Happy Halloween

  • October 31, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Well, this is it for me on “all things Halloween”.  I hope you enjoyed reading my ever-humorous take on Halloween costumes, Halloween decorating, traditions, customs, cooking, scary movies, and so on and so on and so on.  I can’t wait to start all over again with all the wonderful costumes we have now, plus much more new merchandise that I’m sure will please!   

Even though my Halloween blogging days are over for a brief time, you can catch me on our Christmas Express website.   Plus, we'll have some exciting new costumes and accessories to share with you here on HalloweenExpress.com which I'll be here to tell you about. But for now, Christmas is right around the corner – only 55 more days!  You’ll love Christmas Express; it has everything you’ll need to turn your home into a Winter Wonderland. 

See you there!




Halloween Traditions

  • October 28, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

I hope everyone is recuperating well from their night out at Halloween parties, contests, and club-hopping in your costumes.  With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year and being right in the middle of the week there are actually quite a few costume parties the Saturday after Halloween too.  Which gives you twice the fun of getting to go to two costume parties instead of just one this year.  However, if you’re feeling really bad this morning after a long night of ghostly celebration you might think about cutting back on the “spooky cider” at your next party!

In my blog a few days ago I talked about how every Halloween it’s a tradition at our house to have the whole family over before the trick-or-treating starts and order several large pizzas so that the kids get a chance to eat something quick before they’re out the door and running!   I just happened to notice in the paper this morning a big article on how pizza has become the new “Halloween dinner”.  It is among the top five nights of the year for home deliveries along with - the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday.  So apparently it’s not just a tradition in our household!

Another tradition we have is going to the pumpkin patch and letting the kids pick out their own perfect pumpkin to carve.  Today is probably the last day that a lot of the pumpkin patches and farms will be open, so get out there and find yourself a pumpkin.  It’s actually a good idea to wait until the weekend before Halloween to carve your pumpkin.  That way it still looks nice and plump instead of mushy after sitting outside for a couple weeks.

Don't forget that Halloween Express can still deliver your Halloween Costume before Halloween. And, if you're attending one of the many parties next Saturday (which by the way is when we turn our clocks back one-hour so you get an extra hour to party!), you have time to order your costume. Here's more information on the shipping options we offer: Shipping and Delivery.

 


Horror Film Series - Saw

  • October 27, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

The horror movie “Saw IV” was released yesterday just in time for Halloween.  It’s the fourth installment in the popular Saw horror film series.  The fourth film's release date follows the series tradition that the films be released the Friday before Halloween of each year. Like all good horror films it’s full of suspense and plenty of blood and gore. This installment continues the story of the John Kramer (aka: Jigsaw Killer), and his obsession with teaching people the value of their own lives. My nephew and his friends went to see it as soon as they got out of school yesterday and loved it.  The initial reviews for Saw IV have been really good:

  • will please any fan of the franchise 
  • has everything you’d ever want from a Saw film 
  • will really bring it full circle
  • best of the lot
  • gory and twisted

Previously released Saw movies:

  • Saw – released 2004
  • Saw II – released 2005
  • Saw III – released 2006

There is said to be two more installments (Saw V & VI) of the Saw horror series in the works.  I’m sure my nephews will be glad to hear about that!

Well, off the subject of movies and onto the fun subject of Halloween Party’s!  I’m sure many people will be getting their costumes on tonight and going out to parties and the clubs.  If you’re planning on entering a costume contest – good luck!  I’m sure if you’re wearing one of our wonderful costumes you’ll be holding that 1st place prize before the nights over.  Have fun and remember to be safe! 

 


Accessories Make The Costume

  • October 26, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Can you believe there’s only five more days until Halloween?  If you don’t have your costume yet, it’s not too late to order online.  Check out our “delivery calculator” at the top of our home page and see our 'Just in Time' Shipping Schedule.  It will explain to you what shipping preference will get your costume to you in time for Halloween.  

If you already have your costume but just need some accessories, well you’ve come to the right place. 

How can you be a pirate without the pirate sword, PIRATE SWORD the eye patch, PIRATE EYE PATCH or the pirate hook?  PIRATE HOOK 

What would a cowboy be without his rifle,  HALLOWEEN COSTUME RIFLE a leather holster with pistols, HALLOWEEN COSTUME GUN SET or of course his cowboy hat?  COWBOY DOUBLE GUN SET 

A princess has to have a beautiful jeweled tiara, COWBOY TIARA and the perfect shoes.  LITTLE MERMAID ARIEL SHOES

You never see a police officer on the job without his badge POLICY OFFICER HALLOWEEN COSTUME BADGE or handcuffs. HALLOWEEN COSTUME HANDCUFF ACCESSORY

I think you get the idea, but to see much more of our accessories go to HALLOWEEN COSTUME ACCESSORIES.

Another great way to see our costumes and accessories is to go to one of our over 200 seasonal retail stores throughout the country.  Go to our homepage and click on “Halloween Store locator”, type in your zip code to find out if there are any Halloween Express stores in your area.



Halloween Safety Tips

  • October 25, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Safety should be at the top of everyone’s priority list this Halloween.  I’ve talked about it in some of my earlier blogs, but wanted to reiterate how important safety is when out trick-or-treating; whether you’re a child or an adult.  But as adults, we have the responsibility to make sure our children are safe.

How many times have you seen on the news, stories about children being hit by a car on Halloween night?  That breaks my heart when I hear something like that.  For a child Halloween is such an exciting and fun night that sometimes they are so excited to get to the next house that they shoot across the street without thought of even looking both ways.  I’ve seen it many times in my neighborhood (thankfully no cars were coming); especially when kids are following each other and one falls behind.  They dart across the street just trying to catch up with their friends. 

There are many things we as parents can do to protect our children on Halloween night and keep them safe:

  • If you’re driving, you have to be aware of the children.  Drive SLOW!  Watch for children to run out between cars or in the middle of the street.  When backing down your driveway be careful and look twice to make sure it is clear.

  • Have your child wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.  There are also glow sticks (and similar items) that you can buy to have your child wear around their neck or pin to their costume.  Accompany your child around the neighborhood.  If you can’t, make sure another adult is with them.  As a parent you know if your child is “old” enough to go around the neighborhood with their friends without you, however it helps to have them wear a watch so they know when the trick-or-treat hours are over and when to head home.  Always know exactly where they will be and what route they’re taking.

