Halloween 2016 Photo Contest!

hfm2016-photoHalloween is our favorite day of the year and we want to see how you celebrated this year! We are having a contest for the best photo of Halloween 2016. Photos can be of a costume, house decoration, the haunted house in your garage, etc… Snap some pictures and send them our way for a chance to win some awesome prize packages. The best submissions will be posted in a photo gallery on this page. You can help us decide the winners by commenting below to let us know which ones you like best and why.

Email entries to: info@halloweenforevermore.com

Top five prizes are:

First prize:

A set of our classic creatures wax warmers: Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Zombie and the Werewolf; a Halloween Forevermore t-shirt and 1 pack of our Monster Melts.

Second through fifth place:

One Halloween Forevermore wax warmer of your choice and a pack of our Monster Melts.

Check out the prizes in our store:

https://www.halloweenforevermore.com/shop/

We will begin accepting submissions on November 1st and the deadline will be November 15th (midnight PST). Winner announced after Thanksgiving! If you are submitting a photo which includes a minor, please write telling us that you are the parent/guardian and that we have permission to post the photo. By entering the contest, you give consent to Halloween Forevermore, our parent company and our subsidiaries to repost the picture for entertainment and publicity across any media without limitation. Contest open to USA residents only.

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Witchcrafts: Pumpkin Spice Balm and Candles

wc2Autumn brings all things Pumpkin Spice. It is an obsession for many here in the United States, this pumpkin and the heady warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. To add to the mania, I present this DIY recipe for homemade Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm. The pumpkin gives it a natural tint, and the spices add the necessary seasonal scent. What better way to keep lips kissable during shortening days swirling with gem-bright leaves and haunting nights?

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tablespoons of bees wax pellets

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

Optional: 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

½ teaspoon fine ground pumpkin spice

¾ teaspoon pumpkin puree

 

wc3Set a small pyrex container in a pot filled with 2-3 cups of water. Melt bees wax and coconut oil in this “double boiler.” Once melted, add vitamin E if desired. Stir in pumpkin puree and spices until evenly dispersed. Carefully pour mixture into small lip balm containers or cleaned and used EOS container.

 

The final product is nourishing, tastes yummy, and smells divine.

My son and I recycled some cardboard tubes (from T.P. and paper towels) and bought inexpensive battery operated tea lights to create safe and striking candles. To create them, we hot-glued the tea lights to the top of the tube, “flame” side up. I allowed the hot glue to drip over the outside of the cardboard tube, giving the appearance of melted wax.

The color of your tempera paint and coordinating glitter can be dictated by your decorating theme. My son used black tempera paint to cover the entire tube, the dried hot glue, and the plastic cap of the tea light, avoiding the actual flame. While the paint was still wet, he sprinkled it with black glitter to give that additionally magical look.

The only drawback to this project is the tea light is secured at the top of the tube, which makes turning the candles off and on a bit of a challenge. To do so, we used a barbeque skewer to flip the switch since our hands wouldn’t fit inside the tube.

Arranged together, the faux candles make a striking display.

Witchcrafts: Ghost Foot Prints

gfpFor my annual pumpkin carving party, I needed a super-fast and fun Halloween craft. I bought some 5” X 7” black archival board, dipped the bottom of my kid-guests’ feet in white paint, careful to be certain to coat their toes, and pressed the paper to the black paper. I then had the kids press their thumbs into black paint and press their thumbprint to the center of their heels to make an ominously open mouth. Two index fingers placed above the thumbprints became eyes. I allowed the pages to dry and then placed them in inexpensive frames as party favors. The kids’ parents loved the resultant artwork as much as I enjoyed helping the kids make them.

 

To make:

 

  1. Brush white paint over cute little feet.

  2. Press wet painted foot to dark colored, acid-free matting, board, or paper.

  3. Wipe off the little feet. (They often want to run about, after all, and unless you relish some ghostly footie prints on your carpeting, it is best to attend to this step as soon as an acceptable print is acquired.)

  4. Set aside and allow to dry. (If you did not use much paint, this step will not take long.)

  5. Once footprint is dried, press the little haunter’s thumb into black paint to make a nose. Use the index finger to make eyes.

