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Monday, October 20, 2008

Every Pumpkin Counts

Halloween is only a few days before Election day.

Support your candidate by carving a Barack-o-Lantern!

Stencils and inspiration are available at Yes We Carve.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Halloween Hall of Fame Inductee! (drum roll, please)

Tim Burton inducted into the Halloween Hall of Fame

Academy Award-nominated director is recognized for his contribution through movies that have promoted Halloween and inspired costumes over the years

The Halloween Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to promoting Halloween by sharing fun facts and other information, recognizes those who have contributed through music, movies, designing Halloween costumes and much more. This year, they have selected Tim Burton to be the next inductee into their Hall of Fame. The Academy Award-nominated director is recognized for his spooky film work including, "Nightmare Before Christmas", “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Corpse Bride" and many others.

Mr. Burton has produced several multi-million dollar movies that have inspired top selling Halloween costumes like “Batman" and "Planet of the Apes". Mr. Burton is joined by the existing hall of famers who have contributed to promoting Halloween and include Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Jr., Bobby (Boris) Picket, Bella Lugosi, Elvira and Fred Gwynne.

“Tim Burton’s movies have had such an impact on the inspiration of the next greatest Halloween costumes. Due to his amazing vision, each one of his movies sets off a frenzy of ideas and demand for the next Tim Burton movie-inspired Halloween costumes,” said Harold B. Maxwell, Founder of the Halloween Hall of Fame. "The fact is, Halloween is fun, and we are so pleased to include a film director who shares our love of Halloween."

Each year, the Halloween Hall of Fame board recommends nominees and a new member is then selected by the public. Each nominee is added to the Halloween Hall of Fame website where the public votes. Just before Halloween, the votes are tallied and the public is then informed of the winner. Tim Burton won this year by a 20% margin, with John Carpenter coming second.

About The Halloween Hall of Fame

Halloween Hall of Fame

The Halloween Hall of Fame is an organization dedicated to honoring people who have contributed to the popularity and fun of Halloween. In fact, the Halloween Hall of Fame provides the history behind Halloween, Halloween trivia, customs, traditions, safety tips and current trends. The Halloween Hall of Fame board of directors is made up of Halloween industry professionals and those who support the holiday of Halloween.

Top Halloween Costumes for Infants

Annie’s Costumes offers a variety of baby Halloween costumes for parents looking to make their baby’s first Halloween memorable.

Annie’s Costumes, the Internet’s largest retailer of Halloween costumes for infants, announced their top Halloween costumes for your baby. The list has been created from sales of the 2007 season and demand for the 2008 year. A baby’s first Halloween becomes a very big event as everyone shows off the little pea in the pod or strawberry.

“The selection of Halloween costumes for infants is probably the toughest to judge and is why we leave it up to the consumer to help make this decision. Each one of them is adorable which makes it too tough to judge,” said Shari McConahay, Marketing Director for Extreme Halloween. “The best advice I can offer to people is to shop early. Many of these top costumes sell out fast and then people always struggle to put something together.”

The company has been ranking the top Halloween costumes for infants for over 10 years. They have an entire list of top Halloween costumes for your baby, kids and yourself in adult sizes. As always the most popular costumes depend on blockbuster movies and TV shows that are popular for the year. These costumes will make your baby’s first Halloween a memorable event as they are all dressed up indifferent Halloween costumes.

About Annie’s Costumes

Online Halloween costume shop (www.AnniesCostumes.com) has been providing Halloween costumes for infants, costume accessories, and related products for shoppers since 1996. Annie's Costumes provides classic Halloween costumes for babies, adults, teens and kids including all the costume accessories for, gothic fashions, theater makeup, costume wigs, magician supplies and more. To see the adorable costumes for your baby’s first Halloween visit.

