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PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT TRICK-OR-TREATING

PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT TRICK-OR-TREATING…TWO SIBLING CHICKS, ONE GREAT HALLOWEEN DEBATE

Halloween, children's books, Peep and Egg, trick-or-treating, candy, costumes, Laura Gehl Peep can’t wait for Halloween to start, but the younger Egg has a long list of reasons to wish it would not. In a scene familiar to many families, the prospect of trick-or-treating conjures costumes and candy for some, while others are haunted by thoughts of vampires, mummies, witches and ghosts, real or imagined. Peep and Egg, two delightful sibling characters introduced this spring in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, return in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating, a hilarious, endearing new read-aloud book for young children that may help take the fright right out of Halloween. With a first book that was called, “delightful and right on target,” by Kirkus, and “spot-on” by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, Author Laura Gehl and Illustrator Joyce Wan have created books that gently offer a way to help children discuss fears. Laura Gehl, who has been doing a lot of school talks to preschool and early elementary students, explained the appeal this way: “Kids can relate to Peep and Egg, and they open up and talk to me about their fears.  These range from the fantastical for younger children–like monsters, dinosaurs, and exploding jellyfish; to more realistic fears for older kids, such as fear of strangers, injury or fire. There’s a lot of overlap, including many fears that I hear again and again, such as fear of thunder, spiders, sharks, or moving to a new home. “We then talk about what helps us have the courage to move past our fears. Sometimes kids offer something imaginary, like unicorns, but they also talk about how friends and family can help – or even a beloved stuffed animal. “The fears that come up at school visits are often ones I recognize from raising my own four children, who had all kinds of fears, some of which surprised me at the time with their intensity. It helped when I came to the realization that early childhood can be a very scary time because so much is new and unfamiliar. That’s why, when I talk with adults, I ask them to think about experiences that are new to them – like skydiving or swimming with sharks. Once put that way, it’s easier to understand how the world can look to a young child for whom almost everything is new. “Our next book will be Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath,” which addresses one of the most common childhood fears.  We hope that giggling through Egg’s list of excuses…too splashy, too fishy, too slobbery…and watching the way clever Peep changes stubborn Egg’s mind, will help take some of the stress out of bath time for little ones.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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Author: Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of several picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Laura has four children, who all love trick or treating. She and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at www.lauragehl.com. ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:  Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. Joyce lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at www.wanart.com. Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by: Joyce Wan • Ages 2-6 • Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux • ISBN: 978-0374301224 • $16.99 Hardcover

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

 

It’s Not Your “Grandma’s” Pumpkin Anymore

by Amy Lignor

 

As times move forward, technology expands. However, so does the imagination. No, I’m not talking about a new cell phone or animatronic device that creates pumpkins; I’m talking about some seriously cool ways to carve pumpkins that are popping up all over the internet. Unique, awesome, colorful – people across the U.S. have used their imaginations during the 21st century to create some of the most stunning pumpkins you will definitely want to place on your holiday table, or outside on the doorstep, so those tick-o’-treaters coming to your door will be downright amazed.

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Image: Hallmark

 

You’ve seen them on commercials; you use them every day on your computers and cellphones; and NOW you can make your pumpkins look just like them. Introducing, the Emoji Carved Pumpkins. Oh yes…they wink, they smirk, you can even make their eyes into little hearts and allow that candle inside the pumpkin to beam your love for the holiday all over town. (Check out the Bespoke Bride video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fnku-nkgwk. It is super-cute!)

 

You will fall in love with this one when you see it. It also, unfortunately, will make you want to run to burger King ASAP. Fight that sudden craving, but run right out and get yourself a pumpkin in order to add this decoration to the house. Called the Original Hamburger Pumpkin, this is nothing short of delicious-looking. (http://theoriginalhamburger.com/2012/10/25/diy-hamburger-pumpkin/)

 

While doing this research, the Diorama Carved Pumpkin appeared on the “best of the best” list. You can use real pumpkins or even plastic pumpkins and props. Either way, these are some of the coolest pumpkin ideas you’ll ever see. And if you choose to go with plastic, just think…you’ll be able to store them and re-use them year after ‘scary’ year. (Check them out at: http://www.eatknitanddiy.com/2013/10/diy-halloween-diorama/)

