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September 19th, 2012

Getting Your Costume Ready for Halloween?

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Our favorite spooky celebration is right around the corner!

Much of the nation has had over a week of lovely fall weather, and minds are turning towards the autumn holidays, especially Halloween, which is just 6 weeks away.

Halloween decorations are already in the stores and pumpkins are beginning to appear on porches as tentative Halloween decorating gets underway. It is a lovely time of year and planning your costume and parties is almost as much fun as the actual holiday.

So what kind of costume are you planning this year? Ghost? Goblin? Zombie? Werewolf? Monster? Do you have a masquerade or costume party planned? How about a theatrical production?

Here is a quick Frankenstein Monster costume that you can make with items you probably already have around the house. And if you want to make it a real graveyard smash, add a pair of theatrical contact lenses from If you hurry, you can take advantage of their free shipping offer here.

Digging Up Clothes

  • Black pants
  • Black or dark T-shirt
  • Black or dark blazer
  • Work boots or platform shoes
  • Black nail polish
  • Mousse or hair gel
  • Black eyeliner
  • Brown eye shadow

Go on a hunt through your old drawers, the back of closets or even take a quick tip to the local Goodwill. You will need a pair of old jeans or black pants, a pair old tennis shoes, platform shoes or work boots and a dark T-shirt and blazer. Remember, the monster always looks way too big for his clothes so if you can find a jacket that has sleeves that are much too short for you, all the better!

Get green make up and Frankenstein neck bolts from a costume supply. The neck bolts can also be purchased online. You may need spirit gum to attach the bolts. Some bolts have wires that fit around your neck. We also found a pretty neat site that shows you how to make the neck bolts at home. Click here.

Cover your face, neck and hands with the green makeup. Put brown eye shadow on your upper lids and underneath your eyes. Use black eyeliner to outline and define the eyes. Draw a scar line and stitches on your forehead with the same eyeliner pencil.

Paint your nails black and be sure to slick your hair back from your face with plenty of mousse or hair gel.

Then go out and scare the bejeebers out of everybody!

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October 18th, 2010

Choose A Halloween Party Theme

SpiritHalloween.comBefore you know it, it will be October 31st. Where will you be and what will you be doing on that date? If you are planning a Halloween party, here are some great ideas to keep your party eerie, frightening, and fun.

Start with Spooky 

Halloween is the one time of year when it is permitted to scare the ‘be-jeebers’ out of everybody. Nothing is off limits; the spookier, the better. Fine tune your scare tactics and bring your most ghoulish dreams to reality with a spooky Halloween party.

Pick a Theme 

You may want your party to revolve around something hideous and creepy, but there are so many variations on that idea. Here are some themes you can use for the different age groups:

Youth Theme Party Ideas 

  • Scary Monster Theme
  • Bad Guy Theme
  • Favorite Movie or Television Character
  • Jack-o-lantern Costume Theme
  • Princess Costume Theme

With kids, the possibilities are endless because they have so many interests, not the least of which is dressing up… for everything!

Teenage Theme Party Ideas 

  • Vampire Party
  • Favorite Undead Character
  • Favorite Ghoulish Mask
  • Twilight
  • Psychedelic

Using the same basic concept for teens as for younger children, you just think of popular television and movie characters and stories and pick a theme. For teenagers, just step it up a notch and give them more bizarre options. Throw out some ideas and let your teen run with it.

Adult Theme Party Ideas

  • So Sexy Monster Theme
  • Murder Mystery Night
  • Re-visit the 60s, 70s, 80s,or 90s
  • Nightie Night Pajama Party

If you are throwing an all-adult party, be sure to plan for a long night. Make it fun and worth the extra effort it takes to plan and execute a costume to fit the theme.  Find a babysitter whose willing to stay into the wee hours so you and your guests can howl at the moon. Couple parties as well as all-girl or guys night parties are especially fun for Halloween. Create some fun with this night away from the stress of work and family responsibilities.

