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A parent’s guide to Halloween
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hatever you do, don’t do it. Force yourself if you must, but do not look at Pinterest
during October. You may even have to avoid Facebook; it depends on the kinds of
friends you follow. Are they crafty? If so, off goes the computer. Everywhere you
look, there are unbelievable ideas for Halloween, and they all make me sick. I mean, come on
already. I am simply not going to make homemade, red gooey filled cupcakes, slice them up
with my handy mandolin slicer (really?) and then delicately place ribbons, orange piping and
black glittery gemstones on them to make them look like spiders or ogres or something. Who
has the money? Who has the time? Who has a mandolin slicer?
I am a single mother of two, and I need cheap, quick and easy Halloween ideas — with a
heavy emphasis on cheap, quick and easy. As Pinterest goddess as my witness, this is the year
of my Halloween success! I will not be found in Wal-Mart on Hallows Eve, digging thru piles
of discarded costumes prepared to spend a pot of gold to keep my kids from a meltdown. If
time, craftiness and money are not overflowing in your life either, here are three solid ideas that
require about five bucks and five minutes of your time.
n Costumes: Have your daughter go as your son and your son go as your daughter. Or get
the entire family to dress as another member in the family. You already have the clothes. You’ve
surely got the mannerisms down pat. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out who goes as whom.
Pick names out of a hat and voilà! You’re done.
Other quick and cheap costumes are to go as “Karma.” Just dress as yourself, maybe with a
sign that says “Here Comes Karma” and bring some “karma dust” (raid your spice rack) that
you can toss at people. For those with a bit more time (and rope) on their hands, consider taking
an umbrella and tying on some of your kids stuffed dogs and cat toys. Yes, you are now a walking
“It’s raining cats and dogs.”
n Treats: Buy a big box of generic cereal, some raisins and some orange and black M&Ms
and a bunch of those little plastic candy bags (you can usually get a few dozen for about a
dollar). Fill each bag with a scoop of each and drop them all into a large bowl. For extra credit,
make a handmade sign (the messier the better because messy equals scary) that says, “Do Not
Eat Under Any Circumstance: Ghost Brains.” Kids will love it. For those with strong stomachs
you can pour a bag of marshmallows into a bowl and label them “Ghost Vomit.” Trust me, kids
will think is the best thing ever!
n Fun: It will take you about five minutes to draft a quick email inviting your family and
friends to do Halloween as a team. This ups the Halloween ante a bit and it’s fast and cheap. Instead of walking as a family door to door where the parents stand all by themselves at the end
of the driveway, you can caravan with a large group of festive Halloween buddies. Pull out the
old red wagon that all kids have and fill it with snacks and drinks for both kids and adults. Yes,
a Halloween party on wheels. If you ask everyone to bring something to contribute to the ’ween
wagon, you might just be able to trick-or-treat longer.
While my kids will be missing out on homemade Pinterest-styled Halloween decorations that
glow in the dark or speak on command, I’ll make it up to them with ironic costumes, gross
treats and the best party on the block.
Happy “fast and cheap” Halloween!
Ha ... In Meridian’s
Haunted Grove
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The Meridian Star
Promising a night of frightening surprises, employees of East Mississippi State Hospital in
Meridian are getting ready to host the hospital’s very first Haunted Grove tour on the week of
Susie Broadhead, director of Public Relations, said it’s the first time in approximately 40
years that the hospital, which serves individuals with mental illnesses, has hosted an event for
the public.
Haunted Grove will take place each evening, 6-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, 29 and 30. On Halloween night, the event will be closed to the public so employees and their families can enjoy
the fun.
The tour of terrors will take place hay ride style, with three trailers pulling thrill-seekers
through the rolling grounds of East Mississippi State Hospital, 4555 Highland Park Drive.
Banking on the element of surprise, organizers of the event aren’t giving a lot of details about
what is in store, but they have been working for months to create scary displays they hope will
give visitors a few chills.
Jeff Call, case manager; and Franklin Howse, IT system administrator, are spearheading creation of the displays with support from a 20-person committee. “I think that one thing that makes
ours more appealing than others is that it’s a ride,” Call said. “You don’t have anybody touching
you or running up and grabbing you.”
Call said inviting the public to the campus could help remove the stigma associated with mental illness. “We want people to see that it’s not something you would avoid. We care about our
patients and our patients care about us,” Call said.
Travel through the Haunted Grove will be via $5 hay rides, with a kiddie run at 6 p.m. and,
Broadhead said there is no need to stop for supper prior to coming as the Kreepy Kafe’ will be
open, offering lots of food. T-shirts will be on sale for $12 . Dorothy’s Emerald City will be
available for children 10 and under who are accompanied by someone 16 or older. The Emerald
City will feature face painting, tattoos, and playtime with non-scary characters.