Sexy Princess Leia Costumes in High Demand This Year

Sexy Princess Leia Costume
According to a recent press release, one of the year's best selling Halloween costumes, following the sexy costume theme, is the Princess Leia Slave girl costume. Annie's Costumes is increasing stock of this sexy costume idea to keep up with the high demand. According to the release, the Princess Leia costume is joining the likes of Elvira, Batgirl, and the Wicked Witch as some of the most popular women's Halloween costumes in history.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween Latex Masks may Determine our Next President

Barack Obama Halloween MaskVSJohn McCain Halloween Mask

Since 1980, Annie’s Costumes Best Selling Presidential Candidate Mask has Foreshadowed the Election

With the Presidential Election around the corner, consumers are buying up latex Halloween masks in the likeness of their favorite candidate. This is no new trend. Every election year, presidential Halloween masks are top-sellers in the costume industry. Not only are these latex masks a popular Halloween item, they have been very consistent in determining the winner of the Presidential Election.

Since 1980, the best selling Presidential Candidate Halloween mask at Annie’s Costumes has been the candidate that wins the election. This means that we actually may know who our next President is by Halloween. Latex masks, the Barack Obama mask and John McCain mask, are in high demand this time of year and retailers are doing everything they can to keep them in stock.

Not many political analysts have been able to successfully predict every election from 1980 to today, but Annie’s Costumes did. We will soon see if Annie’s costumes will maintain their track record of predicting the President based on sales of latex Halloween masks.

As of today, the Presidential race is close, according to Halloween mask sales. Barack Obama and John McCain masks have been selling quite evenly, with Obama having a slight lead. There are only a few days left until Halloween, so if you feel strongly for one candidate, buy their mask and you may be contributing to their success at the election.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Jack-O-Lantern Stencils

One of my favorite Halloween traditions is carving a pumpkin.

A perfectly carved Jack-O-Lantern is the second item on my Halloween list, right after the perfect costume.

Some of my favorite stencils can be found at Zombie Pumpkins. They feature stencil galleries including Tim Burton characters, movie villains (including The Joker), superheroes and other popular Halloween characters.

Get carving!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Clever Halloween Costumes That Help Battle Breast Cancer

Annie's Costumes has announced it has teamed up with the Frozen Pea Fund allowing shoppers to purchase an online halloween costume and help the battle against breast cancer. Online Halloween costumes sales from the “Think Pink” selection include clever costumes like infant pea in a pod, witch costumes, sleeping beauty, pink bunny infant costume, and many more for children, adults, men and women.

World of Warcraft Blizzcon Costumes, Masks & Makeup Kits

Looking to dress up like your favorite World of Warcraft character for Blizzcon? AnniesCostumes.com has got what you need to make a more than respectable appearance in this year's Blizzcon costume contest! So stop by AnniesCostumes.com/World_of_Warcraft_Costumes.htm and know that it won't take load of gold to get what you need for Blizzcon and Halloween too!

Annies Costumes is proud to carry official and licensed World of Warcraft costume masks and makeup kits:

Tauren Mask, Orc Mask, Forsaken Undead makeup kit, Night Elf makeup kit with ears and Blood Elf makeup kit with ears.

While shopping online, you can also pick up assorted robes, prop weapons, Medieval and Renaissance period garb, makeup and wigs. Annie's has costumes and accessories to match your imagination and character creation!

Blizzcon is just around the corner October 10 - 11th, 2008 in Anaheim, CA and we have rush shipping options and guarantee fast shipping to assure that you get your costume in time.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Nightmare Revisited

Danny Elfman has given the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack a revamping.

The Nightmare Revisted CD features the original songs covered by popular artists.

Track Listings:
1. Overture - DeVotchKa
2. Opening - Danny Elfman
3. This Is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
4. Jack’s Lament - The All-American Rejects
5. Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest - Amiina
6. What’s This? - Flyleaf
7. Town Meeting Song - The Polyphonic Spree
8. Jack and Sally Montage - The Vitamin String Quartet
9. Jack’s Obsession - Sparklehorse
10. Kidnap the Sandy Claws - KoRn
11. Making Christmas - Rise Against
12. Nabbed - Yoshida Brothers
13. Oogie Boogie’s Song - Rodrigo y Gabriela
14. Sally’s Song - Amy Lee
15. Christmas Eve Montage - Rjd2
16. Poor Jack - Plain White T’s
17. To the Rescue - Datarock
18. Finale/Reprise - Shiny Toy Guns
19. Closing - Danny Elfman
20. End Title - The Album Leaf

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Happy October Halloween Trivia!

Halloween Trivia: Did you know?

* Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

* The first jack-o'-lanterns were made out of turnips.

