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Friday, December 28, 2007

The Dos and Don'ts of Regifting

How to give gifts with past lives — without getting caught

C'mon, stop being such a goody two-shoes. Everybody's doing it. Well, maybe not everyone, but according to a recent Harris Interactive survey, more than half of us admit to regifting — that is, passing off unwanted gifts as if they were being bestowed for the very first time. For years considered a clear social no-no, regifting is shedding its stigma. Here are some ‘rules of regifting’, and tips on the right way to regift from msnbc.com (by way of The Motley Fool).

The rules of regifting

There are plenty of obvious "tells" that a gift has been resurrected from one of your holidays past. To avoid them...

  • Don't confuse "barely used" with "brand-spankin' new": If there are any signs of wear and tear — a broken seal, scratched part, pit stains — the item's a no-go for regifting.

  • Do not pass off items that were clearly purchased for you: If it's monogrammed, sorry, you're stuck with it.

  • Don't give away anything handmade by someone you know: Handmade items are off the list of possible regiftables for two reasons: First, it was likely given with much more sentimental intentions than, say, a coffee grinder. Second, such gifts tend to be extremely recognizable.

  • Don't use different sentimental criteria for regifts: Re-circulating a problem gift just to get it out of your sight is bad form. Same goes for slapping a new bow on an old tchtotchke just to check someone's name off the holiday gift list.

  • Don't give unused (or even "lightly loved") gift cards: A gift card with a $43.22 balance is an obvious regift.

  • Don't declare "It's vintage!" when it's really just plain bedraggled: Just because it's old doesn't mean it's a cherished collectible.

  • Don't regift an obvious giveaway: Skip the office- and trade-show schwag — you know, key chains, coffee mugs, and outerwear with some random company's logo emblazoned upon it. If it was free in the first place, it's worth even less in round two.

  • Do not bestow a white elephant re-gift out of spite: Funny, sure. But that flicker of sheer horror on the recipient's face will come back to haunt you.
The right way to regift

Follow these regifting tips to come off like a sentimental big lug during the big reveal.

  • Keep track of the flow chart of gifting: There's no bigger horror than returning a gift that was bestowed to you back to its original giver. Avoid this by keeping track of each item's past (formally, on a spreadsheet, if you want to be a regifting pro). In fact, regifting pros suggest that to play it safe, its best to repurpose in an entirely different social circle than the one from which original item was bestowed.

  • Make sure all original packaging is intact: Does it pass the shrinkwrap test? If the item originally came hermetically sealed from the factory, it should move up the gift chain in the same condition.

  • Triple-check for all telltale regifting signs: Gift tags stuck in the bottom of the box's folds, gift receipts, the whiff of someone else's perfume, an actual picture of someone you know in the frame (and not the standby camera-ready studio family shot) — remove all signs (dust for fingerprints if you must) that the gift has a past. Finally, before you present it, step back and re-evaluate the regift from the recipient's perspective to make sure it passes the test.

  • Wrap it like it's new: Repurpose the gift, not the wrapping paper, bow, or heaven forfend, the card.

  • Give with good intentions: The sentiment behind your regift should be the same as the thought behind any new gift: You're passing it along because you think the recipient will appreciate it.

  • Give it away anyways: If you received something in the past that doesn't pass the regift test, you're not necessarily stuck with it forever. Pass it along without the guise of the "new gift" (minus wrapping paper, bow and card) and give the recipient an easy out (e.g. "I wore this once and was told it made my complexion come off as puce. If you like it — or know someone else who would — it's yours.").

  • Finally, we all know that when it comes to gifts, that whole "it's the thought that counts" yarn really doesn't fly with anyone but your parents. For all others, it is all about the gift (though no one will cop to it, at least on the record). So put some thought into your gift — er, regift — and pat yourself on the back for finding it a permanent home.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

End of the Year Sale at AnniesCostumes.com

End of the Year Costume Sale
End of the Year Blow Out Sale on Costumes!

Select costumes up to 60% off. Look for the red SALE tag and SAVE!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Gift: Holiday Sweets
Ok, I admit that I am a huge procrastinator. My motto: "Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?"

Luckily for me, I am actually done with my holiday shopping this year, so I thought I would help out my fellow procrastinators with some last minute Christmas gift ideas. I took a little help from The Food Network and came up with a great idea: "Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen!"

  • Home made cookies baked with love are always a winning gift, sure to bring a smile to recipients of all ages.
  • Chocolates, and chocolate covered pretzels are another great and yummy gift. Place them in a gift box with parchment paper or wax paper, add a bow or ribbon and you're all set!
  • A beautiful basket of wine, crackers and cheese is sure to please!
  • A huge theme on The Food Network website is holiday treats and customs from all over the world, so what about a special treat from your ancestral lands?
  • Everyone loves those candies nuts! Choose then recipient's favorite nut or mix a bunch together and coat with sugars and spices - YUM!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Exclusive Cloverfield Video

What kind of Cloverfield costume do you think will be popular next Halloween?

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Procrastinator Alert!

There is still time to get your holiday costumes and last minute gifts delivered in time for Christmas. Just place your order by 3pm EST on Friday, December 21, 2007 and choose next day delivery. Your package will arrive on Christmas Eve - December 24th. Feel free to contact customer service (1-877-413-8747) for details and confirmation.

So, no worries if you waited to the last minute, just had another gift added to your list, or just opened up your holiday costumes from last year to discover a problem. Extreme Halloween and SantaSuits.com has got you covered!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Over the Top Christmas Decorations

This should get you into the Christmas spirit!

Check out these over-the-top Christmas decorations (the lights on this house are synchronized to music!) in this YouTube video.

And remember, celebrate Christmas with an authentic-looking Santa costume from anniescostumes.com.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Annie’s Costumes Seeks to Raise Donations for the Broward Children’s Center

Broward Children's Center
Holiday season is a season of giving. With the launch of the Christmas Village at our Second Life Costume Store, Annie’s Costumes is holding a fund raising event in Second Life on December 20th at 6pm SLT (9pm EST) for the Broward Children’s Center. The event will include music, ice skating and photos with Santa Claus.

Broward Children’s Center specializes in helping infants, children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities, including some of the most fragile children in the nation. Founded in 1971, our nonprofit facilities in Pompano Beach, Florida, offer a range of health, wellness, education, recreation, therapeutic, daily living and advocacy services. During more than three decades of service thousands of children and their families have benefited from the Center’s programs.