  • When picking out a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.

  • Check your child’s costume and make sure it’s not dragging the ground where they could trip and hurt themselves.  Face paint is always a good substitution for a mask, however if they do wear a mask make sure they have nose and mouth openings and large enough eye holes so they can see clearly.

  • Make sure they know to only go to houses that are well lit and ones that they know someone is home.  They should never enter a stranger’s home.

  • Have them bring their candy home first before eating anything.  Go through it with them and throw out anything you’re not sure about.  Have them eat dinner before they go out trick-or-treating - that way they’re not as hungry and won’t be eating all their candy before they get home.  On Halloween night we always order pizza.  It’s such a hectic night with trying to get everyone situated that it just seems easier than fixing dinner – plus they kids love it.  But remember to order early because I think a lot of people do pizza night on Halloween.

I hope these safety tips help and remind you to be extra careful this year. You can find some more here on our website at HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS.   As parents, we all want our children to be safe.  Just use common sense on Halloween night.  I think it’s really important that you go out with them, especially for younger children, so that you can be their eyes and ears.  They’re so excited to be running around to all the houses getting candy that safety is not their top priority – so it has to be yours!  


You Got Egged - Cabbage Night

  • October 24, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

We all know that Halloween is exactly one week from today, but do you know what age old tradition is “celebrated” the night before Halloween? You guessed it - Cabbage Night!  However, many of the adults that look forward to the festivities of Halloween night do not look forward to having to keep watch on Cabbage Night.  That is one night that mostly teenagers look forward to. 

In parts of the U.S. it is known as Cabbage Night, Goosey Night or Doorbell Night and is always on the evening of October 30th.  Tricks like toilet papering yards and houses, powder-bombing and egging cars, and smashing pumpkins are just a few of the tricks played by teenagers on that night.  In Northern England it is also known as Miggy Night, Goosey Night, Tick-Tack Night, Corn Night or Trick Night.  In Liverpool UK, it is known as Mizzie Night. In Ireland, it is called Mischief night and is becoming so popular that teenagers get the week around Halloween off school.  

While reading my Good Housekeeping magazine there was an article from “Ask Heloise” on how to survive the many Halloween pranks we see occur on Cabbage Night.  She suggests that if your property gets trashed try cleaning up in this order:  First, tackle your vehicles; second, your house - front door, steps, windows; third, clear trees, shrubs and lawn. 

You got egged:  If you have egg splattered on your car or house act quickly.  Both yolk and white can corrode painted surfaces.  If your car is egged, hose off the gunk.  Be careful with the shells, rubbing them can cause scratches.  Continue to spray and they’ll loosen and wash away.  If your house is egged, pressure-wash with a hose.  To remove dried egg from siding, mix a teaspoon of enzyme-based detergent in a cup of warm water and apply with a soft brush until it dissolves, then rinse it off.

Toilet-Papered:  Clean this up before it rains.  Wrap duct tape (sticky side out) around the end of a yardstick to pick up small pieces.  Knock wet toilet paper balls out of trees with a broom and sweep up the rest.

Soaped-up Car Windows:  Use lots of water and a soft scrub brush or nonabrasive pad to protect the glass.

There are ways to make your home less of a target for teens on Cabbage Night:

  1. Keep exterior lights on all night
  2. Bring in any pumpkins that you have on the porch
  3. Put cars in the garage or cover them with a tarp
  4. Put trash cans, bikes, and lawn equipment inside
  5. Keep your pets indoors

To some teens Cabbage Night is like a right of passage and for the most part they’re just out goofing off, having fun and they don’t mean any real harm.  But to the children whose pumpkins they smash or the adults who have to pay to have their car cleaned it doesn’t seem that way.  So play it safe this year on Cabbage Night and be sure to bring in anything from outside that you or your children don’t want damaged.  It’s just one night a year.  We can get through it and then on to the real fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween night!


Great Movie and TV Costumes

  • October 23, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell
You’re probably sick of me asking this, but do you have your Halloween costume yet?  There’s still time!  Go to our shipping page and you’ll see you can still order your costume and have it shipped to you in time for Halloween. It’s not too late. Here's the link: Just in Time Shipping Schedule and Delivery Calculator Grease is one of my all time favorite movies!  Who can forget Rydell High with Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy, The T-Birds and The Pink Ladies?  The movie was released in June 1978 and is still wildly popular today.  I don’t think there’s a song in that movie that most people don’t know every word to.  Even my children love it!  With our line of Grease costumes now you go back to the days of poodle skirts and saddle shoes.  Check out all our Grease costumes at Grease Halloween Costumes.  Grease is the word! The Lord of the Rings is a blockbuster trilogy consisting of:
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King   
The films were critically acclaimed, winning an unbelievable 17 Academy Awards.  My nephews love this trilogy and have seen them over and over again.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played Lord of the Rings Monopoly with them!  The characters in the movie are so well known that when you dress as one for Halloween everyone knows what character you are.  Gandolf, Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, Queen Arwen and even the lovely Gollum are some of the costumes you can choose from.  See our entire line of The Lord of the Rings costumes at  Lord of the Rings Halloween Costumes. As far as children and Nickelodeon go, there’s no better match.  Children love Nickelodeon and all the characters that come with it.  So when it comes to picking out their costumes many children want to be the characters that are in the Nickelodeon shows they like.  Sponge Bob (which I happen to know is not just a childs favorite – many adults love Sponge Bob) and his friend Patrick, Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer and her brother Diego are all shows that children love to watch.  For all our Nickelodeon favorite costumes go to  Nickelodeon Halloween Costumes. Remember there’s still time to shop, order and receive your costume from Halloween Express.  Get shopping now and make this Halloween a night to remember!

Halloween Makeup Kits

  • October 22, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

So, you have your Halloween costume, but could use a little help in accessorizing it?  Well look no further!  Halloween Express has everything you’ll need to make your costume one of a kind.