 

Now THIS one is not only chic, but it also comes in handy. Just think about opening that door to the witch or the warlock standing outside and handing out your candy from the Candy Jar Carved Pumpkin. This one is pure style, folks. (http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/10/pumpkin-carving-ideas.html)

 

Something beautiful on the scariest of all evenings? Easy to do when you decide to carve this Starry Night Pumpkin. Vintage, classic – all you need are some carving skills and you will be taking and posting pics of this one all night long. (http://homeologymodernvintage.com/starry-night-pumpkin-luminary/)

 

Head to the beloved and famous Hallmark, because the company that always has the perfect card for every occasion also has some of the perfect ideas for pumpkin carving. The very best idea discovered during all this research is Hallmark’s Carriage Pumpkin. Using paint, glitter, candy, as well as a big pumpkin so that Cinderella is comfortable while she heads to the ball, your kids will be enthralled with this one. Another on their list of ideas comes in the form of a “Gruesome Twosome.” This is a mummy bride and groom that with some cute little props, you can create a couple who stays together until they…well, rot. All I can say about these unique pumpkins is: “All Hail, Hallmark!” Cards are not the only things these people do really, really well. (http://ideas.hallmark.com/articles/halloween-ideas/pumpkin-carving-ideas/)

 

Want a creepy forest to decorate the lawn? Then sit down and carve the Scary Forest Pumpkin from HGTV. If you’re really a master chef and own those carving skills, make it even more elite with a few forest creatures running through the scene. (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/pumpkin-carving-ideas-pictures?s=2&%3fsoc=pinterest)

 

And if you don’t happen to own carving skills, like me, who can barely cut a straight line, there is a pumpkin project for you that both you and your kids would absolutely love to add to your Halloween decorations. “How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins” at www.hgtv.com/…/handmade/how-to-make-black-cat-pumpkins gives you complete information and directions on how to create kitty cats without having to carve a single thing. The perfect arts and crafts project, all you need is some black exterior paint, markers, glue, construction paper – all the little things that you already most likely have sitting around the house. All you need is the pumpkin!

 

We all know without pumpkins, Halloween just isn’t Halloween. So head to these sites (or research more, because there are a whole bunch of ideas out there) and light up the night. You’ll have those eerie ghosts and goblins cracking a smile at the enchanted spectacle you make!

 

 

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Image: Eat Knit and DDIY

Source:  Baret News

Tyler Perry Back in Drag for Another Madcap Adventure

 

http://brattleborolocalnews.comBoo! A Madea Halloween

Film Review by Kam Williams

Tyler Perry Back in Drag for Another Madcap Adventure

No one has ever accused Tyler Perry of being short on ideas. After all, the prolific writer/director has been the brains behind a profusion of plays, movies and television shows.  But he would be the first to admit that he was not the source of inspiration for Boo! A Madea Halloween, the ninth in the Madea series revolving around the sassy, sermonizing granny.

Rather, the idea originated with Chris Rock, who featured a fake poster for a film with the identical title in his 2014 comedy Top Five. Because the joke went viral, Tyler decided why not get back in drag and make a movie to meet the demand generated by the buzz.

But Boo! definitely has a different feel from the previous Madea movies in that it is less your typical Tyler Perry morality play than a rudderless, kitchen sink comedy seizing on any excuse for a laugh. For, the Madea found here is no longer that Bible-thumping role model reliably interfering on behalf of an underdog in distress. Yes, one minute, she’s might be promoting old-fashioned values. However, there she is in the next scene exposing her breasts to lecherous frat boys.

The film does feature a rudimentary plot revolving around Madea’s 17 year-old grand-niece, Tiffany (Diamond White). Note that the premise is established at the point of departure and promptly abandoned. It’s Halloween, and the headstrong high schooler and her girlfriends hope to attend an “epic” party being thrown at Upsilon Theta frat house.

Since her divorced father (also played by Perry) will be otherwise occupied, it falls to Madea to babysit Tiffany, to make sure the rebellious teen never leaves the house. Made arrives with an entourage of amusing misfits, including marijuana-addicted Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis), marble-mouthed Hattie (Patrice Lovely), and old fool Uncle Joe (also played by Perry).

