cherry tobacco on the finish.

Bottom Line:

This was a pretty nice surprise when I cracked it open. It’s not the greatest whiskey ever, but it works as an on-the-rocks sipper or solid cocktail base for your favorite drink.

Lost Lantern 2022 Single Cask #13 Cedar Ridge Iowa 5-Year-Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Lost Lantern Cedar Ridge
Lost Lantern

ABV: 61.54%

Average Price: $100

The Whiskey:

This single barrel from Lost Lantern’s latest 2022 barrel release is a special one. The juice is from Iowa’s famed Cedar Ridge and is made with 74% corn against 14% rye and 12% malted barley. The barrel they picked was aged for five years before they found it. It turned out to be a “short cask,” meaning that the standard 53-gallon oak barrel only yielded 100 bottles (a little less than half of what’s normal at that age). What was left from the angel’s share was bottled as-is.

Tasting Notes:

The nose on this one is luxurious with salted caramel drizzled over apple pies full of walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg with plenty of brown sugar and butter next to oily vanilla pods and a hint of bruised peach and sun-kissed wicker lawn furniture. The palate simmers those old peaches in winter spice with a woody edge and plenty of brown sugar with a hint of cardamom and mace next to supple vanilla cream sauce with poppy seed and a hint of warmth from those woody spices. The end levels off toward rich toffee next to very creamy eggnog with a hint of cream soda before old cedar bark and sweetgrass are braided together and wrapped up in an old cinnamon/apple tobacco leaf and put into a leather pouch.

Bottom Line:

This might be the best Cedar Ridge bourbon out there. It’s supple and nuanced and inviting. You’ll have to move fast though, there are only 100 bottles of this one.

Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky Muscat Barrels

Morris Single Malt

ABV: 48%

Average Price: $85

The Whisky:

This whisky from Down Under is made with 100% locally grown malted barley in the mash. The juice is aged in Muscat wine barrels from local wineries for three years. Those barrels are then batched and proofed down with local pure water from the nearby Snowy Mountains.

Tasting Notes:

The nose opens with a matrix of dried fruits — dates, prunes, figs, cherries, sultanas — next to blackstrap molasses sweetness with a twinge of bitterness, soft vanilla smoothness, and a touch of caramel malts. The palate leans into those roasted caramel malts and layers in vanilla chewing tobacco, cinnamon bark, fresh nutmeg, and almond shell. The end meanders through dried orchard wood, cedar bark, cinnamon sticks, and allspice berries with a hint of malted vanilla tobacco.

Bottom Line:

This is an easy-going sipper. It really opens up with rock or water, which makes it a good candidate for some simple whisky cocktails too.

Woodinville Moscatel Finished

Woodinville Bourbon Moscatel Finish

ABV: 50%

Average Price: $70

The Whiskey:

This whiskey starts as Woodinville’s award-winning five-year-old bourbon. That juice is then re-barreled into Moscatel wine casks for a finish maturation period. After nearly a year, the whiskey goes into the bottle having just been touched by water but otherwise as-is.

Tasting Notes:

The nose presents as sweet with hints of sweet prunes and dates but runs deep and dark with smoked apricot, five spice, dark chocolate creaminess, and black tea cut with burnt orange. The palate mixes Almond Roca (toffee covered in roasted almonds) with peach pits, vanilla pound cake, poppy seeds, black molasses, rum-raisin, black-tea-soaked dates, and rich Christmas cake spices with candied zests. The end leans into those dark spices and adds a woody edge that leads to dry porch wicker, choco-date tobacco, and cedar bark dipped in toffee.

Bottom Line:

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite pours of the year. It’s delicious yet approachable. It’s also finally available nationwide, so you might be able to find it finally outside of Washington.

Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Limited Release Rickhouse Collection Camp Nelson C

Russell's Single Rickhouse

ABV: 56.2%

Average Price: $249 (Limited time and only in CA, FL, TX, and CO)

The Whiskey:

For this release, classic Wild Turkey barrels were stored in Rickhouse C at Camp Nelson (an off-site warehouse campus). They were left alone on floors three and four for several years (those are the central floors of the seven-story rickhouse). As the rickhouse started falling apart (it was built in the late 1800s), it became clear it was beyond repair. So the Russell crew started tasting whiskey to see what they could do with it. 72 barrels rose to the surface with a parallel flavor structure that became this whiskey, which was then bottled completely as-is without filtration or proofing.

