Table of Contents
October 3, 2012Now, with 100 percent more new-diarist Britney!
October 10, 2012What are we doing here?
October 17, 2012Stay inside.
October 24, 2012Everything and nothing.
October 31, 2012Stormy weather.
Moving WalkwaysA 3D diary of Olivia’s trip to Japan.
Scary MovieKiss the boys and make them die.
One, Two, Something's Coming for YouMost uncanny.
You Put a Spell on MeIf witches were pin-ups.
The Silly and the ScaryBackground images we used in the month of October.
The Things We Leave BehindNothing we remember is ever truly lost.
How to Make a LayupAnd a free throw, and a three-pointer.
It's Fun to Be a FanWhy I stopped hating sports.
Eleven Ideas for Awesome Halloween CostumesWe're so *~creative~*
How to Make Your Favorite CandyA super-simple DIY with delicious results.
Public Play Structures of Alameda, CA: A TaxonomyTwo days, 11 parks, one merry-go-round.
Suffer Little ChildrenHave you noticed? Lots of playground chants are truly messed up.
Sunday Video: Balloon Animal DIY With Ira GlassPlus a bonus Ask a Grown Man.
A Guide to Ghost HuntingIt's almost Halloween. Go freak yourself out.
Return to StartReviews of board and table games.
Attention, Internet: Dogs Are the Best(Sorry, cats.)
Halloween and Autumnal Candy RoundupNo tricks, yes treats.
Masquerade BallSome of the fun at our Halloween costume party last weekend.
The Great Big Comedy Pile-Up: Part TwoA daisy chain of appreciation.
Smells Like Team SpiritThat's right, we love ORGANIZED SPORTS. What, we can't have layers?
It Takes a Lot to LaughUsing humor to deal with racism.
Risk-y BusinessHow a friendship was destroyed...by a board game.
In Spite of the Easy-Bake OvenI was not going to let this stupid piece of plastic spell the end of my culinary career.
On the Outside Looking OutBeing unpopular wasn't enough to make me cool.
Swimming LessonsI trained, ate, traveled, and showered with the best in the country, but I wasn’t the best; I was pretty good.
That Joke Isn't Funny AnymoreThere's a difference between humor and bullying. It just took me a while to realize it.
Bad BloodThe period I had so desperately wanted not only arrived, it arrived with force.
It’s OK Not to PlayI spent years of my life competing for awards I didn’t give a rip about.
The Power of Negative ThinkingWhat’s so terrible about being critical?
Fun With StereotypesThe joy of being a huge cliché.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: PBS CartoonsAnthropomorphic animals offering life lessons. What more could I want?
Hero Status: Bobby HillA tribute to one of the greatest fictional teenagers—animated or otherwise—of all time.
Fun and GamesTV shows and movies about playing sports, playing music, and playing around.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: Shows Within ShowsOMG, my TV friends have their own TV friends!
With the BandWhat I learned when I learned to play an instrument.
Let the Music PlayRecords that are fun or funny or fun & funny.
Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Lisa SimpsonSongs for a slumber party with our favorite second-grader.
Sunday Video: Unusual WorldDisneyland adventures with King Tuff.
Reconciling Something We Shouldn't Have to Reconcile in the First PlacePop music, you guys.
Friday Playlist: Just KiddingWeekend lulz.
Literally the Best Thing Ever: M.I.A.Let me count the reasons.
Theme Song: October 2012“Life Can Be Kinda Mean When You’re 17”
Friday Playlist: Don't Be Afraid of the DarkSome of the best 1960s garage rock.
Friday Playlist: Spooky ScaryGet your creep on.
Secret Style Icons: Ladies of the BoardThey're in games, and they have game. (We like wordplay, OK?) (That last pun was unintentional.) (But we are never sorry about PUNS.)
Hung Up on a DreamAn extra-sparkly third visit to the Meadham Kirchhoff studio and show. Photos by Eleanor; captions by Edward Meadham.
Dark Angels and Technicolor DreamsHow to dress like a Tim Burton character.
Ghoulish Drippy Monster NailsA diabolically easy DIY.
DIY Eyeball BowsYou're not seeing things. It's this easy.
Garbage Pail KidsJust some casual amazingness.
Creature FearJust a batch of delight, this one.
DIY Decoupage BadgesMake a pin in a pinch.
Why We PlayIt's true—video games are good for you.
Just WonderingAnswers to questions about abstinence, mental health, dealing with creeps, and getting respect.
Damn Girl Ya Look GoodWinter coats, worrisome stretch marks, and more talk of boobs.
Ask a Grown Woman: Paula Pell“You probably are a gay person”—and other diagnoses from the self-professed Worst Kisser on the East Coast.
RecessWe never outgrow the playground.
I Can Tell We're Gonna Be FriendsMickey Mouse ears AND a princess tiara. These photos by our L.A. readers are made of awesome.
Friend CrushOctober 2012: Bretta and Riley
Editor's LetterOctober 2012: Play
Do SomethingToo young to vote? I have some ideas for you.
Saturday Links: First EditionA new weekly feature in which we share our favorite internet odds and ends!
Saturday Links: Orphaned Walrus EditionJust look at his whiskers.
The Legend of Billie JeanBefore I knew who she was, I knew she was a badass.
Get Well, MalalaCards and letters from the whole Rookie community to Malala Yousafzai. Text by Jenny.
Saturday Links: Tippi's Tigers EditionSometimes you just need to surround yourself with big cats.
Notes From a Revolution: An Interview With Roula SeghaierA teenage activist talks to us about her role in the Arab Spring and everything after.
Saturday Links: Lena's Diary EditionDreams on tape.
Monster ManualA list of my favorite evil creatures.