The Planning 

As with any party, the first step is the planning. If Halloween falls on a weekend, great. Otherwise, choose a non-workday and non-school day that’s close to Halloween for the best result. If you pick a day too far before or after Halloween, you will lose the festive feeling. Unlike Christmas, the ‘season’ for Halloween is short.

Halloween falls on the same day every year, so we all know it’s coming, and when!  Sometimes the success of a party boils down to who gets their invitations out first. You will need to send out invitations before the social calendars fill up. Hash out the particulars of your party and let everyone know about the theme so they can get their costumes together.  Once the invitations are out, get the decorations and food planned and ready.  And, don’t forget your own costume!

Pick a theme for your Halloween party this year to make it even more spectacular.  Make the theme scary if you like, or just make it fun.  It doesn’t matter just as long as everyone’s having a good time!

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas 

Each year, people spend hundreds of dollars getting tricked out and trussed up for the spookiest night of the year. We’re talking about Halloween, of course. But, at what cost? You want to keep more money in your pocket, and we want to help you do just that.  Here are some easy Halloween costume ideas that are great for kids and adults alike, and that won’t put your budget at risk.

Kids and Teens Costumes 

When you think “easy” you think readily accessible materials, quick, and very little cost. Never fear, brave parents. You can create great costumes with materials you already have at home.  Very often these costumes are from ideas provided by your kids.

For the younger set, you may very likely need two costumes. Why two costumes? Kids like to dress up for their class Halloween party as well as trick-or-treating. Most kids like having a different costume for each party. After all, part of the fun of the Halloween costume is the surprise, or even shock. Those elements can be lost if the costume is worn twice.

To get started on a costume, look in the kids’ closets. If your kids are like most kids, they have a collection of play clothes including princess dresses, tiaras, cowboy hats, lassos, themed pajamas, and all sorts of accessories. The closets and dress-up bins are treasure troves.

Here’s an example for a young girl who wants to be a princess. If she has ever been to a Disney store or a Disney theme park, she may already have at least one princess dress. Start with that dress as the basis for your costume. Fancy it up with a tiara, a magic wand, and a pair of old shoes sprayed with glitter paint. What you don’t have can be found at the dollar store or in your closet. Try some simple face painting makeup to give her a resemblance of her favorite storybook royalty.

As an example for a teen who wants to be an old time rock and roll star, you may want to raid your own closet. Grab some old T-shirts and tear off the sleeves. Then find old jeans you can cut up and shred a bit. An old wig is fun, too, especially if the costume is more of a ‘heavy metal’ style rocker. Have your teen look through your old albums to get ideas, then go ahead and drag out that big box of old clothes and dig in.

Adult Costumes 

Here is where the process gets easier still. You don’t have to go to a costume shop to rent or buy a witch’s outfit or Dracula costume. It’s time to hit the closet again.

Let’s start with the guys. Do you like gumshoe detectives; Spade, Marlow, Columbo? If you have a long trench coat, all you need is a wrinkled shirt, slacks, a hat, and a fake cigarette. Is surfer dude more your speed? Grab the board, put on your wetsuit and slick that hair up. A pair of silky pajamas and a silky scarf tied around your neck and you are the world’s most famous playboy.

We haven’t left you out, girls. What about your favorite little black dress? Add some spider webbed gloves, stilettos, a long black wig, red lipstick and fangs, and you are the sexy vamp ready for a night of bloodletting. You can also raid his closet and work wonders with one of his old suits. Grab a martini glass and you are the perfect Madison Avenue advertising executive.

Looking your best on Halloween doesn’t have to mean a trip to the costume store to buy an expensive get up. Start with what you have right in your home and accessorize to the hilt. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a costume, you can shop at home and look like a million bucks.

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October 3rd, 2010

Halloween Twilight Character Ideas

Twilight has joined the ranks of famous movie characters and has spawned costume ideas that will be quite hot this Halloween. To be cool at your favorite party this year, who will you be?

