Halloween Forevermore 2016 Halloween Photo Contest Winners!

There were many great entries, and it was a very tough contest this year. Here are your winner:

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.
Beetlejuice Family
Beetlejuice Family

Second through fifth place:

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

2nd place:

Lil Mummies
Lil Mummies

3rd place:

 

 

The Dynamite Gang
The Dynamite Gang

4th place:

Floppy Eared bat
Floppy Eared bat

5th place:

Old Man Skater
Old Man Skater

Congratulations to the winners! We will be contacting them today and arranging for their prize packages to be delivered!

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.

Check out these great entries:

 

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!

Raising Halloween at ScareLA!

From the ScareLA website:

elvira HFMThis August 6 & 7th, join thousands of Halloween fans, vendors, and scare industry masterminds and creep through our 100,000+ sq.ft. showfloor at the Pasadena Convention Center!

Founded in 2013, ScareLA™  is the first convention dedicated to Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, we celebrate the scare season traditions by giving Halloween an early start every summer.

This year we are thrilled to team up with none other but The Queen of Halloween, Elvira, and open a show bigger and better than ever before!

ntscarela copyHalloween Forevermore will be appearing at booth #834 this year! Managing editor and horror author Terry M. West will appear both days and he will be offering a ScareLA limited edition of his hot horror novel Night Things: Dracula versus Frankenstein! Limited to 50 copies, we expect this one to disappear fast! Also, we will be premiering 4 brand new wax warmer styles: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, the Werewolf and a special Day of the Dead version of our popular Undertaker! These are not currently for sale and we only have a small supply, so come by booth #834 and grab them quickly!

 

cthfront_lifestyleWe will also be offering our exclusive Cthulhu statue for pre-order!

ScareLA is an absolute blast! There will be a ton of vendors and horror/Halloween celebrities! Not to mention that the event is hosted by the queen of Halloween herself, Elvira! Check out the ScareLA website and YouTube channel. If you are in the area, drop by and tell us Trick or Treat!

Check out this gallery featuring pics of our new wax warmers:

Super Simple Pumpkin Soup

Super-Simple Pumpkin Soup

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

 

halloweenpumpkinSurmount the challenge of feeding your monsters before Tricks-and-Treats this Halloween by preparing this super-simple pumpkin soup.

 

To create, you need:

 

6 cups chicken stock

1 can pumpkin puree

1 medium onion, fine chopped or minced

1 ½ Tablespoon butter

1 clove minced garlic (approximately 1 teaspoon)

Salt, white pepper, and nutmeg to taste

1 cup heavy whipping cream

For garnish, if desired, add a dollop of sour cream, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley and thyme.

 

Mince onion and sauté in butter in the bottom of a stock or crock pot. Add other ingredients except whipping cream and garnish items. If added to a crock pot, cook on high for 4 hours. If using a stock pot, cook on low heat until warmed through (about 45 minutes.) Stir in cream. Cook an additional 5 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, baked pumpkin seeds, and/or a sprinkling of herbs.

Paired with a loaf of crusty bread, this creamy soup warms your band before they march into the night.

You can spice the soup up a bit by adding a dash or two of powdered red pepper.

Bone appetite!

Halloween 2015 Photo Contest WINNERS!

It was very, very difficult narrowing down the top five entries. We made a short list of our favorites and took all of your comments into account in making our final decision:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

A complete set of Halloween Forevermore wax warmers (all eight styles), a Halloween Forevermore t-shirt and 1 pack of our Monster Melts

Mama Freddy & Freddy Jr. (submitted by Shannon Stevens)
Mama Freddy & Freddy Jr. (submitted by Shannon Stevens)

2nd to 5th Place!

 One Halloween Forevermore wax warmer of your choice and a Halloween Forevermore t-shirt

Addams Family (submitted by Toni Bisio Szulc)
Addams Family (submitted by Toni Bisio Szulc)
Chucky, Freddy, the Shining Twins and Carrie (submitted by Jody)
Chucky, Freddy, the Shining Twins and Carrie (submitted by Jody)
Zombie Horde (submitted by Lisa Hicks)
Zombie Horde (submitted by Lisa Hicks)
Voodoo Witch Doctors (submitted by Ashley Fisher)
Voodoo Witch Doctors (submitted by Ashley Fisher)

We will be contacting the winners in the next day or two for mailing addresses! Thanks to everyone who entered and commented! It was one hell of a turnout and we will do it again next Halloween!