We invite you to visit the Broward Children’s Center and make a donation to this worthy charity.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bloggers Night Out at Mystere in Las Vegas

Mystere at Treasure Island
I have just returned from PubCon 2007 in Vegas - more on PubCon in another post, because this post is about the awesome opportunity I had to see Mystere, the fabulous Cirque du Soleil show at Treasure Island. Extreme gratitude to Joe Marin who was instrumental in setting up this night out for bloggers to see different shows around Vegas and review the shows on our blogs.

The Cirque du Soleil shows have been one of my favorite things in life since I saw Mystere for the first time 10 years ago. I have seen many different Cirque du Soleil shows since and found it rather poetic when I realized it has been 10 years since I first started loving this brand of entertainment. I had not seen Mystere again since July 1997, so this was a sort of anniversary for me.

The creators of this show and the performers bring such joy to so many people in this world. It is absolutely amazing to me. Just hearing the intro music on the web page while grabbing the link above invoked such emotion in me: memories, joy. . . . even peace. If that doesn't make sense to you, then SEE Mystere and you will KNOW what I mean.

Not only is the show visually amazing, it is also some of the best live music you will ever hear. If you have never seen a Cirque show, I have one word for you, GO! Even if you think you don't like that sort of thing, even if you think you won't like it, YOU WILL! I cannot imagine any human being not liking this show, it is just that amazing.

Mystere is an assault on your senses from start to finish. It brings forth so may emotions, joy, laughter, happiness, romance. . . a whole spectrum of feelings & thoughts. So many things happening at once: up, down, all around, left right, even behind you. I wonder how many hundreds of people it takes to put this show on nightly. The performers are amazing. There are acrobats, contortionists, and performers that I don't even know what to call, other than uber-talented. There are singers, musicians, comedians, this show has everything.

Out of everything this show encompasses, of particular interest to me is, of course, the costumes of Mystere. Add the costumers to the above list of superb, creative talent associated with Mystere. The vibrant colors, the glitter, the glitz and the odd shaped costumes all add to and enhance the drama of the performers. Each aspect of the show is an invaluable piece of the puzzle that is needed to put on the magic. Each aspect adds to the visual, the music, the emotion and completes the dramatic and welcome assault on your senses. Before seeing the show, one could never imagine the significance of a single feather perched on top of a headpiece. The way it moves when the performers bob their heads and stick their necks out makes a single feather such a significant part of the individual costume and the show itself. Only in a Cirque performance does a costume with a rounded, protruding belly and bottom transport your mind to think of an alien world rather than someone who gorged too much at the Vegas buffet line.

And then there is the makeup. The makeup used in Mystere transforms the performer into something surreal. It is so unusual and yet recognizable as "Cirque" at the same time. How does one accomplish that? Magic, plain, pure and simple, it is magical. The combination of talent attached to one project is astonishing.

How so many aspects of this show come together in such a perfect blend is just beyond me. The costume colors, the lights, the smoke, the music, the voices, the movement of the performers, and planning of hundreds, if not thousands of people come together to bring to Vegas one of the most spectacular things I will ever see.

I was so happy to share my Mystere experience with Amanda Stewart from Print-It-Quick.com. We were both amazed and thoroughly entertained! What an awesome time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Village Displays Come to Second Life

Annie's Costumes has added a virtual Christmas Village to our Second Life costume store where avatars can explore Santa's workshop, skate on a lake and shop for Christmas decorating ideas and clothing.

Second Life Christmas Village

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world with millions of residents registered from around the globe. As a member of this virtual community, Annie's Costumes created these Christmas village displays and holiday themed costumes, such as life-like Santa suit, a sexy Mrs. Claus, and Male and Female Elf costumes, with the Second Life residents in mind.

Ten Golden Rules and LeftBank Studios were instrumental in helping Annie's Costumes expand the Second Life Store for Christmas. Additionally, we were able to partner with ChristmasTreeforMe.com so we could offer virtual Christmas trees for avatars looking for holiday decorating ideas.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tried, tested and true Christmas recipes


Looking for tried, tested and true (and interesting!) Christmas recipes?
Here’s a taste of the articles from allrecipes.com!

Cookie Countdown 2007. Visit their Cookie Countdown from December 1st until Christmas, as they reveal a new cookie recipe every day.

Christmas Drinks and Cocktails. Fruity and fun, warm and wonderful. No matter what strikes your fancy this holiday season, you’ll find an exciting drink recipe that fits the bill.

Recipes for Christmas Dinner. Whether its prime rib, turkey or ham you're after, find recipes here to help you plan your Christmas dinner menu.


And remember, have an authentic-looking Santa show up at your holiday gathering, with a costume from anniescostumes.com.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Sexy Christmas Costumes for Holiday Parties

SantaSuits.com offers sexy Christmas costumes for women. With holiday parties right around the corner, sexy Christmas costumes, including sexy Santa outfits and naughty Santa's helper dresses are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

The sexy Christmas costumes include:

  • Cutie Claus
  • Naughty Santa's Helper
  • Christmas Gift

A complete list can be found at http://santasuits.com/costumes.htm.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Extreme Halloween Donates 3,101 Meals to Needy Families in South Florida

Right before the Thanksgiving weekend, Extreme Halloween Network announced a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promotion. Many shoppers took advantage of the sales, and Extreme Halloween Network was able to raise over $500 for the Daily Bread Food Bank, which equals to approximately 3,101 meals to needy families in South Florida.

A big thanks to all the shoppers that participated in the event!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

10 Things to Do with All that Halloween Candy

According to an article at parenthood.com, here are 10 things to do with all that Halloween candy:

Every family has its own methods of getting through the post-Halloween mounds of joy. Some let their kids gorge themselves for a day or two. Others dole it out a little at a time. Some parents even ban the candy bars altogether. For some nutritionists (and dentists!), Halloween candy is downright scary.

Whatever candy camp your family falls in –– there’s more to do with candy than eat it. If your Halloween candy is still sticking around, check out these ideas of what to do with leftovers:

1. Recycle it. Practice instant recycling. Screen the candy your kids bring home. After throwing away any unwrapped goodies, take out any candy your children don’t like or you don’t want them to have and then send that candy back out the door with other trick-or-treaters.

