Archive | September, 2010

How hard is it to come up with Halloween decorations for your Halloween party?  Sometime it’s very hard depending on the theme you choose but other times you’ll have most of everything you need right in your house.  Halloween is on of the funnest festivals around because it gives everybody a chance to dress up as their favorite character.

Halloween gives the imagination numerous and innovative ideas not only for costumes but for decorations.  When you’re the one throwing the party, especially for Halloween, you have to adhere to the standard scary decorations but you can add other decorations to match the theme of your party.

Decide on your theme the start measuring your yard and rooms for Halloween props and other accessories.  Some of the props can be homemade but others you’ll need a little help with.  Along with the Halloween decorations you’ll need food, drinks, and the most important, candy.  Using your imagination you can come up with some amazing decorations for an unforgettable Halloween experience.

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Don’t forget to start out with the Jack O’lanterns, spiders and spider webs, ghosts and various other traditional Halloween decorations.  These props are standard fare for Halloween and should not be forgotten or not used.  It wouldn’t be a Halloween party then, would it?

This year instead of using candles, which might catch fire to something or cause serious burns, use the LED or flickering bulbs.  They now have a variety of different colored lights for Halloween decorations that will fit with any theme. You can also use them indoor or out and make outlines with them to look like skeletons, tombstones, and even graveyards.  Let your mind take off with ideas for decorating your home for your party.

Don’t forget the witch’s cauldron.  One of the easiest decorations to make.  All you need is a large bowl or pot, dry ice, and water.  Be careful and don’t let the kids or adults play with the dry ice.  It will burn their skin and be sure to use thongs or gloves when handling it.

After you’ve hit all the traditionally decorations then you can go wild with any other items such as the gore that goes with vampires and graveyards.  These are easy to make with a little foam, glue, and paint.  Just think of the horrifying creations you can come up with.

Halloween Candy Bowls - Halloween Decorations

Halloween has always been gruesome with decorations to frighten as well as impressing your guests with your innovated ideas.  So put on your thinking hat and try to come up with Halloween decoration ideas that will “knock the socks” off your guests.

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It’s that time again and the Halloween accessories they have this year are outstanding!  Everyone wants to dress up as their favorite character whether it’s Spiderman, Wonder Women, Superman, or their favorite rap star or the old standby princess.  The accessories to go with any outfit can be found anywhere you want to look.

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You can look on the Internet, the mall, or any local Walgreen’s and find Halloween costumes for kids, teens, and adults.  You can even find them for the grandparents.  This time of year everyone loves to dress up as their favorite rock star, cartoon, or hero.

Halloween accessories come with all kinds of costumes but for the extra accessories you’ll have to look around a little to find them.  Such as a costume for Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean comes with the hair and sword but if you want an eye patch, you’ll have to look for it.  Most accessories for costumes are in the same department so it shouldn’t be too hard to find them.

Most fairy princess’ costumes come with their magical wands, tiaras, slippers, and glitter makeup but for the special added touch of other jewelry or a different wand you’ll find them in the Halloween accessories department.

You can buy them at wholesale prices if you want to keep them or you can rent a Halloween costume.  If the costume is for kids then you probably don’t want to rent them but you can find places like Costco, Party City, or Michaels.  They have great prices on good quality Halloween costumes and accessories.

Deluxe 31 Piece Graveyard Decoration Kit

If you use the Internet to order your costume now’s the time to order. There is plenty of website to order from, all with great prices. You can purchase the whole package of clown outfits that include metal horns, squirt flowers, giant scissors, rubber chicken, droopy eyes and much more.  You can get together with your friends and neighbors and order in bulk at wholesale prices.  The cost of shipping is usually free if the purchase price is over a certain amount.

There are literally thousands of Halloween accessories and not just for costumes.  You can get your favorite jack-o-lanterns, candles, spiders and spider webs, ghost, tombs, and in some cases you can even get coffins complete with a body.  This time of years is the favorite for many people and now’s the time to start ordering your Halloween accessories so you’ll be set when your much loved holiday rolls around.

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Take a ride on the wild side this year by stepping back into the past with your Halloween costume.  Dress up as your favorite rock star such as Michael Jackson, Adam Ant, or use one of the movies from the 80’s to dress as Robocop, Beetlejuice, or be one of the Ghostbusters.  You can be who ever you want to be when you dress up for you next Halloween party.

Ghostbusters Adult Plus Costume

They 1980’s were dominated by rock stars and their unusual fashions.  Not to mention all the great movies from the same era.  Their fancy dress inspired the world to follow their fashion even if it wasn’t the best looking way to dress.   Halloween parties that are themed to certain genre can be a lot of fun when you embrace the full flavor of the party.

