August 31, 2011

Halloween Board Games For Family Fun

Looking for a great Halloween board game? Let me tell you that deciding is not going to be an easy feat for I have found more than a few fantastic, top-rated board games.

Many of your favorite games like Monopoly and Jenga have Halloween versions appropriately titled names like BOOOO-OPOLY and the Jenga Halloween Edition. However, there also games like the Tricky Town Board Game and Boo Who, which are dedicated solely to games with Halloween themes.

Check these games and more out at The Best Halloween Board Games For Your Family where you will find more information and reviews of THIRTEEN top-rated Halloween board games. Playing a Halloween themed game is one way to extend the excitement of Halloween and to share many hours of fun with your family.

Happy Halloween Gaming,

Quick Link:

The Best Halloween Board Games For Your Family.
Buy your copy of Boooo-opoly from Amazon.

August 26, 2011

Villeroy & Boch Black Candelabra

Here's a stunning addition to your Halloween decor. The Villeroy & Boch retro style candelabra is absolutely perfect whether you want one Halloween inspired accent for your table or whether you go all out and create an entire tablescape for Halloween. It is part of an unusual glass collection by Villeroy and Boch and is an extravagant choice.

If you are looking for more ideas to decorate your table in a black scheme, you might enjoy visiting Eat, Drink and Be Scary a page packed with more Halloween table setting ideas and inspirations.

Happy Hauntings!

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Click here to read more about Villeroy & Boch Candelabra on Amazon.
Click here to visit my page of black Halloween table setting ideas.

August 23, 2011

Martha Stewart's Halloween Magazines

Martha Stewart's Halloween Magazines

If you love Halloween and you have yet to discover Martha Stewart's Halloween Magazines, let me tell you that you have really been missing a great resource.  Every year I pull out my collection of her Halloween specials and flip through them, picking up a few ideas along the way.

Martha Stewart Halloween magazines include some of just about everything you want if you are a Halloween enthusiast including but not limited to recipes, decorating, crafts, party ideas and costumes.

The 2010 issue, titled The Best of Martha Stewart Halloween Handbook, appeared on the newstands last August, I believe, and disappeared quickly. It is August 30th and the 2011 issue is available on newstands now.

The real resource here, however, awaits in Martha's DECADES of Halloween magazines, which you can find by visiting the index page that I have created by clicking right here. Once there, you will find links to buy all of the issues from 1999 right through to 2010. (I do hope to be able to add a 2011 issue soon.)

Whether you are interested in only the latest edition, in starting your own library of the Halloween specials or you are missing just one single edition, my index will be able to help you get ready for Halloween in 2011 in Martha Stewart's style!


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A Decade Of Martha Stewart Halloween Magazines
Click here to see Amazon's collection of Martha Stewart Halloween magazines

August 22, 2011

Recipe For An Easy Harry Potter Costume

Easy Harry Potter Costume
My son was Harry Potter a few years ago for his birthday party. His Harry Potter costume was easy to put together and consisted of a few pieces, some of which could readily reused.

We started with a basic black cape. Every young boy or man should, of course, own a black cape. They are pretty easy to come by and not to hard to make either.

Then we added a striped red and gray rugby shirt. This was an investment in a comfortable shirt that my son wore frequently for a couple of years.

My son was  happiest in his blue jeans so we used those. A dark pair would be best and, of course, you could substitute black or navy dress pants or chinos.

Add a pair of black rimmed eye glasses and a magical, collectible Harry Potter wand or a stick which picked your son in the local woods.

Tossle his hair and add a scar and, presto magnifico, you have an easy Harry Potter costume.

Be sure to let us know if you dress a child in your family as Harry Potter for Halloween or for any other occasion.  Send us a picture and we'll add it to our Hallowee blog!


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How to Make A Harry Potter Costume.
Find 'real' Harry Potter recipes in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.