2. Freeze it. Put the chocolate bars right in the freezer to save them for later. Frozen chocolate takes longer to eat, so children can’t wolf it down so quickly.

3. Bake it. You don’t have to freeze the candy to keep it fresh. Kept in an airtight container, it will last long after Halloween. Later, you can bake surprise cupcakes. Push a soft candy into the middle of the batter in each cup before baking. Decorate the icing with more candies. You can also substitute bits of chocolate bars in your favorite chocolate-chip cookie recipe.

4. Melt it. Save chocolate to bring a taste of summer into your home long after you’ve put away the sunscreen. Melt chocolate for s’mores any time of year. Place a chocolate bar and a marshmallow between two graham crackers on top of a paper towel. Microwave for about 20 seconds.

5. Stuff it. Gather the leftover goodies and stuff them into a (homemade or store-bought) piñata. Crack the piñata open at Christmas or wait until your child’s birthday.

6. Create it. Professional artists create sculptures from candy, why not kids? Make mosaics with hard candy. Cover sturdy cardboard with wax paper, aluminum foil or paper. Then instead of tiles, use candy to create a design and “grout” it with stiff icing. To make sculptures, stick soft candy, apples and marshmallows together with toothpicks.

7. House it. After Halloween, kids can’t wait for Christmas. Save Halloween candy for gingerbread houses.

8. Wear it. Make a candy necklace. You’ll need an assortment of lollipops and colorful candies with twist-wrap ends to make this idea from the National Confectioners Association. Cut a 14-inch strand of thin twine or fabric ribbon. Tie one end of a wrapper of candy or lollipop stick tightly to one end of ribbon or twine (leave about two inches of ribbon free for tying at the end). Attach candy by knotting the ribbon around the wrapper ends or lollipop sticks until the necklace is complete. Leave two inches at the end. Tie the ends together and wear the latest in edible jewelry!

9. Decorate it. Create Christmas ornaments from candy. To make a train, take a long pack of gum and glue on round candy for wheels, a square piece for a smokestack, and something round for the bell on top. Attach a loop of gold thread or ribbon for hanging. Look at simple geometric illustrations (such as are in coloring books) for other ideas. Coat your ornament with an acrylic sealer so it won’t deteriorate and you don’t draw bugs.

10. Share it. Take your leftover candy to the office. Even if your co-workers who are parents are sick of the stuff, chances are your younger colleagues will relish childhood memories as they reach for another Mary Jane or Butterfinger. Or better yet, fill a coffee can with candy and bring it to your local nursing home, homeless shelter or a charity for the staff to enjoy. Add a note that says, “Thanks for all the good work you do.”

Monday, November 26, 2007

Take a Break from Online Holiday Shopping with a Free Christmas Game


Don't let online holiday shopping stress you out! Go to SantaSuits.com and check out their wacky holiday game, Santa Dress Up. The free online Christmas game lets players dress up old St. Nick as wacky characters for the holidays with such styles as "Sumo Santa", "Elvis Claus", "Super Santa" and more. Just drag and drop a variety of shirts, pants, shoes, hair and accessories onto Father Christmas to create a unique Santa of your own on this fun holiday site.

"Everyone gets so stressed and wacky during the holidays that we wanted to create a free online Christmas game to let people have fun with our holiday site," said Shari McConahay, marketing director for SantaSuits.com and the Extreme Halloween network. "We hope our customers have so much fun playing "Santa Dress Up" that they'll want to dress up as Santa this year themselves!"

If you're inspired to dress up like Santa Claus yourself, go to SantaSuits.com and select a santa suit of your choice.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Christmas Celebrations 2007

This fun website on Christmas Celebrations is just for those of you who love Christmas and the favorite customs that are honored, year after year. They have all kinds of fun stuff and goodies to help you make some very merry memories, including articles on office Christmas parties, history of Christmas cards, Christmas party activities and more. There’s even an article on regifting etiquette!

And if you’re having your own Christmas celebration, don’t forget to have Santa make a guest appearance! Check out a full selection of Santa suits at www.santasuits.com.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Spread Goodwill and Charity by Shopping on the Extreme Halloween Network

From November 23 - 26, shoppers on the Extreme Halloween Network can buy anything from unique kids costumes to Santa Claus suits, and a portion of the sales will go to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Can you think of a better way to give back to the community?

"It's important to everyone at Extreme Halloween to give to those less fortunate," said Shari McConahay, marketing director of the Extreme Halloween network. "We hope when customers are thinking about purchasing their unique kid costumes, Santa Claus costumes and other holiday dress-up items they'll think of visiting Extreme Halloween, knowing that a percentage of their purchase will go to such a good cause."

Last month as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Extreme Halloween Network raised more than $1,500 for Susan G Komen Foundation with our "Think Pink" costume promotion. So mark your calendars and help Extreme Halloween meet or beat that amount during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

After Halloween Sale Extended!

Our After Halloween Sale has been extended until November 21, 2007, so while you are getting ready for Thanksgiving, you can take advantage of the sale before the Christmas holiday shopping rush that ensues the day after Thanksgiving!

Here are some ideas:

  • The obvious: SAVE BIG on next year's Halloween costumes, accessories and decorations.
  • Increase your Thanksgiving celebration by having dinner in costume! Make a fun new tradition out of it: reinact the Pilgrims and Native American Indians Feast or maybe just some silly Turkey Hats for some holiday fun!
  • Get a jump start on the holiday with our Santa Suits and holiday costumes.
  • Pick our some early holiday gifts: many children ask Santa to be a princess or a super hero for Christmas (HINT HINT!!)
  • Magic makes a great holiday gift whether the recipient is a novice magician just starting out or a seasoned professional, Wizards Apprentice Magic has magicians supplies for any age or level magician.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Digital Picture Contests for Best Santas

SantaSuits.com is sponsoring digital picture contests for the best adult Santa suits, funniest Santa suits and even the best pet Santa.

Categories for the digital picture contests include "Santa of the Year," "Most Original Santa," "Funniest Santa," "Jr. Santa," and "Pet Santa." The Grand prize "Santa of the Year" winner receives $500 in Extreme Halloween Network Gift Certificates that can be used at any of the networks 11 websites.

