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Halloween and Space Exploration

Three weeks ago today, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. There was joy; there were tears. There were handshakes and high-fives all over the globe. And, here at FrightCatalog, there was Halloween. What would Halloween look like on Mars?, we wondered. Dusty? Cold? Extraterrestrial?

Then, we settled on this adjective: it would be extraordinary. Imagine Mars witches free-floating on broomsticks, or bubbling cauldron props nestled inside craters. Think about freeze-dried, pumpkin-shaped candy. On Mars, would “scary” exist, or would it be absorbed by the atmosphere?

This website, NASA’s Solar System Exploration, features numerous videos of the historic landing, as well as images of Curiosity on Mars.

This Halloween, if you’re looking for a costume that is in line with current events, consider an astronaut costume from FrightCatalog.com. We have a great selection of costumes and accessories that will help you dream big – and, possibly, shoot for the moon (or Mars.)

Finally, we should keep in mind that Halloween and space exploration are not all that different. Both the holiday and the act of exploration are occasions to celebrate what is “beyond” us. Whether it’s the tale of Stingy Jack, which inspired the festive carvings of jack-o’-lanterns, or the landing the Curiosity rover, one of whose missions is to answer the question of whether life ever existed on Mars, both Halloween and space exploration are part of traditions that attempt to answer age-old questions.

Don’t Be Afraid of the

 

We know, we know: It’s still August, and you’re busy soaking up the last beach rays until next year. Halloween might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is in ours  and it’s less than ninety days away!

In preparation for the holiday, we want to discuss a topic most people shy away from: phobias. People don’t usually like talking about what makes them sweat  or itch, or vomit, or generally feel lousy — and we understand that. Here, in this blog post, our goal is to expose the most common phobias, as well as let you in on a few phobias of our own. Some of our phobias include a fear of vampires, instigated by a late-night viewing of 30 Days of Night on FX.

First, though, is a list of common phobias experienced by people living in the United States. This list was originally written by Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor, on March 28, 2011.

10. The Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and Lightning

6. The Dark

5. Heights

4. Other People

3. Scary Spaces

2. Creepy Crawlies (Bugs!)

1. Snakes

If you want to encourage your fears – or face them – we have “Dr. Killer Driller” (dentist) costumes, snake and bug props, and plenty of mood-setters to transform an ordinary space into something frightful. All are available at www.frightcatalog.com.

Now, for the (potentially) self-deprecating part of this post: our phobias. Although not compiled in list form (who can truly rate their phobias using a numerical system?), they are as follows: running out of skim milk before breakfast; ordering the wrong kind of coffee at Dunkin Donuts; the abolishment of National Cat Day (October 29, super-close to Halloween!); and, finally, getting stuck in rush hour traffic during a thunderstorm. One of us FrightCatalogers is also fearful of numbers 10, 8, 7, 5, occasionally 4, 3, 2, and 1 from Bryner’s list.

So, what does this mean? It means, first of all, that adopting a dog is, perhaps, not a terrible idea. Secondly, it means that Halloween a night which used to be known for its pranks and mischief might not be so scary. Halloween is about FUN, candy, haunted houses, hayrides, and corn mazes. It’s about loving the thrill of the scare and daring yourself to, however hesitantly, ask yourself this: What truly frightens you?

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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Halloween-Themed Wedding

 

1. It is perfectly acceptable to dress like Tim Burton’s Jack and Sally in front of your parents.

2. Instead of dancing to Dion/Carey/Houston/Boyz II Men power ballads during your first dance, jam to The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Time Warp. Watch your guests shriek with delight as they join in on the chorus’s signature line: Let’s do. The time warp. Again!

3. Pumpkin carving contests. Think about all the pumpkin seeds you’ll collect, which you can turn into frightfully delicious snacks to take on your Halloween honeymoon!

4. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes instead of formal attire. Pro: Guests are free to choose how spooky or risqu they will be. Con: See Pro. To save yourself (and your friends and family) from a potentially embarrassing situation, send out some Costume Rules with your wedding invitations.

5. It is a well-known fact that couples who have fun together are happier in both the short-term and the long-term. What holiday is more fun than Halloween?

6. You can use candy corn as tabletop confetti. You can eat candy corn.

7. Unless you live in an extremely hot climate, you can expect lower temperatures and fewer bugs! in October. Your veil will not act as a makeshift mosquito net.

8. The increased availability of pumpkin liquor, pumpkin beer (if you haven’t already, check out Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumpking Ale), and hard cider.

9. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012. See it on your honeymoon or at your bachelor/ette party. Extra points will be given if you don a Heather Mason-style haircut.

10. FrightCatalog.com has many party supplies in stock for your Halloween wedding, including: glittery haunted house centerpieces, pumpkin-and-bat shaped confetti, inflatable cauldron coolers, Fangtastic invitations, skull pathway lights, and skeleton-and-spider detailed wreaths.

Frightfully forever yours,

FrightCatalog.com

 

Halloween and the Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics is currently one of the hottest discussion topics. From Kenneth Branagh quoting Shakespeare at the Opening Ceremonies to an appearance by perhaps Britain’s most famous author of the 21st century (Harry Potter’s mastermind, J.K. Rowling!), the Games fill people’s minds with thoughts of Olympic glory.

Here at FrightCatalog, Halloween is our priority. Like the Olympic athletes who eat, drink, sleep, and breathe their sports thirty-six different sports in all are competing in London we live Halloween. So, in honor of the Olympics, we thought we’d compile a list of our Olympics-inspired costumes in honor of this summer’s most talked about event. These costumes are available on our website, www.frightcatalog.com

1. Olympic Goddess Adult Costume

2. Toga Male Adult Costume

3. Roman Goddess Plus Size Costume

4. Roman Warrior Plus Size Adult Costume

5. Gladiator Adult Costume

(The first documented Olympics is dated at 776 BC and was held in Olympia, in the western region of the Peloponnese.)

6. Old Tyme Baseball Player Adult Costume

7. Everlast Boxing Adult Costume

8. A League of Their Own Rockford Peaches Adult Costume

(Boxing and baseball are two of the more popular Olympic sports.)

9. Cheeseburger Adult Costume

10. Coca Cola Bottle Tunic Adult Costume

(The nearly universal burger-and-Coke combo is expected to be a top food item for Olympic spectators.)

As for FrightCatalog.com, we are too busy gearing up for Halloween to focus on anything other than Halloween. We would, however, appreciate a juicy burger and soft drink, preferably something similar to this: