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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Costume Report 2013

Hi everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween!  I can't believe it's come and gone and Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away.  It seems like last Thanksgiving was just yesterday.  This year has gone by so fast, too fast really, I think time needs to slow down a little!  :)

I had four people give me a costume report from their Halloween celebrations, which I will share with you now!

Here is my friend, Morgan's, report from Alaska: saw a lot of Batmans, one was a retro Batman!  My son was Batman and even some of the girls were dressed as Batman.  I saw a man dressed as Mario from Mario Bros. and saw two people in white with a white unicorn head on.  A few girls were dressed as Link from Legend of Zelda.  There was also a Men In Black agent.  There were only a few zombies.  I also saw a family where the dad was Winnie the Pooh, the mom was Tigger, one kid Eeyore, and the baby was Piglet!  I also saw a lot of cats.

Thanks for your report, Morgan!  The Winnie the Pooh family sounds so cute!

Here is my friend, Roxy's, report from Kansas: we had 4 princesses, 1 grim reaper, 1 werewolf, a retro batman, a ninja turtle, a power ranger, a ninja, 2 fairies, Cleopatra, Iron Man, a couple of zombies, Spiderman, kitty cats, and a skeleton.

Thank you for your report, Roxy!  I'm starting to see a theme here...

Here is my friend, Susan's, report from Missouri: I saw a couple of kids with a Monsters University theme.  My neighbor kids were minions, handmade minions at that!  Super cute!  I had a ninja and a Skylander character.  My friend's daughter was Princess Leia, I was a nurse, and my friend was a cat.

Thanks for your report, Susan!  I have a friend whose daughter went as a handmade minion as well, very cute!

For our last report here is my co-owner, Chas, from Massachusetts: a purple dragon, chick, ninja, mobster, several princesses, super girl, geisha girl, police officer, several bugs, butterflies, a few witches, pirate, Delmo (anime character), mouse, 2 Miss America girls, a girl was dressed as a doctor, and another girl was dressed as Rapunzel (she was doing fine until her wig blew off), and a baseball player who was having issues with his mustache.

Thanks for your report, Chas!  It seems that ninjas, Batman, and princesses were a big theme this year!  Thank you to those who sent in their reports, I really appreciate it!  I hope to do this again next year to see if the trends change at all. 

Remember, if you have a movie or book review you'd like me to share, please feel free to contact me! 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 28, 2013

DIY Vintage Halloween Table Runner

Hello everyone!

Halloween is only three days away...how did that happen??  September and October flew by without much time to plan anything it seemed.  This year I wanted to create some handmade decorations for Halloween.  It's very easy to find ideas and patterns if you just do a google search!  I decided I wanted to share with all of you a couple of the handmade decorations I made this year with my mom, complete with DIY (do-it-yourself) instructions!  I hate when I find a project I would love to make, but the author hasn't provided detailed instructions!  If you click on the photos you can view them in a larger size.  :)

The project I am sharing with you today is a Vintage Halloween Table Runner! My mom found a couple pieces of remnants at Joann's and came up with the idea to make the table runner.  I absolutely LOVE the vintage Halloween fabric!  Here are a list of the supplies you will need:

~Two pieces of fabric in whatever length/width you desire (one for the top and one for the bottom)
~Four tassels for each corner (the ones my mom purchased came two to a package)
~Trim or lace that is long enough to be sewn around the entire project
~Sewing machine
~Pins (you will use these to pin all the components of the project into place)

Step 1: Wash your fabric!  You don't know what all your fabric has touched, plus washing it makes it a little softer.

Step 2: After your fabric is washed and dried be sure to iron it.  This will get out any creases or wrinkles that have formed in the fabric.

Step 3: Cut your contrasting fabrics so that they match in size.  For example, our vintage Halloween fabric was bigger than our orange fabric, so we cut the vintage fabric down to make it the same size as the orange fabric.

Step 4: Pin the trim (with the decorative side facing in) onto the right side of one panel of fabric.

Step 5: Pin the tassels to the corners of your fabric.

Step 6: Thread your sewing machine with black thread (or whatever color thread you want to use).

Step 7: Sew the trim close to the edge of the fabric taking the pins out as you go.

Step 8: Pin the contrasting fabric to the first piece of fabric with the right sides together.

Step 9: Sew the pieces together leaving one short end open for turning right side out.  Tip #1: When you get to the open end, sew about 2 inches in on each side (this reinforces the stitching) leaving an opening large enough for your hand to turn fabric right side out.  Tip #2: When sewing the two pieces together, sew over the stitching of the first piece of fabric...this provides a guide so the stitching isn't off.

Step 10: Trim the seam and corners if needed.

Step 11: Turn your fabric right side out.

Step 12: Iron your project so the trim, seam, and corners are lying flat.

Step 13: Either hand or machine sew the open end shut.

There you have it!  You now have a custom made table runner for Halloween!  This is how ours turned out:

This was a quick, easy, and fun project to make!  Thanks to my mom for doing most of the work and tolerating my pictures!  ;)  If you have made something similar or make one using our instructions, please be sure to share some pictures...we would love to see them!  If you have any questions about this project, you can comment below or contact me at our Facebook page!

Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2013 Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Hi everyone!

We are so excited to have reached 800 likes since the summer!  You guys are awesome!  I wonder if we can make it to 1,000 likes by Halloween?

In order to thank you for following us, commenting, sharing our posts, etc... we have decided to run a pumpkin carving contest this year for Halloween!  All you need to do is submit ONE photo per person to the email address I will provide.  I will create a photo album on our Facebook page specifically for the contest.  I will then upload the photos to the album.  Instead of judging the photos ourselves, we will let the users of Facebook determine the winners!  Anyone will be able to like the photos and whoever gets the most likes will win! This means you will need to share, share, share your photo once I have it uploaded!  The email address you will need to email your pictures to is: halloween_night-owner@yahoogroups.com and please put "pumpkin carving contest" in the subject line!  The contest will end on November 1st at midnight.

Unfortunately, I cannot afford to hand out a prize this year.  Your prize will be winning the contest and having your name and pumpkin picture displayed at the top of our blog until next year!

We look forward to seeing all of your awesome creations...good luck!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fright Night Friday Movie Review: Ghost Lake

We're back!  Hello everyone!  Sorry to be so quiet for so long.  This year has been an interesting one..lots of good and lots of bad.  I figured it was about time I post a new movie review, so here goes!  This is an old review that my co-owner, Chas, wrote back in 2006!  If you're a member of our Yahoo group, you can view the original post here!  Enjoy!

 Ghost Lake (2004)

Movie Plot:

Don't go in the water! Crippled by guilt and grief after the death of
her parents, Rebecca (Tatum Adair) retreats to her family's lakeside
summer house. But her fragile state of mind is further disturbed by
nightmarish visions in which the dead are arising from the waters --
and feeding on the living. Has she lost her hold on reality, or are
zombies really sating their gruesome appetites with human flesh?

What sounded like a good story plot became very silly. It has some
predictable things in the movie like the bodies rising up from the
tables they were lying on. The make up was bad. You could almost see
the rubber hoses as the water came gushing out of the zombies'
mouths. If you are looking for a scary movie this movie lacks any
form of fright. However, if you are interested in a silly horror
movie, the kind that you watch for a laugh, you might enjoy it.

I will give this movie 2 skulls.

Thanks again to Chas for the review!  Sounds like a stinker of a movie!  Remember, we are always looking for movie reviews to add to the blog as well as Halloween related articles!  If you are interested in submitting an article for the blog, you can message me on our Facebook page, or email me by locating the envelope with wings on the right hand side of the blog!  Thanks for stopping by and have a spooktacular weekend!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Top 10 Hero/Villain Costumes of 2013

Good evening everyone!

I hope this post finds you gearing up for the Halloween season!  We made it to the halfway mark...FINALLY!  To celebrate we have a guest post tonight from our friend, Marie, who will be describing the top 10 hero/villain costumes for this year!  I would like to thank Marie for her article and I encourage our readers to leave comments either here or on our Facebook page letting us know what you think!  With that being said, here's Marie!

 Top 10 Hero/Villain Costumes of 2013

This year is sure to be an exciting one for fans of some our most classic superheroes and villains. Whether you are looking at costumes for Halloween or just looking to dress up on premiere nights, 2013 will have plenty of characters that will be popular and fresh in our minds from now until October. Here are ten character costumes that are sure to be on display this Halloween and a few that may be spotted at your local theater over the next few months.


1.  Katniss:  The “Hunger Games” heroine returns this fall in “Catching Fire”, the second movie in the ever-popular trilogy. The newer movie has her doing most of her action in a wetsuit which is simple enough to get a hold of. The bow and arrows probably won’t be too welcome is you’re attending the premiere but are essential props for Halloween. If you prefer the classic gear of her in her “Game” issued jacket, pants and boots that would probably work better if you’re dressing up for premiere night. If you want you can get creative with the bow on Halloween by building them out of household objects like a small bungee cord and hula hoop cut in half. Duct tape on the ends of plastic arrows works really well if you’re trying to get someone’s attention.

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2.  Iron Man:  Tony Stark is back for the final chapter in the “Iron Man” trilogy. There are so many ways you can sport this outfit that you really only need to worry about the proper mask. The red, white, and blue outfit will probably be more popular this year as this one is featured in the newest movie but the classic red and gold is always a fun option. A fun thing to do is buy the costume and then put strapped headlights around your hands to imitate his energy blasts.

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3.  Viper:  An X-Men villain set to appear later in “The Wolverine”, Viper is a cool choice for the ladies this Halloween. Green is the only essential element for this costume so feel free to put in the hair, on the lips, and even some eye shadow. Spandex and leather are ideal for the adult women but the younger crowd can also enjoy sporting this outfit with a pair of green athletic sweats and a tank top with arm warmers. 

4.  Thor:  The Asgardian Prince will also be out again this year as well as his featured sequel “Thor: The Dark World”. The bleach blonde hair is really the only thing you’ll need to get on your own as this costume is available whole just about anywhere. Those who want to get creative with the hammer can wrap it with rubber bands or bungee cords to your hand so that you can chuck it and have it return to you instantly. 