For more information on SantaSuit.com's digital photo contests, visit http://santasuits.com/entryform.htm for official rules and entry information.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

After Halloween Costume Sale!

After Halloween Sale

Our biggest sale of the year! 20% OFF

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What to do with all that Halloween Candy??

Candy CornSo Halloween night is over and your sugar rush is still on high speed! Here's an awesome idea for using up some of your Halloween candy and still keeping the Halloween spirit and celebration going strong:

Make a chocolate and candy Haunted House centerpiece for your Halloween party this weekend!
  • Chocolate Hershey bars made great walls and roof.


  • Nonpareils make great shingles on your roof.


  • Line up a Candy Corn fence


  • Jelly Beans create a stone pathway effect.


  • "Fun Size" candy bars like Snickers and Baby Ruth make great coffins in the graveyard.


  • Orange slices can be the headstones.


  • Pumpkin and Ghost Marshmallow Peeps and gummy worms are a haunted addition to the graveyard.


  • Mix and match from whatever candy you have leftover- be creative and have fun!

For more details, see the full recipe and instructions on the FoodNetwork.com

Clinton vs. Giuliani, Halloween Matchup

In a fun article on Halloween costumes, Americans were polled on the leading presidential candidates:

The Associated Press and Ipsos asked Americans to pick which candidates would make the scariest Halloween costumes. Naturally, frontrunners Senator Hillary Clinton and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani won in their respective political parties (there were separate polls for the two parties). Clinton led Democrats with 37% while Giuliani had 14%, and no other candidates broke 6%, giving them resounding wins. And we found this interesting: "While a predictable two-thirds of Republicans picked [Clinton], she also was the choice of 18 percent of Democrats. Among members of her own party, that made her second only to Giuliani as the scariest costume."

Take the poll yourself here.

Moviefone's Best Horror Movies Countdown

Blair Witch Project Picture from www.best-horror-movies.com

The Movie Fone Website has been running a countdown all October of the 31 scariest movies of all time. Their #1 was just announced yesterday and here is a countdown of their top 10 scariest horror movies of all time:

10. 28 Days Later (2002)
9. The Haunting (1963)
8. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
7. The Thing (1982)
6. The Sixth Sense (1999)
5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
4. The Shining (1980)
3. Psycho (1960)
2. The Exorcist (1973)

and the #1 Best Horror Movie of all Time:

1. Halloween (1978)
Oft-emulated but never equaled, John Carpenter's moody masterpiece is as terrifying today as it was 29 years ago. Vacant-eyed Michael Myers is soulless evil personified, the score bone-chilling, the cinematography eerily sublime and the overall impression unshakeable. Put simply, it is horror perfection.

See MovieFone's entire list of the Best Horror Movies

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

We wish you a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

From our Extreme Halloween Family to yours, a SAFE and Very Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Vincent Price Inducted into the Halloween Hall of Fame

Vincent Price Inducted to the Halloween Hall of Fame

That's right folks, Vincent Price has been inducted into the Halloween Hall of Fame this week. The Halloween Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring people who have contributed to the popularity and the history behind Halloween, Halloween costuming and other related fields. After the board selects a group of nominees, they open it up to the public to select who gets to be in the Halloween Hall of Fame. This year, Vincent Price was the 2007 winner with 58.8% of the votes, beating the other nominees by a landslide.


Next year's list of nominees include Halloween greats such as:


  • Jamie Lee Curtis - Curtis' film debut was in the classic 1978 horror film Halloween, playing the role of Laurie Strode. Curtis was subsequently cast in several horror films, garnering her the title of a "scream queen".

  • Ed Wood - Wood is known as the "worst director of all time." He went down in Halloween history with recognition in the Michael Medved book The Golden Turkey Awards.

  • Mary Shelley - Shelley wrote the novel "Frankenstein".

  • Rick Baker - Baker was the very first recipient of the Oscar for Best Make-Up for "An American Werewolf in London" in 1981.

  • Wes Craven - Craven has secured a place in Halloween history as the "king of horror." The director and writer is best known as the creator of many horror films.

  • Tim Burton - Burton is an Academy Award-nominated film director, writer and designer known for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films.

  • Sam Rami - Raimi came onto the radar of film fans with his low-budget, dark humor horror film The Evil Dead (1981), and has since entertained horror audiences with subsequent Evil Dead movies.

  • Vlad III The Impaler - Vlad was a Romanian ruler best known for the exceedingly cruel punishments he imposed during his reign and for serving as the primary inspiration for the vampire main character in Bram Stoker's popular Dracula novel.

  • Fred Gwynne - Gwynne is best known in Halloween history for his character in "The Munsters" (1964) as the Frankenstein-like patriarch Herman Munster.

  • John Carpenter - Carpenter is considered one of the most accomplished and influential horror and science fiction directors in Hollywood. Some of the classic and most famous horror films he has directed: Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983).


Vote for your favorite nominee at http://www.halloweenhalloffame.org/halloween-nominees.html

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Its Not Too Late! You Can Still Get Your Costume in Time for Halloween!

Did you wait til the last minute? Just get invited to a Halloween party you didn't know about? No worries!

Delivery on October 30th in time for Halloween is no problem!

There are thousands of costumes still in stock on http://www.anniescostumes.com/. Select "Delivery on Oct 30th" to receive your costumes in time for Halloween. On time delivery is guaranteed! The express shipping charge is just $20.00 for rush delivery if you order today. The Halloweem shipping information page will be updated with any shipping and price changes as it gets closer to Halloween.

You will be able to order all weekend and on Monday up until 6pm EST for Tuesday delivery and you can even order on Tuesday up until 6pm EST for delivery on Halloween day!

Happy Last Minute Costume Shopping and Happy Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets


NO SCAREDY CATS THIS HALLOWEEN: TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS FOR PET PARENTS

Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips for Children & Adults

Halloween Safety Ghost Safety Tips from the Red Cross

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun.

Halloween Safety Tips


  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.

  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.

  • Cross the street only at corners.

  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.

  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)

  • Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flamable.)

  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.

  • Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.

  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your eyes. [Or make sure that your mask eye holes are wide enough for visibility.]

  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.

  • Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
    Halloween Safety Pumpkins

Free Pumpkin Stencil Maker

Design and print your own jack-o'-lantern patterns at Better Homes and Gardens website—FREE. Choose from thousands of possible faces or let them create one for you! In five minutes or less you’ll be ready to print out your pattern and carve a Jack-o-Lantern that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Click here to get started.