Adorable Lion Costume for Babies

Lion Costume for Baby

Little boys and girls often want to portray animals at Halloween - that's why Lion Costumes for kids for so popular year after year. This little zippered jumpsuit is really convenient for those necessary diaper changes and it also comes with little booties for lion's paws. The hood has a velcro close,so easy to take on and off - and speed is important when a toddler gets tired of pretending.

PS It's fun to teach your little one to sound like a lion -- Roar!

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Lil Characters Unisex-baby Infant Lion Costume, Brown, Medium

August 21, 2011

Infant Elephant Costume - Delightful!

Infant Elephant Costume

This little elephant costume is a delightful way to dress baby for Halloween.  The one piece body suit is convenient and easy for baby to wear.  The complete outfit includes the body suit, booties and the head piece.  It is doubtful even an older baby would wear the headpiece for very long.  But for your Halloween photo shoot, this is so sweet!

And your older children will enjoy having baby sister or brother participate in the Halloween celebration, too!

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Lil Characters Infant Elephant Costume, Dark Grey/Light Grey

August 19, 2011

A Ghostly Good Time Family Halloween Handbook

A Ghostly Good Time Family Halloween Handbook

Passing through the bookstore, I discovered A Ghostly Good Time The Family Halloween Handbook. It is a Women's Day Special Interest Publication that is packed with great Halloween ideas for you and your family to use to make this Halloween one you'll remember.

It is divided into four fun sections:

Halloween Headquarters, which is devoted to all kinds of ways to decorate your house both inside and out.

Dressed to Thrill, which is devoted to fairly simple but fun costume ideas for everyone in the family.

Little Workshop of Horrors, which shares many wonderful craft ideas.

Devilish Delights, which obviously is devoted to all kinds of Halloween recipes.

A great book with many ideas for your family-friendly Halloween party and the best part? It retails for under $10 on Amazon.

It's Spooktacular!


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Buy your copy of A Ghostly Good Time from Amazon.

August 16, 2011

Buy The Best Alice in Wonderland Dress For Your Halloween Costume

Alice in Wonderland fans will be thrilled with this beautiful Alice in Wonderland dress that I found online for sale by Mom2rtk.

Mom2rtk makes a variety of Halloween costumes by hand. However, hers are not strictly costumes but rather are dresses made to dressmaking standards with comfortable fabrics and quality finishes.

What does this mean to the little girl who wants to be Alice in Wonderland? It means she is going to be comfortable and will want to wear this dress over and over again. If you have ever had the experience of a scratchy and uncomfortable Halloween costume, you know exactly what I mean.

To see and read more about Mom2rtk's Alice in Wonderland costume, visit Are You Looking For The Best Alice in Wonderland Dress? Through that page, you will also be able to see her other beautiful Halloween creations.


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August 14, 2011

Lady in the Water Movie Review

Lady in the Water Movie Review

Looking for a Halloween movie that is suspenseful and scary but not gory? Try Lady in the Water.

Lady in the Water is a M. Night Shyamalan movie which received mixed reviews.  It follows the story of a maintenance man who finds a young woman in the pool of his apartment building only the young woman turns out to be a water nymph who needs help to return to her own ‘blue’ world.

The Movie Mom, of whom I am a great fan, sums it up nicely when she says, "It is a terrible movie, but it is terrible in an interesting and often highly watchable way. There have been better films that I have enjoyed less."  This movie is rated PG-13 and she deems it suitable for children in the middle grades and up. I agree.

My family found it entertaining (and scary in a few select moments.)  The main acting was well done; the cinematography very nicely done.  The weakness in this film is perhaps the plot. However, if you are looking for an entertaining movie with a BOO factor, you might check this one out.


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Full Lady in the Water Blu-ray and DVD Movie Review
Buy Lady in the Water from Amazon.

Superman A Super Hero Costume Favorite for Halloween

Superman A Super Hero Costume Halloween

If your child's favorite Superhero is Superman, this is the costume he will likely want. Available in children's sizes up to size 14, the costume has a built-in muscle chest, boot tops and cape. All attached.

