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Monday, August 16, 2010

More from Star Wars V Celebration in Orlando

The Star Wars Celebration in Orlando looks like a really fun time! I am already making plans now to be there next year, I am sure since this year's convention marked the "Last Tour to Endor", next year's celebration will hopefully mark the first flights of the new and improved Star Wars attraction at Disney Hollywood Studios!

For the best in authentic and official Star Wars Costumes, visit AnniesCostumes.com!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V and The Last Tour to Endor

Star Wars Celebration Orlando

This past weekend marked the 5th Annual Star Wars convention known as Star Wars Celebration V and it also marked "The Last Tour to Endor" as Disney Hollywood Studios is shutting down the attraction for a much needed renovation and upgrade!

Last Tour to Endor Moon
HollywoodNews.com reports about the current Tour to Endor attraction:
It’s an adequate diversion, and it’s air-conditioned. But it’s also inexcusably outdated. My six-year-old son doesn’t care, of course. He sees C3PO, R2D2 and a few lightsabers, so his day is made. But a close friend who’d also recently vacationed at Disney couldn’t stop ripping on “Star Tours,” and Lucas, for ignoring the ride for so many years. There are no references to Lucas’s three prequel films, all of which came out after “Star Tours” opened. The videos shown to patrons as they wait haven’t changed in decades. In general, the ride isn’t a fair representation of the “Star Wars” world.

At least, it wasn’t. Until now.

“Star Tours” in Orlando is shutting down for renovations, but not before “Star Wars” fans send it off with a stellar party. “Last Tour to Endor” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
Starwars.com announced last month in their special invitation to be "First Among the Last".
With a heaping helping of Disney magic, the Star Wars galaxy will descend upon Walt Disney World Resort from 8pm - 1am on Aug. 14, 2010 for an exclusive party to let fans of the sci-fi saga provide a special send-off to Star Tours before the popular attraction "powers down" in preparation for a new, 3-D Star Wars adventure that will open in 2011 at Disneyland park in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida.

But before the blaster doors on the attraction close temporarily, Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park will host "Last Tour to Endor," an after-hours, private event that will feature live entertainment, Disney characters in their favorite Star Wars attire, a special Star Wars-themed fireworks spectacular, the "Death Star Disco," Jedi Training Academy, Star Wars trivia challenges and more.

And yes, Darth Vader may even moonwalk.
Darth Vader Dancing at the Last Tour to Endor Celebration

Stay tuned to http://www.starwarscelebration.com/ for more news on next year's Star Wars Celebration Convention 2011. You can follow them on Twitter to keep up to date: http://twitter.com/sw_celebration
For the best in authentic and official Star Wars Costumes, visit AnniesCostumes.com!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Movie Trailer

We are so excited for the first movie of the last Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It will be one of the biggest movies this year and definitely one of the most highly anticipated from Potter Fans around the world. What does that mean for us at Extreme Halloween? We're stocking up on Harry Potter Halloween costumes not only for Halloween, but for fans to wear to the movie premieres November 19, 2010.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tips on Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Tips on Decorating Your Home for Halloween

Halloween is a fun holiday accompanied by imaginative decorations, more sweets than anyone should consume habitually, and good times for all ages. Holding your own Halloween party can be a lot of fun, providing you put some thought into the planning. Here are some tips on things to consider when preparing and decorating your home for Halloween.

First of all, when hosting a Halloween party in your home, it is important to consider age appropriate decorations during the planning stages. While blood, monsters and tombstones may be appropriate for teenagers and adults, this type of decoration can leave smaller children with nightmares for several weeks.

Another important step in party preparation that can save time and anguish after the event is protecting the surfaces of your furniture. Halloween costumes often involve makeup, colored hair sprays, and fake tattoos. Decorations may involve silly string, crepe paper, fake blood, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. All of these can leave accidental stains that can be difficult to remove from couches and chairs.

To protect their couch upholstery, many hosts and hostesses find that slipcovers are a cost effective solution. After the party, they can be taken off, cleaned in the washing machine, and reused again next year at Halloween. If purchased in the traditional Halloween colors of orange or black, slipcovers can also make the decorations more effective.

To protect your tables from accidental spills, use tablecloths, which look even better if they’re Halloween-themed. Tablecloths made from PVC are useful as they can easily be wiped clean. Alternatively, you could make your own using an old sheet and decorate it with hand prints or painted spiders.

If you’re having a sit-down meal, it’s worth using inexpensive dining chair slipcovers on your seats, both to protect them from food spills and to color coordinate them with the rest of your decorations.

