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Table of Contents
Halloween’s Horrifying History...............3 Scaring Up a Low-Cost Costume...........4 Make-Up Madness (Interview).............5 The Trick to Great Treats...................8 Pumpkin-Carving Techniques………11 Frightening Food and Drink..................11 Haunted Housekeeping (Interview).........18 Freaky Halloween Gear…………….21 Putting the “Wee” in Halloween.............23 Witchcraft in the Workplace..................24 Cemetery Tours………………….26 Unusual Halloween Costumes…………26 Frights on Film..................................28

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Halloween’s Horrifying History
Boo! If any holiday ever called for melodrama, it‘s Halloween. While Halloween‘s history might not be horrifying in the true sense of the word, it does have its origins in a belief that the dead can come back to life and walk the earth. Zombies—wreaking havoc, causing sickness, damaging crops and scaring the wits out of everyone. Have you ever heard of Samhainophobia? This long, strange word means an abnormal and persistent fear of Halloween. So why isn‘t it called Halloweenophobia? And what‘s the connection between these first two paragraphs? Well… Halloween began as an ancient (2,000 years ago!) Celtic celebration called Samhain (pronounced sahwin) that took place at the end of the Gaelic harvest season on October 31. Samhain was the time used by the ancient pagans to inventory their supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead coincided and the dead would come back to life to create mayhem like sickness and damaged crops. The Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes that mimicked evil spirits to fend off the roaming ghosts. The Celts also tried to appease the evil spirits (ghosts, goblins, and demons) by leaving out food on their doorsteps in hope of pleasing the spirit world. If they didn‘t leave anything, it was believed the spirits would play evil "tricks" on the living in that house. We know it now as Trick or Treat! In truth, the Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and the Roman festival of Feralia (when Romans celebrated the spirits of the dead by bringing offerings to their tombs) all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween—a day (and night!) now filled with fright, superstition (black cats, witches, burning candles for good luck) and fun! The traditional activities of trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting ―haunted houses‖ and carving jack-o-lanterns were brought to North America by Irish and Scottish immigrants (the descendants of the Celts and Gaels) in the nineteenth century. Over the
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decades, many countries—Ireland, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand—joined the celebration. Global media is now spreading the holiday festivities to Europe and Saudi Arabia. Today, the fun of Halloween transcends all ages and many cultures around the world. ‗Tis a boooo-tiful thing!

Scaring Up a Low-Cost Costume
Throw a white sheet over your head, cut two eye holes and, poof, you‘re a ghost. It doesn‘t get much cheaper and easier than that. The good news is you can move up a level or two in the creativity department without spending a lot more money. You‘ll find some super ideas for inexpensive costumes made from items you typically have around the house online at the Costume Idea Zone. Here are a few of their clever suggestions: Homer Simpson—Use make-up to give yourself a yellow face and yellow skin. Take two ping pong balls, cut them in half and poke a hole in each one (big enough to see through). Then insert the balls into an old pair of glasses that have the lenses popped out. To make Homer's hair, attach two black pipe cleaners to a yellow bathing cap. Wear a white t-shirt or polo shirt, and blue jeans. Stuff a pillow under the shirt. Donut optional! Aircraft Carrier—Find a small toy airplane and carry it with you. When people asked what you are, hold it out in the palm of your hand. Frosty the Snowman—Wear a white sweatshirt and white sweatpants, white shoes, and black top hat. Attach four black buttons (or black paper circles) to your chest. Cover your face with white make-up, and put black make-up around your eyes and lips. Finally, spray your hair with white hair spray. Quarter Pounder—Carry a quarter and a hammer. If someone asks you what your costume is, put the quarter down and pound it with the hammer.