  1. Makeup – Every costume could use a little makeup (unless of course you’re wearing one of our fabulous masks).  The whole idea of putting on makeup to enhance the look of your character can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  There are so many different types of makeup that it can be very confusing.  That’s why we make it simple and fun for you by having “Makeup Kits” where everything you need is included in one kit.  For example:  If you’re going for the Gothic Vampire look, check out our GOTHIC COUNT KIT  What about a WITCH MAKEUP KIT, a DEVIL MAKEUP KIT or the perfect camouflage for the SOLDIER CAMOUFLAGE KIT  

We have a kit for just about every look you’re going for.  Be sure to see our entire line of makeup kits at HALLOWEEN MAKEUP KITS

  1. Prosthetics - Let’s say you’re going for the look of a lot blood and gore, maybe some stitches or even a broken bone.  How about some latex horns and ear tips, a slashed eye or neck, or even a realistic looking gunshot wound.  All these special effects and more can be found at PROSTHETICS FOR HALLOWEEN .
  1. Finishing Touches – This would include anything that would give your costume that finishing touch it needs.  From small accessories like bandanas, jumbo cigars, pom poms, and costume jewelry to phony casts. 

Any little accessory can really put your costume over the top and set it apart from all the other costumes out there on Halloween night.  Take some time to look at all of our accessories because you never know, there might be that one item that you just have to have to make your costume the best! HALLOWEEN COSTUME ACCESSORIES 

 

 


Horror Movies

  • October 21, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

There are a lot of great horror movies out in the theaters now, but a few more have recently been released just in time for a little scare amid the Halloween season:

30 Days of Night – The movie takes place in Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the U.S, where the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30 days and nights. From the darkness comes an evil force that strikes terror on the town, and all hope is pinned on a husband-and-wife cop team.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D - Jack Skellington, (aka the Pumpkin King), is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. Check out our “Jack Skellington” costumes at Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Costumes

Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour – The first in a series of Sarah Landon Mysteries.  Far away from home, Sarah Landon finds herself all alone, staying in the guesthouse of her late friend’s grandmother.  She didn’t realize that the guesthouse was haunted, but that soon becomes the least of the 17 year olds worries.  When she learns of the town’s dark secret she finds herself in the middle of a haunting mystery that involves two brothers, the local psychic and an evil spirit.

If a movie is not what you had in mind, maybe you could take your kids to a pumpkin patch or go on a haunted hayride. The weather has been absolutely beautiful so it’s nice to be outside.  It’s a great time to pick out that perfect pumpkin and start carving!  Don’t forget to clean the seeds, throw a little salt and garlic powder on them and throw them under the broiler for a little late night snack.

If you still haven’t decided on your costume yet, now is a good time to put that worry to rest!.  There’s going to be a lot of costume parties coming up in the next week so you’ll need to be ready.   Decide if you want your costume to be funny, scary, sexy, etc… and then go from there.  Go to our homepage, click on whatever type of costume you’re looking for, find your size and order.  It’s as simple as that!  So what are you waiting for? 
Happy Shopping!



The Kids Costumes Are In

  • October 19, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Yesterday, UPS delivered my kids costumes and they fit perfectly!  Now, that the anticipation of waiting for the costumes - wondering how they would look, if they would fit, if they wouldn’t fit, did they make the right choice about which costume they wanted, etc… - is officially over.  The “wondering” is over and now the excitement begins!  Twelve more days until they can put those costumes on, apply makeup to their faces and become their new character for the night.

It was a lot of work getting my two oldest to decide between all the great costumes on our website.  I didn’t think they’d ever figure out what they wanted to be!  My backup plan of cutting two eyes out of a white sheet and throwing it over their heads was looking pretty good towards the end.  Ok here’s what costumes we finally decided on

Caden (my 9 year old son) - Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow Deluxe Child Costume Jack Sparrow Deluxe Child Halloween Costumel   plus it wouldn’t be complete without the Jack Sparrow’s sword  and scabbard. Pirate Sword   This costume is unbelievable!  The pirate hat with attached black beaded braids add the perfect touch.  Caden loves pirates and has since he was little, so this costume was perfect – plus Jack Sparrow is his Idol.

Sydney (my 6 year old daughter) – Monster Bride Child Costume Monster Bride Halloween Costume  and of course she had to have the stitched glovettes  Stitched Halloween Costume Gloves    I wasn’t too keen on this costume at first only because I wasn’t sure anyone would know what she’s trying to be, but Sydney loved it and kept coming back to it when we were looking at costumes for her.  However, I’m so glad we ordered it because it is probably one of the cutest costumes I’ve ever seen!  Sydney looks adorable in it!  (I ended up buying her white tights and drew on the “stitches” with permanent black marker).

And last but not least,

Olivia (my 4 year old daughter) – Lil’ Mermaid Toddler Costume  Mermaid Toddler Halloween Costume The Seaweed Boa wrap looks so cute with her costume we just had to have it. Boa Wrap for Halloween Costume  The Little Mermaid has always been a favorite around our house.  Sydney and Olivia love Ariel and all her underwater adventures.  The costume looks darling on her.  She wanted to wear it to bed last night so I can see that I’m going to have a hard time keeping her out of it until Halloween night.   

Well that’s it for our costume charades for this year!  Now the kids can’t wait for Halloween night so that they can put their costumes on and have fun trick-or-treating.


Tom Smith Halloween Crackers

  • October 18, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Is everyone ready for Halloween?  Only 13 more days until the “undead” will once again roam the earth for one eerie night.  Of course they’ll have to make their way through the ghosts, goblins, ninjas, princesses and Hannah Montana’s, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.  I can’t wait to see all the trick-or-treaters out begging for candy.  Hopefully there won’t be any tricks played, just good old fashioned treats.  Don’t forget October 30th is Cabbage Night so be sure to bring all your pumpkins inside for the night, park your cars in the garage and leave as many outside lights on as you can.  Better to be safe than sorry! 

Planning a Halloween party this year?  Have I got the perfect fun activity for children and adults alike.  They’re called Tom Smith Halloween Crackers and everyone will love them!  It’s a new twist on a traditional Christmas treat.  I know the first time I heard Tom Smith Christmas Crackers I was like “what are those?”  Well, here’s a brief description and history for you to better understand what exactly they are.