A Bit of Background About the Characters

So, here’s what everyone is raving about. A big city girl named Bella Swann moves away from her mom and in with her dad in the tiny, tiny backwater that is Forks, Washington. In the first movie, just from the scenery, you can tell this is going to be both gothic and strangely romantic.

To continue; Bella meets the sun-challenged Edward Cullen. His blazing eyes and porcelain skin suck her in right away (no pun intended). She is enamored with him even more when he saves her life from a runaway truck. It is here that our detective beauty embarks on a journey to find out who Edward really is – a vampire.

Jacob Black is the tanned, dark-haired friend of Bella Swan and also a member of the Quileute tribe on the local Indian reservation. Jacob likes Bella very much, and has an intense distrust of the Cullen’s (especially Edward) that she can’t understand.

Now that you have a quick synopsis, let’s discuss the look.

Costume Couture for Gals

For the gals, this is a no-brainer. Even though there are some gals in the Cullen household who could turn a guy’s head (Alice and Rosalie) – and not just to bite them – most girls want to play the love interest of the deeply mysterious Edward. That would be Bella Swann.

To pull off this look, you don’t need much. These are actually some of the easiest characters to portray without spending loads of cash. If you are a natural brunette, you are one step ahead of the others. If not, invest in a good long brunette wig.

Bella’s dress is simple: peasant shirts, boot cut jeans, garden variety blue kicks, and a jean jacket. Where you will stand out is the accessories: bracelets, rings, dark headband, and pale pink lipstick.

Costume Couture for Guys 

So are you for Team Edward or Team Jacob? Playing upon your natural coloring may decide for you. For instance, a deep tan will naturally give you a head start on Team Jacob. If you are fair skinned, then Team Edward would be your natural choice.

Now guys, you will have to put on a little makeup if you want to have that undead look. Sweep the hair upward with styling gel and have those eyebrows arched. To shock and appeal to the ladies, brush a bit of sparkling body glitter just above your neckline to give them a hint of your vampire side.

As for clothes, you might already have them in your wardrobe: solid white or blue shirt, skinny but manly jeans, black Nike’s, long jacket, and cuff bracelet.

Jacob is buff, so guys, start doing your crunches now. You can be Jacob in Twilight with the long silky dark hair or in Eclipse with a short sexy slightly spiked coif.

As far as wardrobe, you can go with a pair of jeans. Jacob is often seen without a shirt, but October may not be the month to go shirtless, so try out a black muscle shirt for the look.

Who will you be?  Let your inner Bella, Edward, or Jacob shine through with a bit of over-the-top clothing, hair, and makeup to inspire your best “fright night” ever.

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September 30th, 2010

Twilight Character Spoof Costume Ideas

Whenever there is a wildly popular movie, you can bet there will be a spoof waiting in the wings somewhere. There is one about to be released for Twilight called “Vampires Suck.” If you want to dress like the Twilight characters this Halloween, but from a funnier side, you just need to think of the sublimely ridiculous and run with it.

The Twilight Saga films are based on the series of novels by Stephanie Meyer. The first film in the series was Twilight, released in 2008 followed by New Moon in late-2009. The summer of 2010 brought the third installment, titled Eclipse.

The Twilight movies are a series of romance/fantasy/thrillers based on vampire Edward Cullen and his human love, Bella Swan. To add to the mix, Bella is torn between the sultry vampire and her friend, Jacob Black, who morphs into a werewolf.

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There is so much that you can do with these Twilight characters, especially the Cullen family. Think back to the traditional vampire lore: sleep in coffins, pale as death, sunlight burns their skin, and drinking the blood of unsuspecting virgins.

Makeup and Costume – Boys

Here’s where you will make a dramatic contrast. Instead of dabbing a little powder on, go with the deathly white look like traditional vampires. Don’t forget the blood red lips and black rings around the eyes. For the red eye thing that the Cullen’s seem to have, you can play that up with colored contact lenses. Your friends will get a kick out of that.