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Ugly Betty—Wear long brown hair, a long-sleeved shirt, vest and long skirt. Create heavy, dark eyebrows using an eyeliner pencil. Wear red glasses and a necklace with a B on it. Another cost-saving option comes to us from Elissa Gross with Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley in Maryland:

Goodwill® Industries of Monocacy Valley, serving Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland, reports that their retail stores are great destinations for Halloween (or any other time of year) costuming needs. From traditional cartoon hero and heroine characters for children to pirates, vamps, uniformed professionals, etc., Goodwill retail stores offer an affordable source of clothing for these occasions. In addition to shoppers‘ knowing that the revenues from their purchases go toward supporting the missions of these nonprofit service providers (in the case of the MD group, it‘s to ―Create, Hope, Jobs and Futures in Our Community‖ through job training, resources and placement assistance; youth mentoring and computer training; MD food stamp enrollment and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) life skills development; ESL (English-asa-second-language) instruction and retail employment for anyone facing challenges to employment and disadvantaging conditions), this network of nonprofits meets a growing need in local communities. Go to Goodwill® for more information about the Monocacy organization and to Goodwill® for information about the Goodwill® organization in your area.
Thanks, Elissa! It sounds like a worthwhile way to get great costumes!

Make-Up Madness
We went to an expert for Halloween make-up tips. Erica Maniscalco is the Beauty Editor/Art Director for The Fashion Journal, the premier fashion, lifestyle, and beauty magazine for aspiring and up-and-coming designers. In addition to being the Beauty Editor and Art Director for TFJ, Erica has become one of the most sought-after young talents in the
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realm of beauty. After only a short time as a makeup artist she has worked on magazine shoots, fashion shows, music videos, film and TV. Erica's work has appeared on WPIX, WNBC, Better TV, 10! SHOW and The Today Show, to name a few. Oh, and she absolutely LOVES Halloween! Why do you think Halloween is such a popular holiday—as much for adults as it is for kids?

For kids, it‘s all about the trick or treating, candy and having the most popular character as your costume! For the adults, it‘s about dressing up and feeling like a kid again. It‘s weird because I am more into Halloween now then I was as a kid. Now it has become one of my favorite holidays, and after it is over I start thinking about my next costume. As kids you always get to play dress-up, but when do you dress up as an adult? And if you love [dressing up] as much as I do, you really get into it. Your creative side comes out, and there are a lot of talented people out there. Unless you are an actor, you do not do this on a daily basis, but for one day out of the year you can be anyone or anything you want.
Would you please give us some easy make-up tips for some of the more popular costume choices (witch, zombie, skeleton, ghost, anything else you think readers would be interested in)?

For me, everything is about the make-up. Always find a picture that inspires your costume, and then make it your own. For a ghost and zombie, it is all about making yourself pale and red around the eyes. Ben Nye makes a great make-up wheel with perfect colors for this, a white, brown and rust color. Think outside the box. I was a cat one year and made my costume. I took the cat to the next level. Look into fabric stores and craft stores for cheap and simple ideas. I bought faux fur and glued it to cheap clothes to make my outfit. Also, don't be so quick to glue things to your face, because you would be surprised what you can do with make-up. For my beak as a peacock I used make-up to give the illusion of a beak. Think of your face as a canvas and shape it into the look you want.
What‘s the most important thing to remember when applying Halloween makeup?

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Have fun, be creative, but smart and safe. Do your research. When I work on my costume, there is so much planning that goes into to it. I may do this for a living, but I always ask the people at [the make-up] store for their advice and knowledge as well. You will learn something from everyone. The more you know about the products you are working with, the better. Do a test! Try your costume [and make-up] out a week or two before Halloween just in case you need to make changes.
How do you keep a spirit-glued, putty nose from falling off during the evening?

Everything depends on the product. For example, you need to make sure the prosthetic you are using fits your face properly. The better it fits, the better it will stay. If something is not shaped to your face it will be harder to glue. Make sure the part of your skin you are gluing it to is completely clean. There cannot be any make-up or product on the skin to interfere with the glue. Make sure you read the instructions. If you want it to stay, you need to take your time and apply it properly. The other thing is to be realistic—if the prosthetic is too heavy you will definitely have a problem. Spirit glue is good, but it isn't superglue. There are stronger brands out there, but I do not recommend them to someone who is not familiar with special make-up effects.
Are there any precautions to take or anything we need to know about wearing heavy make-up for an extended period of time?

Yes! If you have sensitive skin, I do not recommend using heavy make-up. Take it off as soon as you can and always do a test on your skin before you apply. You may think you are not allergic, but you would be surprised how many people are. Allow at least 20 minutes to see if your skin gets irritated. Read all the ingredients, and if you are using any special effects, make sure to ask the sales associate about the product and how to apply it. And if you can, avoid using make-up after that for 2-3 days to let your skin breathe.
Tell us about your most memorable Halloween costume—either yours or a customers.

