Disney Does It Again With WALL-E!

  • June 27, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Today the animated Walt Disney Pixar movie WALL-E is being released on the big screen.  This movie looks adorable!  I can't wait to see it with my kids.  It's about a a trash-compacting robot that goes by the name WALL-E and EVE, a sleek research robot and their hilarious journey across the universe.   I'm sure WALL-E's character will be a big hit with kids making it a sure thing as one of the "popular" costumes for Halloween this year.  According to Disney, the show is filled with surprises, action, humor and heart, all of which will make this a huge summer blockbuster hit. Here are some fun facts about the movie:
  • WALL-E is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
  • Tagline - An adventure beyond the ordinar-E
  • Written and directed by Andrew Stanton who also did Finding Nemo
  • The movie takes place in the year 2700
  • It has a release date of July 18 in the UK and Sept 18 in Australia
So if you're looking for something to do with your family this summer, go see WALL-E!    

Fourth of July - Show Your Patriotic Spirit

  • June 23, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Friday, June 20 was the first "official" day of summer and all the swimming pools and picnics are in full swing!  Speaking of picnics, the July 4th weekend is just 11 days away and that's definitely one of the biggest weekends of the summer for a party with family and friends.  We always have the Fourth of July party at our house and I love planning and getting everything together for it.  It's probably one of my favorite holidays because there is always so much to do.  Picnics, parades and fireworks are just a few things to look forward to on July 4th.  If you're planning on throwing a party you should start planning now so that you're not pulling your hair out trying to get everything done at the last minute.  If you're planning on having it outside then put some colorful flower pots around to give your yard a little color.  My kids love to decorate the yard with those small plastic flags and anything they can get their hands on that's red, white and blue.  Since it is the middle of summer and usually pretty hot by now, make sure you have plenty of shade for your friends and family to enjoy (sitting outside sweating up a storm is not very enjoyable).  If you don't have an awning or covered deck just put some umbrella tables around the yard.  I always borrow a couple from my family and neighbors!  A great way to show your patriotc spirit is to get one of our great costumes from Halloween Express.  From Uncle Sam and The Statue of Liberty costumes to plastic flags and aprons, we have everything you need to make your Fourth of July celebration a weekend to remember.  Like a lot of neighborhoods, ours always has a big firework display that evening.  It's a perfect ending to a great Fourth of July party with family and friends!  

We Love Disney!

  • June 19, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Every little girl dreams of being a princess and where else can you find the most popular princess characters than Disney.  Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine and Aurora are characters that every girl can relate to.  I know my sisters and I were all princesses at one time or another for Halloween and I think most women can say the same thing. Disney sure makes it easy with all the wonderful characters not only in their big screen movies, but on the Disney Channel as well.  I know I've seen some wonderful characters trick-or-treating from these movies:
  • The Lion King
  • Toy Story
  • Monsters Inc
  • Power Rangers
  • 101 Dalmations
And the list goes on and on.  I remember last year my niece wanted to be Hannah Montana so badly that she just couldn't believe that her mom could not find the costume anywhere because it sold out so quickly.  That's why you may think it's way too early to even think about a Halloween costume, but I'm telling you it's not.  I don't know about you, but my daughters could not get enough of High School Musical last year.  They must have watched the original and High School Musical 2 a dozen times.  Did you know that the original musical was released on January 20, 2006 and was one of the most successful Disney Channel Original Movies produced.  The film's soundtrack was the best-selling album that year.  According the USA Today, the Nielsen ratings reported that on August 17, 2007, 17.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the premier of High School Musical 2 on the Disney Channel making it the most watched cable telecast in history.  Well guess what all you High School Musical fans?  This year on October 24, Disney will be releasing "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and it will be the first film in the series to open not on the Disney Channel but on the big screen in movie theaters!  Since 2006 Disney has kept all the star characters of this franchise, Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and Taylor top selling costumes for Halloween and it looks like they're going to do it again this year! So whether you like a traditional classic princess or superhero costume or a more "hip" costume like Hannah Montana or High School Musical, Disney has it all!

Friday the 13th - Do You Have "Paraskavedekatriaphobia"?