And for great Halloween costumes and accessories, remember to visit anniescostumes.com.

Get Into the Spirit of Halloween

It's almost time...Halloween is just less than 1 week away and if you're looking for ideas to get into the Halloween spirit, then visit Annie's Costumes. Over the past month, our ghouls and goblins have been working hard to expand our multimedia offerings by creating another Halloween-themed video and new online Halloween Movie Trivia quiz.

"At Annie's Costumes, we really do love Halloween. So, this year, we created a couple of fun videos and even a Halloween trivia quiz game," said Shari McConahay, Vice President of Marketing for Annie's Costumes. "The latest video, called "Meet the Couple", shows some of our funny and sexy costumes, which are great Halloween costume ideas for adults. The trivia quiz game, which focuses on classic scary movies, will stump even the most knowledgeable Halloween fan and can be passed on to friends via email."

We hope you enjoy all the Halloween fun. Do you have any additional ideas for Annie's Costumes? Send in your comments so we can add more ghoulish tricks and treats to next year's Halloween season.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Second Life Virtual Halloween Party Tonight!

You are cordially invitied to our Second Life Haunted Halloween Party!

It begins at 9:30PM EST (6:30PM Second Life Time) Tuesday, October 23, 2007 in http://www.secondlife.com/. There will be plenty of tricks and treats. In the virtual Haunted House you can experience trap doors, secret portals, catacombs, blood on the walls and all the other fun things you would experience in a real life Haunted House. Search for costumes or haunted house in world and you will find us!

While at the party, make sure to pick up a costume for your Second Life Avatar at Annies Costumes' Virtual Costume Store. There are many fun virtual costumes: vampires, pirates, wizards and princesses! Deck out your avatars for Halloween!

The third attraction in Second Life is the virtual museum for the Halloween Hall of Fame.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World

Looking for some Halloween fun for the little ones? Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is just the Halloween Party for you!

Event Highlights:





  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade!


  • Trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom® Park at numerous locations.


  • Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular — where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky!


  • Characters decked out in their favorite costumes — so wear yours, too.


  • Some of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions.



Buy tickets online* now or call (407) W-DISNEY (934-7639)†



See the Walt Disney website for details.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fantasy Fest Costume Contests 2007

TravelVideoTV.com reports on this year's Fantasy Fest festivities:

Entries in previous years have included a group of gigantic dancing Chinese takeout containers and a sea hag driving a 10-foot-tall blue and pink sequined replica steam engine, and competitors in the 2007 Pretenders in Paradise costume competition are expected to dream up equally elaborate and flamboyant ensembles.

A highlight of Key West's annual 10-day Fantasy Fest celebration, Pretenders in Paradise is to take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, on an outdoor stage beside Key West Harbor at the Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa, 1 Duval St. The costume competition is celebrating its 25th year in 2007, and features a theme of "Somewhere Under the Rainbow" to complement the overall Fantasy Fest theme of "Gnomes, Toads & White Rabbit Tea Parties."

Each year, Pretenders draws over-the-top costume entries ranging from solo efforts to multiperson collaborations. Entrants put on full-scale performances, complete with lights and music, to entertain standing-room-only crowds.As well as being a lavish display of the costumer's art, the contest can be extremely lucrative for its winners. Judges award cash prizes totaling $10,000 in categories for professional, amateur and group entries.

Tickets for Pretenders are $28 per person, available beginning Oct. 1 at the Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa.Exotic as it is, Pretenders is just one of Fantasy Fest's lively lineup of masking and costuming challenges. Set for Oct. 19-28, the festival offers creative spirits a wide variety of opportunities to explore their taste for glitz and glitter, offbeat originality and exuberant design excess. For example, "Mad Hatters" can strut their stuff at the 25th annual Headdress Ball. Set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Headdress Ball traditionally draws entrants sporting elaborate masks, cowls, bonnets and other headgear -- all vying for cash prizes awarded by local celebrity judges.Themed "Shrooms, Blooms & Mad Hatter Plumes," the gala is to take place under a gigantic tent in the parking lot of the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St.Between headdress presentations, attendees can enjoy a nightclub-style talent revue featuring top local entertainers. Tickets for the headdress happening are available at www.keystix.com

At least 10 other costume competitions also are scheduled for Fantasy Fest 2007, including the annual "Red Night" Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Fogarty's, 227 Duval St.; and the Southernmost Masked Mania Costume Contest at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, poolside at the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St.

For more on the happenings this week at Fantasy Fest, check out the official Fantasy Fest website: www.fantasyfest.net

Marvel Costume Contest Ends Oct 22nd

Marvel Comic Book Costume Contest
This article comes from the Comicbox Web Site:

Marvel tells us: Do you spend every Halloween dressed up as your favorite Marvel super hero or villain. Well, Marvel wants to see you in your costume and they’re handing out prizes to the best-dressed Marvel fans. All you have to do is head over to www.marvel.com/costumecontest right now to enter Marvel’s Costume Contest!
The deadline for submissions is October 22. Then, from October 23 through October 29, Marvel fans will be able to vote on Marvel.com for their favorite Marvel Costume Contest entry. Then, before you go trick-or-treating, check Marvel.com on Halloween day to see if you’re one of the winners of Marvel’s First Annual Costume Contest and Marvel Costume Contest Voter Sweepstakes!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a personalized “handbook style” page to appear in a Marvel comic book and be spotlighted in a feature article on Marvel.com along with a signed Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker! Plus, one randomly selected voter will win a signed Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker for helping judge the competition.
What are you waiting for?? Grab your Marvel costume, your digital camera and head to Marvel.com right now to enter Marvel’s First Annual Costume Contest!
For complete rules visit www.marvel.com/costumecontest/

Costumes for Kids In Iraq

Hunter is a Super Hero in My Book!
I came across this article last month about Hunter Hotaling, a 6 year old boy [pictured above]who undertook the challenge of sending 100 superhero costumes to the children of Iraq. Even though, they did not ask me, I love this idea and sent some super hero costumes to help out Hunter on his mission.


Hunter's mission is to help his father, Capt. Andrew Hotaling, and the captain's military transition team bring smiles to the faces of Iraqi children.