Dress your little guy like his favorite hero and have a fun Halloween! This costume is likely to be seen all through the year for dress up fun, too.

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Super DC Heroes Deluxe Muscle Chest Superman Child's Costume

August 11, 2011

Halloween Storage For Your Jewels and Trinkets

What is not to love about these wonderful and stylish cargo boxes? They are perfect for storing your Halloween trinkets and jewels or for holding photos and mementoes and organizing jewellery all year long.

These 'suitcases' are not real; they are imitations and they are smaller than they look. They will not take you around the world in style but they WILL store your Halloween odds and ends away very nicely.

Be aware of the sizing. The smallest of these storage boxes measures 3-inches high, 8-inches wide and 6-inches deep, which is a bit bigger than a small cracker box and the largest box measures 3.5-inches high, 12-inches wide and eight-inches deep, which isn't much bigger than a large cereal box.

Despite the size limitation, I still think this set is sweet and, with an appropriate use in mind, perfect for Halloween. This three-piece green Cargo Cool Euro case set is also earth-friendly. That is, these boxes are made with recycled materials and, unlike the plastic storage bins that are so readily available, these are perfectly recyclable. It is also available in suitably Halloween colored purple and yellow.


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Store Halloween away in your cargo case set by purchasing it here from Amazon.

August 10, 2011

A Mountain Wolf T-Shirt For Halloween..A Werewolf, That Is...

The Mountain Werewolf T-Shirt

The Mountain Wolf T-Shirt
WOW! If you love werewolves, you have to love these werewolf t-shirts. They are perfect for Halloween.

I discovered that The Mountain has something other than the infamous three wolves wildlife line of t-shirts. They actually have werewolf t-shirts, too.

Who needs a Halloween costume when they can just wear a t-shirt that's this scary!?!


Order a werewolf t-shirt by The Mountain from Amazon.
More t-shirts by The Mountain.
The best werewolf movies, a discussion.

August 9, 2011

Hallmark's Growing The Big One Movie

Growing The Big One is a fall-themed movie from Hallmark that was released on television on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

It tells the interesting love story of a young woman, played by Shannen Doherty, as she tries to save her family's farm by growing the largest pumpkin.  I'm pretty sure that I would be hard pressed to jump in and grow any pumpkin, let alone the largest one.

How about you? Could you grow a giant pumpkin and will you be checking out this Hallmark movie? Or maybe you have already seen it. Would YOU recommend it?


Quick Links:

Growing The BIG One, Hallmark's 2010 Giant Pumpkin Movie
Pre-order your copy of Growing the Big One from Amazon.
Find more movie reviews and information on my blog, Music and Movie Treasures By Brenda.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories Boxed Set

Are you the story teller in the family?

Will you build a campfire and tell scary stories this Halloween?

If you plan to read scary stories to your children, you will want to read these first - and choose age-appropriate fright. Some of these tales will terrify adult listeners. Pre-Teens love them! But they are very creepy. There are walking corpses and rattling bones and zombies and ghosts!

Enjoy your fright!

August 7, 2011

Gourmet Cookie Bouquet for Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Cookies In Bloom

Our decorated Halloween themed cookies are the cutest and the most delicious ever! They come in a beautiful keepsake melamine container that can be kept for a very long time! This Halloween cookie bouquet would make a great centerpiece for your Halloween table, or an original gift for someone who loves Halloween. Is someone in the hospital during Halloween? Take them this fun, cheery Halloween cookie bouquet! The cookie bouquets are carefully packed and your tasty sugar shortbread cookies are guaranteed to arrive crumble free. The Halloween bouquet is filled with the usual suspects, a mummy, Frankenstein, a bat, a ghost, a tombstone and a happy, grinning Jack-O-Lantern.

Click this link to see more Halloween Cookie Bouquets as well as Cookie Bouquets for every occasion.

Witch Halloween Tutu Costume

Your little darlin' can be this charming witch for Halloween. All she needs is this beautiful green and purple tulle tutu costume set. (Purple is going to be big for Halloween this year.)

