Want To Be Haunted This Halloween?

  • September 01, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
One of the best things about Halloween, besides candy, is taking on the haunted houses!  October 31st brings with it not only trick-or-treating and costume wearing, but all things spooky as well. Haunted houses that people put on during the Halloween season are all in the name of fun.  True, some of these haunted houses are made to scare you right down to the bones, but in the back of your mind you know that it's not real.  Or at least that's what I try to convince myself of as I'm making my way through some of the scarier haunted houses!  If you're thinking of building your own haunted house this year, check out these great haunted house props.  Believe me, the animated horror props will have your customers screaming for the exit! However, there are haunted houses AND there are houses that are haunted - two completely different realms of terror.  Places that have had paranormal activity where ghosts have been seen or heard are definitely a little more spine tingling and hair raising.

Here are some of the MOST HAUNTED PLACES TO VISIT.    

The Amityville HouseThe Amityville House As the story goes, on Nov. 13, 1974, Ronald Jr. (“Butch”) DeFeo killed six members of his family in a house in Amityville, New York. He claims there were demonic forces in the home that drove him to murder. When new owners moved into the house at 112 Ocean Avenue, they too experienced terrifying phenomenon, which led to a best-selling novel and two films. Alcatraz     Alcatraz - The infamous San Francisco Bay’s prison, a notorious penitentiary, known for its cold dark cells, saw many murders, riots and suicides during its 29 years of service. Now a national museum, it’s said to be haunted, with tales of inexplicable sounds, cell doors closing on their own, disembodied screams and scary apparitions. Saint Augustine LighthouseSaint Augustine Lighthouse - Legend says three little girls died on the construction site, while playing with a rail car. When the car spun out of control, the girls were drowned in the water below. Now, visitors can hear a female crying, “Help me!” inside the tower, as well as mysterious lights and footsteps.

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"

  • August 26, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
I love Halloween!  It's a holiday for everyone, ages 2 to 92.  There are so many fun things to do from going out to haunted houses and pumpkin patches to staying home and watching all the great Halloween shows on television.  It's a great time to get together with you family and friends, make some popcorn and enjoy the shows! One of our all time favorite Halloween shows is by far, "It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown".  It's a tradition in our family that goes way back to when I was young.  I hope my children watch it with their kids when they grow up and have their own families.  I know Charlie Brown will still be around even then!

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Did you know that the Charlie Brown Halloween show has been on the air since October 1966?  It's been on every year since then during the month of October.  That's got to tell you something!  The show is adorable!  Who can resist Linus and his hope to see The Great Pumpkin?  All the Peanuts characters are wonderful; Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pig Pen, Marcie, Schroeder and of course Snoopy and Woodstock.  Charles Schulz really knew what he was doing when he invented all these great characters. HalloweenExpress.com now has a whole line of Peanuts costumes that will make a great theme if you're looking for group costumes or even if you're going on your own.  Looking for a Charlie Brown costume, then look no further!  Go as the whole Peanuts gang for Halloween this year!

Halloween Becomes Personalized!

  • August 23, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
I love anything personalized!  Having someone's name or initials engraved on to a gift is the perfect way to say you've gone above and beyond to make this gift special for them.  Children love seeing their name on their stuff, whether it's their toys, books or backpacks there's just something cool about having your name on it. 

Halloween is becoming personalized in a big way this year! 

Personalized trick-or-treat bags

You can have your name engraved on just about anything Halloween!

  • trick-or-treat bags
  • decorations
  • clothing
  • bibs
  • candy bowls 
  • pillow cases
  • door mats

Nothing makes the fall season look better than an adorable personalized Halloween doormat with a few ghosts, a few pumpkins and of course a black cat all surrounded with a ghostly welcome with your name at the bottom.  They really are cute and a great way to welcome all your little trick-or-treaters! 

My children especially like the personalized trick or treat bags.  They have their name engraved on them so that there is no mix up on whose candy is whose; of course we wouldn't want that to happen!  They also make great gifts that they can give their friends!

This year personalize your Halloween with these great items from HalloweenExpress.com!

Famous Faces!