The Christmas cracker was invented in 1847 by Tom Smith, a baker of wedding cakes from Clerkenwell, London.  On a trip to Paris in 1840 Smith discovered the “bon-bon”, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of paper. Back in London, his new sweets became quite popular. When he noticed that young men were buying them for their sweethearts he began to place love mottoes on small slips of paper inside the wrapping. In 1846, standing at his fireplace, the crackle of a log gave him the flash of inspiration for the cracker. After much experimentation, he got it right. He pasted small strips of saltpetre to two strips of thin card. As the cards were pulled away from each other, the friction created a crack and a spark (similar to that used in a cap gun).  A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang.  Inside the cracker is typically a small toy or other trinket and a motto, a joke or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper. 

The Halloween crackers contain small Halloween trinkets and toys.  We had the Tom Smith Christmas Crackers last year on Christmas Eve and the kids couldn’t wait to “pull” their crackers.  Even the adults were getting into it!  Believe me you’ll love these crackers because they’ll make one heck of an exciting Halloween treat!  Start a new tradition this year with your family and friends with the Tom Smith Halloween Crackers.



Scary Movie Night

  • October 17, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Halloween is exactly two weeks from today!  That means there are only 14 days left before you have to put on your costume for trick-or-treating.  Unless, you’re heading to a costume party the Saturday before Halloween, then you have only 10 more days left before you have to put on that costume of yours.  The Halloween Express stores around the country are packed with people trying to find that one perfect costume.  The excitement is brewing and everyone is having fun getting ready for Halloween!  Buying costumes, decorating houses, getting all the candy “treats” together, going to pumpkin patches and haunted houses, carving pumpkins and the list goes on and on.  Halloween is a time of year for pretending and make believe – a time when we can all feel like children again!

This weekend is a good time to get together with friends and have a “movie night”.  Have everyone bring appetizers with a Halloween theme and pick a scary movie to watch.  Here are some recently released horror movies on DVD:

  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Vacancy
  • The Reaping
  • Planet Terror

Or you could just go with the “tried and true” horror flicks such as:

  • The Exorcist
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Omen
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Halloween

Instead of adult horror films, you can change the theme to accommodate children and make it a family “movie night”.  We do this every year and the kids love it!  Remember, kids grow up so fast so take advantage of the fact that they will still sit with you and watch a movie!  Here are a few great Halloween shows that children love:

  • Hocus Pocus (my all time favorite)
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Halloweentown & Halloweentown II – Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Casper
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

October 31st is almost here and the “creepy” feeling around my house is getting all of us in the mood for Halloween.  Our “driveway of doom” is ready (see my blog dated August 21st) and the yard is officially a ghostly graveyard.   The kids and I are looking forward to some sugary candy this year – I’m hoping they’ll be good about sharing.
If you haven’t bought your costume yet, take this time to check out our website.  If you’re reading this then you’re already here, so click on the costume category that interest you and go for it!


Toddler Halloween Costumes

  • October 16, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Have you seen the new USPS letter carrier costume for toddler’s size 2-4?  Postman Toddler Halloween Costume   It is absolutely adorable!  Now, Halloween Express has a new toddler costume that just came out - a UPS driver costume. UPS Driver Toddler Halloween Costume   These two costumes are so cute and look just like the real thing.  You’re little girl or boy would look great in either of these costumes.  Ok, if you have twins, how cute would that be to have one go as a mailman and the other as a UPS driver?  You have to see these costumes!

My sister lives in Florida and she just bought the infant Snowman costume for her two year old son.  Snow Baby Infant Halloween Costume   I thought it was pretty appropriate since they live in Florida and the only way they’ll see a snowman is with a costume.  She loved it and couldn’t get over how cute it looked on him.  He’s a little buster and built close to the ground so when she put the costume on him the bottom of the snowball came to the tops of his shoes (which made it look even cuter).   When he put on the black top hat she couldn’t stop laughing.  He looked so cute!   I told her since they live in Florida she has to put sandals on him when he goes out trick-or-treating.  That would be the ultimate Florida snowman!  She’s also going to have him wear the costume for their Christmas cards this year which I think is a great idea!  I can’t wait to see them.  Last year for Halloween, he went as the Superhero Flash.  The Flash Newborn Halloween Costume   That was another great costume.  He wanted to wear it all the time even after Halloween.  He wouldn’t take it off!  It reminded me of the little boy in the movie Daddy Day Care. 

I could spend hours looking at all our toddler costumes.  That is such a great age for Halloween.  They’re still not real sure what Halloween’s about, but you put that costume on them and they’re out the door!  Plus add candy to the mix and it’s the best holiday ever!

Don’t forget there are only 15 more days until Halloween!  You don’t want your kids trick-or-treating with a sheet over their head dressed as the old “fall-back” ghost costume because you waited too long to order that one perfect costume they really, really wanted.  So what are you waiting for - start ordering!!


You Can Be a Superhero!

  • October 15, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

How cool would it be to be a Superhero for a day?  Well, now you can - at least for Halloween.  What better character to play than one that has super powers and strength?  Ok, you might not get the super power thing, but you can still put on the costume and look just like the Superhero of your choice!  There are so many different costumes and sizes that just about everyone from a toddler to an adult can be a Superhero.  Because there’s so many to choose from they’re great for individual, couple and group costumes.  You could have a whole family of Superheroes – even your dog can find a superhero costume!

Wonder Woman:  For all you women out there that feel you play the role of Wonder Woman all the time with going to work, raising kids, doing the laundry, cleaning, making dinners, etc…, why not actually be Wonder Woman in full gear for the night and get the respect you deserve?    Wonder Woman Halloween Costume   

Supergirl:  This is the woman who keeps Superman in line.  Why should he get to have all the fun?  Super Girl Halloween Costume

Batgirl:  This is one sexy Batgirl costume!  Once again, Batman’s better half.  Bat Girl Halloween Costume

Masked Beauty:  If Zorro had a gorgeous seductive female counterpart this would be her.  Mystery Hero Halloween Costume

But, hey let’s not forget about the guys!  Besides your everyday fantastic Superheroes such as, Superman, Spiderman and Batman you have a few Superheroes you don’t hear about that often.  But believe me when you put on any of the following costumes, no one will be forgetting them any time soon.