I would have to say my peacock from last year. I put so much into the costume and make-up. It took me 2 weeks to make and 3 hours to get ready. I dressed up twice and
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tweaked it the second time because I was not happy with it the first time. Every year it gets harder because I try to make it better and better.
What‘s the best way to get Halloween make-up off your face at the end of the night?

Wow! This is a good one. Last year, when I was a peacock, it took me 2-3 showers to get everything off. The best product to remove body make-up is 99% alcohol, which you can get at any professional make-up store. For your face, you can use alcohol, but just be careful, because it is strong and can irritate your skin. Do not use it around the nose, eyes and mouth. For the face I recommend a coldcream cleanser and really massage it into the skin to get everything off. After the cleanser, use a toner to make sure you have removed all the make-up. Stores also sell special make-up removers that do a good job.

Deborah Hernan of Ottilie & Lulu™ says, ―I get into Halloween because it fosters a great sense of 'neighborhood' and because it is my daughter's favorite holiday." She also has this Halloween tip to remove all of that Halloween makeup from your daughter's soft, sensitive skin. She recommends using Ottilie & Lulu Clean Skin Face Wipes. Their skin and hair care products are exclusively formulated for tween girls (ages 7-14), and these wipes do not contain parabens, SLS, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum OR salicylic acid, which dries out skin and is an ingredient in other make-up remover wipes.

The Trick to Great Treats
According to research by the, here are the top 10 favorite Halloween treats:

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1. Snickers –A candy bar with substance. These peanut-filled chocolate bars are filling enough that kids may only be able to eat a few of them. Then again, you shouldn't underestimate the appetite of Halloween-crazed kids. 2. Nerds --Basically, they are pure sugar coated with sugar. Nerds can be both fun and annoying due to the obnoxious rattling sound made by shaking the box. The best are the standard strawberry flavor. 3. Tootsie Rolls –Tootsie Rolls have been around for over 120 years and come in various flavors, shapes and sizes. Giving out the smaller sizes makes a candy bowl last longer, but the Tootsie Pops are the tastiest, especially the chocolate flavor. 4. Life Savers –A good way to keep kids occupied. It takes a while to go through a whole pack of Life Savers. Also, a good trick is to give out the mint varieties. The mint flavors do not necessarily clean teeth, but they have less sugar and will keep the kids hygieneconscious. 5. M&Ms—It wouldn't be Halloween without M&Ms. They are ingrained in our cultural psyche. If sugar and chocolate were medicine, they would come in the form of M&M's. Also, it can be funny to see how picky kids are about the color of the candy coating. 6. Reese's –Reese‘s come in standard-size and miniature peanut butter cups, as well as Reese's Pieces. With all of that peanut butter, enough Reese's cups could make a meal. Just don't tell that to your kids. 7. Twizzlers –Probably the sweetest store-bought version of licorice. Twizzlers have a fun shape, and they don't get your hands messy. 8. Butterfinger –Sinfully sweet. The flaky "peanut buttery" filling is so sugary that it sticks to teeth and fills the gaps between them. Butterfinger is most likely not the healthiest choice for dental hygiene. But what candy is?

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9. Skittles –Skittles are always very popular. Just watch out for the kids that try to see how many they can eat at one time. That can be scary. 10. Candy corn –Somehow candy corn always seems to make the list. Young or old, not many people admit to liking this stuff. Still, you can be sure to see plenty of it this Halloween. Now might be the best time to mention Halloween safety. Read through this Halloween Safety Guide for lots of important information, like instructing your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Just one more exceptional Trick or Treat idea before we move on to Halloween party drinks and delights! Rick Grossman with Learning Express Toys in Hillsborough, NJ, does something wonderful for his community at Halloween:

Sometimes new traditions get started or old ones get changed. Halloween is the holiday during which parents spend the second greatest amount on children. The amount is spent almost entirely on products that are consumable or disappear in a few days: Costumes and Candy. We have had Candy Buy Back programs in our store. Since our mascot is a 15-year-old Yorkie named Fergie, we give out "Fergie Dollars" after the holidays. The candy is not destroyed, but passed out to children in neighborhoods that are not safe enough for trick or treating. We also have suggested that instead of candy, small "party favor" items are given. These don't destroy teeth, add calories, or contribute to diabetes. In addition, they last and provide play value! We carry a selection of these party favors before the holiday. (We call it our "Halloween Boootique.") One tradition that seems to be specific to certain neighborhoods is the tradition of Halloween "Booing." A special gift basket is left on a doorstep anonymously prior to Halloween along with a note stating "You've been Booed." The whole neighborhood plays. For those who want to start or continue the tradition, we provide free instructions as well as the "You've Been Booed" note with poem.
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Nice idea, right? Everyone benefits! If you have a toy store or a candy store, this might be a terrific way for you to connect to your community!

