Aloha High School Seniors!

  • May 01, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Well, we're officially into the month of May.  Hopefully the old saying, "April showers brings May flowers" is true because I'm sick of the rain and ready to get outside and start getting my yard ready for summer.  May is always a very important month for a lot of high school seniors out there getting ready for graduation! Senioritis is kicking in and I'm pretty sure they're ready to move on.  Their four long hard years of high school are finally coming to an end (little do they know that compared to the "real" world, those last four years were a piece of cake)! The big thing on their mind right now is, "where are all the graduation party's going to be"?  If you're thinking about throwing the ultimate graduation party for your son or daughter then the "Hawaiian Luau" theme is just what you're looking for!  Of course no tropical party would be complete without Hawaiian costumes and at Halloween Express you'll find every style of costume with that tropical flare.  No Luau would be complete without the grass hula skirt and coconut bra!  You can play games and have a hula hoop and/or limbo contest.  It's so much fun and the kids will love it! Check out all our Hawaiian Luau costumes and accessories we have to offer at Halloween Express!    

Proud of the Red White and Blue!

  • April 28, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Showing your patriotic spirit is a wonderful thing to do and is something we should try to do everyday!  In the next few months we will be celebrating Memorial Day and the Fourth of July which are two great holidays to get out that red, white and blue.  Memorial Day, formerly known as "Decoration Day" is observed on the last Monday in May.  It is a day of remembering all the U.S. men and women who lost their lives serving our country.  It has become both a national decoration day of family graves and a holiday that opens the summer season.  There are many parades,  backyard barbeques and family get togethers.  The Fourth of July is America's birthday and a day that we celebrate our freedom and independence.  It's a day of celebrating with parades, party's and fireworks.   Now is a great time to stock up on all your patriotic costume needs at Halloween Express.  We have everything you'll need to celebrate in true red, white and blue style!    

Do You Glow in the Dark?...iGlow!

  • April 24, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Glowing in the dark isn't just for Halloween anymore!  My nephew Aiden, is in a band with some of his friends and they have a great time playing at local venues around the city.  Recently they were competing in "the battle of the bands" and I thought it would be a great idea to have some of their "groupies" (actually it's just their girlfriends) take some of the iGlow hair and body gel to put in their hair.  My sister and I decided to go and I couldn't believe my eyes when we walked into the club where they were playing.  While my nephew and his friends are up there jamming away, everyone in the audience was glowing in a sea of neon blue, green, orange, yellow and hot pink colors!  The lighting in the bar made it look so cool!  Apparently everyone loved how the iGlow looked streaked in the girls hair so they decided to get in on the action and paint not just their hair but any body part that was showing.  What's nice about iGlow hair and body gel is not only does it look great but it's so easy to put on and take off.  That's a big plus! So next time you're out with your friends and you want to be noticed try a little iGlow hair and body gel.  Believe me, you'll be the life of the party!   

The Kentucky Derby

  • April 21, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
The Kentucky Derby is known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports".  Always held on the first Saturday in May (May 3rd this year), it's the who's who of horse racing.  Not only with the horses, but with the celebrities as well.  Actors, sports figures, royalty and even presidents are spotted enjoying the Derby from a little known section called "Millionaire's Row".  But by far the craziest party goers can be found in the "Infield" on Derby day!  I grew up in Kentucky and it's an annual tradition for my friends and I to meet up in the infield for the party of all parties every year on the first Saturday in May.  We've been doing it for over 20 years now!  Of course, in college we were always partying at the "third turn" where the wild and crazy people party.  It is so much fun and the party atmosphere can only be compared to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras!  But the last couple years as we get older we tend to lean more towards "turn one" where it's more of a family affair.  It's still exciting being literally right in the middle of things!  Other staples of the Kentucky Derby are:
  • hats
  • mint juleps
  • the song - My Old Kentucky Home
  • twin spires at Churchill Downs         
If you're looking for some wild "Infield" hats we've got them here at Halloween Express.  You'll be the life of the party!  Here's some more "fyi" on the Kentucky Derby you may not know about:
  • all the horses are three-year-old thoroughbred's
  • the track is one and a quarter miles long
  • called the "Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner
  • first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing - followed by Preakness Stakes a couple weeks later - then Belmont Stakes in June 

Are You Ready For "Prom Night"?

  • April 14, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
It's that time of year again when all the junior and senior's in high school are getting ready for their Prom.  The girls are out looking for that perfect dress and the guys are renting out the coolest tuxedo's.  Was it a coincidence then that the scary movie "Prom Night" just happened to be released now?  I think not!  Of course the movie makers knew exactly what they were doing.  That's why the teen slasher movie was number one at the box office this weekend.  It's a remake of a 1980 horror film staring Jamie Lee Curtis in which teens are killed by a professor turned stalker during the high school prom.  Here's a little fyi about the movie - It's about a young girl named Donna Keppel who's family was killed by a psychopath teacher (that was obsessed with her) three years earlier.  As the story goes, Donna survived the attack by hiding and then testified against the teacher putting him in a maximum security asylum for the criminally insane for life.  He escapes and stalks her and her friends on what is supposed to be the best night of her life - prom night. I'm telling you, I must be getting old because if I were to see this movie before going to my prom - I would not have gone!  Or at the least I would have been looking over my shoulder all night long!  Apparently it doesn't seem to bother kids today because a lot of them went to see the movie.  I guess "the scarier the better" holds true in this case. For all of you young girls that haven't seen this movie yet and are looking forward to their prom, here's my advice:  Go and have a great time at your prom, then go see the movie!

Joust In Time For the Renaissance Festival!

  • April 09, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
If you've never been to a Renaissance Festival then you should definitely make 2008 your year to go!  As they say, it's like 400 years of fun in a single day!  This year the 19th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs from August 30th thru October 19th.  What better way to spend a nice fall day than to be entertained by valient knights or swindling pirates?  The "Open-air Marketplace" is amazing with all the arts and crafts from a time long, long ago.  It's always fun to do a little 16th century shopping with 21st century plastic! By today's standards it's almost impossible to find a place to go as a family where everyone can have fun and enjoy themselves no matter what their age.  The Renaissance festival is one such place!  Furthermore, they encourage visitors to enter into the spirit of things with costumes and audience participation.  What better way to do this than by wearing one of our Renaissance costumes when you go.  We have them in all sizes for men, women and children.  So grab a costume and step back to a historic time of jousting, Robin Hood and Queen Elizabeth I.  You'll be glad you did!

Summer Blockbuster Movies

  • April 07, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
If your children are like mine, they base their Halloween costume on whatever character catches their fancy over the summer.  Last year a few of them were Hannah Montana, The Simpsons, Shrek the Third, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider Man 3.  As we all know, huge trends for Halloween costumes are geared toward characters from movies that are released over the summer.  Here are just a few of the big summer blockbuster movies being released this year that will definitely be huge costume sellers at Halloween Express over the coming months: Iron Man - "Heroes Aren't Born - They're Made" Speed Racer - "Go, Speed Racer, Go" The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - "A New Age Has Begun" Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - "The Adventure Continues" Kung Fu Panda - "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting" Hellboy II: The Golden Army - "Humanity's Only Hope" The Dark Knight - "Gotham Needs You" Horton Hears a Who - "One Elephant, One World, One Story" The Incredible Hulk - "Our Only Hope is Something Incredible"

Were You an "April Fool"?

  • April 02, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
I hope everyone enjoyed the month of March - and now we're heading into April.  Yesterday was the 1st of April or better known as April Fools' Day!  Although it's not an actual holiday, people in many countries still love to celebrate it by playing pranks and other pratical jokes on family, friends, neighbors and enemies alike.  April Fools' Day is a "for-fun-only" day.  We're not expected to buy gifts or take our loved ones out to a nice dinner and nobody gets the day off work or school.  But no matter how "fun" it is, nobody is safe from pratical jokes.  We're you an April Fool yesterday? A little insight into April Fools' Day around the world:
  • France - the person fooled is known as "poisson d'avril" (April fish). This tradition is where you attempt to attach a paper fish to the back of your friends shirt without being noticed.
  • Belgium - The Flemish tradition is for children to lock out their parents or teachers, only letting them in if they promise to bring treats the same evening or the next day.
  • Poland -  A day full of jokes where various hoaxes are prepared by people of the media.
  • United Kingdom - Tradition requires jokes to be played before midday.  If somebody pulls an April Fools' trick after midday, then the person pulling the trick is actually considered the fool and this rhyme may be chanted:  "April Fool's has come and gone, who's the fool that carried on"?
There is a great quote by Mark Twain regarding April Fools' Day - "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year".