Yabba Dabba Doo...

  • October 01, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

The Flintstones

Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, They’re a modern stoneage family. From the, town of Bedrock, They’re a page right out of history. Let’s ride, with the family down the street, Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet. When you’re, with the Flintstones, Have a yabba dabba doo time, A dabba doo time, You’ll have a gay old time!

Wow, how many times have you heard that theme song and sung along with it?  I grew up watching The Flintstones and loved it!  It was so much fun to see Fred and Barney unknowingly get themselves in over their head in almost every episode only to have Wilma and Betty lovingly get them out of it.  Who could forget Pebbles and Bam-Bam and of course their adorable pet dinosaur Dino!

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary for everyone's favorite modern stone-age family from the town of Bedrock, The Flintstones!  Even Google acknowledged this special occasion by creating a Flintstone "doodle" on their homepage.  The classic cartoon premiered on ABC on September 30, 1960. Pebbles CostumeGreat family cartoons such as The Flintstones and The Jetsons have always inspired people to dress up as their characters for Halloween.  It's not unheard of to see Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty or even Pebbles and Bam-Bam trick-or-treating on Halloween night or winning first prize at costume parties!  Famous cartoon characters that make up television and movie costumes are always popular with both children and adults alike!

Complete Your Look With a Costume Kit!

  • September 28, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell
Halloween will be here before you know it so it's time to really think about what you want to be this year.  You can go the way of movies such as; IronMan, Avatar, Toy Story or Alice In Wonderland, or go the traditional scary route of vampires, zombies or the ever-pleasant Grim Reaper. Pretty Kitty Adult Costume Kit No matter what you decide to dress up as this Halloween, one way to ensure you get the most out of your costume is to complete the look with a costume kit.  These kits are great for any costume!  Just think about it...with the "kitty" costume kit you can work up a costume for a little girl - just add a pair of black leggings and a black turtleneck.  If you're thinking a little sexier for an adult cat costume - just add a black skin tight catsuit and a pair of over the knee black high heeled boots and you're all set!  Either way by adding the Cat Costume Kit of gloves, headband with ears and tail you've just turned yourself or your chid into a Kitty Cat!  What kind of cat is simply up to you! Costume kits are an easy and inexpensive way to transform yourself into character; bunny ears, butterfly wings, devil horns and even a pocket protector (for the nerd look).  With the Michael Jackson Kit you can turn yourself into the "King of Pop" within seconds!  Just like in any fashion, accessories make the outfit!

Medieval Festival of Fun!

  • September 23, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Let us go back to a time of dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates and jousting knights; where one can dine with royalty or dance with the peasants.

Renaissance Festival

Medieval and Renaissance Festival's are fun for the entire family and what better place to show off that Renaissance costume you've been dying to wear!  Visiting a Renaissance Faire let's you step back in time and makes you feel as if you're actually living in the 16th century and a part of history.  There’s so much to see and do at a Renaissance festival!  Go for a weekend because you'll need more than one day to dance with the gypsies, juggle with the jesters or parlay with the pirates.  Where else can you see valiant Medieval knights charge into battle fighting for the Queen's honor. 

Renaissance Faire

If you get a chance, go to a Renaissance festival.  We took our children last weekend and it was so much fun!  The performers and costumes were so beautiful.  We're definitely going back! Come all ye knights and damsels, and click here to see if there's a Renaissance Faire in your neck of the woods!

Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time

  • September 20, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Prince of Persia,The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, hit theaters Memorial Day weekend to box office success. This epic action-adventure movie is based on a video game which was first released in 1989. Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films - who also brought us the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy - did an amazing job bringing the video game to life! Jake Gyllenhaal (who I must say is absolutely hot in this film) plays Prince Dastan and Gemma Arterton plays the part of the beautiful Princess Tamina.  Now if that doesn't scream "great theme for a couple costume" for Halloween this year I don't know what does!  Prince of Persia costumes will be all the rage from young boys to grown men who want to be Prince Dastan to young girls and women who want to portray the lovely Princess Tamina. The DVD was released on September 14th so go out and rent/buy the movie.  Bring on the popcorn and candy and make it a movie night with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time!

WWE Rocks!

  • September 16, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

WWE Raw

The World Wrestling Entertainment Franchise has been around for years, but became insanely popular in the late 90's with "professional wrestler" being at the top of ever young boys list of "what I want to be when I grow up". Today, the WWE has kept its popularity with shows like Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. Pay Per View events such as; Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series have all kept the WWE wrestlers in the spotlight and bigger than life. WWE Ray Mysterio Deluxe Child CostumeEvery Halloween I've had a smaller version of just about every WWE wrestler out there. However, I think this year is going to be a really big year for those WWE wrestlers. There are so many big names in wrestling right now that it should be easy to become your favorite wrestler for a night of trick-or-treating by either going old school with the Undertaker Costume or some new blood such as The Celtic Warrior Sheamus.

