It seems winter has come too early here in the city, but Chicagoans are still in the Halloween spirit. Fake cobwebs don brownstone stairways and the air smell of pumpkin flavoring (lattes, vodka, hand soaps, you name it) and candy treats that will put you in a sugar coma. In other news, some pretty cool stuff has sprouted in the event planning, tech, and social worlds.

Where do you fall in the “Event Planners’ Knowledge Gap?” Nowadays, having a technical background in event planning is the vital tool for success. Little event planners, however,  are even aware of this knowledge gap between technical and event planning. Are you guilty as charged?

If you’re looking to engage your audience through QR codes, here’s a way to make them on the spot. Google’s URL-shortening service, isn’t just a one-trick pony. The web service added a new function to its bag of tricks: A quick QR code generation with a simple tweak of a URL.

The world’s most intelligent light bulb is here and can elevate your next event with the swipe of a finger. iLumi is a multicolored LED light bulb that is controlled from your smartphone, manipulating color and brightness with ease. We’re seeing rave reviews for iLumi all over Twitter from .Co and Sarah Evans of Faves + Co.

Need some infographic inspiration? Pantone has created this “50 Years in Color” infographic inspired by their infamous “Color of the Year” and influential colors from the 1960s to the new millennium. We love the simplicity of the layout and the creative use of logos and graphics. Extra treat: scroll down to see their “A Rainbow of Brands” chart.

Think your social media job is so easy a 10-year-old can do it? Well, they can. A new article released by Ad Age illustrates how youngins are using social media and they are determining the path for the future. From examining their social habits, we can predict that Facebook popularity will die out, Skype will be a thing of the past, and everything will revolve around Vine and Snapchat.

And just for fun. If you’re sick of using a knife to carve your pumpkin, try a laser. Yes, a laser. Read up on this bionic way to create a jack-o-lantern or watch it in action. What’s next? Life size candy corn that trick-or-treats for you? Sold!

FLIRTcasting is our collection of links from outside your normal web sources. Even if they aren’t from the event and corporate communication industry, you might find them relevant to what you’re doing and thinking.