* Samhainophobia is a fear of Halloween. (Samhain is what the holiday was originally called.)

* In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, Halloween is often referred to as Beggar's Night.

* The largest Halloween celebration -- the Village Halloween Parade -- is held in Greenwich Village.

* Former First Lady Dolley Madison is said to haunt the White House Rose Garden.

* The most popular costume of 2005 was Spiderman.

* The first official city-wide Halloween celebration was held in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.

* Americans eat about 26 pounds of candy every year ... each. That explains why my jeans don't fit.

* According to the U.S. Census, there are 108 million housing units in the U.S. That's a lot of trick-or-treating!

* The biggest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

* Americans spend $6.9 billion on Halloween each year.

Jonesing for more Halloween stuff? Check out Annies Costumes Halloween Movie Trivia Game!

Halloween Movie Trivia

Think Pink Costumes for the Cure in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Think Pink Costumes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Clever Halloween Costumes for an Extreme Cure Benefiting the Frozen Pea Fund

Annie's Costumes Allows Shoppers to Purchase an Online Halloween Costume and Help the Battle Against Breast Cancer

October 01, 2008 – Annie’s Costumes, the Internet’s largest retailer of Halloween costumes, announced a clever new fundraising initiative to help fight in the battle against breast cancer. For the entire month of October, customers who purchase selected Halloween costumes online, including pink bunny infant costumes, pink power ranger costumes and even pink pet costumes, will have a portion of the purchase donated to the Frozen Pea Fund.

In connection with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the sales of selected Halloween costumes purchased online will be donated to the Frozen Pea Fund, a charity started by Susan Reynolds, best known for popularizing using a bag of frozen peas in her bra for pain relief. This clever idea uses pink Halloween costumes to promote awareness for Breast Cancer.

“Hearing about this amazing charity touched our company and family in so many ways. We are so happy to be teamed up with a great group of people and to help fight this deadly disease,” said Shari McConahay of Annie’s Costumes. “Thanks to our many generous customers, we have been able to help charities raise money and make an impact in the fight against breast cancer.”

Online Halloween costumes sales from the “Think Pink” selection include clever costumes like infant pea in a pod, witch costumes, sleeping beauty, pink bunny infant costume, and many more for children, adults, men and women. For the entire collection eligible for the donation, visit http://www.anniescostumes.com/thinkpinkcostumes.htm.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Annie’s Costumes Introduces World of Warcraft Costumes Featuring Night Elf Makeup and Character Masks

World of Warcraft (WoW) Costumes allow gaming enthusiasts to dress up like their favorite WoW characters for Halloween or Blizzcon.

Dania Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 26, 2008 – Annie’s Costumes, the costume industry’s largest online retailer for Halloween costumes, announced that they’re now carrying World of Warcraft (WoW) costumes. The WoW makeup kits and character masks represent favorite character classes, such as Tauren, Orc, Forsaken, Night Elf, and Blood Elf. Over the next several weeks, World of Warcraft fans and players will be able to access the official World of Warcraft masks and makeup kits on AnniesCostumes.com through a special link on the World of Warcraft game login screen and www.WorldofWarcraft.com.

World of Warcraft is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that’s played by millions of gamers around the world. Players band together on a daily basis to adventure through the WoW game world, forming friendships, slaying monsters and engaging in epic quests. Now these gaming enthusiasts can dress up in World of Warcraft costumes for Halloween or Blizzcon, a popular gaming conference that celebrates the World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo franchises.

“We love World of Warcraft so much, that we pushed and pushed to make sure that fans had access to these awesome products so that they could gear up for Halloween,” states Shari McConahay, Marketing Director for Extreme Halloween. When asked which WoW costumes that she thought would be the most popular Mrs. McConahay replied, “Definitely the Blood Elf and Night Elf makeup kits. They’re popular characters on WoW and with the makeup kits it’s easy to create a unique World of Warcraft Blood Elf or Night Elf Costume.”

Annie’s Costumes also offers a variety of fantasy Halloween costumes and robes that go great with the World of Warcraft masks and makeup kits. After getting dressed up in their World of Warcraft costumes, enthusiasts can pick up their Halloween prop weapon of choice to make their WoW costumes complete.