  6. Allow to dry.

  7. Don’t forget to sign and date the print, either front or back as you prefer.

  8. Frame and add to your Halloween decorating.

Happy haunting!

Movie Review: Young Frankenstein (1974)

young-frankenstein-1Our local Cinemark offered a big-screen viewing of 1974’s comedic horror classic “Young Frankenstein” featuring an introduction with the still-amusing and surprisingly spry Mel Brooks. Mr. Brooks took viewers on a tour of the movie studio’s back lot, showing sights such as the brain depository door, complete with brain-in-slot and a fabulous mural of the film. He shared the origin of the story, which was star Gene Wilder’s idea. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks co-wrote the script. Mr. Brooks pitched a gorgeous coffee-table book with glossy photos from the filming of “Young Frankenstein,” suggesting those who purchase a copy not actually drink their coffee atop the book itself.

 

Fox distributed the movie which filled the screen with black and white delight, introducing Gene Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a scientific-minded neuroscientist and professor who, though the grandson of the famous Victor Frankenstein, disavowed any interest in his infamous ancestor’s work. He changed the pronunciation of his name to further distance himself from any unpleasant association with this “cuckoo” relation. When Frederick Frankenstein discovers he inherited the ancestral property in Transylvania, his life changes. He leaves his professorship and socialite fiance, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) for the long journey to his ancestral homeland.

young-frankenstein-2There he meets Igor, brilliantly portrayed by the incomparable Marty Feldman, who consistently broke the “third wall” to address the audience directly in characteristic Brooks-style. Igor, complete with moving hump and lazy ways, offers his services, just as Igor’s relative acted as Victor Frankenstein’s lab assistant. Cloris Leachman plays the stern Frau Blucker whose very name inspires horses to scream. She harbors a secret love for the deceased Doctor and desires the successful completion of his life’s work. Teri Garr plays Inga, an enthusiastic lab assistant and eventual love interest. A haunting melody and a read through Victor’s private book “How I Did It” (featuring paraphrased excerpt from Mary Shelley’s famous work about the modern Prometheus) lead Victor and Igor to grave robbery, a trip to the brain depository, and a dusting off of the old laboratory. Peter Boyle played the hulking, reanimated monster who befriends a flower-picking little girl and a blind man (Gene Hackman).

 

Suspecting nefarious happenings and monster-making, the villagers, led by Inspector Kemp (Kenneth Mars), rise up with flames, chains, and pitchforks. Unaware of the complications, Elizabeth stops by for a platonic visit with her fiance, but she falls victim to the monster’s amorous attentions. Chases, a little soft shoe, the “sweet mystery of life,” and a brain-swap later, and the movie concludes with a happy wrap-up.

 

young-frankenstein-3Brooks rented and used props from the original 1931 Frankenstein movie from Kenneth Strickfaden for $5. In previous Frankenstein productions, Mr. Strickfaden’s set contributions were not acknowledged, and Mel Brooks made certain to mention him in the credits. Sentimental nods to the old movies pepper the scenes. Brooks used nostalgic opening credits, musical scores by John Morris, and fading transitions. He insisted the movie be filmed in black and white, losing a deal with Columbia by this insistence. He hired Gerald Hirschfeld, relying on Hirschfeld’s artistic expertise, and for love of the production, the cast worked for scale wages. Although Mel Brooks did not act in the movie, he did provide “voice” for a werewolf, Victor Frankenstein, and a shrieking cat.

 

“Young Frankenstein” was a critical and box office success. It garnered awards and award nominations as well as acclaim. The lasting appeal of this film allow it to appear on such lists as “Total Film Magazine’s” List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time, Bravo TV’s List of the 100 Funniest Movies, and The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Funniest American Movies. The US National Film Preservation Board selected it for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2003.

 

Mel Brooks adapted the story for stage. Its run on Broadway from November, 2007 until January 2009 earned Tony and Emmy Award nominations.

During his conversation about the film, Mel Brooks admitted it was the finest of the films he wrote and directed. Gene Wilder said it was the favorite movie he created.