September is Football!

  • August 30, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
The long summer days are coming to an end, the kids are back in school and autumn is in the air.  That can only mean one thing - Halloween is coming!  We have a bunch of big Oak trees in our backyard and I can't believe that the leaves are starting to change color and beginning to fall already.  The official first day of fall isn't until September 22nd, so it seems a little early yet, but since autumn is my favorite time of year I'm not complaining.  I love when the weather cools down, the leaves change beautiful shades of orange and yellow and the start of one of my other favorite things - football season!  Go Bengals! Labor Day weekend is upon us and I consider that the unofficial ending of summer - the last big bang!  Since a lot of people are off work on Monday, Sunday is a big day of picnics, parades, family get togethers and neighborhood party's.  The weather here this weekend is supposed to be beautiful in the upper 80's so I'll be having my family and friends over for a little swimming, a little barbeque and a lot of fun!  Did you know that Labor Day is always the first Monday in September and is created from the labor movement and dedicated to the achievements of American workers?  It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the prosperity and well-being of our country.  Therefore, it is appropriate that the nation give recognition on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom and leadership - the American worker -white collar, blue collar or no collar, every worker should get a pat on the back! Labor Day also kicks off my official count down to Halloween - 60 days and counting!  Now is as good of a time as any to not just think about what you want to be for Halloween, but get out there and start ordering.  HalloweenExpress.com sends out some discount coupons to everyone on their email list.  If you haven't signed up yet click here: "sign up now" or go to our home page, scroll down and click on the orange "sign up now" icon at the bottom left hand side of the page.  If you're like me and love football check out some of our great football costumes for men, women and children.  There's something for everyone!   Happy Labor Day!!

                


Giftcards - Give the Gift Everyone Loves!

  • August 25, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Here at HalloweenExpress.com we now have "Virtual" Gift Cards and virtual money is one gift you can't go wrong with!  Halloween is the time of year when everyone young and old loves to go out searching for costumes, accessories and decorations.  You can find all these things and much more at HalloweenExpress.com.  How great would it be when you finally find that perfect costume, not to have to worry about how you're going to pay for it.  Just enter in your Virtual Gift Card ID number and you're done - the costume is yours!  Become someone's favorite person in the whole world by giving them this awesome Halloween treat!  Your family and friends will love it!  Once you purchase the Gift Cards, a Gift Card Key ID will be emailed to you immediately.  You can then use it or send it to someone as a gift.  What can be easier than that?  The Gift Cards can only be used online and not in any of the retail stores, but that's perfectly alright because that way you can sit back, relax and enjoy looking at the huge selection of amazing costumes we have in the privacy of your own home.  Loading up the kids and going from one Halloween store to the next just to find Little Jimmy's Power Ranger costume that he's been dying for, is a thing of the past!  Now tell me what mother wouldn't love that! So what are you waiting for?  Click on over to "Gift Cards" and make someone happy by giving them a Virtual Gift Card from HalloweenExpress.com!


Are You Afraid of the Dark?

  • August 19, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
I'm sure there are many people out there today that are afraid of the dark.  I know I am to an extent.  My fears of course are mostly irrational and caused from watching way too many scary movies.  Just think, if there were never any horror films made would you really be that afraid of the dark?  Fear of darkness is known as Achluophobia and it is definitely a real phobia for some people.  The fear is unwarranted and persistent and the reason for a lot of unnecessary distress in many peoples lives. Horror films have been around since the late 1890's and since that time have strived to elicit this fear from the viewers (and they do a darn good job of it).  Halloween is known as a time of year when scary movies are in abundance.  It's the whole Halloween haunting mentality that brings out the ghost hunters and thrill seekers.  Haunted houses, haunted woods, haunted graveyards...they all thrive on darkness and bringing out your deepest fears of the unknown. Haunted houses are definitely not for you if you have any fear of darkness.  The whole premise revolves around darkened rooms, basements, attics and even darkened corners!  Many people love the fear they get when entering a pitch black haunted house where you don't know what's waiting for you in the darkness.  The not knowing is what causes your palms to sweat, your heart rate to speed up and your imagination to run wild.  Me, I think I'll stick to the good old tractor hay rides and pumpkin patches - you know, the kind of things you do at Halloween during the daytime!       

