Haunts and Events

photosRing in the New Year and party like it’s 1999, or 1899 or 2099 with fun costumes that give a fresh spin to New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve parties have been the same for decades. This year give your party a makeover and make it more fun with costumes. Choose a fun theme and get ready to start the New Year off on a happy and positive note celebrating with all of your friends and family. Instead of a boring formal New Year’s Eve party or yet another business casual meet and greet type party make sure everyone has a good time by adding costumes to the mix. A costume party for New Year’s Eve is a great way to end the winter holidays. Here are some good ways that you can convince people to dress up for party:

Send Great Invitations
Skip the online invitations this year and…

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comicconFan conventions used to be only something that fans of science fiction and comics attended. Since those things were considered to be nerdy, and nerdy was not something that was socially acceptable to be, those conventions were generally not too well attended or popular. But the San Diego Comic Con changed that. Commonly just called Comic Con or SDCC this convention made it socially acceptable to go to conventions.

Now fans of action, science fiction and horror films, TV shows, comics, and video games regularly attend cons. Major movie studios and TV studios regularly debut trailers and other marketing materials at cons. Some studios even develop special companion comics to a large scale release specifically to build interest about a movie at a con before the movie actually premiers. Studios host panels at SDCC where the stars, writers and producers of movies and TV shows talk about their work. And…

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birds-remakeThe Birds Remake Finally Given the Green Light.  One of the most loved of Alfred Hitchcock’s films is finally going to get a modern reboot. The Birds, which is often called one of his best films, is going to be given a modern film treatment by a Dutch director, Diederik Van Rooijen. Some industry insiders are puzzled by the choice because VanRooijen has not directed a major Hollywood film before and has only directed one other film, which was not an English language film. But it’s taken a long time for Universal Pictures to find the right director to tackle a remake of such an iconic film. Not too many directors want to take on the task of updating such a classic film.  The film has not yet been cast, probably because finding exactly the right woman to play Melanie Daniels is also going to be a long…

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Spirit Halloween just released us info on their new – Zombie Baby Naming Contest – on Facebook.   You could win a full nursery of Zombie Babies plus a gift card.   They are even letting you enter once per hour so that you can submit a bunch of names.

It would be awesome if a Halloween News reader would win.     Have you ever wanted to name a popular product?  This is your chance!

You can enter now through April 6, 2014 here:  http://bit.ly/NameZombie

 

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Spirit Halloween has a really cool The Walking Dead sweepstakes:

One Grand Prize winner receives a trip for two to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood to experience The Walking Dead

Enter daily for a chance to win Season 3 of The Walking Dead on DVD!

You can enter Here:  http://bit.ly/TheWalkingDeadSwps through Facebook

Move over zombie walks. The next evolution of the zombie infestation has arrived in the form of “zombie infested” 5k obstacle course runs. These obstacle course runs are like many other obstacle based running events exceptrun-zombies-1 that in addition to a series of obstacles these runs feature herds of zombies who will chase runners throughout the course. Zombie clusters are staggered throughout the course, and runners must complete a “gauntlet” run at the end to get to the finish line which is a series of punishing obstacles surrounded by zombies. There are several different companies putting on zombie runs but the most popular runs a race called Run For Your Lives.

Originally Run For Your Lives started off in just a couple of states and was an underground event, similar to how zombie walks have been run in recent years. However the race promoters managed to tap into the unprecedented…

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Admit it — You have been in a Halloween store and thought that you could come up with a better name for the prop.  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!   Spirit Halloween’s new contest will let the winner name one of their new Zombie Babies.

They let you submit a new name every hour.  You could submit and enter 24 times per day!    So far there are a lot of really cool entries.     Check it out on their Facebook page.

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HAuNTcon is an acronym for the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, an expo and convention “Designed by Haunters, for Haunters” of every age and level of experience. HAuNTcon brings together people who love Haunted Houses and Halloween for a fun-filled four days and nights of Haunter Education, Tours of Local Haunted Houses, a packed Trade Show Floor, Hearse Show and an incredible Costume Ball!

