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What is Wrong With Halloween

Halloween was once a pagan celebration. Halloween is the night were the death become living. Halloween celebrates witches, ghosts, zombies etc. Halloween, however, is not anti-Christian or evil.

Some people seem to believe that celebrating Halloween, decorating your house, going trick-or-treating, dressing in costumes, or even just enjoying it, is wrong. According to them you should not even watch a horror movie on this haunted night.

Despite the fact that thousands of Christians celebrate Halloween as a family and fun holiday a few extremists seem to assume that if you celebrate this night you are, in fact, a Satanist. But I ask, what?s wrong with family and fun? I argue that celebrating Halloween is actually the right thing to do.

It is true that Halloween used to be a pagan festival. Even then it wasn?t about evil - it was about honoring the departed. Then, when people became Christian, they continued celebrating the dead through All Hallows Day. This is true for many other Holidays, such as Christmas, which used to be a feast of Lugh, or Easter, a feast of fertility and rebirth. The church did this because the real dates of the events weren?t known.

Decorating your yard with spooky props, dressing in funny costumes, and doing pranks is fun for both you and your neighbors. I don?t recall any rule in the Bible that states ?Thou shalt not have fun or cause others to have fun? so what?s wrong with that? Having fun is a celebration of life, our precious gift from God!

Unless your intention for decorating your house and participating in Halloween is pleasing demons, other gods, or being evil, there is nothing anti-Christian about Halloween. It is much worse to celebrate Christmas as if it was a celebration of financial ruin and not the birth of Jesus, or to let Easter slip by as just an excuse to lay back and relax.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with this celebration. Halloween is just a family and fun holiday where your primary concern should be entertaining yourself and your guests. So I ask, what is wrong with Halloween?

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Making a Witch Costume For Halloween

The witch is one of the most popular Halloween costume for females. I don?t know if it is the flexibility (spooky, sexy, old, young...) or just the fact that, in reality, Halloween is still celebrated by today?s witches. But to be honest, the reason is not important.

You don?t need to spend a lot of money to buy a witch costume. This Halloween why don?t you try to make one from scratch?

The hat
The hat is the most important piece of a witch?s costume. Although some witches can get away without one you can never be sure whether it is a witch, a sorceress, or just an ?old hag?, so don?t even think about not including one in yours.

The classic pointy black hat is really easy to make with black card stock. Cut a circle with a circle opening to put the head in and then create a cone and glue them together. If you want you can cover the card stock with fabric (in that case you should crunch the paper and make the cone not so pointy).

Remember that if you are going for an alternative look (such as a red witch) you should make the hat match the rest of the costume.

The dress
The way the witch dresses can make her a sexy, spooky, or plain ugly witch.

For an ugly spooky witch, use a long black skirt (or buy lots of black fabric and tie it around your waist with a string and make it even more rustic) and add a long sleeve black sweater. Use a pillow to serve as a hunch and black or red shoes. You can also use a black cape with a hood over your costume if you are not using a hat.

For a sexy witch, use a black mini skirt, a black top, black or red high heels or boots and lots of black lace. A sexy witch uses lots of red (gloves, jewelry, socks)... and is not afraid to show some body.

Accessories
Another key element of the witch costume is the broom. Any old broom will do, but if you are going for rustic get a stick from the local forest and some straw or dried herbs and tied them together.

Other good ideas to include with your costume are jewelry with occult symbols, red apples, a black cat plushie, white makeup, a fake nose and warts, maybe a portable cauldron. Witches are simple characters that don?t use a lot of accessories, so don?t overdo it.

Creating your very own witch costume can be easy if you use your imagination and common items from around the house. It is a simple costume that never loses its appeal and it is an excellent choice for this Halloween.

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Making Your Own Skeleton Costume

Think Halloween. Other than pumpkins, trick or treating, witches, and bats, I?ll bet you thought of skeletons, skulls, or bones. Unfortunately there isn?t a really good skeleton costume yet, but with creativity you can make your very own - one that is at least as good as those you can buy from the costume shop.

