Category Archives: Costumes

The Nightmares Fear Factory Photos

Nestled near Niagara Falls is Nightmares Fear Factory, a haunted house that has been running for over 30 years. In addition to actors wearing Halloween costumes, the haunted house has a huge, huge, huge amount of animated props. One of those props is a car that explodes out of the darkness and accelerates quickly toward you. Right when the car should run you over, it stops, and a photo is taken of your reaction.

Here are some of those photos:

For more photos, check out the official Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightmaresfearfactory/

Top Five Controversial Costumes for 2011 Halloween

Halloween is a dark, twisted holiday, one that requires equally dark and twisted Halloween costumes. Some people turn to morbid costumes that depict zombies or other ghouls, but there are others that love to push the edge of social acceptance. For those edgy individuals, here’s a list of the top controversial costumes for 2011 Halloween.

Anna Rexia

Anna Rexia

This bodacious bombshell of a costume comes equipped with loads of controversy. As the name hints, this costume embodies anorexia nervosa you know, the eating disorder that leads to more deaths than any other mental disorder. Of course, if you glanced at it quickly, you would think its a sexy skeleton costume, not an eating disorder. Outside of the name, there isnt much to be offended about. It really depends on whether you can stomach the joke.

Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien

Immigrant activists were not too happy with this grey-skinned, orange jumpsuit-wearing extraterrestrial. Take a gander at the item in his hand: a green card. When this costume came under criticism, William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, said, The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts. Yup, this costume definitely reeks of controversy. Perfect!

Kung Fool

Kung Fool

Equipped with loads of negative stereotypes, the Kung Fool costume has come under heavy attention of various Asian-American groups, who openly declare this costume as racist. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to see all of those stereotypes. They’re right there displayed in latex that easily fits over your head and allows for comfortable breathing. Just be careful not to run into someone who knows actual Kung Fu. They may kick your ass.

Vato Loco

Vato Loco

Ah, Vato Loco, the crazy mask that spawned so much controversy within the Latino community. Honestly, what can we say about Vato Loco? We created it! One only has to look at the mask to see why someone would get angry teardrop, spider web tattoo, bandanna, and the list goes on and on. Similar to the Kung Fool costume, this one was called out for being racist and reinforcing negative stereotypes. We’ll let you be the judge.

Child Terrorist

Child Terrorist

This costume is exploding with controversial potential! Get it? Exploding with controversial potential the kids wearing a vest of explosives. No? Still don’t get it? Here, let me explain further: its a child wearing an explosive vest. Still don’t get it? Hm, let me try one more time: child, explosive vest, your familys dead. Are we getting through to you? Great, I thought the terrorists won for a moment there.

The Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone

On September 28, 2011, CNN reported that a Florida ice cream shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

If you are wondering what the costume looked like, we actually sell it as in, we sold it to this ice cream store. Hilarious, yes, and we’re quite proud that one of our Halloween costumes can attract so much attention, even if it is accidental. (We’re thinking of renaming it the Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone.) Anyway, here’s the picture that we showcase:

racist ice cream costume

Her smile seeps racism.

Nothing wrong there, right? The costume features an oversized vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top absolutely nothing racist. Unless, of course, you were standing in the sun all day and the cone began to sag, causing it to look more like the iconic image of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.

The Florida store first noticed an issue when they saw a drop in business. But no matter how hard they searched, they could not find the problem. Eventually, customers called the store and yelled at them to take the mascot off the streets.

We were just trying to get people to come in, said Jasmine Gonzalez, store employee. We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way.

If you want a costume that is both appropriate for children and inappropriate for being accidentally racist, give this ice cream costume a swing.

How To Tell If You Are Becoming An Undead

The zombie apocalypse is going to happen. Theres no point denying it. To ensure that you’re mentally prepared, we created this trusty list of zombie symptoms.

First, lets look at what is not a zombie: a Wal-Mart shopper.

He wants to eat your sales.

There he is all of his wide-mouthed glory spewing into the world worse than an open wound. Somewhere inside that tanned, leathery bag of skin, past those fabulously white short-shorts, is a heartbeat that clings to life like a man falling over a cliff.

This, on the other hand, is the undead:

Very similar, but the dead body gives it away.

Note: With Halloween being so close, keep an eye on those individuals wearing zombie costumes. Zombies are cunning, mindless creatures, who could easily utilize Halloween’s allowance of undead paraphernalia as an opportunity to strike. One minute you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, then those trick-or-treaters are running off with your hands.

Here are some signs and symptoms one may experience during his or her transformation into an undead abomination:

Eye crusties.

Lesions.

Facial gross stuff.

Poor taste in music.

Consumption of human flesh.

And racism.

If you see someone showing any of these signs or symptoms, be careful – you may be dealing with a zombie, or a total douchebag.

Humans Have Invisible Stripes

Blaschkos lines, also known as the Lines of Blaschko, are invisible lines that run all along a humans body. Your face, head, back, arms, legs right now, as you read these words are covered with these invisible lines, which come in all sorts of shapes, patterns, and designs. (These are not Halloween costumes – this is as real as it gets.)

Your back, for example, is covered with V shaped lines, much like the one observed in this photo:

blaschkos lines

Typically, your chest, stomach, and sides have S shaped lines, while your head is covered in wavy patterns of Blaschkos lines. However, some individuals simply have blobs or patches, not lines. Since the lines or blobs are usually invisible, there is no definite way to determine what kind of patterns your Blaschkos lines follow. You just have to hope you have something awesome.

There are skin conditions and disorders that cause the lines to be visible. Again, the actual patterns and lines that become visible can vary greatly. Some individuals have intense cases, so their body actually looks striped like a zebra or tiger. There are others who only have a few spots on their ankle, arm, or shin. (If I had my way, I would have some visible lines. It would be like a tattoo unique just for me.)

Blaschkos lines

Typical line patterns.

No one has yet to figure out why these lines form, or what purpose they serve. Alfred Blaschko, the man that discovered the lines in 1901, proposed that the lines had an embryonic origin, but he could not elaborate any further. He simply discovered them, proved through numerous clinical trials that the lines were there, and then left it for someone else to figure out possibly due to a lack of technical advancement.

Blaschkos lines

Variations of line patterns.

If you know someone that has visible lines, let us know what they think.

Keanu Reeves: Because Why The Hell Not?

Since we had discussed Nicolas Cages vampirism yesterday, it only seems fit to disprove a similar rumor that revolves around Keanu Reeves.

The Internet is an eternal rumor mill that can easily alter one’s life, either for better or worse. Glenn Beck, for example, was the receiver of the Internets attention when this question was brought forward: Did Glenn Beck rape and murder a young girl in 1990? So many individuals began to Google this question that Glenn Beck murder was the #1 search suggestion for anyone typing in Glenn Beck.

If you type Keanu Reeves into Google’s search bar, Keanu Reeves immortal is the third suggested search, and here’s why:

That is Paul Mounet, born in 1847, who became a doctor and a professional French actor. Mounet starred in numerous films, plays, and movies, building for himself a very prominent career as an actor. Mounet died of heart disease in 1922, but the Internet has taken upon itself to say that this fact is actually false. Mounet’s body, numerous websites claim, was never found after his death, which, combined with his resemblance to Keanu, can only mean that Mounet is actually Keanu, who is immortal. (We need to start a new line of Halloween costumes that specialize in obscure celebrity rumors.)

Right, because thats not an illogical leap at all. Two pictures look alike and people are all of sudden claiming that the individual has found the fountain of youth, forever living and aging and blessing us average humans with their immortal presence.

I’ll just leave this here:

paul mounet

And yes, Keanu does have a remarkable resistance to aging, especially for someone living in a career field as stressful as acting. One only has to look at the picture below to see how little life’s worries have affected his skin complexion. Someone needs to find his secret and inform the rest of us.

Its clearly obvious that Keanu is not an immortal being, since his skin does show small signs of aging. Unless, of course, the immortal trait is only an effect of a larger issue! But what could possibly allow one to age, yet also allow them to regain their youthfulness whenever desired? I might have to go ask vampire Nicolas Cage about that one.

eBay Seller Claims Nicolas Cage is a Vampire

On September 19, an eBay seller by the name of Jack Mord put up an auction for a photo that he claimed would prove Nicolas Cage is a vampire. The photo, which can be seen below, clearly depicts a Civil War-era individual who closely resembles the actor Nicolas Cage. (Now there’s an original idea for Halloween costumes: Vampiric Nicolas Cage.)

Personally, I believe its him and that he is some sort of walking undead/vampire, etcetera, who quickens/reinvents himself once every 75 years or so,” wrote Jack Mord on the eBay posting. “150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult or a talk show host.

vampire cage

The original photo.

The auction has since been taken down, but the photo was previously on sale for more than $1,000,000. The seller Jack Mord claimed that the photo was originally taken by Professor G.B. Smith, who, apparently, was a Confederate photographer that specialized in photographing prisoners of war during the Civil War.

My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, wrote seller Jack Mord. Maybe 70, 80 or so, then the actor Nicolas Cage will die but in reality, the undead vampire Nicolas Cage will have rejuvenated himself and appeared in some other part of the world, young again, and ready to start all over.

nicolas cage

The actual Nicolas Cage.

Mord ended the auction by writing, Any serious potential buyer will be allowed to have a photo expert of their choice examine the original photograph before any money changes hands.

As someone who has yet to appreciate a single Nicolas Cage movie after Conair, I really, really hope that he chooses a different career path next time. One simply has to look at this compilation of movie scenes of him freaking out to see why he needs not to be a movie actor. (Caution: Lots and lots of swears.)

Run For Your Lives: A 5k Obstacle Course Race With Zombies

Combining the excitement of marathon races and zombies, Run For Your Lives is an intensely unique experience that is sure to get your blood pumping.

At the core of Run For Your Lives are the basic marathon rules. There is a start, a finish, obstacles, multiple routes that you can follow, and competing racers. However, unlike a typical marathon, there are two additional factors: zombies and flag belts.