Pumpkin-Carving Techniques
If you want to expand your pumpkin-carving skills, Walt‘s Pumpkin Carving Secrets will take you to the pumpkin-slashing stratosphere.

Frightening Food and Drink
Candy is just one small bite of the holiday handouts we hope for on Halloween. Parties abound, and hosts are always looking for spine-chilling drinks and disguised delights to serve guests. We‘ll start with a few drink recipes we think are spooktacular. The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, home to the Academy Awards® ceremonies, gets into Halloween as only a heavyweight Hollywood hang-out can, concocting a couple of spirited drinks—first, the dreaded Vampire‘s Kiss followed by the always life-altering (not to mention mind-altering) Lobotomy: Vampire's Kiss 1 ½ oz Crystal Head Vodka ½ oz of Pama Liquor
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Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add Crystal Head Vodka and Parma. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. By the way, here‘s what a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka looks like. It‘s a drink—and a decoration for the day:

Lobotomy 1 ½ oz Crystal Head Vodka ¼ oz Sour Mix ¼ oz Triple Sec ¼ oz Cranberry Juice Pinch of sugar 8 Muddled Raspberries Squeeze of Lemon Juice Muddle Raspberry with lemon juice, add all the other ingredients, shake with ice and pour in martini glass or on the rocks.

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For margarita fans, we bring you this ghoulishly good, Halloween thirst-quencher from Lime Tree Cove, creators of the world‘s first handheld drink rimmer, as well as a line of specialty cocktail spices: Spooky Hallow-rita 6 oz Margarita Mix 1 ½ oz Tequila ½ oz Triple Sec Lime Slice Orange Food Coloring Hawaiian Black Lava Salt
Mix margarita mix with Tequila and Triple Sec. Add Orange food coloring to tint the drink orange. Add Ice. Wet rim of glass with lime slice. Apply Black Hawaiian Lava Salt to the rim. Enjoy. Lime Tree Cove also offers the Mischief Maker Halloween Cocktail Rimmer Seasonal Sampler for their handheld drink rimmer! You’ll be the Halloween Host of the Year with this handy gear! What a scream! has several haunting recipes for Halloween, too. We carved out two we think sound supernaturally delicious… Witches‘ Brew 2 oz Yellow Chartreuse 1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao 1/2 oz Brandy, spiced 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves 1 dash Nutmeg 1 dash Allspice Shake all the ingredients together and serve in a chilled glass.

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Zombie #2 (They feature several variations of the Zombie!) 1 1/4 oz Lemon Juice 2 dashes Grenadine 3/4 oz Blood Orange Juice 3/4 oz Cherry Heering 3/4 oz White Rum 2 oz Dark Rum 3/4 oz dark 151-Proof Rum Shake over ice in a shaker, and strain into a large highball glass over crushed ice. Eyeball these sites to find a casketful of hair-raising Halloween potables:

The cool thing about Halloween food is that the delightfully disgusting dishes and treats conjured up by wickedly wonderful chefs work the same magic on children and Halloween-happy adults alike. Here are recipes for a few of our favorites for goblin‘ at parties, followed by links to lots more blood-curdling cuisine:

Cannibal Cajun Brain (From
3 lbs. shrimp, peeled, cooked, deveined 2 small roasted red peppers, julienned 1 green onion, sliced into 2" pieces, then julienned

Gelatin Mixture:

2 1/2 C. chicken broth 1 1/2 tbsp. (1 1/2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin 1 tsp. lemon zest 1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
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1/2 C. tomato paste 3 cloves minced garlic 1 tbsp. honey 1-2 tsp. Cajun seasoning Pinch salt Directions 1. Into a purchased Jello brain mold, layer the shrimp in, tails facing the middle of the brain. It's best if you layer them into the brain mold with the tails facing the middle, according to each "hemisphere" of the brain. This will give you the most realistic look. Tuck the shrimps close together. 2. Drop bits of roasted pepper and green onion in around the shrimp. These should look like veins and nerves when you're finished. 3. Repeat, alternating between shrimp and vegetables, until you fill your Jello brain mold. 4. Make the gelatin. In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the unflavored gelatin. 5. Stir in the lemon zest, juice, tomato paste, garlic, honey, Cajun seasoning, and a pinch of salt (the amount will depend on how much salt is in your Cajun seasoning.) 6. Pour this mixture over the shrimp in the brain mold, filling to the top. Discard any extra. With a rubber spatula, smooth the top of your shrimp and gelatin to create a smooth surface. 7. Refrigerate until firm, at least several hours. 8. To unmold, set your Jello brain mold in a bowl of hot water for a few seconds. Place a serving tray underneath, then flip the mold over. The brain should pop right out. This is one of the easiest gross Halloween foods to make in advance!

Spider Web Seven-Layer Dip (From
1 (16 oz) can refried black beans 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope taco seasoning 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies, drained (or jalapeños if you like it hot) 1 C. salsa
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1 C. sour cream 1 C. guacamole 1 1/2 C. shredded cheese 2 green onions, sliced 2 C. shredded lettuce 1 C. chopped fresh tomato A couple large bags of tortilla chips Directions 1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the refried beans and taco seasoning. 2. On a large festive Halloween tray , spread the beans in an even circular shape. Leave room around the edges for the garnish. 3. Sprinkle green chilies over. Smooth salsa over. Smooth guacamole over. 4. Place your sour cream in the end of a ziploc bag. Cut the corner off. Squeeze sour cream on top of guacamole in several concentric circles (or octagon shapes for a more authentic look). Using a knife or the handle of a fork, run lines lightly through the sour cream to make the web shape. 5. Sprinkle lettuce in a circle around bean dip. Sprinkle tomatoes and green onions over the lettuce. Then sprinkle cheese over the tomatoes. 6. Garnish with a creepy spider and serve with lots of tortilla chips!

Boogers on a Stick (From
8 ounce Jar Cheez Whiz 3 or 4 drops Green food coloring 3 dozen pretzel sticks Directions Melt Cheeze Whiz in the microwave according to jar directions. Allow the cheese to cool slightly in the jar. Carefully stir in food coloring using just enough to turn the cheese a pale snot green.
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To form boogers: Dip and twist the tip of each prtezel stick into the cheese, lift out, wait twenty seconds, then dip again. When cheese lumps reach a boogerish size, set boogered pretzels on wax paper to cool. Our friends at California Pizza Kitchen are sharing their recipe for a petrifying Jack-OLantern pizza you can make at home with the family. It‘s truly a pumpkin pie on a pizza crust!

Jack-O-Lantern Pizza
Pizza dough Confectioners‘ sugar Pumpkin pie filling Mini chocolate chips Chocolate kisses Whipped cream Candy corn Directions 1) Roll out the dough into a round pizza shape. 2) Place the sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and sift a thin, even layer of sugar over the dough. This will caramelize as the pizza bakes. 3) Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake for 5 minutes to set the dough. Once the crust has been partially cooked, spread with a thin layer of pumpkin pie filling and return to the oven for another 5 -10 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove and allow the pizza to cool. 4) Decorate the pizzas using mini chocolate chips to represent the vertical lines, whipped cream for the eyes and mouth, chocolate kisses for the eyeballs, and the candy corn for the teeth. Sounds like the epitome of a freaky pumpkin pizza! Here are more terror-ific sites buried up to their necks with teeth-chattering Halloween recipes: Britta, Webmistress of the Dark (Wait until you see the photo for Bizarre Brain!)
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Family (Mmmmmm. Stuffed Intestines. Sounds yummy!) (Slithering Snake Pizza, anyone?) (The Hand-Burger Dripping with Blood=Total Gross-Out!)

Haunted Housekeeping
Renee O‘Brien of Screamers Costumes in Detroit, MI also helps operate the famous Urban Legends Haunted House there. She gave us some great tips for creating the perfect atmosphere for your own haunted house: Why do people love to be scared?