The 80’s blockbuster movies can give you the best ideas for your costume.   Movies like Return of the Jedi, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and many, many more to choose from.  They had such popular fashions in the movies you shouldn’t have any problems coming up with costume ideas for your next Halloween party. Here are a few of the best dressed movie characters from the movies of the 80’s.

Ghostbusters was a favorite of everyone’s and although Ghostbusters themselves didn’t have any great fashion the evil they fought did.  But if you want to be a Ghostbuster they wore a beige jumpsuit with leather top and matching hats.  Oh, don’t forget the proton storage pack they used to trap the evil ghosts.

Deluxe Indiana Jones Mutt Williams Child

Indiana Jones is a very popular character from the 80’s with his fedora hat, bullwhip, and shoulder bag and of course, his “Indy” hero jacket.  The fedora hat (Adventurebilt) is immediately recognizable as is the bullwhip. You shouldn’t have too much problem putting together this outfit to meet any adventure.

Beetlejuice was as very popular movie from the 80’s with Michael Kenton as Beetlejuice.

The perfect horror costume for any party.  An outfit that will show off your weirdness without a doubt. The Beetlejuice outfit comes with a striped white jacket with opposite matching trousers and the perfect hair.  You’ll need the makeup and teeth to complete the outfit.

Of all the movies of the 80’s have great fashion in them that is recognizable and doesn’t take too much to put together.  You have the Robocop, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Terminator, and of course, The Princess Bride.  Plus there are many more movies to charge you imagination for any Halloween costume you want to wear this year.
Adult Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Pilot Costume

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Going out into the ghoulish night to troll for candy is not as innocent as it seems. It should be but it is not. Parents and children alike want to enjoy their bit of frightful fun without real dangers lurking around every corner. Here are some safety tips to accomplish that task.

1. Begin trick or treating during the daylight. It used to be that everyone waited until dark for greater effect. Unfortunately, there are those who want to cause trouble and can only do so after dark. Now, trick or treating begins at dusk even if the sun is not down.

2. For smaller children, drive instead of walk. The concept is the same as far as kids are concerned. Their friends will still see their costume and they still receive candy. As the night wears on it may get cold and little feet get tired quite quickly. A car means a faster exit when everyone is too tired to go on.

3. Check the candy before letting any be eaten. It is a safety precaution that protects the kids. Not everyone is out to harm children but there have been incidents in the past where blades and pins were found in candy.

4. Stick together. Never let a child go trick or treating alone. If you can’t do it, entrust your child’s care to another adult friend. Let them walk a few feet ahead to feel independent but not so far that they are out of your sight.

5. Choose costumes that fit properly. Wherever possible, use homemade costumes or non-toxic paint to replace store bought masks. Most masks are too hot and don’t provide an adequate visual field. Kids who can’t see where they are going can trip and fall.

6. Refrain from taking homemade candy and treats. Even schools don’t accept homemade food items anymore. It is too easy to get sick and the liability is high. Homemade candy apples look scrumptious, but there is no list of ingredients to tell you what was used to create them. Stick to prepackaged candy for children to eat.

7. Use a cloth shopping bag to hold the candy. Plastic bags can buckle under the weight of the haul and your child could lose their loot on the front step or in the street. Plastic pumpkins don’t hold as much candy and the strap can break with the same results as a plastic bag.
Trick or treat is a fun Halloween night tradition designed to scare us silly. In the process, don’t forget to take precautions so everyone is safe.

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When you look back through your photo albums, pictures of your children in their Halloween Costume (coupon code: GETFIVE) will likely bring on laughter and fond memories. But first you’ll have to get your child to keep their costume on long enough to snap a photo.

Celebrating your children’s first few Halloweens can be a blast for both them and you, but finding a costume that is comfortable enough to wear for an hour or two can be a challenge. And when dressing a small child for Halloween, it’s also important to keep them safe and warm. Whether you are making your own costumes, or browsing boys and girls Halloween costumes at the store or through an online retailer like Costume Craze, here are a few things to keep in mind:
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* Use face paint instead of a mask. Younger children often won’t do well with wearing something extra on their faces. It will also ensure that their vision won’t be blocked so they can see where they are going.

* Make sure your child can move freely in the costume. If not, you’re likely to see the costume on the floor before you make it out the door. Again, it’s also a safety issue, as you don’t want a costume that will cause your child to fall down. If the costume has a tail or other lose accessories, make sure they don’t get in the way of your child’s footsteps.