  • August 16, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Famous Faces Masks

The best part about Halloween, besides chocolate candy, is that it gives you a chance to be someone else for a night.  Have you ever dreamed about being a movie or rock star?  Well, now is your chance - sort of!  With the right mask at Halloween, you can be famous too!  Halloween is known for being a night of ghosts and goblins, but it's also a night of famous faces!  Movie stars, politicians, superheroes, animated characters...you will see all of them Halloween night!  Everything from a Barack Obama mask to your favorite late night talk show host masks, you'll find them all at HalloweenExpress.com. Halloween masks have come a long way since I was young.  Back then it was simply the plastic face mask with that lovely elastic string that went around your head.  My dad would always have to cut the nose and mouth holes bigger because after having it on for only a few minutes it was steamed up inside and you would be sweating to death.  It made for a long night of running around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.  After a couple houses the mask would end up on top of my head because it was way too hot to wear.  Today however, masks are quite different.  Made of latex and vinyl, they are comfortable to wear and look and feel real.  What's nice about masks is that you usually don't have to even buy a costume to complete the look you're going for.  The mask says it all!

Wigs Make All The Difference!

  • August 12, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
In the movies when an actor needs to change their appearance the first thing they do is put on a wig.  There's nothing that can change the way you look or make you look unrecognizable to people you know, then by simply putting on a wig. Wigs are so much fun!  They can instantly change you into someone else.  If you've got curly blond hair try on a wig that's has straight black locks or vice versa; maybe you've always wanted to see if blonde's do have more fun?! 

Marilyn Monroe Wig

Halloween is the perfect time of year to throw all inhibitions to the wind and go for it - be someone else for the night!  A simple wig can help you do just that!  Men can turn the years back with a disco fro or mullet wig and the women can be sleek and sassy with beautiful long tresses or wild and wacky with punk rock hair.  Little girls can put on the Hannah Montana wig and be a superstar and boys can become Jack Sparrow with a pirate bandanna and braids. This year for Halloween, top your costume off with an amazing wig.  It will change your entire look and everyone will love it!  With so many great wigs to choose from you better start shopping now!


Avatar - A Blockbuster Movie Perfect For Halloween Costumes!

  • August 09, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
Avatar's Jake Sully and NeytiriThe movie Avatar was released in the United States on December 18, 2009.  The movie was written and directed by James Cameron. The film broke several box office records during its release and became the highest grossing film of all time worldwide, surpassing Titanic, which had held the records for the previous 12 years. It also became the first film to gross more than $2 billion.  So unless you've been under a rock for the past 8 months, you've definitely seen or perhaps heard of this little movie.  My husband and I have seen the movie twice, once in it's regular format and once in 3-D (which I have to say was amazing).  My son has seen in numerous times with his friends and now has the DVD so he can watch it anytime he wants. The characters in this movie are incredible and Avatar costumes are perfect for Halloween!  The two main characters, Corporal Jake Sully and Neytiri (of the Na'Vi clan) are fun to wear whether you're a child or adult.  They make for a great couples costume if you're going to a Halloween party or for trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.  Everyone will know what character your portraying...the blue in the costume sort of gives it away!


Good news for all you Avatar fans out there!  First on August 27th, Avatar will be returning to the big screen in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.  For all you moviegoers who missed experiencing the film in 3D, now you can!  Furthermore, James Cameron stated that since the film was so successful, there will be at least two sequels to the film!  That gives all us Avatar fans something to look forward to!

A New Twist On An Old Classic!

  • August 03, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wizard of Oz Dorothy Adult CostumeThe Wizard of Oz is one movie that just about everyone I know has seen at some point in their lives.  It's definitely one of my favorites and my children love it as well!  Who hasn't heard of Dorothy, Toto and the good witch Glinda?  The original film came out in 1939 with Judy Garland playing the part of Dorothy and it's still as popular today as it was when it was released 71 years ago!  Halloween is always a fun time to portray the cast of The Wizard of Oz.  I've seen many Dorothy's wearing their sequined ruby slippers ringing our doorbell on Halloween night.   The characters in the movie are famous all on their own; Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch are all hugely popular during the Halloween season.  Even the Flying Monkey costumes are a hit! Wicked of Oz Mistress Dorothy This year for 2010 there's a new twist on this old classic when it comes to Halloween costumes.  The Wicked of Oz Mistress Dorothy costume is so cool!  It takes the innocent sweet Dorothy to a whole new level, just in time for this sinister holiday.  It's her evil twin dressed in leather of course!  If you wanted to make it a group costume theme, you'll find the Wicked of Oz Scarecrow (carrying a scythe) and the Wicked of Oz Lion, who is not cowardly at all!  You'll be the talk of the party this year with these great costumes!