Skull - the skeleton?s head
Even if you only show up with a skull people will know you are a skeleton. If you have the money to invest in a skull mask I really recommend you do, but it is also possible to create one from scratch.

Take a long piece of black fabric, a large hood, or anything you can wrap around your face. Cut holes for the eyes, for breathing, and for the mouth (unless you don?t plan on eating or drinking). Now you just need to paint or glue a skull!

You can also use a balloon. Fill the balloon and glue several layers of paper on it. Let it dry. Now cut in half and you have the skeleton (pun intended) for two masks. Just cut the same holes, paint in black, let it dry, and then paint the skull. Use a string to hold it in place and then use a black hood to cover the rest of your head.

Costume - the skeleton per se
Take black clothes and white paint. That?s all you?ll need. That and a little knowledge of anatomy (or a fantastic new tool called Google). Just paint the skeleton over the clothes.

Accessories
The skeleton itself doesn?t need any accessories, however you can give it some personality by using a few simple items. A top hat and a walking stick will make for a stylish skeleton. A black hood, a black cape and scythe will create Death. And menacing skeletons will use a mace or axe (ideal weapons for crumbling other skeletons).

Skeletons are one of the most worn costumes for Halloween. This Halloween you can dress as one too.

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Making a Zombie Costume

Zombies are dead people that were reanimated. They were a part of many myths but the official zombies were cadavers brought from the dead by voodoo magic. And now you can turn yourself into a zombie in the comfort of your own house, no magic required.

The general idea - the dead look
The zombie is dead. So the most important thing is looking dead. A pale body paint (or gray), dark around the eyes and with white colored eye lenses will help a lot, but you need to add or you will look like just a toothless vampire.

I suggest you create some scars and putrefying wounds in your face and exposed body parts using body paint, or you can even buy them ready to use from the local costume shop. This is really a key step, and even if you only paint yourself and add a few wounds people will be able to recognize you as a zombie.

Clothes for a zombie
Despite the fact that a rotting body is all a zombie really needs, in reality your clothes have been buried with you too so you need to make them look old. Use bleach to make the fabric look weaker and then tear it apart.

If you have real old clothes even better. And a good idea is getting some clothes from the sixties or some other ?ancient? time and use this aging process in them. That way you can insert a zombie even into a Sixties themed Halloween party.

Accessories that will make you come from the dead
The ready made wounds and scars we talked about are all that you need. Zombies, after all, don?t need much else, they weren?t buried with anything else, and they don?t use weapons to kill people, preferring to eat them instead.

You can, off course, add a few accessories. Maybe some old looking jewelry. Or dried or rotten flowers that were burried with the zombie but still cling to its hair and clothes. Maybe a will. And since historically zombies were created by Voodoo, chicken legs, skulls, and fake rats can also help.

Bringing a zombie from the dead may not be an easy task, but turning the living into zombies is. This Halloween show up as a zombie.

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How to Throw the Perfect Halloween Party

Halloween used to be a celebration of the harvest and a way to remember the dead. But now it?s just people celebrating through pranks, parties, and costumes which spark the imagination of both children and their parents.

If you are throwing a Halloween party for kids or grownups let me give you a few tips.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is safety, particularly if you are going to use fireworks. With all the pranks, it is easy to get carried away but while body parts make excellent treats and horror stories are very entertaining, the last thing you want is to make them real.

Second, remember the theme. The only thing that makes a Halloween party any different from other parties is the theme: death, evil, and the occult. You may even want to pick a more specific theme (like zombies, or witches). Whatever theme you decide on use only decoration related to it.

As for colors, you can never go wrong with the classics: black and orange. Other colors that fit a Halloween theme nicely are dark blue, purple, and dark red. However, pick just two or three. Better yet, you can steal a nice concept from design and pick a main color (like black) and then use the other two scarcely to make items or food pop.

If you are throwing a party for the kids, or even if there will be just a few, remember to take them trick-or-treating. Never let them go alone - kids alone with a lot of candies is not a very good idea, and neither are kids in dark and busy roads.