  • June 13, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Friday the 13th - feeling lucky today?  Did you know that today is the only Friday of the whole year that the thirteenth falls on.  If you're superstitious then you're probably on full-alert today!  Here is a little "fyi" for you; the fear of Friday the 13th is called "paraskavedekatriaphobia", a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, which is a fear of the number thirteen. The dictionary defines the word superstition as, "an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious".  Although it may be defined as irrational, I'm sure many people would disagree.  Some sources say that Friday the 13th may be the most widespread superstition in the United States.  Many people avoid travel, avoid signing contracts, some won't go to work or eat in restaurants and some people won't even get out of bed.  And it's not just people that are superstitious, the business world is  as well.  Many tall buildings don't have a 13th floor and some airlines don't have a row 13, they skip straight from 12 to 14.   Many Christians have long believed that Friday was unlucky because it was the day of the week when Jesus was crusified and the number 13 was believed to bring bad luck because there were 13 people at The Last Supper with the 13th guest being Judas, the traitor. Besides the more popular superstitions you hear everyday such as; walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror and opening an umbrella indoors - here are some bad luck superstitions that I had never heard of:
  • a bat flying into your house
  • three butterflies together
  • hearing a rooster crow at night
  • spilling salt
  • crossing knives at a table
  • sitting on a table without one foot touching the ground
  • breaking a glass while proposing a toast
  • seeing an owl during daylight hours
I think everyone has seen the character "Jason" from the slasher films Friday the 13th out trick-or-treating on Halloween night.  Every year I see at least one, if not more Jason's running around in our neighborhood wearing the trademark white hockey mask.  This popular horror film franchise has been around since the original movie came out in May 1980.  Since then 11 sequels have been released with the latest being "Jason vs Freddy" in 2003.  However, there's great news if you're a Friday the 13th movie fan!  A remake of the original Friday the 13th film is scheduled for release Friday, February 13, 2009.

Horsin' Around

  • June 10, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow did you see the Belmont Stakes Saturday on TV?  I felt so sorry for the horse Big Brown, he just didn't look like himself.  All the hype about him, his jockey and his trainer had me really pulling for him.  Since he was the favorite I thought for sure we were going to see a Triple Crown Winner in the making, but unfortunately that wasn't to be.  I'm sure there were a lot of "betters" out there that put their money on Big Brown only to be disappointed (that's probably putting it mildly). Anyway, if Big Brown is healthy the plan is to race him next in the Travers Stakes on August 23 at Saratoga.  It will be interesting to see how he does.    The other day I took my kids to lunch at Cracker Barrel.   Although they love eating there, what's even better for them is the general store that you so conveniently have to walk through to get to the restaurant.  Since we had a few minutes to wait for our table, I let them each pick out a toy or game.  My five year old daughter fell in love with the "stick horse".  Do you remember those?  It's a stuffed horses head on the end of a long stick with an on/off button that makes neighing and galloping sound affects.  I hadn't seen one of those in years!  She had been watching the horse races with my husband all day on Saturday and is now more intrigued than ever with anything that has to do with horses.  So when she saw that "stick horse" there was no turning back - she had her one toy. I know horse racing can be a very serious sport, but next time you're planning a trip to the race track and want to add a little light-hearted humor, wear one of our horse costumes from Halloween Express.  If I would have seen one of these costumes walking around in the crowd at the Belmont Stakes it would have definitely put a smile on my face!  Check out these costumes:
  • Headless Horseman Costume 
  • Full Body Horse Mascot Costume
  • Hung Like a Horse
Believe me you'll be the talk of the track! 

Halloween Has Gone To The Dogs!

  • June 05, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow can you believe it's June already?  Now that school is out and summer has "unofficially" started the kids are in Heaven.  Mine sure don't miss that 7:00am wake up call during the week and taking full advantage of going to bed a little bit later and waking up a lot later!  They've also been having a lot of fun playing outside with our new puppy, Sheba.  She's a black lab and boy is she a handful!  We haven't had a new puppy in years and you forget how much work is involved.  I think the hardest part for all of us is remembering to put everything we own up and out of her reach.  Her favorite is shoes!  The kids come in and kick off their shoes and the next thing you know there she goes down the hallway with one in her mouth.  That teaches them really quickly when they find their favorite flip flop with the heel missing! Speaking of dogs, last weekend we were all out doing yardwork (well my husband and I were doing yardwork, the kids were playing with Sheba).  Anyway, I see this blur of red and black run by and when I looked up it was Sheba with a Superman cape on.  It was hysterical.  She had no problem with it and ran around the whole back yard with the cape just flowing out behind her while the kids were chasing her. The Superman cape belongs to my son, Caden.  He wore it for Halloween a few years ago, but since everyone knows that a Superman cape never goes out of style it just keeps showing up.  He thought Sheba would make a great "Superdog" and apparently he was right!  She really likes it, so I guess it's hers now! It's always cute to see dogs dressed up in costumes, especially at Halloween.  Dressed right, they can make the perfect accessory to any costume.  At Halloween Express we have all new pet costumes to pick from that will turn your dog into Superman, Spiderman, Zorro, Buzz Lightyear or even Elvis!  Plus there are so many other great costumes that will make your pet look adorable - your pet may not think so, but we humans sure do!