JenniFer ForKer
Associated Press
If you’re thinking of making this year’s Halloween costume yourself, you can stick with simple or go Hollywood
pro. Neither has to take much time or money, and either
can create a convincing costume, whether you’re looking
to draw guffaws, shrieks or admiring nods.
Brenda K.B. Anderson, who builds creatures and costumes for the touring “Sesame Street Live” show at VEE
Corp. in Minneapolis, says some of the same theories she
uses there also apply to making Halloween costumes. A
good costume blurs the line between reality and fantasy,
she says; even simple subterfuge, such as donning a wig
or wearing thick-rimmed glasses, can suffice.
“When people can’t see what you really look like beneath the makeup, hair and clothes, you are much more
believable,” said Anderson, author of “Beastly Crochet”
(Interweave, 2013).
For instance, she suggests padding a costume — such
as around the middle for a clown or bear — to disguise
your own shape and make it more authentic.
Start pulling your costume together by visiting a thrift
shop, Anderson advises.
“Thrift stores are kind of a gold mine for the beginnings
of Halloween costumes,” she said. “For very little money
you can get a whole bridal gown — something that looks
more authentic.”
AP Photo
Kim Conner, of Burlington, Vt., writes about thrifty
Burlingcraftiness at her “seven thirty three” blog.
“I try to utilize things that I have, and what I have to buy ton, Vt., marketing director and mother of three,
is inexpensive,” said Conner.
For instance, her simple pig costume: Felt ears attached designed this mermaid
to a pink headband, a plastic bottle cap wrapped in felt and costume for her daughter
topped with a pink button to resemble a pig’s snout. Her — and it’s a frequent
mermaid costume, a little more complicated, involves repin on the Pinterest
photo-sharing website.
An added challenge is trying to keep her children warm Details for how to make
on Halloween night without having to cover up with coats. the costume are at ConSome tricks: Incorporate a hat, wig, hooded cloak or long
gloves into the costume. On bare arms, wear nylons. Legs ner’s blog, seven thirty
stay warm in thick-cotton stockings, leggings or tall boots. three.
The editors at Real Simple magazine also focus on
scrounging around the house for supplies, such as brown paper bags and cereal boxes, or
buying the bare minimum to fashion costumes for kids and adults. For a flapper, for instance,
attach horizontal rows of fringed pink Post-it notes with red metallic tape to cover a simple
dress; glue two mini cupcake liners, with gold-dot stickers in
their centers, as flower decorations.
“It’s tailored toward having fun with the kids and getting
them into it,” said Krissy Tiglias, deputy editor of Real Simple’s website, which offers more than 50 costume ideas.
Many of the magazine’s adult costumes can be assembled
moments before a Halloween party. The outfit often hinges on
a pun. For example, wear a white chef’s hat and apron, and
carry an iron (real or toy) to be an “iron chef.”
The creative types at Martha Stewart Living have turned out
another Halloween Special Issue magazine full of costumes,
some of which can be had in a flash: Glue blue and green craftstore feathers and a beak cut from yellow paper to green plastic
glasses and wear a matching boa. Presto! You’re a parrot.
What’s really enchanting in the magazine this year? The
plethora of faux lashes, contact lenses, lip appliques and grueAP Photo some tattoos — evidence that Hollywood’s professional
makeup secrets at long last can be ours.
This snake charmer
“Special-effects makeup is really making its way into the
costume can be put
marketplace. We wanted to show people what they could get
together with elabothemselves,” said Marcie McGoldrick, editorial director of holrate lashes, green
iday and crafts for Martha Stewart Living.
snake-eye contacts
These items aren’t cheap — the featured snake-eye contact
and temporary lip tat- lenses cost $70 — and require planning ahead.
But the effect can be haunting.
For example, the “snake charmer” costume includes contact
lenses, faux lashes, snakeskin-patterned lip tattoos, ample eyeliner and a rubber snake worn
around the neck like a choker.
Other makeup effects include 3D scars and the latest in tattoos that mimic bruises, cuts
and scars — all easy to apply, McGoldrick said.
She recommends buying one or two items, such as $10 Latex elf ears or a big wig, to
add “that little extra bit” to a homemade costume.
The October issue of Martha Stewart Living includes instructions on making temporary
tattoos and offers spooky clip art — spiders, vultures, skulls and owls — designed by tattoo
artist Stephanie Tamez of Brooklyn, N.Y.