When you are considering food remember to ask your guests to bring some along. It will not only save you time and money but will make everyone feel involved. I also suggest you search the Internet for creepy recipes - there are some out there that look like eyeballs, other body parts, or blood. And don?t forget to include a pumpkin pie!

You can also get creative with the invitations (a cobweb covering the invitation, a bat that reveals the invitation when it opens its wings, or a small pumpkin with the invitation inside) but remember to give your guests plenty of notice.

As for activities plan a lot of indoor games if you are having kids. Almost all games can be changed into a Halloween theme (in hide-and-seek the kid has not only to find the other children but ?cast a spell? when he finds each; or plan a treasure hunt filled with coffins and dark red candy for the children to find; remember to include a dark soundtrack if you can). All you need is a little imagination - you just have to pick a traditional came and give it a Halloween twist.

And never forget - expect the unexpected. Do not assume it won?t be raining, do not assume everyone who said they would come will (or that people who said they wouldn?t won?t), do not assume people will bring enough food and drink...

But most of all, remember to have a lot of fun. I bet you this Halloween will be the scariest ever.

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Making Your Own Halloween Costumes

We are not really sure if Halloween comes from the Celtic celebration of Samhain or from the Roman festival of Parentalia. Both were celebrations of the harvest and the death, and the night of Halloween was considered the time when the veil between death and life was the thinnest and where the dead walked the earth.

Jump two thousand years in time and Halloween is a celebration of everything spooky, when people disguise themselves as beasts and heroes from the other side of the veil and roam the earth demanding treats. Or else...

Costumes are one of the most popular traditions of Halloween today. This time of the year you can find them in almost every clothing, party, kid, and department store in the country. There are scary zombies, agile ninjas, beautiful faeries... However, not everyone can or wants to use these costumes. Some people would prefer to use their creativity and create costumes on a budget.

Making the costumes with your kids can be a great bonding activity. All it takes is a little creativity (don?t worry, your kid is sure full of it) and a few basic supplies. You don?t even need to buy anything - some items around your house can be transformed into great disguises, including the classic ghost costume made from a blank sheet, and with black fabric, some rags and black card stock, you can even make a witch.

For girls the classic witch may or may not be the choice. Another option is the fairy (which most girls would prefer), the princess, or, why not, the zombie or the ghost. It all depends on what your girl wants.

For a fairy a piece of cloth and some wires can make great wings. However, I advise you to buy some in a store weeks in advance for safety. Add some pink sheets of paper to make a simple flowing dress and face painting, and you have a gorgeous fairy. The same principle can be used to make her into a princess, substituting the wings for a tiara.

As for boys, there are tons of options - remember to ask your kid. Cowboys, ninjas, ghosts, zombies, mummies, wizards, superheroes... All can, however, be made at home with a small budget and big creativity.

For example, take some dark purple body paint, old clothes and one or two inexpensive gore pieces and you have a zombie. Dress him in black, and paint him white, add a few skulls and he?s become a necromancer. If you prefer a ninja use toy knives and swords instead of the skulls and a black scarf as a mask.

Now that I gave you some ideas it?s your time to come up with Halloween costumes. Think about how you can make a pirate costume. What about a mad scientist? A sorceress? As you?ve seen it doesn?t take great skill, only imagination.

Halloween may no longer be a religious feast celebrating the ancestors, but it can still be a family celebration by simply spending some time with your kids to create a costume they will be proud of.

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Halloween for the Five Senses

When planning Halloween parties some people often think about decoration as a means to create a scary visual atmosphere. But if you want your party to populate the nightmares of kids and adults for years to come you need to go beyond vision - you need to take an ?holistic? approach to party throwing by involving all the other four senses.

Vision

You just have to go outside to realize that people put an emphasis on vision when decorating for Halloween. All the statues, ghosts, bats, jack-o?-lanterns, and small trinkets compose a pleasing visual experience. You won?t be short on ideas on how to use this sense in your party and, in fact, it should be the sense you pay the most attention to, as it is the one people will comment on, even if the real experience is created by the combination of all five senses.

