There's nothing more pathetic than a lukewarm Halloween costume, something put together at the last minute, with little passion or creativity. Halloween is the one time of year when it's OK to be outrageous, to be unique, to let all of your creative chops show. But many of us are too busy to devote days to building the killer costume. Luckily, you don't have to. To get you ready for a frightening and fun Halloween, and to help you find a head-turning getup, we sorted through the hundreds of Halloween Web sites (now, that's truly scary).

Handy Reference Cards No. 019
Arm yourself with our simple and ingenious dot-coping mechanisms.

High-Tech Road Rules
Meet engineer and outdoors enthusiast Steve Roberts, who has been beta-testing "technomadness" (high-technology + nomadism) as a new "lifestyle prototype" for over a decade.

D.I.Y. Home Security
When considering a home security system, you might be tempted to order one of the low-cost wired systems advertised on television (usually offered with free or $100 installation). A do-it-yourself (DIY) system will cost more than that, but you'll be amazed at the sophistication of the system for a very reasonable cost. You'll also save yourself some time and trouble in other ways.