Soon, silly Halloween-themed one-liners, non sequiturs, slapstick and sight gags start flowing at a fast and furious rate that will undoubtedly be appreciated by the target, African-American audience. Yet, many of the punchlines are just as likely to be lost on those unable to decipher the often-inscrutable ebonics-laden exchanges.

Brace yourself for the specter of self-righteous Madea serving up street justice to clowns, collegiates, ghosts and goblins!

Good (2 stars)

Rated PG-13 for drug use, suggestive content, profanity, ethnic slurs, scary images and mature themes

Running time: 103 minutes

Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Source:  Baret News

The Business of “Fear” Brings in $8 Billion a Year

 

The Business of “Fear” Brings in $8 Billion a Year

by Amy Lignor

 

There are aspects of Halloween everyone knows about. From the scary boogeyman to the haunted houses set up in cities and counties from sea to shining sea, the world certainly
understands that the “frightening” is also the “entertaining” when it comes to All Hallows Eve. What most may not know, however, is the fact that Halloween is a billion (yes, BILLION) dollar industry. People are more than happy to spend their money on a “macabre” experience, and because of this, there are many companies getting in on the action.

 

Halloween, big bucks, entertainment, The Horror Dome, HauntWorld, Room Escape Adventures, Business of FearThe beloved TV show, “Shark Tank,” actually made one of their biggest deals ever with a company that’s all about Halloween (Ten Thirty One Productions). Mark Cuban, one of the popular sharks, decided to invest two million dollars for a 10% stake, making the company’s valuation twenty million dollars. This Halloween-themed live entertainment company’s mission was to stage the best and most unforgettably frightening haunted hay rides imaginable. Starting in Los Angeles, the company has expanded to other parts of the country, including NYC. For between thirty to fifty-five dollars per ticket, depending on the customer’s choice of hay ride, visitors enter a world that literally is scary as all get out.

 

For some people, a “hay ride” on the scary side would not exactly fall into a business worth twenty million dollars. But Ten Thirty One has gone on to prove that twenty million may just be a pittance considering what they’re bringing in now. They have expanded into other events and are looking into expanding into other holidays; however, Halloween is still their foundation. A foundation that is solid, yet makes others shake to their very core.

 

And this is not the only entrepreneur who is taking advantage of that love of fear that apparently lurks in the soul of a whole lot of people. There are even small companies and businesses that are striving to take a bite of that $8 billion dollar industry. From setting up scary attractions to selling costumes to online adventures, there are new names on the Halloween horizon that are just starting to grab press.

 

Try, Room Escape Adventures. This company offers visitors one hour to escape from a room where a zombie, who is more than starving, just happens to be chained to a wall. A buzzer goes off every five minutes while you’re in there and, with the buzzer, the chain shackling the zombie is released another foot from the wall. While you stand in fear hoping to get out before that chain comes free, you must take the clues given and solve a puzzle in order to escape and avoid becoming dinner for the undead.

 

HauntWorld is the largest global database for all Halloween resources and activities. With a website and a magazine, HauntWorld offers members of the haunted house industry a place where they can get together, talk and share their ideas when it comes to what’s “in” each and every Halloween.

 

The Horror Dome is all about providing props, masks, and animatronics in this here 21st century for any attractions that are looking for something horrifying; as well as simple homeowners who really like to spend money in the month of October to make their house the scariest and coolest one on the block.

 

There is even a landmark in NYC called Halloween Adventure. Operating year-round, this store is all about costumes, and not only Halloween enthusiasts love the place. And when it comes to actual scary empires, for twenty years SpookyWorld (a company that owns the very popular Nightmare New England) operates all different types of attractions in the state of New Hampshire.

 

Although St. Nick and his team of reindeer still hold on to first place with families when it comes to everyone’s “favorite” holiday, the spooky spirits are definitely gaining ground on the happy guy in the red suit.

 

Fear has become an entertaining way to make a whole lot of money for entrepreneurs. Makes sense when you think about it. After all, the type of fear they’re selling doesn’t hurt anyone…as opposed to what’s happening in real life.