People love to be scared for an adrenaline rush; same concept with roller coasters and thrill rides. It‘s all about the fear of the unknown and the excitement it brings. Someone—Stephen King, I think—once likened horror to being kissed by a stranger in the dark. Scary stuff!
What are the secrets to creating a super-scary haunted house?

It‘s all about the anticipation. It‘s about putting people on edge before they ever even walk through the door. If somebody‘s already feeling uneasy, it makes our job a whole lot easier, but then we have to meet and exceed their expectations. If I told you how we do that, it wouldn't be much of a secret (wink wink!)
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Tell us about some of the techniques you use to design an ultra-scary haunted house?

By far, the best technique we use is having an ultra-creative imagination. It‘s easy to copy what we see in horror movies, but if people recognize a bit-by-bit recreation of something they‘ve watched before, it takes the fun out of it for them. However, if we incorporate something organically into the mix that we know has scared an audience when they least expect it or add our own twist, it makes for a pretty satisfying thrill!
Give us a glimpse of how you‘re going to use 3-D this year!

The 3-D will be awesome! We‘re starting out in the lobby where customers can put on their 3-D glasses and look at spooky artwork while waiting in line to get inside the haunted house. Once inside, we have images that‘ll be popping off the walls in terrifying 3-D that are coming right at you!
Would you share some tips for our readers who want to create a haunted house in their home this year, especially tips that cause a good scare for a small amount of money?

Home haunts really hearken back to the days when communities would get involved and put together a fun time for each other. You can always buy some fairly decent quality, yet inexpensive, props at your local Halloween shops—even dollar stores nowadays— along with costumes and masks. Fake blood is always a must! It can be a little messy, though, so you‘ll want to be careful working with it.
What‘s the one sure-fire element guaranteed to scare the wits out of everyone in a haunted house?

Well, it won't scare everyone, but many, many people have this crazy irrational fear of clowns. Stephen King‘s ―IT‖ really helped instill that into the current generation, too. But surefire can also be anything that jumps out or has a loud noise that people aren't expecting. It tends to get them every time!
Tell us about your sound effects? How do you create them?

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Sound effects really depend on the room; the size of the room, the shape and the overall acoustics. You want to create a mood, but you also want to make it an appropriate mood for the theme of the room. For instance, you don't want the Michael Myers ―Halloween‖ theme playing in a clown room or vice versa. Most sound effects are also recorded and played on a loop, which means we don‘t have to have people running around turning tapes over and pressing ‗play‘ every time a disc stops.
Do you have any funny or scary stories about people who went through your haunted house in Halloweens past?

Hmm… Oh, this is a good one! We had a guy who was coming out of the haunted house—exiting the last room—and the actor scared him so bad that he took off running and just kept going. We‘re not sure when he came back to get his car or if he just abandoned the people he came with. I assume he just ran home.
Why do you think Halloween is such a popular holiday with children and adults alike?

Halloween is popular because it just equals fun. Kids get to dress up, but they‘re really after all the candy they can stuff in their mouths. Teenagers get to scare their girlfriends and go to scary movies. And the adults? They get to dress up, go to parties and let loose for an evening. What‘s not to love about it?

If you don‘t want to turn your happy home into a house of horrors for your party, here‘s another freaky fun idea for your guests! Masters of the Hunt create customizable, printable scavenger and treasure hunts, and they have three different styles of hunts for Halloween. Here‘s how it works for the Haunted Hunt: Participants are given a ―hunt book‖ with a series of clues. Some clues can be solved with the treasure hunt book alone,
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but many require the guests to explore the party area to discover additional clues in order to figure out the solutions. At midnight, or another designated time set by the host, guests meet to receive a final clue and the winner of the Halloween treasure hunt will be revealed. Here‘s an example of a clue:

Solution: Fangs Spiders have eight legs. If you count every eighth letter, it spells out ―Fangs‖ which is listed in the Accessories section of The Halloween Shoppe. Each solution in this hunt is an item listed for sale in ―The Halloween Shoppe‖ flyer included in the clue book.

Freaky Halloween Gear
Not all cool Halloween paraphernalia can be found in a Halloween store, a party store, a grocery store or department store. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to find those unique item you might never find otherwise. We‘ve done a bit of digging, and we‘ve unearthed some out-of-the-ordinary surprises for your guests.

