It's a New Year!

  • December 31, 2009
  • Jenna Maxwell
New Year CelebrationWell we've made it through another year here at HalloweenExpress.com and what an amazing year it was!  The 2009 holidays are over and now it's time to start planning for 2010!  Mardi Gras and Valentines Day will be here before you know it! I hope everyone enjoyed my blog for the year and I look forward to bringing you even more intelligent insight and my infamous opinions (you know what they say about those) into the amazing world of costumes!  

From my family to yours - wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! 

See you next year!! 

 


Christmas Costumes

  • December 18, 2009
  • Jenna Maxwell
Christmas TreeWell, are you ready for Christmas yet?  Isn’t it just a blast running around the weekend before Christmas fighting all the traffic and the mobs of people in the malls doing the same thing you are – the dreaded last minute shopping!  We’ve all been there.  Some even consider it a tradition to go shopping on Christmas Eve.  Not me!  Our Christmas Eve is spent with all my family coming over eating great food, watching football, playing board games and just enjoying each others company.  Now that’s not to say I’m not out the day before Christmas Eve trying to finish my last minute shopping “to do” list! As you all know I love shopping online and HalloweenExpress.com was a huge help this year.  Their kids costumes are amazing and it was so easy to find the perfect costume for each of my kids.  Every year we get them a costume as one of their Christmas gifts.  They love it!  They spend more time on the website in the weeks before Christmas just looking for costumes to put on their Santa lists.   Santa SuitBy the way, did you get your Santa suit this year?  They're wonderful!  No more rushing around waiting in line for hours for your kids to see Santa Claus.  Your kids can have fun with Santa without all the hustle and bustle.        Even with the ease of online ordering I'm still one to procrastinate on other presents!  So I'll be right out there with some of you this weekend trying to find a parking space at the mall just to catch some of those last minute shopping deals all the stores have been harping about. Happy Shopping!

Don't Forget Your Christmas Crackers!

  • December 10, 2009
  • Jenna Maxwell
I’d like to talk to you about an age old tradition in England that has recently become increasingly popular in the states.  You’re probably thinking, “Ok, I have more than enough traditions to last throughout my Christmas holiday”, but this one is so easy and fun that everyone, no matter what their age, will love it!

The tradition is simply called “The Christmas Crackers”.

Tom Smith Christmas Crackers

You're probably asking, "What the heck is a Christmas Cracker?"  Well, first of all it’s not food!  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.  In 1846, while standing at his fireplace, the crackle of a log gave him the flash of inspiration for the cracker.  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 over-sized 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 bright paper hat, a small gift, a balloon and a motto or joke. Last year we had the Tom Smith Christmas Crackers 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 make one heck of an exciting Christmas treat! Children's Christmas CrackersTom Smith Christmas Crackers come in different varieties and you'll find them all at HalloweenExpress.com.   Along with the Traditional Crackers they have a line of Children's Christmas Crackers for the younger kids made up of Disney Princesses, Disney Classic Movies, Winnie the Pooh, and other fun designs.  The kids love these! Then they have the Luxury Crackers that are beautifully wrapped in gorgeous silver, gold or cream foil that are perfect for your holiday party.  Make Tom Smith Christmas Crackers part of your holiday traditions!  You’ll be glad you did!

Peak Your Child's Creative Side With Costumes!

  • December 03, 2009
  • Jenna Maxwell

Kids Costumes

During the Christmas holiday your child's imagination is in full swing;  imagining Santa and his reindeer's led by Rudolph flying across the night sky, imagining all the happy little elves working very hard in Santa's workshop at the North Pole and imagining Santa coming down the chimney with a sack full of toys just for them.  That's what I love about children and Christmas, their innocence and their imaginations!  I remember being young and trying to imagine all those things and more.   This Christmas enhance their imaginations even more by giving them a really cool costume.  Children love costumes and love the fact that they can be anything they want to be by just putting one on.  Just watch your childs face light up as they become that superhero that they adore on tv.  A kids costume is a gift that keeps on giving!  By getting your child a costume you let them become a superhero, an astronaut, a ninja, a princess or a rock star.  The sky's the limit with their imaginations!  They can be anything they want to be and HalloweenExpress.com is here to help!  They have the largest selection of childrens costumes anywhere online. Don't let this Christmas pass you by without giving your child a gift that they will absolutely love!  Take it from a mom who knows, they will wear them all year long!