Captain America  Captain America Halloween Costume

The Incredible Hulk   Hulk Halloween Costume 

Zorro  Zorro Halloween Costume

What’s great about these costumes is that most of them come in child sizes too.  Check out all our Superheroes costumes for adults/teens and children.  This Halloween you can be one of the good guys!


Zombie!

  • October 14, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Since the season of Halloween revolves around the souls of the dead returning to earth to haunt the living, what better “poster child” to have for Halloween night than the Zombie!

The dictionary describes a Zombie as,  “the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose”.   I have never been to a haunted house where there weren’t several Zombie’s scaring people to death! 

For me the word Zombie only means one thing - “Night of the Living Dead”.  Night of the Living Dead was a black and white Independent horror film from back in 1968 and directed by George A. Romero.  The film cost $114,000 to make and to date has grossed an estimated $30 million Internationally.  By those figures, I’m not the only one who thinks of Night of the Living Dead when they hear the word Zombie! 

Today, there are five films in the “Dead” series.  Although they’re not considered sequels, they all have one thing in common…..Zombie’s!

  1. Night of the Living Dead – 1968
  2. Dawn of the Dead – 1978
  3. Day of the Dead – 1985
  4. Land of the Dead – 2005
  5. Diary of the Dead – 2007

 

Did you know that they even have Zombie Walks?  The world's largest zombie walk was held on October 29, 2006 in Monroeville Mall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the setting of Romero's original Dawn of the Dead film. The walk consisted of 894 attendees who all were instructed to bring canned food for a local food drive. The walk was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest zombie walk ever held. 

Since Zombies are “the body of a dead person come to life”, they could be anyone from a doctor to an outlaw.  Check out our Zombie costumes for the Doctor of Death Zombie,  Zombie Doctor Halloween Costume  Sea of Death Pirate Zombie Pirate Zombie Halloween Costume or the Dead Outlaw Zombie Outlaw Zombie Halloween Costume.   We also have many more great Zombie costumes to choose from.  Zombie Halloween Costumes

If you already have your Zombie costume but need a little extra help with accessorizing check out our entire line of Zombie props at Zombie Halloween Props.  It’s the place to go if you’re looking for Zombie themed decorations, yard props, make up tips for the perfect Zombie or some unbelieveable animated Zombie’s that are sure to scare everyone!   You’ll find everything you need for the Zombie in you!  


Celebrating Halloween Around the World

  • October 13, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Only 18 more days until Halloween!  Have you found that perfect costume yet?  If not, go to our homepage and take a look around.  At Halloween Express, we're able to offer the absolute largest selection of costumes and related costume accessories you'll find online anywhere.   


Halloween is celebrated the world over in differing spooky ways and consistently referred to as “the day of the dead souls”, when unearthly creatures become creatures of the earth and can either curse or bless people (personally I’d rather have the later).  Scary costumes and special treats are all a way to welcome the spirits and avoid their wrath.  
Check out some of the traditions for Halloween around the world:

Halloween in Mexico

In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, which takes place on November 2, is celebrated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives. Candles and incense are burned to help the deceased find their way home. Relatives also tidy the gravesites of their departed family members. The grave is then decorated with flowers, wreaths, or paper streamers. On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce.


Halloween in England

In England it is called the Night of Mischief!  Children play pranks and blame them on the “innocent” ghosts and goblins doing their rounds on earth. Halloween was earlier coupled with Guy Fawkes Day, which celebrated the execution of a notorious English traitor, Guy Fawkes. Today on Halloween, the English people light bonfires and the children go trick or treating, which originated from the practice of asking for soul cakes. Freaky parties with future-reading and fortune-telling are a fun part of the night. In England, Halloween is also called the Nutcracker Night or Apple Snap Night because people eat roasted nuts and apples on this day.


Halloween in Scotland

In Scotland, Halloween is celebrated with especially spooky traditions. Following the Celtic customs, children go banging on doors and throwing cabbages at them, as acts of mischief.  Children play a weird game of cabbage on this Halloween day. They pull out the head of a cabbage with their eyes closed and it is said that the type of cabbage they pull out, determines their future spouse.  A white headed cabbage speaks of a dreary old husband and a cabbage with soil on its roots means the spouse will be rich.  According to tradition, instead of saying “trick or treat”, the children usually recite “The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween”.  The groups of children must also impress neighbors with a song, poem, or dance in order to earn their delicious treats.


Sexy Halloween Costumes

  • October 12, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

I was reading an article in the paper today about the huge increase in popularity with women, 20 to 40 years old buying sexy costumes.  According to the article, the “S” word for Halloween isn’t “scary” anymore - it’s “sexy”!  I think this is wonderful.  It just goes to show you that you’re never too old to play dress up.  Halloween is the one night of the year when many women can step out of their comfort zone and not be alone in doing so.  There will be so many women dressed in sexy costumes this year going to costume parties or even for a night of “clubbing” with your friends.

Halloween Express has two lines of sexy costumes this year - Leg Avenue and Playboy.  Both lines have spicy little numbers that are sure to turn heads.  We do have an exclusive line of nine Leg Avenue costumes that you can only get at Halloween Express:

Captain Marauder Sexy Halloween Costume
Sexy Daisy Bug Halter Halloween Costume
Sexy French Maid Halloween Costume
The Very Sexy Pirate Halloween Costume
Sexy Enchantress Witch Halloween Costume
The Naughty Nurse Halloween Costume
Hippy Dress Halloween Costume
Sassy Gangster Halloween Costume
Sassy Gangster Jumpsuit Halloween Costume

Plus there are numerous other Leg Avenue costumes to pick from.  Maybe you’d prefer to be a Sexy Referee, Ringmaster, Candy Striper or a Flapper?  What I like about these costumes is that not all of them are too sexy for the everyday mom, who would love to wear a sexy costume but not feel overly exposed.   However, on the other hand that may be just want you want and they have that too!  

You’ll want to check out the Playboy Halloween Costumes too!  

Want to make your Halloween party unforgettable this year?  Wear one of our sexy Leg Avenue or Playboy costumes


Santa Claus at Halloween?