5.  Black Widow:  The popular “Avengers” heroine will make appearances in both “Iron Man 3” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this year. The athletic S.H.I.E.L.D. assassin is always a fun choice for the superhero loving ladies. Plastic pistol holsters and red hair are the main essential additives to this all black attired costume but many places probably have the prop weapons with the costume.

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6.  Loki:  Thor’s brother and on and off nemesis is a good pairing for someone who has a brother going as Thor or is part of a group dressing up as the Avengers. Sleeked black hair, long or short, works for this villain and usually has the helmet and scepter to go with the costume but can always be modified to your liking.

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7.  Falcon:  The first African-American superhero of mainstream comics will definitely be sported this year as this character is featured in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” later this year. The red and white costume and nature of the character lends itself well to sporting an old pair of red sneakers. An awesome idea would be to bust out some vintage red “Air Jordans”.

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  8.  Bucky/Winter Soldier:  Captain America’s old pal Bucky returns later this year in his own upgraded gear as a brainwashed assassin. Black combat boots might be needed to go with this costume and you can always use your own choice of prop gun like a nerf or water gun. This is another good option for someone looking to dress with an Avengers or Marvel group of friends.

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 9.  “300” Soldiers:  The Spartans return later this year to take on Xerxes in the battle at Sea around the same time of King Leonidas’ battle at Thermopylae. Guys and girls can both enthusiastically sport the classic Greek attire if not the Spartan warrior gear this Halloween. These costumes generally are more appropriate for adults so if you’re going to dress up for the premiere it’s better to go with the white Greek robes and save the capes, spears, and speedos for the private Halloween party.

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 10.  Superman:  Honestly, who isn’t excited for the revamped “Man of Steel” franchise? Clark Kent will be everywhere this October and this summer when Superman returns to movie theaters. This is one of the most classic costumes that will once again be trending this year so feel free to add customizations to make your costume unique. Go all out and wear the professional Clark Kent clothes over the classic costume to the Halloween party and rock the superhero suit when you get inside. 

Marie Sumner is an avid cosplayer and passionate writer who owns more superhero movies and comic books than anyone should be allowed to. She writes for wholesalehalloweencostumes.com which gives her an excuse to talk about comics, movies, and different types of outfits all day.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fright Night Friday Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania

Good evening readers!

TGIF!  Hope you all are doing well and enjoying your day!  We have a new movie review for you tonight!  This one comes from our friend, Melissa, over at Gothic Charms!

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

What a great animated movie!  I want this hotel!  LOL  Fantastic family movie.  I love how the monsters are portrayed - like most humans, they all have their foibles, their annoyances and things they're great at.  All parents want to protect their children, but there comes a time when the parents have to learn to let go.  It's a difficult time for adults and kids alike - especially when you're 118 years old!  It's time to stretch those wings, put some sparkle on those fangs and see new places - but what are you leaving behind at the same time?

This movie was a lot more fun than I expected it to be.  There are a few touching scenes of parent/teen angst, some fantasticly funny moments and lots of monster magic.  Frankenstein doing the high dive into the pool - hilarious!  Werewolf puppies EVERYWHERE! (Girl power! woohoo!)  Shower scenes with skeletons - laugh out loud funny!

This is a must see and must buy movie!  You'll watch it over and over again!

I give this movie a rockin' FIVE SKULLS!

Awesome review, thanks Melissa!  I definitely agree with this, I saw the movie in the theater with my husband...HE even loved it!  He bought it for me for Christmas.  Don't forget you can also play the Hotel Transylvania game on Facebook which is a ton of fun!  If you have a movie review you'd like to share with us, please email it to me (even if a movie has already been reviewed we don't care, we will still post it)!  We are always looking for reviews to share.  

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

New changes to the blog!

Hello everyone!

I hope February has been treating all of you well!  We here at Halloween Night headquarters got hit by Winter Storm Q which resulted in a couple of snow days (darn, what a shame hehe) and plenty of snow!  We are now waiting on our next snow storm which is supposed to hit tonight and last through Monday night!  We haven't seen this kind of winter weather for about two years and the moisture is very welcome here due to the drought.

We are making some changes to the blog that will help it be more presentable.  I have been working on making a special page just for our favorite links!  All the links that have been on our blog's homepage will be moved there.  Once that is done, there will be a links tab at the top of the page.

We have created a page for our Halloween Extravaganza project.  Here is the link:  http://halloween-nights.blogspot.com/p/halloween-extravaganza.html  If you ever want to go back and watch the videos, there is a "Halloween Extravaganza" tab at the top of the blog's homepage.  :)

We have also added a chatroom!  It appears in the right hand side column of the homepage.  There are several ways you can log in to chat. You can log in with your Facebook account, Twitter, as a guest (you can sign in with whatever name you choose), or you can sign up for an account with Chatroll which is the website we are using for the chat.  We thought this would be a fun way to connect with our readers and it gives us the possibility to hold special chat events in the future.  We will be monitoring the chatroom everyday and if we find it being abused, you will be banned.  So, feel free to check it out! 

We hope you all are having a spooktacular weekend!  Stay safe!  :)