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Halloween Yard Decorations for Cute or Gruesome Fun

Posted by Wendy Moyle on July 26, 2010

Take the guesswork out of selecting Halloween decorations that will stand up to the elements by shopping ShindigZ Party’s Halloween Yard Decorations catalog. The items in this catalog are made of tough corex and other durable materials that can handle some wind and won’t melt in a bit of rain (or for some of our neighbors: snow!).

Once the question of outdoor-appropriateness is out of the way, your porch or yard decorating decisions can revolve around other questions to guide whether you’ll tilt more toward the cute or the gruesome. This of course is a matter of personal taste and the visitors you’re expecting.

For decorating porch, windows and door to welcome very young trick-or-treaters, you can’t go wrong with the Halloween Outdoor Decorating Kit. This kit contains all kid-friendly components including colorful banner and bunting, door and window decorations, and a set of not-so-scary hanging ghosts. Place the Airblown Cemetery kit prominently in the yard and string some of the blinking, googly-eyed Peeper Lights into the landscaping to finish the look.

Looking to achieve a more ominous feel? The Crypt Silhouette and Graveyard Fence will help take you there, along with mechanically-animated characters such as our flying grim reaper or icky-beyond-compare Shaking Mummy Cocoon Man.

Appealing to all is humor, such as you’ll find with the Rotten Realty or Dead End yard sign — or get punny yourself with a set of Personalized Traditional Tombstones set behind a Silver Skull Fence or Skeleton Arm Yard Stakes.

Garnish with cobwebs as desired, fill a cauldron or two with candy, and get ready to enjoy the big night!

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How To Boo Your Neighbor

Posted by Wendy Moyle on October 16, 2007

Just because the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler, doesn’t mean you have to remain inside couped up away from friends and neighbors.  Get outside and enjoy the moonlight with this fun and friendly Halloween activity that stays clear of the tricks and makes the treats oh so sweet!

As Halloween approaches, maybe the week or so before the 31st, make up 3 or 4 goodie Bags with fun Halloween favors inside.   Use a fun mix of candy, toys, and wearables so that the whole family will have something to enjoy.  Here are some ideas to help fill your bags full:

  • Multicolored Pumpkin Light
  • Alien Test Tube Slime
  • Boo Straws
  • Spider Yo-Yo Ball
  • Glow Items
  • Head Boppers
  • Flashing Halloween Rings

Make a small sign to put on your neighbor’s door that says, “We’ve Been Boo’d”.  Maybe have your kids draw a picture of a ghost on the sign for added fun and color.

Next, print off the following poem and stick a copy in each goodie bag to explain the surprise and to make sure the fun gets spreads to all!

Since this is the time for goblins and bats,
For Halloween spirits, for ghosts and cats,
For weird happenings and witches’ brew,
These are the things that I wish for you…May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be the spirit of love and friends warm and sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be this Neighborhood Phantom you must give away.”Tis much better to give than to receive” goes the old verse
And something this easy won’t empty your purse.
It’s your turn to pass along a treat and a BOO
Because now the Neighorhood Phantom is little old YOU!So by this time tomorrow, pick three friends sweet,
And give to them each a Halloween treat.
You have only one day – so you’ll need to hurry –
Leave a treat on the doorstep, ring the bell and then scurry!

Signed,      The Phantom

So fill up your goodie bag, fill a few Balloons with Helium, and tie them to the handles for a boo-rific surprise!  After dark, maybe right before bedtime, dress your kids in all black and sneak out for some crazy, quiet, sneaky fun!  Here’s how it works:  Creep up to your friend’s door and attach the ghost sign to the front door, leave the goodie bag with the poem at the step, ring the doorbell and RUN LIKE CRAZY!  Do this to 3 or 4 neighbors in one evening.  The idea is for everyone in the neighborhood to get “boo’d” and besides, it’s always a festive mystery to find out who did the “booing” and where it started.

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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 25, 2007

Zombie Candy GrabberHalloween can be one of the most exciting nights of the year, but with all the activity and the possibility of staying out after dark, there are plenty of safety tips to keep in mind so your Halloween can be safe as well as fun! Share these tips with your kids before Halloween:

First, when you’re out Trick-or-Treating, never talk to strangers. Even if you’re tired of walking, never get into a stranger’s car or go into a stranger’s house.

Stay on the sidewalks and make sure to cross the street only at corners. Look both ways before you cross.

Carry a flashlight with you, so you don’t get lost after dark.

Make sure your costume is warm enough. Put on layers of clothing under the costume or bring a jacket in case the weather gets cold. Make sure your costume doesn’t trail or hang in a way that could cause you to trip. Make sure your mask doesn’t block your vision.

Put reflective tape, stickers, or glow-in-the-dark badges on your costume and treat bag to make you more visible to cars and other people during the twilight and evening hours.

Be sure to tell your parents where you are going. Trick-or-Treat with a group of friends or your family. There’s safety in numbers; plus it will be more fun!

Don’t eat any of your candy before your parents inspect it or say it’s okay. Throw away any candy that has already been opened, it might not be safe to eat.

Walk, don’t run. Tripping and falling down could really spoil your fun.

Always say thank you.

Review these safety rules before Halloween and post them in a visible place during the weeks of anticipation before trick-or-treating.

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Celebrate Halloween with Adult Costumes

Posted by Wendy Moyle on September 19, 2007

Cell Phone CostumeEven adults—or big kids—like to dress up for Halloween. There are tons of costumes for adults, ranging from scary to sexy. We even have costumes that will crack up your friends.

For women, Masquerade Countess or Queen costumes offer a cool combination of spooky and sexy, perfect for a Halloween costume party. A classic costume for women is dressing like Marilyn Monroe. The Hollywood Starlet costume offers the iconic white dress perfect for dressing like Ms. Monroe.

For something more innocent, try a nun costume or celestial angel costume.

There are also costumes for women inspired by movies and TV, such as a Padme Amidala costume, or an Elizabeth Swann costume from Pirates of the Caribbean.

If you’re looking for humor, try a Pretty Polly costume to dress as a doll, box and all. The cell phone sandwich board costume is a great option for text message addicts, male and female alike.

We have plenty of costumes for the guys too.

Hangman’s Noose CostumeFor a scary costume, try a body bag costume or evil jester costume. They’re sure to freak out your friends, or any trick-or-treaters who come to the door.

If you prefer a costume that will make people laugh, try a nerd costume or kissing booth costume.

Whether you want to be a wizard or a superhero, we have tons of movie and TV inspired costumes for men. The Lord of the Rings costumes include Gandalf and Legolas. There are also Captain Jack Sparrow costumes, sure to be a hit!

If he’s reluctant to dress up, try one of our EZ Guy costumes, including simple t-shirts and accessories for a funny, no-effort costume. The hangman’s noose costume is another easy, creepy costume.

There are plenty of couple’s costumes too, for dressing up for the parties together!

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