Tasting Notes:

The nose opens with soft marzipan fondant that leads to plenty of rum-raisin, brown sugar, and mild cinnamon/nutmeg/clove spice with a sense of brandy butter, salted caramel, and vanilla taffy next to a faint whisper of apple fritters. The palate is lush and silky with rich buttery toffee rolled in roasted almonds and toasted coconut and dipped in dark and creamy chocolate sauce with plenty of orange zest and flakes of salt. The mid-palate leans into cinnamon bark, allspice berries, and a freshly ground nutmeg next to tart apple pies loaded with pecans. The finish circles back around the brandy butter, rum-raisin, and powdered sugar frosting for a sweet and luxurious end.

Bottom Line:

This is another one of the great pours of 2022. But it’s very limited, so good luck whiskey hunting out there!

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon

Cowboy Bourbon
Garrison Bros.

ABV: 67.4%

Average Price: $249

The Whiskey:

Cowboy Bourbon is Garrison Brother’s signature bottle of whiskey. This year’s release was made from hand-selected 118 25-gallon barrels, aged between eight and nine years. Master Distiller Donnis Todd went through all of their small-format barrels over the course of the year to find a dozen or so that he thought met the high standards of Cowboy Bourbon without filtering or cutting with water. That makes this a very as-is representation of what makes Garrison Bros. special.

Tasting Notes:

The nose opens with a rush of sharp cinnamon bark wrapped up with old saddle leather, freshly fried apple fritters, walnuts, and old cedar bark with dried wild sage and a hint of dried yellow mustard flowers. The palate leans into the spice with a hint of allspice and ginger next to apple pie filling with walnuts, brandy-soaked raisins, and plenty of brown sugar next to a soft vanilla creaminess. The mid-palate works through spiced Christmas cake made with plums and dates and dipped in dark chocolate sauce. The end leans into salted caramel, stewed plums, a hint of vanilla Dr. Pepper, and a mild sense of chocolate-cinnamon-spiced chewing tobacco buzziness with a warming Texas hug that’s part Hot Tamales and part chili-spiced green tea.

Bottom Line:

There are only 8,600 bottles hitting shelves in 42 states. They’re going to move fast when they hit shelves. And, as always, this one is worth seeking out. It’s a great and very unique bourbon that just tastes wonderful.

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Selena Gomez Addresses The Hate Her Fans Have Sent To Others: ‘Words Matter’

This past Thursday (September 29), singer and actress Selena Gomez took to TikTok live to address behavior from fans. Despite apparently not having used the internet for over four years, the hater some of the Selenators have sent to other public figures seems to have been brought to her attention.

“I think some of the things that I don’t even need to be aware of are just vile and disgusting,” Gomez said in her livestream. “And it’s not fair because no one ever should be spoken to in the manner that I’ve seen and all I have to say is it’s incredibly ironic that I would release something that is all about kind words [referring to her new makeup line Rare Beauty’s Kind Words Matte lipstick and lip liners] ’cause that’s exactly what I want. That’s it. If you support Rare, I cannot thank you enough, but know that you are also representing what it means and that is words matter. Truly matter.”

Though she did not name anyone specifically, the stream arrived the day after Hailey Bieber, the wife of Gomez’s ex Justin Bieber, addressed the hate she received from Gomez’s fans with Alex Cooper on the latter’s Call Her Daddy podcast.

“You’re not obligated to like me, but I believe that no matter what, there can always be mutual respect between people,” Hailey said. “To me that means, you don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to like me, but you don’t have to say anything either.”

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Trevor Noah announces he is leaving ‘The Daily Show’ in personal message to fans

Soon, “The Daily Show” will have a new face with a different style of delivering the news in a way that takes a bit of the sting away. Comedian Trevor Noah delivered some unexpected news to his live studio audience, and I’m sure I’m not the only one having some big feelings about it. Noah announced that he will be leaving “The Daily Show” in pursuit of other things, including doing more standup.

When Noah first sat behind the familiar “Daily Show” desk, he had the blessing of the iconic host before him, Jon Stewart, who had hosted the show for more than a decade. “Daily Show” watchers quickly grew to enjoy Noah’s unique perspective as a South African immigrant able to point out things about America and American politics from the viewpoint of an outsider looking in. His takes were witty, funny and laced with stories from his home country where he learned to speak multiple African languages and didn’t hesitate to slip into one of them every now and again. Noah has been truly a gift of comedy and culture to “The Daily Show.”

In his message to the audience, Noah explained that after seven years on the show, he felt it was the right time to move on. Noah told an audibly sad audience that hosting the show has been not only one of his greatest challenges but one of his greatest joys. He further explained that after spending two years in his apartment during the pandemic he realized he missed going to other countries and learning other languages.

But if you’re one of those people who needs time to adjust to the news, no worries, he’s not leaving right now. During the announcement he actually didn’t give a hard date, but he assured the audience he would sit behind the famous desk a little longer. I’m hoping for another five years, but I’m sure he has a shorter goodbye in mind. Watch the announcement below.

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One couple has already won Halloween by perfectly recreating iconic ‘Stranger Things’ scene

Yep, we already have a winner for “Coolest Halloween Decor” this year, and this one’s a doozy.

Dave and Aubrey, a “horror prop making family” in Chicago, have left horror fans stunned with their hyperrealistic recreation of arguably THE most iconic scene from season 4 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

If you haven’t seen it (um, where have you been?), the season’s main monster antagonist, Vecna, traps Max and other characters in the alternate dimension of the Upside Down, and just before they meet their doom, these characters begin to float midair in the human world.

Luckily (spoiler alert) our heroes are able to figure out how to save Max before it’s too late, by playing “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush—her favorite song.

Dave and Aubrey somehow managed to make their own life-size replica of Sadie Sink’s character that, no joke, looks like it’s levitating using nothing but some kind of dark magic.


♬ Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

More than 14 million people have been mesmerized on TikTok, including Jimmy Fallon, who called the trick “amazing.”

Dave and Aubrey mentioned in the comments that nothing in the video was edited, which left folks baffled as to how the heck this image was made possible … especially without a tree or a telephone wire to attach a wire to.

“There’s clearly a string connected to a satellite in outer space. How don’t y’all know this?! 🙄🙄,” one person joked.

Though he wouldn’t disclose his secret, Dave did tell WRAL News that it’s “not drones, helium or balloons.” He also shared that he and his wife “go big” every year for Halloween. This year, in an attempt to outdo themselves, they began their project on Aug 1.

Unsurprisingly, a floating Max isn’t the only thing that Dave and Aubrey have up their sleeves this year. It’s actually part of a massive, all encompassing “Stranger Things” display, which includes:

A glowing, smoking Upside Down spire…

@horrorprops Upsidedown spire… it’s looking strange here #halloweendiydecor #vecnascurse #strangerthings #strangerthings4 #upsidedown #halloween2022 #diyhalloween #horrorprops #transworldhauntshow #CHB #horrortok #spookytok ♬ Bfg Division – Mick Gordon

“Excuse me, I thought my house was gonna be the spooky one on the block this year w/ my dollar tree props, maybe I’ll just be the Christmas one. Jk lol,” one person quipped.

Vecna’s other victims…

@horrorprops We took Spirits Miserable Marie and tossed her right into Vecnas Layer. #horrorprops #vecna #strangerthings #daveandaubrey #fyp #fypシ #halloween2022 #halloweenprops #horrortok #diyproject #vecnascurse ♬ Chrissy Wake Up (gregorybrothers & Schmoyoho Remix) – Chrissy

Unfortunately, Chrissy (played by Grace Van Dien) wasn’t as lucky as Max. But it makes for a rad haunted house!

Sprawling house vines…

@horrorprops How we created our House Vines!! #upsidedown #halloween2022 #diyhalloween #spookytok #horrorprops #vecnascurse #halloweendiydecor #CHB #diyproject #strangerthings #halloweenprops #transworldhauntshow ♬ Cool Kids (our sped up version) – Echosmith

These were made with spray-painted aluminum foil.

And a creepy cuckoo clock…

@horrorprops Times Up Max. #vecnascurse #diyproject #horrortok #fyp #trending #strangerthings #strangerthings4 #upsidedown #timesup #halloween #transworld2022 #venca #saddiesink ♬ Stranger Things – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Yet another well-known image from season 4.

“There’s so many people out there who are fanatics like we are, so we wanted to make something that was the most iconic scene from the show; something maybe no one else could try and do,” Dave told WRAL News. Mission successful, Dave. Well done.

For folks in the Chicagoland area, this amazing “Stranger Things” display will be part of a haunted tour for Chicago Haunt Builders. For everyone else: Have no fear, TikTok provides.