According to information provided in a press release, Hunter's endeavor began when he asked his mother, Mary Anne, if he could join the Army. Hunter told his mom that he did not want to fight, he said he wanted to be the "chore guy."


After receiving an e-mail from his dad to send leftover Halloween costumes to Iraq, Hunter set a goal to gather 100 costumes.


His mom said e-mails were sent out across the nation and within a month Hunter met his goal.


I am happy to know that we helped Hunter and in turn, helped the children in Iraq by bringing them the joy of fantasy and letting them know that they are super too!

Halloween Recipes From the Food Network

Emeril Kicks Up HalloweenWicked CupcakesHalloween Martini
This weekend, the Food Network started showing their Halloween specials. The shows are so much fun, not only do they showcase great recipes and help you create a menu for your Halloween Party, but all the Food Network stars are in fabulous costumes! You are sure to find some great Halloween party menu ideas both on the shows and on the Food Network web site. Of course, you will find plenty of recipes for Halloween sweets and treats, but also check out the savory Halloween dishes, like Emeril's "Vampire Chicken on a Stake with blood wine sauce", Paula Dean's Sea Creature Soup, Rachael Ray's Yummy Mummy appetizer, creepy cocktails, and pumpkin recipes. If you are in need of visual help and miss the shows on tv, you can see the videos online.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Halloween Makeup Tutorial DVD




This is a demo of the full length DVD available at www.stageandtheatermakeup.com/beautycastdvd.htm


The full length DVD gives you step by step, visual instructions on how to get the best sexy look to go with you Halloween costume.

For Halloween Makeup: www.stageandtheatermakeup.com/halloweenmakeup.htm

Friday, October 19, 2007

13 Days of Halloween on the Sci Fi Channel

Sci Fi Channel's 13 Days of Halloween Horror Movie MarathonStarts Tonight!
Make sure to get you fill of horror movies this October. The Sci Fi Channel is featuring 13 Days of Halloween with a horror movie each day. Many of the movies they are featuring are never seen before Sci Fi Channel originals.

Meet the Couple Video Featuring Sexy Couples Halloween Costumes



For more information on any of the couples costumes featured in this funny video, see The Funny Couples Costume Page on AnniesCostumes.com.

For more costume videos, visit The Extreme Halloween Channel on You Tube.

30 Days of Night Vampire Movie

Just in time to get into the spooky Halloween spirit! 30 Days of Night opens today and is being called "The Best Vampire Movie in Decades".



Does the movie live up to its billing?

Best Horor Movies of All Time

Freddy Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Check out MovieFone.com for their Countdown of the Best Horror Movies of all time. There is a new movie each day, with the #1 movie announced on Halloween.
Did your favorites make the list?
You can vote for the scariest movie character of all time in Extreme Halloween's Scary Halloween Survey.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Play the Halloween Movie Trivia Game!

Halloween Movie Trivia Game Have fun playing our new Halloween Movie Trivia Game. Six tricky trivia questions! How many can you get right? Do you know how Freddy Kruger's mother died? Play to find out! Then you can send the game to your friends - share the Halloween fun!

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

It's that time again!


Freddy Krueger, Jason and Leatherface join forces at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights® during the following dates: Oct. 11-14, 18-21, 24-28, 31 & Nov. 1-3.


Come face-to-face with three of the biggest names in horror at Universal Orlando® Resort's 17th annual Halloween Horror Nights®, Amusement Today's 2006 Golden Ticket Award winner for Best Halloween Event.



For great Halloween costumes and accessories, visit Anniescostumes.com. (Remember, you're not allowed to wear costumes inside the park, however.)

Sweet and Spooky Halloween Drink Recipes

This fun article on Halloween Drinks from Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s website will help you add spark to a Halloween party with some unusual punches and beverages.


Creepy concoctions include: Ghoul’s Punch (complete with floating frozen ‘hands’!), Haunting Hot Chocolate, Spritzed Fruit Drink with Wiggle Worm Ice, Blue Slime Sipper and more.


Check them all out here.


For great Halloween costumes and accessories, visit Anniescostumes.com, too.

Time is Running Out to Buy Your Halloween Costume Online

It's crunch time folks! If you still haven't gotten ordered your Halloween costume online, you better do it soon. Here are some tips for online shoppers ordering last minute Halloween costumes.

First, when ordering online Halloween costumes, make sure that they are purchased from a Halloween store that keeps a real-time inventory. If their inventory isn't up-to-date, you may order a costume that's not in stock and not get your costume in time for Halloween. At Annie's Costumes, our automated inventory manager informs shoppers immediately if the online Halloween costume they're interested in is out of stock.

Second, be aware of the shipping time lines. Since Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, if you need a costume for celebrations the weekend before, place your order through a online Halloween costume store by Thursday, Oct. 25, selecting next-day delivery. For delivery by Halloween night, place your order for next day delivery on October 30th. Make sure to check the store's website for cut off times and details. Annie's has a variety of shipping options available and will be updated daily at www.anniescostumes.com/order.htm.

We have thousands of costumes still available for adults, children and babies for last minute Halloween shoppers. Have fun selecting your online Halloween costume!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blog Reader's Special Giveaway! The Nightmare Factory

The Nightmare Factory
We really appreciate all of our blog readers and hope that you enjoy the content we put together for your reading enjoyment! In appreciation, we have a special giveaway for the first 5 blog readers who leave a comment letting us know you would like our giveaway item. And what are we giving away you ask?
A FREE copy of The Nightmare Factory book from Fox Atom Comics!
This is an awesome new graphic book based on the short stories of Thomas Ligotti. It is suggested for mature readers, so you must be 18 years or older to qualify.


From the back cover:


Enter the universe of renowned horror master Thomas Ligotti - a universe where clowns take part in a sinister winter festival, a scheming girlfriend makes reality itself come unraveled, a crumbling asylum's destruction unleashes a greater horror, and a mysterious Teatro comes and goes.


In the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, Ligotti's sophisticated tales of terror take us to places few would suspect exist, where madness is only a though away. The Nightmare Factory adapts four of Ligotti's most chilling tales into fine graphic literature by famed writers and artists Stuart Morre, Joe Harris,Colleen Doran (The Sandman), Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Ted McKeever (Batman), and Michael Gaydos (Alias). Featuring all-new introductions to each story by Thomas Ligotti.


