What’s Halloween without a jack-o-lantern or two? I tell ya, though, the jack-o-lanterns of my childhood aren’t quite so fancy as what you find these days. Take a look at some of the creative pumpkin carving from Martha Stuart’s site:
Pretty cool, huh? Keep in mind, though, that you don’t always have to carve a pumpkin to make a fantastic looking jack-o-lantern. Instead of scooping out messy pumpkin guts, pull out your paint, markers, craft foam and costume accessories to dress up your pumpkin!
Turn your jack-o-lantern into piratical perfection (see picture at top) with a pirate hat and eye patch or paint your pumpkin green, use a black marker to draw a face, attach a green foam nose and top it with a witch’s hat.
With a little creativity, some craft supplies and costume accessories, your jack o’ lanterns will go from pumpkin bore to haut couture!
Every holiday season I look forward to watching the Sound of Music and I find myself humming or singing along to the film’s soaring music. So I was most interested to discover recently that the Hollywood Bowl hosts an annual Sound of Music sing-along event.
The evening, traditionally a sell-out year after year, is a favorite for long-time devotees of the beloved family musical, which is subtitled so the whole audience can sing along, but also attracts fresh new audiences as well.
There is a pre-show costume parade, which is open to all audience members. Past costumes have included the Von Trapp children, brown paper packages tied up with string, a human gazebo (representing the one where Rolf and Liesl dance) as well as Marias and nuns in all shapes and sizes. Everyone receives a complimentary Fun Pak filled with interactive props to brandish at appropriate points in the film and the audience warms up their vocal cords during the pre-film activities.
Sounds fun, doesn’t it? If you need a unique group Halloween costume theme, take a look at some of this year’s fun and creative Sound of Music sing-along costumes (the nun costume above is my favorite!):
It’s time for aspiring witches and wizards everywhere to impress friends and family with real magic.
The Kymera Magic Wand is a functional, universal remote in the clever guise of a spell-conjuring stick.
The Magic Wand cost’s about $83 and lets you control home electronics through the stick’s movements. Simply point it, perform the instructional gestures and voila…the lamp flips on, or the TV changes channels! A green LED on one end and a built-in accelerometer inside help the Kymera wand manage everything that a standard universal remote can do.
The device comes with 13 pre-defined gestures, including drawing circles in the air, each with its own function. It also includes an integrated practice mode. But wait, there’s more, my magical friends. It’s a learning remote, too.
So throw on your wizard costume and conjure up some new gestures to teach your wand…you’ll be performing various magical tricks with your household devices in no time. In fact, make it an activity at your next Harry Potter party and let your friends experience the magic of the wand too!
Ever wonder what it would have been like to be a gladiator during the time of the Roman Empire? More than a thousand civilians in togas got a chance to find out last month as they gathered around a reflecting pool in a New York City park to witness a gladiator-like battle on water.
In Ceasar’s time, it would have been called a “naumachia”, a type of nautical bloodsport in which prisoners and slaves fought against each other. In this modern day naumachia, however, it was the spectators who splashed in knee-deep water and destroyed the floating artwork that took five months to create. Ripe tomatoes were used as projectiles, hurled between warriors and spectators.
The event was called Those About to Die Salute You — named after the traditional, and final, salute shouted to the presiding emperor by the naumachia combatants.
Want to stage your own mock battle? You’ve come to the right place! Costume Craze has a fierce collection of Roman and Gladitor costumes…
We’re proud of Costume Craze and its CEO, Kate Maloney!
Recently, Costume Craze was named one of Utah’s Fastest growing businesses and was recognized at the Utah Business Fast 50 awards luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 27.
The event was an opportunity for the 50 fastest growing and revenue-generating companies to take a minute out of their busy schedules and celebrate their accomplishments.
Derek Miller, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, spoke to the group of honorees, saying that Utah has been ranked the “No. 1 most dynamic economy in the nation,” seeing a 50% growth since 2007. He attributes this success to its values and work ethic.
Well, we know Kate Maloney is definitely guilty of long hours and hard work. That’s why Costume Craze is listed as #39 on the Utah Fast 50 list!
Police arrested a young man in a monkey suit who claimed his only motive was to bring some fun and happiness to city shoppers.
“Basically me and my friends decided we would go into the city dressed in the monkey suit to bring a bit of fun and happiness to the place.
“As soon as we got off the train we could see people smiling and heaps of people started following us down the street,” he said.
“Girls were coming up for hugs, guys were coming up for photos, some guys were coming up for hugs, everyone loved it.”
Everyone, that is, but the police. When they requested the young man’s info, he simply made squeaky noises (like a monkey, I assume) which didn’t go over well. After paying a visit to the East Perth Police station, the young man went back to the city to catch the train and was arrested for a second time by the same police officer.