Are You a Ghost Hunter?

  • August 15, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
First of all you have ghost "hunting" and ghost "investigation".  Ghost hunting is going to a location that may or may not be haunted and trying to capture them on video and/or photos.  Ghost investigation is going to a known haunted place and recording data (video, photos, audio and temperatures), taking notes, interviews and other evidence to prove/disprove the haunting and existence of ghosts.  The more experienced hunters investigate and document reports of ghosts, hauntings and paranormal activity, where as many of the amateur ghost hunters are just out to have fun.  I believe that most teenagers that go out on Halloween night to ghost hunt in the graveyards, haunted bridges and buildings are out to have fun and get scared, not to really be considered "investigators".  My nephew Aiden has been doing it for several years now with his friends and they love it.  Me, I'm not one to purposely put myself in a situation where I'd be scared half to death, so ghost hunting is definitely not on my list of things to do!  Today ghost hunting is becoming increasingly popular with amateur ghost hunters, in part due to the easy access of information on the internet and all the current television shows about hauntings.  Since the whole spirit of Halloween revolves around the souls of the dead returning to earth to haunt the living, Halloween night is considered a prime time for hunting ghosts.  The definition of a "haunting" is a recurring presence of a ghost, demon or similar supernatural being at a specific place.  Old houses, hotels, restaurants, pubs, prisons, cemeteries and graveyards are the most common haunted places.  So this year on Halloween night get your friends together and go out ghost hunting.  Who knows, you might just see one of the "souls from the dead" - let's just hope it's a happy soul!  Me, the only ghosts I want to see on Halloween night are the "souls of the living" in a ghost costume ringing my doorbell and saying trick-or-treat!

   


Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pet!

  • August 14, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Halloween is going to the dogs!  As you well know by now if you've read any of my previous blogs, I love seeing pets dressed up for Halloween in pet costumes.  Of course it's more of the pet owner's idea than it is of the pets, but it's still adorable to see little Fido dressed as Superman!  As cute as it is to dress up your dog or cat and parade them around the neighborhood, Halloween can still be a very frightening time for pets.  We've all heard of safety tips for your children, but did you know there are safety tips for your pets too?  Each year veterinarians nationwide see pet injuries that could have been avoided if only the pet owner would have known how to protect their pet on Halloween night. Here are some ways to help keep your pet safe and stress-free on Halloween:
  • Find a secure place in your home to keep your pets, especially if you're giving out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Many dogs get loose when the door opens and the presence of little (and big) costumed people often scares them, increasing the chance your dog will run away or get hit by a car.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date I.D. collar and tag and/or a microchip.
  • Consider crating your pet, which can make him feel more secure and reduce chances of accidental escapes.  Give them plenty of chew toys, a favorite blanket or anything that comforts your pet.
  • Always keep your pet indoors.  In addition to the parade of trick-or-treaters frightening and agitating them, there have been reports of taunting, poisonings, and pet thefts.
  • No tricks, no treats.  Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.  It contains Theobromine, which can cause nerve damage and even death in dogs.  The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is and the smaller the lethal dose.  Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous as well as causing choking or intestinal obstruction if swallowed.
All of these things are simple to do.  I always hated walking up to a door with my child, ringing the doorbell and having their dog come bolting up to the door barking up a storm.  You never know if when they open the door to give my child candy if that dog is coming out too.  For the most part all dogs just bark when someone rings the doorbell and they're as harmless as a fly, but it's still a little nerve racking when it's your child standing on the other side of that door.  If your dog has any aggressive tendencies, fear of loud noises or a habit of excessive barking, put him in a quiet room as far away from your front door as possible at least a half-hour before trick-or-treaters arrive.  It's always better to be safe than sorry!

Superman Pet Costume


How Times Have Changed!