Every runner is given a flag belt with attached flags, similar to the kind worn during flag football. These flags indicate your health. The job of the individuals dressed in zombie costumes is to snatch away those flags. When all of your flags are gone, you die, and you are disqualified from the race. But fear not there are health packages hidden throughout the course that will help keep you alive.

Completion of the race, including the twelve man-made and natural obstacles, entitles you to the post-race awards, which include:

  • One free beer.
  • Admittance into the Apocalypse Party.
  • Advanced training for the actual Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Medals signifying your survival of the race (or zombie transformation).
  • Racing bib.
  • Warwear performance tee.

The race is split between the age categories of 14 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 and older. There is also a separate military division for those truly hardcore individuals that want a real challenge. The top three men and top three women of each winning division will be invited back to play parts as the lead zombies for the next obstacle race. You can go from winning the race to destroying those that want to win.

Here are the dates and locations for upcoming events:

  • Baltimore, October 22, 2011
  • Atlanta, March 3, 2012
  • Boston, May 5, 2012
  • Indianapolis, June 23, 2012
  • Seattle/Portland, August 4, 2012
  • San Diego/Los Angeles, October 20, 2012
  • Austin, December 15, 2012

The Ultimate Trick

Kids are always getting into trouble.

Their young, rambunctious energy leaves them vulnerable to the effects of boredom. While television and video games have helped alleviate these dull, uneventful fits of youthful boredom, they have not completely done away with them. There are still kids out there that find themselves pulling pranks or, in today’s case, trying to perform the “ultimate trick.”

And I’ve got to say, they definitely have the drive and determination to pull off this trick. Even after failing three times, these kids still return for another try. No Halloween props are involved, but it is still too astonishing for words.

Let’s watch:

Attempt #1

Ah, so the “ultimate trick” is pulling the cloth off the table while leaving the items still on the table. Easy enough, right? I’ve seen this in movies, even tried to do it myself. I never got it right, of course, but let’s see if they can pull it off.

Attempt #2

Bigger items, that’s definitely an improvement. The larger the item, the more likely it would be to stay on the table, I guess. Unfortunately, it also makes it more difficult to pull out the cloth. Nice try, though, kids. Let’s see what they do next time.

Attempt #3

So close! Man, they were so close that time. Only a little more force and they are sure to pull off the “ultimate trick.” Keep trying, kids, I believe in you!

Attempt #4

What the hell – what the hell just happened!

Origin of Candy: Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins

First created in the 1880s, candy corn has consistently remained at the forefront of popular Halloween candies. The candy corn production process, known as corn starch modeling, has remained the same for most of candy corn’s lifespan, with the only change being machines taking over the original handmade production. Candy pumpkins were created in the 1920s, and they followed the same creation process as candy corn, only using a different mold.

The National Confectioners Association now estimates that some 20 million pounds, or 9,000 tons, of candy corn is sold annually. To give you a visual of those 9,000 tons, that’s equivalent to 1,500 grown male killer whales, or 2,805 adult female African elephants, or almost the same weight as a Portland-class heavy cruiser. But remember, we’re talking candy corn here candies that are approximately 3 times the size of a whole kernel from a ripe ear of corn.

portland candy

“Fire the candy cannons!”

Now let’s look at Brach, the top retailer for candy corn: If you took all of the candy corn they sell per year and laid them end to end, you could circle the earth 4.25 times, which would equal 105,831.59 miles. That’s 19 Great Walls of China, or 48.5 Appalachian Trails.

The average serving size of candy corn is 22 pieces, which contains only 140 calories and no fat. If you’re like me consuming mass amounts of these delicious morsels this news is a blessing. Candy pumpkins, however, contain 25 calories and 5 grams of sugar per candy pumpkin, but they are fat-free. Either way, these candies guarantee a sugar rush, along with an inevitable sugar crash.

candy corn

With no fat and low calorie content, you could eat this whole image and not feel bad.

It was not until the 1990s that competitor companies began to realize the financial possibility of candy corn. From candy corn Halloween costumes to candy corn props, the candy corn image has been thoroughly whored out. The first competitor was Mars, Inc., which produced Snickers Cr¨me Pumpkin in response. These are milk chocolate-covered peanut and caramel candy one can presume they contain more calories and fat than traditional candy pumpkins. Peter Pan Peanut Butter Pumpkins were the next to be produced, which have a rich and creamy Peter Pan peanut butter center.

Candy pumpkin

One candy to rule them all…

In a 1985 U.S. Congressional hearing on Daylight Savings, candy pumpkins were placed on the seat of every senator. This stunt was done to win some favor for the candy companies, who wanted to push Daylight Savings past Halloween’s date. On July 8, 1986, Daylight Savings was pushed back until the morning of the last Sunday in October, but it did not include Halloween night. It was not until 2005 that daylight saving time was extended until the first Sunday of November. Were candy pumpkins responsible for this change? Probably not, but the candy companies that make these sugary treats were, and now they can sell your kids more candy for another hour. Essentially, everyone wins!