What about the hair? Now, for Edward, an exaggerated do will look something like Elvis having a bad hair day. Let that cliff-like coif stand high off your head. In fact, you can use an Elvis wig.

How about Jacob? Well, as you know, when he comes of age, he can shape-shift into a wolf. Play on that. Make your face up like a werewolf. Don’t go all wolf with a mask. It’s much more creative to go only slightly wolf-like, and much more eerie.

Use makeup glue and affix prickly dark hairs to your face like sideburns. Don’t forget the eyebrows and the chin. A prosthetic nose or face makeup can transform your human nose into a canine sniffer. A Wolverine wig would be the icing on the cake that is Jacob Black.

Makeup and Costume – Girls
Vampires often have telltale red rings under their eyes like they’ve been awake for a thousand years. Exaggerate that red makeup and add long false eyelashes.  As far as the hair, go with wild blond wigs or spiky brunette ones if you want to spoof Rosalie or Alice. For the costume, think Elvira or Cyndi Lauper at her wildest.

To spoof Bella, give her a lot of makeup. Go over the top. If you’ve seen the spoofed trailer of New Moon, Bella looks more like Daisy Duke and Buffy the Vampire Slayer than a conflicted teenage girl. You can go with either one of those. Dress her in a black leather biker’s outfit with spiked heels. Or, on the other end, she can look like a farm girl with cowboy hat, plaid shirt and short shorts.

Making fun of popular Halloween characters is always good for a laugh. Go outrageous and let the fun begin!

Have a spooky great time!

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September 27th, 2010

Top Halloween Party Games For Kids

Personalize your Halloween Party at ShindigZ.comHalloween is just around the corner! Kids like to have fun, and what could be more fun than a Halloween party? If you want to have an entertaining Halloween party without too much sweat and toil, make sure that there are plenty of activities for your child and their friends to enjoy. Here are a few games you might want to include on your list of activities to hear roars of laughter from your kids:

Bobbing for Apples – This was great when you were a kid, and is still a favorite. Find a large metal wash tub and fill it with cold water. Add crisp, pretty apples. Each kid takes a turn bobbing his or her face into the wash tub, hoping to bite into, and bring up, an apple.

Pumpkin Carving – Kids love competition. Provide each child with a small pumpkin and a safe carving kit. Pick themes or let their imaginations drive their creations.  Give prizes for different categories (scariest, prettiest, most unusual) and be sure everyone gets a prize of some sort. Operation Letters to Santa’s Halloween section has plenty of Halloween Stationery and Halloween Certificates that you can print from your computer and personalize with your own name!

Mask Mania – Use construction paper or pre-made mask shapes. Provide paint and plenty of embellishments so each child can create a fanciful mask. Offer prizes for several categories, ensuring that each child walks away with some sort of recognition.

Haunted Hayride – If you have the space and the equipment, this is a very fun party. Hitch a trailer to a truck. Fill the trailer with hay bales for the kids to sit on and carry them through the field while someone tells ghost stories. See who can tell the scariest story. This is also a great idea for small, scattered neighborhoods where walking between them may be a little dangerous because of the roads. It allows the parents and the children to all be together in one group and is a lot of fun for everybody!

Trivia Games – What’s your favorite scary movie? Come up with challenging questions about everyone’s favorite movie and see who can get the most answered correctly, for prizes, of course.

Scavenger Hunt – Use your own backyard or even your house, basement, or garage to set up the hunt. Divide kids into teams and provide ghastly clues to each piece of the puzzle that leads to  the largest treasure.

Haunted House – Halloween is all about being scared, right? Create a haunted house in your backyard, garage, or basement in the form of a maze. You get to laugh at all the screams you hear as they make their way from spooky beginning to frightening end.

Dance-a-Thon – Let’s see who can dance the longest to a non-stop reverie of new and old haunted Halloween songs. Even see who can perform the classic dances like “Monster Mash” like a pro. Those who dance the longest win a prize.

Who says that Halloween has to be all about trick-or-treating? You can host a party for your kids and have a spooky great time.

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