Monthly Archives: January 2010

Celebrating Mardi Gras In Style!

With only a month until Mardi Gras, there isn’t much time left to get ready for the biggest party of the year! Originally a simple celebration the day before Lent, Mardi Gras has grown into a full blown extravaganza, complete with parades, parties, costumes, performers, masquerade balls and plenty of sweets. So, whether you’re headed to the New Orleans celebration, throwing a traditional King’s Cake party or attending a masquerade ball, Mardi Gras is a time to enjoy life to the fullest. For all those participating, here are some helpful tips on what to wear during Mardi Gras, so you can join in on the fun!

If you’re celebrating Mardi Gras on the street, either at home or afar, be prepared for a color explosion! Colorful and decorative costumes are the choice of the day, typically in the traditional colors of Mardi Gras (green, gold and purple). In addition to costumes, you’ll also find plenty of people just adding a few accessories to join in on the fun. Masks, beads, makeup and anything else appropriately colored will fit right in with the Mardi Gras theme. Just look at your local Halloween store for what they have, or check online. So live a little and add some flair to what you’re wearing for Mardi Gras!

Aside from the excitement and partying of Mardi Gras in the streets, this holiday is also known for it exquisite and extravagant masquerade balls. If you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation, or just happen to be throwing one, you’ll want to make sure you dress to impress. Masquerade balls are typically formal, black-tie affairs, but the real fun comes from the masks. A long standing, Mardi Gras tradition, masks are worn to conceal your identity so you aren’t restrained by who you are, but instead only by what you want to be. Masks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles, each designed to conceal and decorate the person behind it. While many make their own Mardi Gras masks, those without time or artistic skill will find plenty of masks available for sale. Just check out your local Halloween store or shop online. Regardless of where you get a mask, be sure to find one you like and truly reflects your Mardi Gras spirit!

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2, Now Out On DVD

A face only a mother could love

Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2

Hey Halloween fans! For those who haven’t heard, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 has just been released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Immediately following the events of the first movie, Michael Myers continues to chase after his little sister, Laurie Strode, killing anyone in his way. While not his best work, I think fans of Michael Myers and Rob Zombie will find this gritty, gory film well worth it. If nothing else, get ready to see brand new Michael Myers masks and costumes this Halloween, straight from the silver screen.

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New Year, New Costumes

With the holidays behind us, and a whole new year beginning, we can finally take a moment to relax…and start working on this year’s Halloween costume! It’s never too early to start thinking of costume ideas and getting all the pieces together for something great. If you are looking to go as something classic this year, why not consider looking into Scary Clowns?

A staple costume in the Halloween world, Scary Clowns provide opportunity for endless variety. In addition, these costumes can be as simple or complicated as you like, while still looking the part of a Scary Clown. When tackling a costume like this, there are a few different avenues to take depending on the amount of time/effort you can spend, how much you money want to spend, the look you are going for and what’s available to you in your area.

The most important part of any Scary Clown costume is the face. While most costumes require some sort of elaborate clothing to pull off a look, Scary Clowns focus attention to the face, typically with make-up or some sort of mask. For those willing to experiment, and have the time to do so, make-up is the way to go. Before looking at what make-up you might need, always try to draw out the face you want or find a picture of a Scary Clown you want to recreate. From this you will know what colors you are looking for, as well as what you might need to apply it all. Regardless of what you decide on, you will always want to start with a Clown White Creme Foundation. You can apply it thick, to get a traditional clown look, or apply it thin so the make-up looks old, worn and cracked. With creme foundation in place, figure out a plan to apply your other colors and patterns. Use whatever make-up applicator you want, although foam wedges seem to work best for this sort of make-up work. If this is your first time trying this out, or if the Scary Clown face you want is particularly complicated, make sure to practice applying before Halloween. Make-up is a great tool to use, but can take some time getting used to. For those who do not have the time or desire to deal with make-up, a number of Scary Clown masks exist for your Halloween needs. Ranging from creepy to grotesque, Scary Clown masks can be found at brick and mortar stores, as well as online. Make sure to purchase early, especially if ordering online, to ensure the mask fits and looks the way you want. Nothing is worse than wearing a mask you cannot see or breathe well in.

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