Halloween Decorations: Jack O’the Mantel

halloween kiss

halloween recycleTo reinforce my kindergartner’s recycling and re-purposing lessons, I devised a simple Halloween art project. I patterned the project after holiday-themed jars sparking with tiny, festive lights, using as inspiration twinkle-lighted jars given to me by my husband.

My son and I decided on a smiling Jack O’lantern to grace our mantel.

Although many options presented themselves, including painting or pasting tissue to the container, we alighted on a simple solution.

First, we cleaned an emptied plastic mayonnaise jar, soaked off the label, and set it aside for later in the project.

halloween craftNext, we used safety scissors to cut simple shapes from black construction paper to use as eyes, a nose, and a smile.  We glued the shapes on the jar, making a face of triangular eyes, a smaller triangular nose, and a crescent mouth.

Inside the jar we stuffed sparkling orange material and couched within a battery-powered light.

In all, the charming effect pleased us. We had recycled and created an addition to our decorating repertoire.halloween mantel

Movie Review: Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)

Halloween2-2009There are a few very good reasons why John Carpenter’s Halloween has made such an impact even three and a half decades later:  The music, the mask, and the mute.   No other film’s soundtrack is as recognizable or sets the mood as much as the one Carpenter himself composed for his swan song, Halloween.  The subtleness of Michael Myer’s plain mask helps create a spook factor that has been replicated over and over since.  Mix in a merciless, homicidal madman who never utters a word sporting said mask, and you get this emotionless enigma that can’t be reasoned with.  If you’re in his line of sight, you’re dead.  Plain and simple.  No matter how fast you run, Michael can walk faster.

Rob Zombie took that enigmatic nature of Michael Myers that we all know and very much love and pinched a big steaming loaf on it.  I tolerated his remake of the original Halloween.  I was curious, and I’ll admit there was an interesting back story.  But I never saw any reason for him to do a second, and after witnessing the pile of garbage that is Zombie’s Halloween 2, I understand it even less now.  After sitting through it I felt like I needed to watch Carpenter’s Halloween 1 and 2 back to back while taking a long shower with a toothbrush planted firmly in mouth.  It left a bad taste and ruined an image I’ve had since I was 12.

Where I come from, Michael Myers was a 6-foot tall human Godzilla that destroyed anything in his way—doors, windows, glass, and of course… humans.

Rob Zombie tried adding a more humanistic side to Michael Myers with grunting, being maskless half the movie (and looking suspiciously like Zombie himself), and even giving us a single word in English at the end.  Part of what brings people back to watching the Halloween franchise is wondering if we’ll ever seen Michael’s face (excluding the very dark glimpse of him in the original Halloween) or witness some type of emotion.  We’re waiting for it, but we never really want it.  Like the sexual tension between two characters in a TV series.  You want Jim and Pam to hook up, but when it happens the excitement is gone.  It was a mistake.

Halloween 2 pic 1Zombie also destroyed the image of Dr. Loomis—the lovable doctor that did everything he could to help Michael and everyone around him, dedicating his entire life to the monitoring and treatment of Michael, all the while reminding us time and time again that Michael Myers was pure evil.  In Zombie’s Halloween 2 remake, Dr. Loomis is nothing but a greedy-eyed, selfish monster himself with no real regard for anything but a bigger paycheck and a girl in his bed.

In my opinion, Zombie isn’t a horrible filmmaker, though I think he misses the mark several times with all but maybe The Devil’s Rejects.  You can tell the man has a great artistic eye, but he also likes to trash up his movies to where even the hardcore audiences wonder where he’s coming from.  I believe he feels he’s bringing some unique element to something that doesn’t need it and instead distracts the audience from a potentially decent film.

I think one day Zombie may just get a homerun with one of his films.  But I’d really like to see him stay clear of tainting any other franchise that so many hold dear.