  • October 11, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell
The costumes at Halloween Express are not just for trick-or-treating or costume parties during the Halloween season.  People need costumes for different reasons all year long, especially with all the other holidays we have throughout the year.  Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Mardi Gras or any other holiday, we have the costumes you need.  And not just holidays, you might need a costume for a dance class, drama school, a theater performance or a theme party - whatever it is, Halloween Express is the place to go all year long.

The reason I’m mentioning all this is because I love to see other “holiday” characters at Halloween.  I think it’s great!  When my nephew, Mark was in the 3rd grade his school was having a big costume party with prizes for the top costumes.  He went as a full-blown white beard wearing mini Santa Claus and won 1st place.  All his buddies thought it was so cool and his teacher loved it.  That year on Halloween night it was a record low temperature and it started to snow flurry while the kids were out trick-or-treating.  Mark’s costume was perfect for the weather and he was warm as can be all bundled up in his red suit, white gloves and black boots.  Every door he knocked on the person who answered would yell into the house for everyone to come to the door to see Mark dressed as Santa.  Boy, did he think he was cool.  That was nine years ago, and it never fails that every Halloween someone in the family brings up the time when Mark was Santa for Halloween.

So this year, go to your Halloween costume party as Santa or Mrs. Claus or even the Easter Bunny!  Believe me people will love it and you’ll be the hit of the party.  Check out all our Holiday costumes at Holiday Halloween Costumes.

 


Cowboys and Indians

  • October 10, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Growing up I remember my brother’s running around the backyard playing cowboy and Indians.  They would chase each other for hours with my older brother Brian playing the gun slinging cowboy and my younger brother Kyle chasing right behind him wearing his Indian war bonnet and waving around his precious tomahawk (talk about an accident waiting to happen).  Of course I always wanted to play the little Indian girl but there was no way they were going to let a girl play in their “manly” war game, especially their sister!

Today, children still play cowboy and Indians, and I believe our children’s children will play cowboy and Indians - it’s a rich part of our past heritage.  I just love to watch the old Western’s on television with the rugged cowboys in their leather duster and chaps.  The good guys always won! 

The blockbuster movie 3:10 to Yuma was just released in September to rave reviews.  It’s about a small-time rancher that agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma.  It’s bringing the modern day cowboy back to the forefront just in time for Halloween season.  I think you’re going to be seeing a lot of cowboys (adults and children) at costume parties and out trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Then you had academy award winning movies like “The Last of the Mohicans” and “Dances With Wolves” in the early 90’s that had every child wanting to be an American Indian.  These were definitely two of my all time favorite movies ever!

If you want to see some of the coolest and sexiest cowboy and Indian costumes this year for Halloween, go to Cowboy and Indian Halloween Costumes and Indian Costumes.  These costumes aren’t just for guys anymore; the girls are bringing it on with cute and sexy costumes that will drive any cowboy wild!  Don’t want to be a cowgirl or Indian Princess? Check out our Saloon Girl Halloween Costume or our Saloon Girl Dancer Halloween Costume.

Let’s hear it for the Wild, Wild West!


Princess or Fairy Godmother?

  • October 09, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Don’t you remember when you were little and used to pretend you were a princess or a fairy Godmother or the little boys who dreamed of being a cowboy or an astronaut?  Halloween is that one time of year that you can pretend and have it come true!  That’s why Halloween is so exciting to young children.  They get to dress up, trick-or-treat for candy and just “pretend”.  Now that I’m all grown up, it’s still fun to pretend on Halloween.  It brings out the child in me.   

Today many people aren’t happy with their chosen career paths.  Wouldn’t it be nice to switch jobs with someone that’s in a career that you know you’d love and “pretend” to be that person?  Maybe you’ve always dreamed of being a doctor or a nurse - maybe a fireman or police officer.  Well Halloween gives you the chance to “try on” someone else’s occupation.  Girls, how cool would it be to become a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader  for the night or guys, what about an   Old Tyme Baseball Player like in the movie, “Field of Dreams”.  If there is something you’ve always wanted to be then go for it!  Halloween Express has so many wonderful career and occupation costumes to pick from you’re bound to see something you like! Career and Occupation Halloween Costumes   

Speaking of careers and occupations, have you seen the show “Dog, the Bounty Hunter”?  Now that’s one career I’d have to leave to the professionals!   Duane "Dog" Chapman – the world's most famous bounty hunter hunts down fugitives with his wife Beth and his fearless Posse giving them that one-of-a-kind dose of tough love only Dog can provide.  My dad never misses an episode!  If you’re looking for that perfect, and I do mean perfect, couple costume – look no further!  Dog, the Bounty Hunter and his wife Beth would definitely be the hit of the party!


Value Costumes

  • October 08, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Each year the Halloween season gets bigger and bigger.  Did you know that Halloween is one of the most popular holidays - second only to Christmas?   It’s estimated that consumers will be spending more this year than last year on costumes, decorations and candy.  Total Halloween spending for 2007 is estimated to reach $5.07 billion! 

Speaking of spending, have you checked out our “Super Saver” costumes yet?  I talked about them in my blog last Wednesday.  They are great costumes and only $19.95 each and have been flying off the shelves.  So if you haven’t got to check them out yet, you better hurry before they’re all gone! Cheap Halloween Costumes

I think it’s hard to find a costume you like if you’re a teenager.  It used to be once you hit maybe your junior or senior year in high school, teenagers felt they were too old to dress up in costumes and go out trick-or-treating. There is no law saying you have to be under a certain age to trick-or-treat and I think as long as you’re dressed in a costume and having a good time, you can be any age to ring a doorbell on Halloween night and get candy.  Who doesn’t like candy?   Gone are the past Halloweens when teenagers felt they didn’t have a really cool costume to wear.  Today, all that’s changed with Halloween becoming so popular and all the great costumes out now specifically made with teenagers in mind.

