Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Well, it's finally here - New Years Eve, the last day of 2008!  All the holidays for this year have come and gone and I've had so much fun giving my expert opinion, well maybe not so much "expert" but more along the lines of "from one mom, wife, aunt, daughter to another".  I hope you enjoyed reading my blogs as much as I enjoyed writing them.  Now, we're on to bigger and better things for 2009!  HalloweenExpress.com will have more great costumes, assessories, makeup, decorations, props, etc... - I think you get the picture!  And with that in mind, don't forget to check out all our great Valentine's Day costumesPresident's Day costumes and Mardi Gras costumes.  It's never too early to find that one perfect costume for any holiday!  See you next year!


New Year's Eve - Out With The Tuxedo's and In With The Costumes!

  • December 26, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell

What better way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new than to throw an elaborate costume party!  You don't even have to have a theme for this one, just tell everyone to wear any costume they want.  You'll have people there in every imaginable costume possible.  The fun part is seeing what shows up on your doorstep!

New Year's Eve is usually filled with black-tie events and parties with "dressy" atttire, but wouldn't it be fun to just throw all those traditions out the window?  Out with the tuxedo's and sequined black dresses and "IN" with the cowboy and Indian costumesBuckaneer Pirate costumesSuperhero costumes and even Togas!  And it doesn't just have to be just for adults, kids can get into the fun as well. 

So this year when you have your friends and family over for the annual New Year's Eve Party, throw a little fun into the mix and have everyone wear a costume!  Believe me, it will be the start of a new tradition for years to come! 

Ready For Those Santa Pictures?

  • December 12, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Only 13 more days until Christmas!  Everyone is running around frantic trying to get all their shopping done and taking the kids to get pictures with Santa.   Now most children love to sit on Santa's lap, reciting to him everything they want for Christmas with big smiles on their faces.  However, if your children are anything like mine (and many others I've seen over the years), sitting on Santa's lap for that perfect holiday picture is anything but perfect! Don't you just love waiting in line for hours to get your children's picture taken with Santa Claus?  Then when it's finally your turn your daughter is hanging on to you for dear life begging you not to put her on Santa's lap.  When the elves finally snap the picture it's of your daughter sitting on Santa's lap, a look of pure fear in her tear-filled eyes, her arms reaching out to you and all the while that beautiful Christmas dress (that you paid a fortune for) looks nothing like it did when you put it on her that morning!  It's funny how kids will wait in line all that time knowing that Santa is there and watching all the other children sit on his lap for pictures, but when you finally get to the front of the line and it's their turn, they freeze!  Well last year I decided I couldn't take it any more and didn't want to put my daughter (or me) through it again.  My older daughter and son never had a problem with getting their picture taken with Santa, but my youngest, Olivia wanted nothing to do with it.  So we bought a great Santa Suit from HalloweenExpress.com and our problems were solved!  John, a good friend of ours donned the Santa Suit, knocked on our door one evening and Olivia loved it!  I guess it was the fact that she was in her own house and felt safe, but she jumped up onto his lap and told Santa everything she wanted for Christmas.  The older children loved it too and the pictures we got were perfect!  So this year if your kids aren't crazy about visiting Santa at the mall, get one of the amazing Santa Suits from HalloweenExpress.com.  Their costumes come in velvet, velour, plush and even flannel.  Don't forget your padding for your Santa Costume too!

Tom Smith Christmas Crackers

  • December 04, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
When I first heard of Tom Smith Christmas Crackers I thought they were some type of festive holiday appetizer.  I had no idea that they are actually a fun party favor that have been an important British tradition for years and is now becoming a booming tradition here in America.  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.  My family loves these Christmas Crackers!  The kids can't wait to pull them apart and see what type of goodies are inside.  At HalloweenExpress.com they have every possible type of Cracker you will need to start your own special tradition with your family this year.  From luxury and specialty crackers to traditional and juvenile (for the kids).  They even have "mini" sized crackers!  There's a Christmas Cracker for every occasion for your holiday season!