The HAuNTcon Haunt Tours start on Wednesday before the conference with a Pre-Show overnight bus trip that includes lights on and lights off tours of local haunted events. This tour is followed by the Thursday Night Kick-off Tour of a Haunted Attraction in the host city. On the Friday Night Haunt Tour, attendees experience yet another haunted event with full actor presence, just as if you were seeing it during the October season. But we are not done yet; there is another Haunt tour on…

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The time has come!   We wish all of you the best Halloween ever.  Have fun, be safe!

Want to win mystery decor prizes from Spirit?

Spirit Halloween is giving away a prize every day in the month of October.   It looks like they have a lot of great prizes.

 

The prizes include:

Demonica ($119.99)
Deady Bear & Baby Thumb Sucker ($34.99 & $39.99)
The Howler ($129.99)
Ghost Girl ($179.99)
Lawn Zombie & Baby Regan ($59.99 & $39.99)
Jumping Spider ($79.99)
Hanging Gothic Chandelier ($59.99)
Rose Mary ($159.99)
Zombie Puppet Collection ($24.99ea x5)
Agony Ann ($69.99)
Zombie Woman ($129.99)
Giant Spider ($99.99)
Laser Galaxy ($119.99)
Walking Dead Girl ($159.99)
Little Willy & Baby Stabby ($34.99 & $49.99)
Grave Mourner ($129.99)
Guardian of the grave ($79.99)
Hanging Clown & Medusa Head ($49.99 & $39.99)
Flaming Cauldron Witch ($199.99)
Rocking Vampire ($59.99)
Limb Ripping Werewolf ($199.99)
Hannibal Lectur ($279.99)
Baby Fat ($39.99)
Doll Face ($79.99)
5’ Hanging Skeleton & Gothic Black Candelabra ($49.99 & $44.99)
Creepy Caretaker ($99.99)…

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Through the Spirit of Children program, Spirit Halloween hosts Halloween celebrations for hospitalized children while providing funding to the Child Life departments, whose purpose is to help to make hospital stays less scary for kids and their families. Budget cuts and funding challenges have made it difficult for Child Life departments to obtain the necessary equipment, staff and resources required. Spirit of Children is designed to help bridge the gap.

Volunteer Spirit employees bring Halloween celebrations to the hospital with costumes, decorations and accessories.  Pumpkin painting, costume parades, Halloween games and crafts offer a temporary escape for the young patients.  Spirit Halloween raises money through partner vendors and customer contributions, both online and in-store in all of the nearly 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada.

“I’m proud that Spirit Halloween has already raised $2.5 million this year for the Spirit of Children program,” said Steven Silverstein, Spirit Halloween…

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Spirit Halloween just started a new contest on Facebook called:

Win It Before You Can Buy It

In this contest Spirit Halloween is giving away a prop every day from now through Aug 7. There is a different prop every day.

Prizes include:

* Fog Machine ($79.99 value)
* Fog/Bubble Machine w/Fog & Bubble Juice ($85.97 value)
* Jumping Spider ($69.99 value)
* 3pc Lawn Zombie Ground Breaker ($59.99 value)
* Creepy Caretaker ($99.99 value)
* Scream 4 Ghost face ($249.99 value)
* Mr. Stubs ($49.99 value)
* Dollface Animated Zombie Baby ($69.99 value)
* 6ft Collapsible Fabric Coffin ($69.99 value)
* Regan from The Exorcist ($179.99 value)
* Eaten Alive ($169.99 value)
* Zombie Bait ($149.99 value)
* Universal Monsters – Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) ($299.99 value)
* Standing Candelabra ($99.99 value)

You can enter at: https://www.facebook.com/spirithalloween?sk=app_243769312307406  (mobile devices are not supported)

Good luck!

July is here.    For hardcore Halloween fans July is an exciting time.   Online retailers begin receiving and promoting their new props and costumes for the new season.

As home haunters work hard over the summer to plan and build their haunts, it is time to start spreading the news… Halloween news that is.

 

Halloween season is here

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident EvilExternal Web Site Icon.), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.

 

Read more here:  http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp