The editors of Sky & Telescope have a longstanding Halloween tradition: if it's clear overhead, we take to the sidewalks! Armed with a bucket of candy and our telescopes, we greet scores of pint-size ghouls and goblins (and their parents) with a double treat: chocolate and a view to the heavens.
This year is especially sweet. It's rare to have a naked-eye comet in view, let alone one that's easy to spot. So if you have a clear view to the northeast, just point your scope at Comet Holmes and wow the neighborhood. The comet is a snap to locate using our can't-miss finder charts. And you can always print out customized charts showing Comet Holmes's location using our Interactive Sky Chart.
This Halloween make your house the one that the neighborhood kids remember for years to come!