Ghost Pines Wine—Serve your ghoulish guests the holiday‘s most aptly named spirits! The gray pine is also called ―ghost pine‖, because of its eerie shape and colorless look, and the
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grapes for Ghost Pines Wines are grown in regions of California peppered with ghost pines. Vintner Michael Eddy and his team of progressive winemakers search for the best grapes in Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and San Joaquin counties to make a remarkable collection of multi-appellation blends. Their wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel. Share a glass with a ghost or two this Halloween! Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce—These guys are serious. Did you know there‘s actually a ―ghost pepper‖? Yes! The Bhut Jolokia, or ghost pepper, is the world's hottest pepper, and the Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce hot shots blend the Bhut Jolokia with carrots, onions, papaya, passion fruit and other fine ingredients to create the original Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce. They say ―the ultrahot sauce should be handled with extreme caution and consumed only by the micro-droplet, and only if you're brave enough to try Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce‖, which is just one of the many ghostly hot sauces they make. Sounds hot enough to turn even the brave into the living dead! Spooky Face Birdhouses—You‘ll scare off everyone but the birds, who will feel safe and cozy in their nest. Even squirrels will scurry the other way when they see one of these paint-can birdhouses hanging from the tree. Designed and made by the folks at Starlink Ink, these horrifically handsome birdhouses are made from unused gallon paint cans. They have a handle and lid, which is removable for cleaning the paint-can interior, and edging has been added to the opening so birds can slip inside safely. Hang one on a tree near your house, and the day after Halloween, you‘ll have a yard full of squirrels cowering in abject terror. Give them some acorns and send them on their way. Scary Socks—Send your fiends friends Sock Grams to celebrate Halloween! You‘ll find a big selection of simply shocking socks for adults and kids. Just find your favorite frightful pattern, pick your card and add your personal message, and the foot soldiers at Sock Grams will add free foot balm (or stickers for the kids), gift-wrap it and have it delivered right to their mailbox. They‘re a sweet treat for feet, and they won‘t put on a pound anywhere else! Fun and socks-y, don‘t you think?
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Ghost Poop Soap—The October 31st solution to childhood obesity and questionable hygiene! This is a super party favor idea for your Halloween party, whether it‘s for adults or kids. Instead of candy (yeah, that‘ll happen!), drop a glop of Ghost Poop Soap from Inside a bag that reads "You've been naughty so here's the scoop, all you get for Halloween is a ghostly poop!" is a clear chunk of glycerin soap with iridescent glitter to give it a ghostly glow. But don‘t worry—it smells like candy! Just be sure the little ones don‘t smell it and eat it!

Putting the “Wee” in Halloween
Remember when Halloween used to be all about the kids? We think it still is! Halloween speaks to the inner child in all of us. Adults might have jumped into the game with extraordinary enthusiasm, but this holiday is ―kids night out‖ all the way. We have a couple of gruesome ideas for keeping kids safe and happy on Halloween night. It‘s the least we could boooooooo… Many neighborhoods and home subdivisions now have a Halloween parade through the streets of the neighborhood, winding up at the community clubhouse or the home of one of the residents, where they all enjoy a Halloween party, collecting candy and playing games. To get it together, you can put flyers in mailboxes, send out the information in a neighborhood newsletter, or post signs in the neighborhood with the date, time and location of the parade‘s starting point.
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Kids and their families (including the dogs!) dress up, meet at the starting location, and at the assigned time (usually 5:30 or 6PM) and parade through the streets (prepare a quarter-mile to half-mile route ahead of time) to the final destination. Neighbors who don‘t participate often watch the parade from chairs at the end of their driveway. Some parade watchers hand out candy to the kids as they pass by. Cities and organizations across the country offer all kinds of Halloween events for kids, like this one in Los Angeles. For over a decade the folks at the Altadena Sheriff‘s Department have been putting a fright in people using more than just the threat of a speeding ticket. A small (typically $2) donation gains you and your kids or friends entry into a 1948 jail where you will encounter ghoulish prisoners in a Halloween-decorated Sheriff‘s Station. The Oklahoma City Zoo hosts their annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween! Families can bring their little ones out to trick-or-treat in a safe and fun atmosphere with 21 themed booths, festive props and more. For families who live in rural areas, here‘s an idea we found on ―The Mergener-Gingerichs live in Paw Paw, Michigan, where homes are far apart and trick-ortreating can be an exhausting, if not impossible task. So for the past seven years, the family has hosted a Halloween party that starts with games and crafts and culminates with a much-anticipated combo hide-and-seek, treat-or-treat game. While Josie, Amelia, Robin, and Madeline (ages 14, 12, 10, and 9) and their friends are indoors making their loot bags, the parents, armed with treats to dole out, sneak into the large yard and hide. Dawn Mergener has the kids count to 50 and then go in search of the parents. The kids stick together during the hunt, yelling "trick or treat!" and collecting goodies each time they find a parent!‖ With Halloween the second most-popular holiday in the US, you should have no problem finding fantastic Halloween events in your area. Check online and in your local newspapers to see what frightening fun is waiting out there for you and your kids.