Inspired to create your own haunted masterpiece? We’ve rounded up some easy, unique decor ideas to make your house effortlessly spooky this year.

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Report: ‘Crude Language’ With ‘A Female Subordinate’ Played A Role In Ime Udoka’s Suspension

The Boston Celtics will head into the 2022-23 NBA season without Ime Udoka as their head coach. The team announced earlier this month that Udoka, who led the team to the NBA Finals last year, is suspended for the next year after reports came out that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a Celtics staffer.

It was a shocking turn of events, as Udoka was credited for playing a major role in the team’s turnaround last year, his first in charge in Boston. But ultimately, the team decided that his actions meant he could not be around any longer, and now, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is at the helm.

There still remains the question of what other things factored into Boston’s decision, and on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps of ESPN added some clarification about “crude language” that Udoka used in his conversations with “a female subordinate prior to the start of an improper workplace relationship with the woman.”

Those investigative findings — which described verbiage on Udoka’s part that was deemed especially concerning coming from a workplace superior — contribute to what is likely a difficult pathway back to his reinstatement as Celtics coach in 2023, sources told ESPN.

The power dynamic associated with a superior’s improper relationship with a staff member was the primary finding and policy violation in the law firm report commissioned by the Celtics and completed early last week, sources said.

ESPN went on to report that the team has no intention of standing in Udoka’s way if he decides to pursue other opportunities, and that as of right now, other teams are doing their due dilligence in the event they want to pursue adding Udoka to their staff.

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‘Stop Busting My Balls’: It Looks Like Asia Argento Has Reacted To The Upcoming Anthony Bourdain Biography

When Anthony Bourdain passed away in 2018, many fans began celebrating the vibrant life that the world-renowned chef and TV host led. Now, years later, a new book chronicling Bourdain’s last days is set to be released, and those close to Bourdain are unhappy.

As reported by The New York Times earlier this week, Bourdain’s personal texts, emails, and various writings are set to be published in an unauthorized biography, Down and Out in Paradise by Charles Leerhsen. Many who knew Bourdain have been critical of the biography, which goes very in-depth on a notoriously private person. In the book, the chef’s final texts to his then-partner Asia Argento have been revealed.

The exchange began when Bourdain asked if there was anything he could do, and Argento texted back “Stop busting my balls,” to which he replied, “Okay.” He was found dead the next morning. Argento made it clear that she did not want her words used in the book, though it seems like that request was not honored. Argento told The New York Times, “I wrote clearly to this man that he could not publish anything I said to him,” she also confirmed that she did not read the book.

While she has not publicly addressed Down and Out in Paradise, Argento posted an Instagram story last night of her wearing a shirt that had an image of bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman (Argento herself is a bodybuilder). She added the text “Stop busting my balls” over the shirt, which we all know were the last words she shared with Bourdain.

This seems to be Argento’s quiet way of addressing the book, which hits shelves on October 11th. If there is anything we can learn from this scenario, it’s that we don’t truly know or understand celebrities as much as we think we do. In a lot of ways.

(Via Vulture)

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California’s Bill Limiting The Use Of Rap Lyrics As Evidence Is Signed Into Law By Governor Gavin Newsom

California has officially become the first state to limit the use of lyrics as evidence in criminal trials as Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2799 — aka The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act — into law after it passed the state senate late last month.

The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act is one of several so-called “Rap On Trial” laws introduced at both the state and federal levels by activists seeking to end the use of lyrics against artists, a practice that some refer to as racist due to their frequent application in criminal trials involving rappers. The practice has come under greater scrutiny this year as high-profile cases against rappers like YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Gunna and Young Thug hinged on instances of the rappers lyrics that supposedly tied them to criminal activities. The prosecutors in the latter have received criticism as the main counts against them stemmed from them shouting out YSL on their records.

Artists like E-40, Killer Mike, Meek Mill, Too Short, Ty Dolla Sign, Tyga, and YG attended a virtual signing ceremony today, where Songwriters of North America co-founder Dina LaPolt said, “For too long, prosecutors in California have used rap lyrics as a convenient way to inject racial bias and confusion into the criminal justice process. This legislation sets up important guardrails that will help courts hold prosecutors accountable and prevent them from criminalizing Black and Brown artistic expression. Thank you, Gov. Newsom, for setting the standard. We hope Congress will pass similar legislation, as this is a nationwide problem.”