Hearing

Our second most developed sense is also one of the most ignored. It is, however, very easy and inexpensive to give a Hollywood quality soundtrack to your party. Pick spooky themes, preferably movie themes or songs without strong lyrics, and then play them on a loop as background music, taking care not to set it too loud. If you have enough budget you can even use some noise decoration, like screams and evil laughs some Halloween decorations come with.

You can also combine vision and hearing in a classic Halloween activity - play scary movies one after another. People who are interested can sit down and watch, people who aren?t will be able to enjoy the party. Better yet, get a dark room to play the movies and use the soundtrack on the rest of the house. Some people even play the sound from the movies on background without a TV at all.

Touch

Touch is more tricky. If you are having kids you just have to plan Halloween games to keep them busy - they will surely touch everything. Including 3D decoration (statues and toys, cauldrons, skulls...) is also a good idea. If you have enough budget you can also cool down the place for a death experience or heat it up if the theme is mummies.

A nice touch that combines all the three senses above is creating an ?easter egg?, a term coined from the game industry. Set a hidden space in your house where you go all out. For example, create a tomb with walls, an entrance, a coffin with a mummy, background music, and a treasury and heat it up. Now spread clues throughout your house that invite people go there, like a trail or signs.

Smell and Taste

Literally speaking, the real smell of Halloween is rotten and the taste is... Indescribable. But by using edible food you can give a touch of Halloween to these two senses: pumpkin and apples are the secret. Don?t stop at the traditional pumpkin pie and apple bobbing, include pumpkin and apple in everything you can, from cookies to main courses, to really get the Halloween mood going.

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The best choice of costumes available at discount prices. You will find Halloween costumes for kids, infants, tweens, teenagers and adults. In fact you'll even find Halloweeen costumes for your pets! 

There are traditional costumes of witches, ghosts and ghoulies. There is a wonderful selection of movie costumes. Film characters like Harry Potter, Disney characters and Spider-man. You can become a superhero like Superman, Captain America, Iron Man and Batman or a super-villain as the Joker.

Sci-fi fans will love the choice of characters from Star Trek from the classic series or the latest movie. Star Wars fans will find Darth Vader, Bobba Fett, Princes Leia, Chewbacca and many more favorites.

There's plenty of horror and gothic costumes to get scared about and sexy costumes too!

So bring out the Halloween in you and search for that perfect Halloween costume this year.

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JJ Abrams Movie Star Trek Halloween Costumes

Star Trek Halloween costumes will provide a universe of fun for all the family this Halloween. A sci-fi franchise with

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multiple series, numerous films and now, after the 2009 film, even different parallel universes; Star Trek will always be a popular choice at Halloween due to its versatility and easily recognizable style. Whether you’re a Trekkie wanting a costume for conventions as well as Halloween, or you just want a simple and enjoyable theme that is easy to translate into a group costume for friends, you can’t beat these Star Trek Halloween Costumes.

Dressing Up the Crew

Star Trek is the perfect franchise for group dressing. If you choose to follow the recent film, you have the options of costumes for all levels of crewmembers, as well as alien makeup (we all remember the striking green girl and the Vulcans) as well as the grungier look of the dastardly Romulans. So, team up with your friends and try to assemble a crew!

Starfleet has many crew options:
- Redshirts: Reserved for perhaps your most clumsy or least favorite friends, the redshirts have a cult following for their tendency to draw peril wherever they go and end up meeting a swift and often violent end. This was paid homage to in the film’s parachute jump. So the choice of a red shirt is perfect for those who like a sense of humor along with their Star Trek costumes. However, a few thankful exceptions to prove the redshirt rule are Nyota Uhura, in her ever-sexy red tunic, or Scotty in his engineering tunic.
- Medical and Science Officers: Perfect for brainy or nerdier friends, the Blueshirts are the cerebral power to any crew. Make sure to accessories with appropriately science equipment such as scanners as in the original series. The famous Spock hails as a science officer, and is a perfect choice for any Vulcan fan who can perfect the ‘live long and prosper’ sign. Or there is the choice of the cantankerously lovable character of Bones, the ship’s chief medical officer.
- Command and Helm: For the active go-getters or engine-heads of your group, the Yellowshirts are the people in charge of flying the enterprise and giving orders. The legendary Captain Kirk was the captain, sporting his gold tunic when he finally takes official command at the end of the film, but there are also the options of the adorable prodigy Pavel Chekov, or the brave (if inexperienced) Hikaru Sulu as pilot.
The official movie Star Trek costumes benefit from emulating the sleek design and quality of the updated suits of the film, and come with the important Starfleet badge. As an individual or a group you’re sure to make an impact this Halloween!