* On that same note, make sure your child can easily go to the bathroom if he or she needs to do so.

* If you’re going trick-or-treating, make sure your child’s costume is warm enough. Add layers underneath if it is not. Plan ahead for all types of conditions when selecting a costume.

* It may also be a good idea to make reflective materials a part of your child’s costume so cars and other trick-or-treaters can see them. You can either add them or look for costumes that already have them. Another option is to have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick or attach lights to their costumes.

* Avoid any flammable material. If you’re buying a costume, check the label to find out what it’s made of, and avoid using anything that could catch on fire if you are making a costume or adding on to one.

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Borderlands fan botman, has shared patterns for an excellent paper craft project he just finished on Gearbox Software’s official gaming form. You’ll probably recognize the iconic mask as the same one worn by the character featured in the game’s cover art.

Check out botman’s post for more details about his project, tips on when you should opt for more ‘gentle’ folds, and a link to the printable pattern so you can make your own. You’ll also find some handy suggestions on the gear you should use to make a proper psycho bandit Halloween costume with the mask. Note that you’ll need a copy of PePaKuRo Viewer in order to open and print botman’s pattern. Fortunately, it’s free and you can find it here.

PsychoBandit

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How to make a Borderlands paper craft mask

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With Halloween just over a month away, the season is already bringing mayhem and mischief to Party City as the store stocks its shelves with edgy new costumes in response to shifting consumer tastes.

“This year, Avante Garde hits mainstream, and as a result, 2010 costumes are expected to be completely over the top,” says Melissa Sprich, top costume merchandiser for Party City. “The fashion world right now is about fusing high-fashion looks with pieces that are completely individualized, and Party City’s collection of Halloween costumes allows customers to do just that.”

Melissa adds, “More than ever, the latest runway shows and fashion-forward individuals influence costume trends, and as always, the year’s hit blockbusters and outlandish pop figures strongly influence costume trends as people love taking on a completely different persona for Halloween.”

Specifically, Party City has witnessed a spike in demand for costumes reflecting Lady Gaga’s outrageous and provocative style, and her unique fashion statements are sure to be seen at many 2010 Halloween events.

According to Party City, the top 2010 Halloween costume trends include:


Lady Gaga Costumes
: The hugely popular recording artist and activist is also a fashion trend-setter. Lady Gaga’s VMA performance costume and her black and silver sequin dress are just two of the Lady Gaga costumes creating a buzz on social sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Modern-day Vampire Costumes: Inspired by the Twilight saga and True Blood series, today’s vampire differs from its menacing Victorian ancestor. Still wan and fanged, the modern vampire has a mysterious, sensual, and sometimes sensitive appeal. With this in mind, Party City debuts its Moonlight Bite vampire costume, which sparkles with electric lights in its ruffled black skirt.

1980s comeback costumes: Eighties style is back with a vengeance, so expect this year’s Halloween ensembles to feature plenty of the big hair, leggings, bright neon colors, lace gloves, and acid-wash denim iconic of the
Michael Jackson
and Material Girl era.


Jersey Shore cast member costumes
: Expect to see costumes that amplify the distinctive looks and outlandish personalities of MTV’s popular reality show. Party City features all the accessories needed to pull off a signature Jersey Shore look, including Snooki’s leopard mini-dress dress, bumpit wig, and orange-tinted bronzer, Pauly D’s infamous perfectly gelled wig, and a “Situation” muscle-tee for Michael.


Roman
and Greek Goddess Costumes : Long, flowing, feminine Greek robes and gladiator-inspired sandals so popular in 2010 translate into beautifully fashionable Halloween costumes. Party City carries a variety of classic Egyptian, Roman, and Greek costumes that seem to float and create an air of celestial vision.


Movie-inspired costumes
: Hollywood is always a rich source of inspiration for Halloween costumes. Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3, Avatar, and Alice and Wonderland costumes are sure to populate this year’s Halloween parties, but Star Wars Darth Vader remains the perennial favorite.

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Why do leaves change color in Fall?

It’s one of those questions — like why is the sky blue? — that can stump a parent on an otherwise enjoyable fall walk. So let’s answer the question.

Most simply, to survive the winter, deciduous trees need to store nutrients in their roots, which means they must absorb the nutrients in their leaves. Changes in color are triggered as the trees absorb essential nutrients.

How leaves change colors

Throughout the warm sunny months, trees are lush and green because they’re working hard. Tree leaves are green because of the abundance of the pigment chlorophyll, which is essential to converting sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into energy-rich sugars.