I will add posts to let the winners know how to contact me. The book will be mailed to you free of any charge - ENJOY!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Top Halloween Costumes for Boys and Girls...YouTube Style

Extreme Halloween Network gives a visual tour of the top ten Halloween costumes for boys and girls on YouTube.com. Inspired by movie blockbusters and popular TV shows, these awesome Halloween costumes include classic favorites and newcomers such as Jack Sparrow, Star Wars, the Power Rangers, Shrek, Spiderman, and Batman.

"We're excited to be able to provide a visual tour of the Top Ten Halloween costumes this year," said Shari McConahay, Marketing Director for the Extreme Halloween Network. "Seeing the kids Halloween costumes from all angles really helps parents and kids decided what they want to dress up as for Halloween this year."

The top ten Halloween costumes for boys and girls were determined by sales trends and an annual survey, voted on by parents and children around the country. Visit http://www.extremehalloween.com/surveyform.htm to vote in this year's poll.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Think Pink Costumes for the Cure

Think Pink Costumes for the Cure
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are honoring all women who have battled or are in the battle against breast cancer. We have put together a great line of pink costumes and costume accessories for our Think Pink Costumes for the Cure promotion. For each of our think pink costumes sold in the month of October, 10% of the sale will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can help us and celebrate Halloween all at the same time. Visit: www.anniescostumes.com/thinkpinkcostumes.htm
Thank you for your help and support!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Annie's Costumes Launches Second Life Store


Annie's Costumes just launched a virtual haunted house and costume shop in Second Life. Avitars are able to shop for costumes and then be spooked as they walk through the virtual haunted house.

This move only increases the web presence of this amazing company. “Going virtual just seemed like the next step for our costume shop,” states Shari McConahay, Marketing Director for Annie's Costumes, “We worked closely with Ten Golden Rules and LeftBank Studios to design a Second Life costume and clothing line that would reflect the true spirit of Halloween. All the classic Halloween costumes are represented from vampires to witches, from pirates to princesses.”

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Halloween Safety Tips


BEFORE HALLOWEEN:



  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
    Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.

  • Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.

  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.

  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

  • Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.

  • Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.

  • Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire.

  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.

  • Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.

WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:



  • A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

Remind Trick-or-Treaters:



  • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.

  • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.

  • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.

  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.

  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.

  • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.

  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

  • Always walk. Never run across a street.

  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).

  • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.

  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.

  • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.

  • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.

  • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:



  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.

  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

Find a perfect (and safe!) Halloween costume and accessories at Anniescostumes.com.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

'Family Guy' meets 'Star Wars'

According to an article on the Family Guy Star Wars Season Premiere, The Force is with "Family Guy."


Fox's animated hit will kick off its fifth season this fall with an hourlong episode that retells the "Star Wars" saga using "Family Guy" characters.

Lucasfilm has blessed the event, which will have the Griffin family acting out all the key scenes and narrative from "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope," the first installment of the franchise. "

Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is a major "Star Wars" fan and was personally involved in getting Lucasfilm on board, an exec from 20th Century Fox TV said. Family patriarch Peter Griffin will play the role of Han Solo, while mom Lois will appear as Princess Leia. Evil baby Stewie will be Darth Vader, natch.

Brian the family dog will serve as Chewbacca, while son Chris is Luke. Robots R2-D2 and C-3PO will be handled by Cleveland and Quagmire, respectively, while creepy old guy Herbert plays Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Plot of the episode has the Griffin family stuck at home during a blackout. With no TV to entertain them, Peter decides to tell a story -- leading to the "Star Wars" flashback.

Planning for the seg began more than a year ago. MacFarlane was set to show off footage from the episode at the "Star Wars" mega-convention in Los Angeles. MacFarlane and the "Family Guy" writers have shown a strong interest in "Star Wars," serving up several mini-spoofs of the franchise in years past.

In addition to the "Star Wars" tribute, "Family Guy" will mark its 100th episode next season with a two-part special set to air in November.

Show your own tribute to Star Wars this Halloween with a cool Star Wars costume from anniescostumes.com.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Halloween Hall of Fame

Halloween Hall of Fame opened its "creaking" doors this week. Honoring the extraordinary folks who make Halloween popular, the Halloween Hall of Fame recognizes the amazing talents of Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Elvira "Mistress of the Night".

The inspiration for the Halloween Hall of Fame actually came from Harold Maxwell, founder of Annie's Costumes. After hearing that Bobby "Boris" Pickett passed away, Harold remarked, "He really should be in the Halloween Hall of Fame." And when he did a little research and found out that there wasn't one, he helped form a Board of Directors to get the Halloween Hall of Fame going.

The exciting part of the Halloween Hall of Fame is that the public gets to express their opinion on who should be in it. Check out the list of nominees and vote your favorite celebrity into the Halloween Hall of Fame.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Classics Are Back in Halloween Costumes

If you're looking for Halloween costume ideas, you might want to look at classic Halloween costumes.

Pirates of the Caribbean series has sparked a resurgence of pirate mania. Halloween shoppers have been searching online to find the perfect Halloween pirate costume. National Retail Federation rates pirate costumes are being second top choice amongst adult Halloween costumes. Pirates score well across the board on our own Halloween costume survey.

Other classic Halloween costume favorites are vampires and witches, according to the National Retail Federation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

We've Still Got the (Saturday Night) Fever After 30 Years

The 30th Anniversary Edition of Saturday Night Fever was just released and according to one review, we’ve still got the Fever after all these years!

Released in a 30th Anniversary Edition, the film still holds up as not just THE 1970s film as far as fashion and music but a rough, tragic coming of age story that any generation can relate to and perhaps be inspired by. In the role that made him a worldwide icon, John Travolta plays Tony Manero. The only thing that keeps the 19- year old Brooklyn kid and his friends alive and hopeful is Saturday night. On Saturday nights, they get dressed up and blow all their money at the disco.

Much of Fever’s aura comes from the Bee Gee’s music, which still is immensely enjoyable and how Travolta moves with it. The Fever soundtrack remains the top selling soundtrack of all time and is a staple at any club or house party.

The film has been called the first “dance” film that paved the way for other Travolta films like Urban Cowboy (1980), the ill-fated sequel to Fever; Staying Alive (1983) and the more successful iconic dance films of the 80s like Flashdance (1983), Footloose (1984), and Dirty Dancing (1987).