Source:  Baret News

An All Hallows Eve in ‘Green’

An All Hallows Eve in ‘Green’

~ Samantha Lewis

 

All Hallows Eve…

The night to scare and be scared by things that go bump in the night. Of course, on October 31st, we all want to have safety and fun for our kids and ourselves. This time around, however, we can also keep our thoughts on having a safe Halloween for the planet, itself. How, you ask? Well…it’s called imagination. Just as it is with the 40+ million kids’ plastic costumes that are bought in order for the spooks and ghouls to look their very best, there are also other things that negatively impact the world around us on Halloween. We can each do our part to stop that from happening, with everyone cutting the waste and working to make sure our homes and neighborhoods are not filled to the brim with plastic wrappers, old costumes, or non-recyclable decorations that truly do have frightening impacts on our environment.

9ea6eefe54258e95be9e934e39204f8bSo what would be the main idea for having a ‘green’ Halloween? Yup. It’s the costumes. Whether it be kids or adults, there are a gazillion of these prepackaged items in every store known to mankind at this time of year. Unfortunately, 95% of these costumes are made from non-recyclable plastic, as well as wrapped up in the same. BUT, you don’t have to be a magnificent seamstress in order to make a seriously killer costumer; make…not buy. In fact, you can most likely do it better than the costumers because you’ll be able to dress it up and reuse the items when Halloween says ‘so long’ until next year.

 

You can paint your own face with your regular make-up at home; you can use real gel and skip the toxic glitters and dyes and chemicals that could do harm to your skin and hair. If you don’t have them sitting on your countertop, look for the organic cosmetics, or head straight to the world of Google (something that used to be a scary proposition), and find all the recipes for healthy ways to dress up and accessorize.

 

Yes, true…zombies are ‘in’. A lot like it was with the blood-sucking vamps a few years back – ‘The Walking Dead’ has made sure that a ton of well…walking dead, will be around your neighborhood on Halloween this year. Let’s just hope they don’t stumble across your new flower beds, or scare the dog into having to go to therapy the next day. But you can make your own fake blood and gore, guys and gals. Use food colorings; use grape jelly (yuck), but don’t use all these products that have been shown to be harmful to your skin.

 

What to carry your goodies in? Well, no offense, but if you’re a zombie…why a Milky Way bar? (Not exactly your dietary favorite) Any who…777db76812cd94f1106b4d3eca98b726the trick-or–treat packaging, from plastic pumpkins to plastic bags, end up clogging the alleys, the garbage cans, and cause a whole dump of waste on this planet every year. SO…make it yourself. You know very well there is a closet in your home that has canvas bags, shopping bags, even pillowcases that are not used anymore because Mom decided to change ‘colors’ in the bedroom and no longer wants the ‘old’ pillowcases. Take one and…imagination time! Decorate! If you want the gore, then the pillowcase can be decorated with a head. (Yuck). If you are going for sweet, take a pink pillowcase and draw the ultimate castle to go with your Cinderella scheme.

 

Candy, candy – that’s what it’s all about, right? The one night even the adults don’t have to feel guilty. But when it comes to individually-wrapped candies, try to make sure to buy in bulk. On the packaging you will note the bio-degradable methods used. And, I know this may cause a frown on some chocolate-lovers’ faces BUT, there are many out there who give out gifts that can actually be used. Fun toys, books, crayons – things that your kid will have fun with far longer than with a piece of candy.

 

Decorating the lawn is a whole lot of fun; I even used to have one woman in my town who made her own haunted house…from the zombie wreath on the door to the spider webs of fabric, panty hose and trash bags that, with the right lighting, looked very much like they were about to take a bite out of you. Again, imagination… Eco-friendly decorations are the way to go. Using arts and crafts, ‘green’ fabrics, glass ornaments – think BIG! THINK SCARY! and it will totally work. You’ll be the one house in the neighborhood that everyone wants to go to, (or everyone cowers with fear because of). Your choice, of course.

 

In the end, have fun. Have a scary, undead ball this year…and make sure you do your part to help out the world around you!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Original Source:  Baret News Wire