The girls want to wear captivating costumes and the guys usually think the scarier the better when it comes to what they want to wear.  Well you’re in luck because Halloween Express has them all!  The girls can be a beautiful Pirate, ( Pirate Halloween Costume)  a gorgeous Pharrah, (a new take on the old mummy costume - Pharrah Teen Hallowen Costume)  or a Gothic Nurse (Gothic Nurse Halloween Costume)   The guys could go as an evil Devil, (Evil Devil Halloween Costume)  a ghoulish Pirate Zombie (Pirate Zombie Halloween Costume) or a gruesome Killer Clown (Killer Clown Halloween Costume).   There are so many other costumes for teenagers to pick from so be sure to check out our entire line here:  Teen Halloween Costumes

 


Hannah Montana Craze is Here

  • October 07, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween night – only 24 more days!  I think a lot of people are getting a little nervous because they still haven’t decided what they want to be for Halloween.  They want to make sure they have plenty of time to order their costumes online and get it shipped to them before they need it, depending on whether they need it for a costume party or for trick-or-treating.  There are so many great costumes to pick from for both adults and children alike that it gets harder and harder each year to decide on that one perfect costume.  And believe me, younger kids have an even harder time deciding than the adults!  My sister called me yesterday all worried because her six year old little girl still hasn’t decided what she wants to be for Halloween.  For the longest time she wanted to be a Princess Bride, then it was a Cheerleader, but now since the whole Hannah Montana craze has started, she thinks she wants to be Hannah Montana, but she’s not for sure.  It’s funny, because my daughter Sydney is going through the same thing, although I think she’s pretty much made up her mind now on the “Mega Star” costume. Mega Star Halloween Costume    I told her we could put the blue colored iGlow hair gel Glow in the Dark Hair Gel in her hair and make her look like a real pop star. 

The top two children’s costumes this year are:

  1. Princess
  2. Spider-Man

There are so many variations of the children’s Princess costume I couldn’t even begin to tell you all of them. They range from your classic Princesses such as; Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White to the other end of the spectrum such as; Goth Princess,  Goth Princess Halloween CostumeSpinderella Child Halloween Costume, Devil Princess Halloween Costume  or Princess Vampire Halloween Costume  Check out our entire line of Princess costumes at  Princess Halloween Costumes.

Spider-Man has been a favorite for trick-or-treating for as long as I can remember.  He has got to be one of the coolest Super Heroes there is - with all his web slinging and building jumping.  Little boys love insects so the fact that they took a spider and made it into a Super Hero is right up their alley.  My son, Caden dressed as Spider Man two years ago for Halloween.  I just loved the costume because it came with the foam muscle chest built into the costume so when he put it on he felt as big and strong as if those were his real muscles.  He loved it!    Spiderman Halloween Costume   

Have you ordered your Halloween costume yet? 


My Favorite Humorous Food Costume

  • October 06, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

In yesterday’s blog I talked about some of my favorite humorous food costumes for adults.  And what would be the perfect compliment to all those food costumes?  You guessed it - our beverage costumes!

How can it be a Halloween party without a beer keg?  Not an actual beer keg (although those are really nice to have), but the Beer Keg Costume!   Halloween Beer Keg Costume  A lot of guys love this costume because it is the ultimate “man” costume.  It’s a silver foam keg that has “BEER KEG” written on the front.  But the best part is that the canister headpiece holds almost two cups of liquid making it an actual working tap.  My brother, John wore this last year to a costume party and of course couldn’t wait to fill the canister headpiece with that precious small amount of beer.  Instead of walking around all night holding a cup, he’d just take a drink right from the tap on his costume.  Needless to say his costume was a big hit with all the partygoers.

If it’s a beer theme you’re looking for then there are a few more costumes you need to check out.  How about going as a Beer Mug Beer Mug Halloween Costume, a Beer Bottle Beer Bottle Halloween Costume, a Beer Can Beer Mug Halloween Costume or how about the so-called Superhero, “Beer Man”? Beer Man Halloween Costume   This costume is hysterical, complete with cape, tights and a beer holder belt!  “Never fear, Beer Man is here” - I can just hear that being bellowed across the room this year at my girlfriend’s annual Halloween costume party! 

Maybe you would prefer being a little classier going as a sexy Martini or Margarita?  All of these costumes and more delicious drinks can be found here: Food & Beverage Halloween Costumes.    


Where is your Halloween costumes?

  • October 05, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell
There are only 26 more days until Halloween - do you know where your Halloween costume is?  I love the Halloween costumes that make me laugh.  Every year when we go to my friends Halloween party we see some of the funniest costumes.  I think more adults go for the humorous costumes where as the kids are more serious about theirs (there’s no such thing as a funny ninja).  However, there are a ton of adult humorous costumes to choose from, especially food items!   Does anyone remember eating the cereal Count Chocula, Frankenberry or Lucky Charms when they were growing up?  I do, that’s why I about fell over when these two guys walked into the party dressed as Count Chocula and Frankenberry, the characters from the cereal box.  It was hysterical!  You don’t see the cereal Frankenberry around all that much anymore, but during the month of October a lot of stores stock up on it just for the Halloween season (Boo Berry cereal too).  It’s just neat when you’re my age to see a “blast from the past”.  Some other funny food items that make great Halloween costumes are:
  1. Slim Jim
  2. Hot Dog
  3. Ice Cream Cone
  4. Pez Dispenser
  5. Deluxe Burger King Costume
  6. Deviled Egg
  7. Wheaties Box
There are so many “funny food” costumes out there.  Check out our “food and beverage” costumes at Food and Beverage Halloween Costumes and see for yourself.  Order your Halloween costume soon!

Halloween Costumes Top 10

  • October 04, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Ok, today I have a lot of “FYI” and survey information about the Halloween season I think you’re going to find pretty interesting. 

With the year’s spookiest holiday approaching, consumers are looking to celebrate. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, consumers are expected to spend more on Halloween this year than last year.  Total Halloween spending for 2007 is estimated to reach $5.07 billion!  Wow, can you believe it!  That’s a lot of Halloween spending!

Children aren’t the only ones who will be celebrating this Halloween; their furry friends will actually be joining them on Halloween night in the search for treats.  An estimated one in ten people (or 7.4 million households) plan on donning their beloved pet in some sort of costume this year.  Many consumers who own pets think of them as family members and they will go all out to include dogs, cats and other critters in Halloween festivities, including trick-or-treating, handing out candy or even celebrating at a friend or family member’s house.  I love this survey because I’ve always dressed my two dogs in Halloween costumes every year.  It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in this!

The survey also ranked top adult and children’s costumes. Once again, little girls everywhere have ranked princess as their top choice for dressing up this year.  Spider-Man comes in second, followed by a pirate, witch and fairy. New additions to the list this year include Disney’s Hannah Montana, which comes in at 23rd on the list, immediately followed by the wizard himself, Harry Potter.  