  • August 12, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Can you believe school is starting up already?  It seems like this summer flew by (although I'm sure it felt that way to my kids more so than me)!  One minute I'm emptying out their backpacks from the end of the school year, the next thing I know I'm filling it back up with all new school supplies.  I always dread the "school supply" shopping trips.  It seems I pick the same day as everybody else in the free world when taking my kids to get all their stuff.  No matter what day of the week or time of the day, it's always packed.  I have learned a valuable lesson over the years - never take all your children at the same time!  If you take them one at a time it's so much easier, physically as well as mentally on both us and the kids!  Whatever happened to a kid needing good old fashioned number 2 pencils, crayons and a couple of 2-pocket folders?  My gosh now it's mechanical pencils, highlighters, 5-subject notebooks college ruled and 3-ring binders - and that's my kindergartners list!  Actually I'm kidding about that but it is amazing how times have changed from just being excited about coloring between the lines. Times have changed with Halloween costumes as well.  When I was little my sisters and I always wanted to be beautiful princesses for Halloween and my brothers were always superheroes.  Today instead of just Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to pick from girls can be a Renaissance or Butterfly Princess or to the other extreme a Vampire or Devil Princess.  The options are endless!  So whether you want to get out there and keep up with the changing times by wearing some of the really cool up-to-date costumes or if you're more like me and still like the "old-school" costumes, you'll find everything you need here at Halloween Express! 

  


Spooktacular Yard Decorating!

  • August 08, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Even though the Halloween season is still a couple months away, already the stores are displaying all their haunted decorations and accessories.  Labor Day will be here in a little over three weeks, school will once again be in session and Halloween will be at the top of everyones priority list.  Now is a great time to start picking up little odds and ends for decorating your front yard.  Just like with costumes and parties, it's easier to decorate your yard if you have a theme to go by.  You can use individual theme ideas such as;
  • The Graveyard - the most important prop of this theme is definitely tombstones - all shapes and sizes.  Tilting a few of them will give the graveyard an old and delapidated look.  Let your grass grow a little higher than usual giving it an unkept effect. Skeletons are another great prop.  What would a eerie graveyard be without a few skeletons lying about?  Hang some from the trees or drape them over the tombstones. 
  • The Haunted Woods - this theme works well if you have a lot of trees in your front yard.  Hang big spiders and bats from the tree limbs and spread cobwebs from the branches.  The grim reaper standing in the middle of the yard will add to the scare factor and give it a sinister look.  Place jack-o-lanterns with creepy faces cut out in different areas of the yard included the porch, insert a pumpkin strobe light into the jack-o-lantern.  
No matter what your decorating theme, every yard haunt needs two very important accessories to give it a truly haunted effect, a fog machine and scary music.  Every year we have both of these and I'm telling you it's perfect!  Every one that walks by slows down just to make sure it's safe to walk to the front door.   Darkness, fog and eerie music - what could be more perfect for Halloween night?!    

Happy Halloween - Family Style!

  • August 05, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow I can't believe we are into the month of August already!  Once again time is flying by and before you know it we'll be into September then into one of my favorite months, October - which we all know leads us straight to Halloween!  And speaking of Halloween have you been looking around for your costume by chance?  At Halloween Express we are a one stop shop where you can get anything and everything related to the Halloween holiday with the touch of a button.  It's that easy!  Because we have one of the largest selections of Halloween costumes anywhere it can be a little overwhelming trying to see everything in order to make your selection so we've made it a little easier for you.  My favorite is the "family costume idea" page - what a great idea!  Since our children are little my husband and I take turns walking around the neighborhood with them as they trick-or-treat.  One goes with the kids and the other stays at home and gives out the candy.   We always switch off half way through so that we both get to be out with the kids.  The "family costume" page is filled with great ideas for parents with children to all dress with the same costume theme. Some of my favorite "family costume ideas " are: All these themed family costumes are really amazing when everyone has on something from the "theme" you decide to go with.  It doesn't have to be one of the themes we show, you can make one up on your own using some of our other great costume ideas.  Just have fun with whatever theme you decide to go with.   If your kids see you having a great time out on Halloween night, they will too!