My nephew is really into wrestling and the WWE so he has decided to wear the John Cena costume for Halloween this year.  A few of his buddies are going as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Kane.  I'm sure everyone will recognize them for the wrestlers they are!

Lady Gaga

  • September 14, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Sunday night was the MTV Music Video Awards and Lady Gaga stole the show!  I'm not talking about her crazy out-of-this-world sense of style with the outfits she wore, but also for the eight moonmen awards she took home with her!  Lady Gaga Blue Swimsuit Adult CostumeLady Gaga may be eccentric but she is also extremely smart and talented.  How else could she sell over 15 million albums and 51 million singles worldwide?  I'm telling you there are a lot of her so-called "little monsters" (hard core Gaga fans) running around out there!  Winning all these video awards has just pushed the sales for her Halloween Lady Gaga Costumes through the roof! 

This Halloween you're going to see young and old alike sporting some wild and crazy Lady Gaga costumes.  Join in the fun and become one of MTV's biggest stars for a night by celebrating Lady Gaga style!

That's The Way We Became The Brady Bunch!

  • September 09, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

The Brady Bunch

Halloween is a holiday best celebrated with lots of family and friends; the more the merrier!  That's why group costumes are so popular.  Nobody wants to trick-or-treat alone! There are so many great themes to pick from when choosing group costumes.  My favorite by far is "The Brady Bunch".  I grew up watching the show and can still remember many of the episodes - who doesn't!  The Brady Bunch taught us many important life lessons - such as donning a huge Afro wig will make one more popular, how to sport a groovy man perm, taking an ancient tiki from Hawaii is a sure way to get you cursed and exaggerating to your friends will get Davy Jones to sing at your prom. Besides all that, the Brady Bunch gave us a sense of style!  There wasn't a family out there that could put together outrageous vintage outfits quite like Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy! This Halloween I'm definitely getting my husband to dress as Mike and I'm donning the Carol Brady costume!  Florence Henderson (who played Carol all those years) is putting on her dancing shoes to complete in "Dancing With The Stars" which airs on ABC in a couple weeks and I know Carol Brady is going to be one hot dance momma!  I'm sad that my children are too young to appreciate the phenomenon known as The Brady Bunch, but I'm sure my brothers and sisters will be more than happy to portray one of the Brady's in a Brady Bunch costume.  Without a doubt we'll win first place in any costume contest this Halloween!

Ahoy Matey! International "Talk Like A Pirate Day" is September 19th!

  • September 07, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ok, how many of you honestly knew about this so-called pirate holiday?  I admit, I'd never heard about it until one of my friends brought it to my attention.  She has young children and admitted to playing up to the holiday as a great way to spend some quality time with her kids.  Well, it worked and over the years it's spread throughout their neighborhood to where every September 19th, you feel as though you've just walked on to the set of Pirates of the Caribbean! If this sounds like fun to you, check out how the original buccaneers behind "Talk Like a Pirate Day," John Baur and Mark Summers came up with the idea, what it's all about...fun and how you too can talk just like a High Seas Buccaneer.  Believe me, it's a great fun-filled website and kids of all ages (even those grown-up ones) will have a blast bringing this holiday to life!  However, to get the whole feel for the "Talk Like a Pirate" Day, you must dress like one!  HalloweenExpress.com has all the pirate costumes you'll need.  They have everything from a child's Sassy Swashbuckler Costume to an adults Captain Black Heart Pirate Costume and everything in between.  Don't get caught without your pirate costume on September 19th or you'll be made to walk the plank!

Fraggle Rock Returns With "Scared Silly"!

  • September 03, 2010
  • Jenna Maxwell

Do you remember the tv series Fraggle Rock?  It was a beloved children's animated show in the 80's created by Jim Hensen and made up of what else...muppets!  It was right up there in popularity with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.  Well, it's coming back to the US next month in the form of a DVD just in time for Halloween called "Scared Silly" and is sure to be a big hit!  It consists of three mysterious and magical Fraggle stories that will entertain kids and parents alike!  The Fraggle Muppets of Fraggle Rock are curious, clever and brave.  The five main muppet characters are:
  • Gobo - He loves exploring
  • Mokey - She loves painting
  • Red - She loves sports
  • Wembley - He loves playing the bongos
  • Boober - He loves doing laundry and cooking 
They live in a cave called Fraggle Rock and spend most of their time playing, exploring, and having fun.  I think that's why children love to watch them! And it's not just the DVD bringing Fraggle Rock back into the spotlight, but these fun loving characters are coming out as Halloween costumes as well!  What a great idea for a group costume!   All you men that want to relive a fun memory from your childhood, grab a Boober or Gobo Costume and for the ladies wanting to get in on the fun be sure to order a Red or Mokey Costume and bring those lovable Fraggles back to life!

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.