Top 10 Children’s Costumes:

  1. Princess
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Pirate
  4. Witch
  5. Fairy
  6. Disney Princess
  7. Star Wars Character
  8. Pumpkin
  9. Ghost
  10. Power Rangers

 

Top 10 Adult’s Costumes:

  1. Witch
  2. Pirate
  3. Vampire
  4. Cat
  5. Princess
  6. Fairy
  7. Wench/Tart
  8. Clown
  9. Angel
  10. Nurse

 

Top 10 Pet Costumes:

  1. Devil
  2. Pumpkin
  3. Witch
  4. Princess
  5. Angel
  6. Pirate
  7. Hot Dog
  8. Bat
  9. Black Cat

 

So there you have it - - a list of some of the more popular costumes that adults, children and pets will be wearing this year.  Halloween Express has all these costumes and more.  If you’re looking to add a little spice to any of these classic adult costumes be sure to check out our Exclusive Leg Avenue costumes at Sexy Halloween Costumes by Leg Avenue.


Halloween Shipping

  • October 03, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Only 28 more days until Halloween, but you have to remember that if you need your costume for a Halloween party those are usually held the weekend before Halloween – which makes it only 24 more days.  In addition, if you are thinking about buying a costume on our website make sure you give yourself enough time for shipping/handling – which means to be on the safe side you have only 14 more days to decide what costume works best for you.  We have so many different shipping methods to choose from making it very convenient:   Halloween Shipping   Plus if you spend over $75 you can qualify for FREE Economy Shipping!  Check out our shipping information at   Halloween Free Shipping Offer  to see if your address qualifies. 

On our website you can find great deals on some of our quality Men’s and Women’s costumes under our “Super Savers” in which all the costumes have been marked down to $19.99.  For that low price, the men can transform themselves into:  a noble Mark Antony, a brave Knight, an unruly Convict, an evil Devil or a blood-sucking Vampire.  The women can become:  an exotic Egyptian Princess, a Buccaneer Beauty, a sexy French Maid, an evil Countess or a racy Saloon Girl.  There are many more “Super Saver” Costumes to choose from so check them all out at  Quality Halloween Costumes at a Special Low Price

Enjoy looking at these “Super Saver” Costumes.  They really are such a great deal!   They’re great too if you’re looking for a couples costume to wear with your wife/husband or boyfriend/girlfriend.  Some of them would go perfect together.  But hurry, these great costumes won’t last for long – quantities are limited!


So Many Costumes - So Little Time

  • October 02, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Today, there are so many great costumes to choose from when buying one for your child.  Characters from television shows, movies, cartoons, superheroes, pirates and the list goes on and on.  For Halloween, a lot of young children want to be whatever line of work their mom or dad may be in, such as a police officer, fireman, doctor, astronaut, etc…  Kids always look adorable going with one of these classic costumes.  It’s funny too, how when they put on that police officer or swat costume their whole personality changes and they are in that cool cop mode.  I remember when my son, Caden was four years old he went trick-or-treating as a ninja.  Let me tell you he was all about it!  In his mind he was the ultimate ninja warrior.  Of course when he started hitting his little sister with his nunchucks I had to quickly put a stop to that.  And believe me he didn’t feel very “warrior-like” sitting in the time out chair!

Halloween Express just received the new official Mr. Postman Letter Carrier costume for children.  If you haven’t seen this one yet, you have to check it out.  It is adorable!  It even has the hat and mailbag included with it.  Postman Letter Carrier Toddler Halloween Costume . While you’re at it, check out all our classic children’s costumes at Classic Halloween Costumes for Boys.   

Just think of all the wonderful, brave soldiers we have over in Iraq today (and all over the world for that matter).  We are so proud of them – and if you and I are proud of them just think how proud their children are!  So proud that I’m sure there will be a lot of “mini me’s” walking around on Halloween night dressed in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Forces uniforms so that they can be just like their mom or dad.   Check out our military/law enforcement costumes for kids at Military and Law Enforcement Halloween Costumes.  They really are adorable!

You only have 29 more days until Halloween!  So get out to one of our stores or since you’re reading my blog you must be on our website – just click over to the costumes and see what you’re missing!


The Official Countdown to Halloween

  • October 01, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

October is finally here and now the official countdown to Halloween can begin – 30 more days!  The weather could not be more perfect than it is today.  Beautiful blue skies, crisp air and the Autumn trees with their picturesque leaves ready to fall.  Ok, so you get the picture that I love Fall (was picturesque a little too much)??

Halloween is in the air!  Today we’re going over to our storage unit to get all our Halloween decorations out so we can begin the transformation of our home - inside and out.  My kids are so excited to help my husband decorate the outside of our house.  I’ll start decorating the inside while they tackle the yard. 

My favorite decorations inside or out are definitely anything that is animated.  I love having Count Dracula Count Dracula Halloween Prop standing in my foyer.  His eyes follow you as you walk past.  Or the Grim Reaper  Grim Reaper Halloween Prop  who’s lantern lights up and has that ghoulish presence in your entry way.  I even love the smaller props that shake or move as you walk past.  Check out all our animated props and decorations that will make your house one that all your neighbors will talk about this year at Animated Halloween Props and Decorations.

Decorating the outside of your house is so much fun.  You can make it as elaborate or simple as you want.  The one staple on our front porch every year is Mr. Pumpkin Head.  We did it at our house when I was growing up and I made sure to keep it a tradition with my family.  We take a pair of my husband’s old jeans and tie rubber bands around the bottom of the leg openings then stuff them with crumbled up newspaper.  Then we do the same with a long sleeved flannel shirt.  We put the pants on the porch swing then place the stuffed shirt on top making it look as if a body is sitting there.  Then we stuff the pant legs into a pair of work boots.  For the head we buy a plastic pumpkin and attach it to the top of the shirt by cutting a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin and pulling some of the shirt through to anchor it.  Then the kids either put a baseball cap or a big floppy hat on the pumpkins head to give it that finished look.  It’s so easy and the kids like changing around the outfits every year.  Give it a try at your house this Halloween!