Once the furniture is all protected by slipcovers and tablecloths, the following ideas might add to the ambience of an adult Halloween party of monstrous fun:

• Dry ice hidden in black pots, behind curtains, or under table cloths
• Black netting draped into corners with plastic spiders and bugs randomly attached
• Snakes strategically placed coming from under cushions, cabinets, or along window sills
• Tombstones fashioned from poster board with a special epitaph for each guest
• Piles of shrunken heads fashioned from carving faces on apples and allowing them to dry
• Bowls of eyeballs fashioned from white powdered doughnut holes and black and red icing

For adult Halloween parties, black out curtains are quite effective, and exchanging the regular light bulbs in lamps and light fixtures to red ones can be dramatic as well. Some hosts and hostesses even use black lights for a more frightening experience.
For a children’s Halloween party, decorations should concentrate on fun rather than the scare factor. Children find the following ideas appealing:

• Jack-O-Lanterns with comical faces
• Silly String spider webs with a variety of ants, lizards, and bugs
• Funny bony skeletons
• Tootsie Roll Pop ghost trees made from a tissue tied over this treat with a ribbon and dotted with eyes
• A curtain of wet spaghetti noodles hanging just low enough to touch the top of little heads
• Black and Orange balloons with silly faces glued onto them

Although the goal of decorating for a Halloween party is to provide entertainment for the guests, this task can also be an enjoyable experience for the family giving the party. Imaginative ideas are all over the web, and most are quite inexpensive. And if you take care to protect your furniture when putting up the decorations, you can really relax and enjoy your party!

Thanks to Simon Phillips from HalloweenPartyIdeas.org for the guest post!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

5 Biggest Movie Stories from Comic Con

Popular movies = popular Halloween costumes, especially the type of movies that are featured at Comic Con.

Each year, I pay close attention to ComiCon San Diego, wishing that I were there and watching all the great stories and surprises that come out of it. Here is a great recap from Moviefone:

1. The 'Marvel' panel lives up to the hype.
The panel featured upcoming Captain America and Thor movies. I was excited to see that Hugo Weaving was cast as Red Skull in the Captain America movie. There was also a special surprise teaser for the upcoming 2012 Avengers movie:
"The screen went black, Samuel Jackson's voice narrated a trailer tease for 'The Avengers' as the title treatment appeared, and the cast came out on stage: Jackson (Nick Fury), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), and the three previously missing pieces of the puzzle in Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo "reprising" (or more accurately, replacing Edward Norton in) the role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk, and Joss Whedon as the movie's director. Those people lucky enough to be in the room had never felt prouder to call themselves geeks."

2. 'Scott Pilgrim' screening wows the fans.

ComicCon fans went crazy over the trailer for this new movie, which heralds the geek as a hero who fights off ex boyfriends in attempt to get the girl.

3. Han Solo and James Bond, together at last.

Both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford appear in Jon Favreau's new sci fi western movie 'Cowboys and Aliens'. This marked Harrison Ford's ComicCon debut, and the fans welcomed him with open arms and cheers.

4. 'Tron' footage and party takes fans back to the future.

The Tron movie is finally opening this December, something that ComicCon fans have been waiting for 3 years since the Tron trailer premiered 3 years ago at ComicCon.

5. Warner Bros. panel shows new 'Harry Potter' footage, but 'Sucker Punch' gets the buzz.

The trailer for the newest Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) was screened and even though this is one of the biggest movies being released this fall, the cast did not have a big presence at ComicCon.

A movie that did get a big reaction from the crowd is Green Lantern, and the big reaction was evidently more for Ryan Reynolds, than for the movie trailer. The article reported that he recited the Green Lantern Oath, word for word, which has got to be greatly appreciated by any GL fan! He also signed a comic book for a lucky fan.

But the biggest buzz coming out of the Warner Bros. panel was for Zack Snyder's 'Sucker Punch,' a fantasy-action film with an all-female cast that includes Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and Jena Malone. We will have to stay tuned for that, because I am sure if will be packed with sexy costumes!

Stay tuned to our blog for the latest costumes, new ones are arriving everyday for Halloween 2010!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Johnny Depp Announced Pirates of the Caribbean 4 at ComicCon!

It's no surprise that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies have been a huge success at the box office; but what you may not know is that the Captain Jack Sparrow costume and the costumes from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were a huge success too. For several years, Captain Jack Sparrow costumes were among the most popular Halloween costumes around. They even have a Captain Jack Sparrow dog Halloween costume!

But, of course, we all know that Johnny Depp makes Captain Jack! Here he is announcing the new "Pirates" Movie: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides' to ComicCon audiences last month:

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Trailer
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