Other Options

Other possible options include dressing up as the villains as the film: the mining Romulans. Complete with mourning head tattoos and striking long coat, this less conventional option is sure to turn heads.

Or, for Trekkies who prefer to stick to the old school, there are a whole number of original series costumes for you to choose from, including sexy female options, and even Klingons! For fans of The Next Generation, there are also the infamous jumpsuits available, well known for causing the actors spinal problems in their design. Thankfully, these costumes are much more beneficial for your health, and look sleek and authentic, also complete with a pin.

So, boldly go where no-one has gone before this October, and pick Star Trek Halloween Costumes.

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Making Masks for Halloween

The perfect and scariest Halloween costume would not be enough without the mask. Since the face is first thing that people gaze on to when he or she meets somebody, a Halloween mask worn during a party would definitely determine how scary can you get.

Today, there are so many Halloween masks being sold in various bookshops and specialty stores out there. You can choose from your favorite characters from horror, thriller, or sci-fi movies. You can even find masks which as truly Halloween inspired such as ghosts, ghouls, and monsters.

In most specialty stores, the most popular Halloween masks include gaping wraith mask, glow in dark hockey mask, meateater mask, Batman the dark knight Joker mask, deep sea mask, devil's rejects Captain Spaulding mask, whispers hooded mask, Harry Potter dementor mask, elegant devil mask, leatherface deluxe mask, Batman the dark knight grumpy clown mask, that's not funny clown mask, got your goat mask, red skull mask beanie, white skull mask beanie, skull mask blue beanie and so much more. If you are into departed celebrities, you can even find some which are created in their memory.

But, if you are the type who gives so much emphasis on creativity, uniqueness, and resourcefulness, then you should try making your own mask. The following are just some of your options in making your very own Halloween mask:

1. Improvised latex Halloween masks. Many people would agree that latex or hard plastic masks could be quite uncomfortable once worn. And why not? These are made from synthetic plastic materials and can even be harmful when not used properly. So if are not into wearing latex masks sold in specialty shops, you can create your very own latex inspired mask.

Here, you'll be needing poster board or light weight cardboard, elastic or tongue depressor, and various embellishments to make the mask stand out. The instructions are quite simple, you need to cut the board with the shape of your face, cut it out, punch holes in each side of the mask and decorate it using various embellishments such as poster paints, feathers, glitter, and everything you wish to put in. The  good thing about this is you can make your mask as scary and as ghoulish as you want it to be.

2. Simple paper and cloth masks. This is quite popular and easy to do because all you will be needing is a used cloth which can come from a used pillowcase or shirts, permanent markers, a pair of scissors, and lots of duck tape. Doing a paper and face mask is easy because all you have to do is lay the cloth flat and cut a hole in the center of the cloth. Afterwards, you need to take a piece of paper and draw the mask that you like. Then, turn the cloth inside out and lay the mask face down.

Using the duct tape, tape the sides of the mask down to the cloth and cut the eye holes. Let the duct tape grip the cloth and paper well then you can now decorate your Halloween mask using markers and other crafts and embellishments that you want to include.

3. Your very own printed mask. If you are not the type who is into work stuff such as cutting, pasting, and drawing, you can still make your very own Halloween mask through the use of computer. Today, there are so many sites, which offer Halloween mask patterns, which are ready for printing.

You can choose from a wide array of styles and characters depending on what or who would you want to portray. If you are knowledgeable on various computer programs and software such as Photoshop, you can design your very own mask and print it out.

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