The new extras include the 52 minute retrospective documentary about the Fever phenomenon including the music, disco craze, fashion and how the film still holds up after 30 years. It includes interviews with ALL the cast and crewmembers EXCEPT for Travolta. His absence is never explained.

Fever was a huge turning point for American fashion as well as music. The film marked the shift from shaggy hairdos to perfectly coiffed, hairsprayed dos, gold neck chains, polyester shirts, platform shoes, and of course the three-piece white leisure suit that Travolta immortalized in the dance contest finale.

It’s not every film that can still pack a punch after 30 years but Saturday Night Fever is still as potent and as alive as it was back in 1977.Celebrate the Disco Era and the 30th anniversary release of Saturday Night Fever this Halloween! Blow out your hair and pick up a Night Fever Costume from Anniescostumes.com and hit the pavement. Can you just hear the Bee Gees singing Stayin’ Alive as you strut your stuff?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Parade of Unfortunate Star Wars Costumes

The Parade of Unfortunate Star Wars Costumes is Hilarious!
The tag Line is "When Good Costumes Go Bad"

You must visit CapnWacky's Parade of Unfortunate Star Wars Costumes. It is a laugh riot! Not only are the pictures funny, but his comments are even funnier! All quotes here are from Cap'n Wacky.

A few of my favorites:

C3PO Star Wars Costume

My name is C-3P0. I am fluent in over 6 million forms of communication and I do a fantastic Al Jolson impersonation.









Royal Guard Costume


Oh, Royal Guard. That's the last time we let you guard a box of doughnuts!










R2D2 Costume




Looks like Kenny Baker is finally getting too big for the part.







Daryl Hallwalker and John Oatsolo

Ladies and gentlemen, the Parade of Unforuntate Star Wars Costumes is proud to present, Daryl Hallwalker and John Oatsolo's Greatest hits.

1.Sith On My List
3. Sarlacc Smile
5. I Cantina Go For That
6. Did It In a Minoch
7. Private Jedis (Are Watching You)





MC Darth Hammer



Ladies and gentlemen: MC Darth Hammer.

Can't touch this, or won't touch this?






The Wedding Troopers
I love these guys. Because of them, the rest of us will always be able to say, "Sure, I may be kind of a nerd, but at least I didn't have all the groomsmen at my wedding dress as stormtroopers in formal wear.

Thanks for lowering the bar, gentlemen.



To see the entire Star Wars funny costume parade, visit CapnWacky's Site!

For your own Star Wars costume, visit AnniesCostumes.com, maybe you want to take a silly photo to send to Capn Wacky, or maybe you want to use his list as a guideline of what NOT to do with your Star Wars Costume!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Red Sox get early start on Halloween

According to an article on Halloween costumes, even the Boston Red Socks got an early start on the fun at a game on September 16.

The Boston Red Sox didn't need an interpreter for this: With one quick wardrobe change, Daisuke Matsuzaka went from star pitcher to Teletubby.

"I didn't think there was anything that could make me laugh last night. There was," manager Terry Francona said yesterday.

Many teams use a late-season trip as a chance to have some fun with the rookies, dressing them in outlandish costumes that must be worn on the flight to the next city. Dice-K had to don the outfit after Sunday's 4-3 loss to New York at Fenway Park.

In addition to Matsuzaka, Boston's veterans dressed reliever Hideki Okajami and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury as female pirates, pitcher Clay Buchholz as Minnie Mouse and outfielder Brandon Moss as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Francona said watching Matsuzaka clear customs at Pearson International Airport in Toronto was "hilarious."

"Somebody wrote a cheque for $102-million, and he's going through dressed as a rodent," Francona said.

Get a head start on the Halloween fun with a costume from AnniesCostumes.com.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Naughty or Nice? Sexy Playboy Halloween Costumes!

Scandalous Pirate Costume

Some of the HOTTEST costumes this Halloween are the new Playboy Sexy Costumes. Sexy Halloween costumes have been all the rage the past several years and Playboy has officially joined in the sexy costume party with their new line of sexy costumes they are producing - and putting their name on - literally.




Playboy School Girl Costume
Each of the costumes have the distinctive Playboy Bunny logo. And although there is no official Playboy Bunny Costume, you will not be disappointed with the designs and the construction of these fine, unique costumes. With names like Scandalous Pirate Costume, Saucy Marie Costume and Heff's Naughty Angel Costume, you just can't go wrong!






Heff's Naughty Angel Costume

Most people will get excited just looking at the costume pictures since the models are none other than "The Girls Next Door" a.k.a. Hugh Heffner's three girlfriends: Holly, Bridget, and Kendra. Each Playboy costume comes in a signature Playboy garment bag for safe keeping.

These high end, deluxe sexy costumes are made for repeated use, so you will be able to keep them around even after Halloween is over for some fun dress up and role play! For more news on these popular new Playboy Halloween Costumes, see our costume news online.



Hugh Heffner Smoking Jacket



Don't worry, men, you can participate in the dress up fun too, we have the Official Hugh Heffner Smoking Jacket Costume complete with the pipe.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dogs in Costume on Parade

Don't forget about your best friend this Halloween! Your pet dogs can certainly participate in the Halloween holiday. We have costumes for your pooches in all sizes at www.spoiledrottendoggies.com

That is a website that we put together after the popularity of our pet costumes grew. We decided to also offer other boutique pet items like carriers, beds, dog treats, toys, spa products and more. Stop by and check it out today!

And remember that whether you are having a Halloween party at your house or out trick or treating, take along your dog in costume! We have many dog costumes that match the same theme, so if you are planning a star wars theme, see Yoda dog and many other Star Wars dog costumes. We also have a Spiderman Dog, Superman Dog and Batman Dog and quite a few other super hero dog costumes, if you are planning a "Super" Halloween. There are so many different dog costumes to choose from in so many sizes, I am sure you will find one to match your Halloween theme or your pet's unique personality.

Yoda Dog CostumeSpiderman Dog CostumeSkeleDog Costume













Maybe your town is having a pet costume parade, like this one in New York: The Dog Halloween Parade 2006.
These parade goers are so adorable!

Her Royal HighnessBaby DogThe Headless Horseman Rides Again!