Girls love tutus because they are whimsical, magical, and fun! Moms love these tutus because they are very high quality and attention is paid to every detail in their construction.

Tutu Halloween costumes are very popular this year and this particular Halloween tutu is very charming. In fact, it is absolutely spellbinding!

Click on the photo to purchase the Little Witch Tutu Costume.

The set includes:
A Multi color tutu with a lime green maribou feather bow.
An absolutely adorable witch's hat dolled up with lime green maribou.

Goth Vampire Heart T-Shirt

Goth Vampire shirt

From the designer: "Cool Gothic Vampire Grunge Graphic Design! Gothic vampire over a dark red blood splatter and vines. This grunge graphic design is available on t-shirts, hoodies and gift products. Cool Halloween and everyday gear! More tee shirt styles and colors are available." Vampires are "in" these days and this tee shirt is perfect for vampire fans. It can be worn at Halloween time, but really any time of the year is good. This vampire design is available not only on many styles and colors of tee shirts but also on mugs, neckties, reusable tote bags (great for trick or treat), travel mugs, magnets and key chains.
The mythological vampire creatures are a favorite topic for horror genre books and movies. The novel that did the most to popularize vampires was Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, Dracula. The Twilight books and movies have sparked a renewed interest in vampires.

Click on the T-shirt banner below to find a great shirt or to design your own!

History of the Halloween Holiday


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Did you know that our Halloween celebration originated many years ago in Europe? In ancient days it was a Celtic holiday called the Festival of Samhain. The Celts lived in England, Ireland, Scotland and other European countries.  They believed that on October 31, the day of Samhain, the spirits of dead people came to earth and so they left out food for them. They also wore masks to hide from the spirits. After many years the Romans took over the lands of the Celts. The Romans worshipped a goddess named Pomona who was the goddess of fruit trees. They would leave fruit and nuts for her.

Our custom of trick or treating comes mainly from an ancient custom called "souling." Poorer women and children would go around begging for cakes, apples or money from those who were better off. Housekeepers in those wealthy households would bake "soul cakes" to have ready for the beggars, but they might also have given out biscuits, apples or nuts. There are various versions of the "souling song." Here is one from Cheshire, England: "Soul, soul, a apple or two ; If ye han noo apples, pears 'un do; Please, good Missis, a soul-cake ; Put yur hand t'yur pocket, Tak' ait yur keys, Go dain i' yur cellar, Bring what yo please, A apple, a pear, A plum, or a cherry, Or any good thing That'll make us all merry." You might recognize a more modern version of this chant sung by Peter, Paul and Mary. It is called A 'Soalin' and is available on this Peter Paul and Mary CD from Amazon: In Concert

If your young ones are going out "souling" on this Halloween they will need a nice roomy bag such as this one to collect all their "soul cakes!"

Halloween Pumpkin Bag bag

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Tutu Halloween Costumes, Black Cat Tutu Costume

Black tutus are a wonderful part of a black cat tutu costume. Little girls love tutu Halloween costumes and will play with them long after Halloween is over. Your little darlin' will be the hit of the party in this cute tutu outfit! The tutu is adjustable so it can grow with your child. This beautiful tutu costume is custom hand made to order especially for your little girl!

The Halloween tutu costume set includes :
Black peasant top
Black tutu
Bendable, soft marabou tail
Little kitty ears made on a headband
Neck piece.
Comes in sizes 6M to 6T

Halloween Tutus, Pumpkin Tutu

A sweet little pumpkin tutu! This is a delightful orange tutu made from super soft orange tulle with short green tulle around the waist. A cute matching hair bow with the same orange and green tulles is included with the Little Pumpkin tutu costume.

Add tights and a tee in either black or green to stay warm on a cool Halloween night. This cute Halloween tutu is perfect for a Halloween party or for a trick or treat costume.