The bill’s signing represents a huge step forward for proponents of similar bills in states like New York, which passed its own “Rap On Trial” bill through the state senate in May but saw it stall out in the State Assembly.

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The Hot New Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory Is That The Deep State Is Using ‘Weather Manipulation’ To Target Ron DeSantis With Hurricanes

Just when you thought you’ve heard every conspiracy theory imaginable, failed right-wing congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine is accusing the Deep State of somehow making Hurricane Ian strike Florida to punish Ron DeSantis for not mandating COVID vaccines. Lorraine, who lost a 2020 congressional race against Nancy Pelosi, made the wild claims on the Shots Fired! show that she streams on Rumble, the YouTube of the Far Right.

In Lorraine’s defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) allegedly having advanced “weather manipulation” technology isn’t a new theory amongst conspiracy mongers, but tying it to COVID is a wild, new addition.

“These huge hurricanes seem to target Red states, Red districts and always at a convenient time, typically, right before elections or, you know, in this case possibly Ron DeSantis has been stepping out of line a lot and challenging, fighting the Deep State,” Lorraine said.

Lorraine floated the theory to her guest, Lauren Witzke, who’s also a failed congressional candidate and, clearly, just as gullible as her host. Witzke took the weather manipulation ball even further down the crazy field by suggesting Hurricane Ian is punishment from the “elites” for Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Via Mediaite:

“I’m not putting it past the elites to target something like this toward Florida as punishment for getting rid of vaccine mandates or getting rid of child grooming,” she continued. “They are angry with us and it wouldn’t surprise me to find out and, yeah, the technology does exist. But you’re not supposed to talk about that or know about that because that’s controversial or a conspiracy theory.”

For the record, there are historical documents of hurricanes in Florida going all the way back to 1523. We’re confident DARPA didn’t exist back then unless they have a time machine, also.

That’s going to be the new theory now, isn’t it? Dangit.

(Via Mediaite)

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Timberwolves Players Were Apparently ‘Shocked’ By The Rudy Gobert Trade

When rumors and reports swirled that All-NBA center Rudy Gobert was potentially on the trade market, numerous teams emerged as logical fits, such as the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks. The Minnesota Timberwolves, headlined by their own All-NBA center in Karl-Anthony Towns, were not generally considered among those teams.

Yet in late June, Minnesota dealt Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, four first-round picks, and a pick swap in exchange for Gobert, which caught much of the league by surprise, including Timberwolves players themselves. According to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who said he spoke with various members of the team, some Timberwolves players were “shocked” that the trade occurred.

“They had a euphoria about the season, winning that play-in opportunity, getting to the Memphis series and battling with the Grizzlies,” Windhorst said on Friday’s episode of The Hoop Collective podcast. “They were assuming they were going to run it back. And the team had extended [Beverley], and Beverley was beloved on that roster. The players were kind of stunned. But as I pointed out, Rudy Gobert is pretty good, with all due respect to the guys they traded.”

Tall-ball has increased in popularity recently, thanks to teams like the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors and current iteration of the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. But a pair of All-NBA centers being the foundation of that tall-ball approach is unique, at least over the past few seasons. It’s an atypical team-building strategy, albeit a fascinating idea and one that many within Minnesota’s organization didn’t foresee materializing.

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Boslen Reminisces About His Ex On ‘Gone’

Lyrics can be tough to decipher these days, but there’s no better feeling than knowing exactly what your favorite artists truly wanted to express on their latest hit. From shady one-liners to catchy hooks, sometimes the lyrical content of a song can give fans real insight into the lives of today’s top musical talent. With his track, “Levels” Vancouver’s Boslen relays his unfiltered feelings about the music industry — and with his track “Gone,” he’s in deep thought about the lessons he’s learned from past relationships.

With help from Uproxx’s Cherise Johnson, Boslen dishes on the track’s opening line and admits that his ex of six years stepped out with his best friend. The incident, in addition to the peace and understanding he gained from the romantic low point is the inspiration for the track “Gone” from his latest album GONZO. The 23-year-old rapper tells Uproxx about facing the “monster in the closet,” working through codependency, and getting vulnerable after a failed relationship — themes present in the mellow rap-sung ballad. Aside from sharing intimate revelations, Boslen tells us that his latest EP’s lead single might just be his favorite song he’s made in his entire career.

Watch Boslen decipher “Gone” above.