On the Web
* Yeswecarve.com provides templates to carve the likeness or campaign logo of Barack Obama into pumpkins, and shows photos and videos of some of the finished products. Obama supporters may see this as a fun, creative way to promote their candidate; Obama detractors may think seeing an Obama vision in one's jack-o'-lantern is as overwrought as the Greek columns at Obama's convention speech.
* If you're still in search of a costume for Halloween, shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting offers a lot of do-it-yourself suggestions. The most searched-for costumes on Yahoo in the past 30 days were: Joker, pirate, flapper, witch and Tinkerbell. The most searched-for baby costumes during the past two months were lion, monkey, ladybug, pirate and Minnie Mouse. And the top political masks searched for during the past two weeks were Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, John McCain, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, George Bush and Joe Biden. There's even a "baby Sarah Palin costume."
* CollegeClickTV.com is an online Web site aimed at helping high school juniors and seniors look into prospective colleges through unscripted peer-to-peer review video about college experiences. This month, it launched an unscientific exit poll to gauge student opinions about next week's election. Among the findings so far: Students at the eight Ivy League colleges tend to live in "blue" states, but say they're voting "red" for McCain. While Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell showed greater support for Obama, Brown University, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale and Princeton did not, the Web site said. The war was also deemed slightly more important to the students than the economic troubles were.
* Online Adventure site of the week: Adventure Cycling Association (adventurecyling.org)
Get out of the car and onto your bike. There is no "greener" way to see the country than on your bike, and the Adventure Cycling Association offers route maps for trips in all parts of the country (or transcontinental ones if you're feeling ambitious), among other things. The organization's mission is to "inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun and self-discovery."