After Halloween the tutu costume can be a dress up tutu and she will have many happy hours playing with it. Tutu outfits are fancy and feminine and irresistible for little girls. Sizes 12 months to 4T.

Click here to purchase the Little Pumpkin Tutu Costume

Click here to see a wonderful collection of Tutu Costumes.

Cupcake Costume For Your Baby and Toddler Girl

Little girls who love fairies and cupcakes will be so thrilled with this amazing cupcake costume for Halloween.  Not only will they become a cupcake and a fairy but I cannot help but think it will make them feel like a princess at the same time!

Available for little girls from the age of 18 months up to size 2, it is definitely pretty in pink.


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See Amazon's cupcake costume collection.
A page full of cupcake clothing for girls.

August 6, 2011

Wishing For A Coraline Bag? Be Careful What You Wish For...

Fans of the movie Coraline are going to love this fantastic Coraline bag.

It's a collectible messanger bag and features Coraline and the button...if you've seen the movie you know the significance of that button...

I think this purse would be an amazing gift for anyone who loves Coraline, whether it be used by a tween, a teenager or an older fan as a purse, a messenger bag or a totebag.  Don't you think that it would also perfect for someone who is into goth?

A fun bag, on sale at Amazon. Don't forget that Amazon offers FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more and remember...

Be careful what
 wish for!

Coraline: A Creepy Tween Halloween Blu-ray Movie Review
View all of the Coraline bags available on Amazon.

Captain America Shield for Your Little Super Hero

Captain America Movie Flying Shield

Your child will be thrilled with this Captain America Shield for his costume! This shield can be used to protect him from pretend enemies. He will feel like a super hero indeed with his own shield.

The best part about this shield is that it will become a favorite toy after Halloween - for dress up games or for throwing like a frisbee! In fact, the shield is like a frisbee with an elastic handle. This is a costume part you will take to the beach next summer!

The Captain America shield is a super addition to your child's toy chest - and for Halloween!

PS It's easy to imagine this shield as part of your Halloween table decor, too.

August 5, 2011

A Werewolf Movie List

A werewolf is someone who can change back and forth between a wolf and a human and man's interest in this beast has crossed many fields including literature, drama, music, games and, of course, movies.

There is one man in particular in my home who is enamored with horror movies and undoubtedly would enjoy any werewolf movie you presented him with.

That's my 18-year old teenage beast and it is with him in mind that I created The Werewolf, A Howling Good Movie Review List, a discussion of the six best werewolf movies available. Of course, the 'best' is always open to debate but my list is based on an article in our local paper and on research online including the best-selling and top-rated movies available on Amazon.

If you are interested in choosing a couple of the best werewolf movies for this coming Halloween season for you or for your teenage beast, it would be well worth checking out this list. 

Howling At
The Moon,

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August 4, 2011

Ghoulish Goodies: A Halloween Cookbook Review

It may only be August but if your family loves Halloween the way mine does, you know Halloween is coming and you know just how quickly it will be here.  If you have found this page, you are no doubt already thinking ahead to your Halloween celebrations.

If you are looking for a great Halloween cookbook, you might want to consider Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers.

Ghoulish Goodies is a colorful book packed with Halloween recipes including creature cupcakes, monstrous eyeballs, wings of bat, funny bones, knuckles of witches and so much more. It includes sweet and savory dishes so that you can prepare a meal AND treats.

This book is meant to be used WITH your children. You'll have a great time cooking up some Halloween memories in the kitchen TOGETHER!


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Read more about Ghoulish Goodies.
Order Ghoulish Goodies from Amazon.

Halloween Candlelabra

Grasslands Road Spider Web Candelabra, 9 by 9 by 15-Inch, Glittered Metal

Enhance your spooky decor with a Spider Web Candleabra! This creepy candle set will make a great centerpiece for your dining table during the Halloween season. And if you are serving dinner for Halloween guests, add some plastic spiders to your ice cubes and scatter spiders on the table. It's spooky and creepy and tons of fun!

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