Yellow colors that were always present in leaves become unmasked as the chlorophyll is broken down and absorbed. Called carotenoids, these are the yellow pigments that give trees like birch, beech, and tulip their bright fall colors.

Red and orange colors, like those that characterize the famous red maples of New England, are made by different pigments, called anthocyanins. Unlike the ever-present yellows that simply become unmasked when chlorophyll recedes, red pigments are actually created as a tree is going dormant to protect leaves from the sun and give leaves extra time to unload nutrients.

As summer wanes, changes in tree leaves are triggered by the cooler temperatures, changes in rainfall and weather, and most of all, the shortening of daylight hours.

Leaves in the fall

(Photo: Sherry Ziolkowski)

While leaves will always change color as the amount of sunlight wanes, several weather conditions can affect how brilliant they become.

According to the U.S. Forest Service: A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays. The amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year. The countless combination of these two highly variable factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike.

Leaf colors in Fall 2010

This year, for instance, much of the eastern U.S. has experienced near-record high temperatures and a significant drought, leaving trees stressed enough that many leaves will change straight from green to brown, or drop their leaves early, according to Mark Abrams, a professor of forestry at Pennsylvania State University. A cool, dry September won’t help matters.

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Like the last 5 years we are featuring again hot Halloween costume ideas for geeks. This year a big trend is again to dress up as movie or TV characters. Avatar was huge this year and of course there are Halloween costumers to go as this Neytiri Costume:

Neytiri Costume - Deluxe Child Neytiri Costume – Deluxe Child

It is the year 2154. The distant planet Pandora is in trouble and needs your help! And this Halloween, you???ll have just the piece you need with this deluxe child Neytiri Costume from Avatar!This fantastically fun outfit features a striped, azure jumpsuit with attached tail in the form of the Na???vi people, and a black loincloth just like the protagonist princess, Neytiri to bring out the nebular native in you this Halloween! All of the Na???vi will come to your aid against the Sec-Ops when they see you in this creative costume piece!With this deluxe child Neytiri Costume, you’ll have the perfect finishing touch to save the planet of Pandora this Halloween season!





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or you can look like
Jake Sully Halloween Costume ($44.99).
If Avatar is not your thing how about Mad Hatter from Alice In Wonderland. Check out this cool
Mad Hatter Costume
. To go all out, how about dressing up as Brain from Family guy on Halloween? Check out this
Family Guy Brian Costume
complete with headpiece.

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maybe it’s Linus waiting in the pumpkin patch for the appearance of the Great Pumpkin. Or Charlie Brown looking in his trick-or-treat bag and saying, “I got a rock.” Or Snoopy in his Halloween costume as the World War I Flying Ace. Everyone has a favorite PEANUTS Halloween memory.

“Using social media is an excellent way to share your love of those classic PEANUTS moments that have been a part of your life for so long—and what could be better than the fact that now you can get rewarded for it, too!”

No wonder, since Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the gang have been celebrating the holiday for 60 years—ever since Charles Schulz published his first PEANUTS comic strip on October 2, 1950. That’s six decades in which to gather a treasure trove of great memories—which grow even richer when you share them with your friends.

That’s exactly the fun of the brand-new “Countdown to the Great Pumpkin” social media game. Now PEANUTS fans can log on to www.greatpumpkincountdown.com to share their favorite PEANUTS quotes, videos, pictures, news and more via their social media accounts—and in the process, earn points toward a custom PEANUTS pre-loaded iPad! The winner will then have a chance to win an additional $25,000. Weekly winners will receive prizes throughout the contest including The PEANUTS Collection from Little, Brown and Co.; Snoopy Flying Ace Xbox game from Smart Bomb Interactive; It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown from Running Press; and the Deluxe Holiday Collection 3-pack DVD set from Warner Home Video.

Members of the Schulz family—including Charles Schulz’s son Craig, daughter Jill, and widow, Jeannie—will be playing along, offering their own PEANUTS memories and suggesting some of the daily to-dos.

“One of the things that has always given me the most pleasure about PEANUTS is the way it creates a joyful bond between people,” says Craig Schulz. “Using social media is an excellent way to share your love of those classic PEANUTS moments that have been a part of your life for so long—and what could be better than the fact that now you can get rewarded for it, too!”

From September 7 through October 31, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and MySpace users can visit www.greatpumpkincountdown.com and register their accounts to participate in the “Countdown to the Great Pumpkin” game. Players will earn points by completing the “Daily To-Do”—a different PEANUTS-themed task each day.

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PEANUTS Fans: Celebrate 60 Years of Halloween Memories — Linus in the Pumpkin Patch! Charlie Brown’s ‘I Got a Rock …

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