Witchcraft in the Workplace
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It may be work, but you can still have fun! Though not every business or company can allow an all-out Halloween celebration for a variety of reasons, many do. Favor Affair, the favor site that brings you these e-guides, is—not surprisingly—part of a company that loves to celebrate pretty much everything! Imagine that! Since we have lots of experience in workplace celebrations, with Halloween one of the highlights of the year, we thought it would be fun to let you in on our typical horrorfilled Halloween festivities. Candy can be found in pumpkinshaped buckets throughout the building, and a costume contest is a must! Sometimes we work with a theme, like the 80s or TV shows, and sometimes we‘re free to dress up however we choose. Of course, there‘s a competition and prizes for the scariest, the most creative, the funniest, etc. A Halloween pot-luck lunch is always a popular event, with prizes given for the best Halloween-themed presentations.

One of our favorite Halloween events was a department-decorating competition. We were given two months advance notice, and you wouldn‘t believe what our Halloween-happy co-workers came up with—a witches‘ coven in a forest (complete with bubbling cauldron and fog!) a creepy café of blood and gore, a spooky cemetery, and an absolutely eerie old-fashioned circus side show (it‘s hard to compete with graphic designers and marketing people!) Our employees were allowed to bring in their small children to tour all the departments, where a plethora of candy was waiting for them. The secret to getting bosses to let you do something fun for Halloween is keeping the setup time and money requirements (theirs, not necessarily yours) to a minimum. (You can
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tell by these photos that we went a tad overboard time-wise with the departmentdecorating competition, but it was a blast! It‘s a super team-building opportunity, too!)

Cemetery Tours
Some people just love to be scared to death, and a cemetery at night can do it every time. If you like to get your ghoul on in a graveyard, go to Cemetery Tours and hang out with every body anywhere in the world. Seriously. This site has cemetery tours available throughout the US and across the planet. I‘m sure all the witches burned at the stake would be up for your visit during the Salem Haunted Footsteps Walking Tour, where ―Watch your step!‖ takes on a whole new meaning.

Creative Halloween Costumes
Psychotherapist and author Jeffrey Sumber says, ―I get into Halloween because it is one
day when it is widely socially acceptable to be someone else, try something else and ‘out’ yourself without others caring very much. I think a fun Halloween costume is one where we choose our alter ego. If you’re typically shy, choose to be a rock star or politician. If you’re always the one doing the wackiest costumes, try digging deeper and pushing yourself to explore what you typically don’t show. One of my favorite costumes was when I was living in Santa Fe and chose to go as my astrological sign, Sagittarius. I had long flowing robes, a staff, a mane of hair and various zodiac signs on my clothes, etc. It was rather popular...” Here’s a gallery of photos showing adults, kids and even pets in some of the strangest “alter egos” we could find—

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Frights on Film
Do you just want to scare yourself silly on Halloween night? Click here for a list of the top 100 horror movies of all time, according to Go through the list, pick out a few to rent or find them On Demand through your local cable station, kick back with a bag of Halloween candy and watch until you run screaming into the night. Isn‘t that what Halloween is all about? So have fun, be safe and go for the thrills!

Editor’s Note: All pictures have been gathered from various sources around the Internet, including Google images. Some were submitted by their original photographers. If any of the images are copyrighted, and you are the owner of the picture, please do not hesitate to contact us. They will be removed or credited, if you so desire.

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