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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/08/12

Monday, October 8, 2012

TOP HALLOWEEN PARADES IN THE UNITED STATES!!








  The Autumn season brings with it the cool air, pumpkins, the color changing in the leaves and most of all the fun! Who can resist a fun fall festival or parade. Below are some fall parades that will be going on in the U.S. Have fun.











The Village Halloween Parade In Manhattan, New York

    With 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, The Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is said to be the most outrageous and most colorful Halloween parties in the United States. This parade has everything you would think a Halloween parade would have. Everything from huge paper-mâché puppets, jugglers, stilt walkers and break dancers and one of the hugest crowd of onlookers possible leading up in the millions. The parade takes place on October 31st at 7pm in Greenwich Village, along 6th Ave from Spring Street to 22nd Street.











New Orleans Halloween Parade ~ Krewe of Boo


    The Krewe of Boo in New Orleans is a Voodoo themed Halloween Parade that happens in the French Quarter. Come see a cast of scary creatures along with the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau that will highlight the New Orleans' Krewe of Boo. The parade pays homage to the history and culture of New Orleans Unlike carnival parades, this one is a fund raiser for the city's first emergency responders, especially those who served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The parade is on October 30th, at 6pm, starting at Elysian Fields and Decatur and down to Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard.












Toms River Halloween Parade

    Toms River New Jersey is having their 73rd Toms River Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the Toms River Fire Dept. Toms River claims this to be the 2nd largest Halloween parade in the US with everything from simple masks to full blown fire-breathing floats.
   With some 6,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, it is sure to be a wild evening. The parade takes place on October 30th at 7pm.










The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade

    The Anaheim Ca. Halloween parade takes place in Downtown Anaheim on October 30th. They are in their 74th year and they don't plan to slow down. This festival will have everything from a pancake breakfast, games, to costume contests and of course the Halloween parade. The fun starts at 11am and goes until 5pm. The parade will be at noon and will start at Harbor Blvd.












Salem Mass. Haunted Happenings


    How complete would Halloween be to visit Salem Massachusetts. Salem is full of haunting history, and every year starting in October through to Halloween night there are several events, festivals and parades that go on in this city. Some of the haunting events that are fun for kids and adults are:
    Fright Nights at the Witches Cottage, Tricks, Treats and Treasures, Spirit ways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village, Spirits of the Gables, Legacy of the Hanging Judge, Halloween Extravaganza at Vic's Boathouse, Ghost & Legends Trolley Tour and so much more.

DIY MORPHING GHOST PICTURE WITH LCD FRAME!

   This diy comes from www.davelowe.blogspot.com .  Just like the pics at Disneyland when you walk down the hall to get to your doom buggy.  Very cool effect.




Morphing Ghost Picture with LCD Photo Frame






Let the Halloween Projects begin! As a Christmas gift, I got a PANDIGITAL 6" LCD digital photo frame. I just got around to using it. It has a slide show feature dissolving from photo to photo and is easy to upload pictures directly from the computer. I experimented with it and now has become a new, favorite Halloween prop creating HAUNTED MANSIONesque morphing portraits.






I scanned a old family photo of my great, great Grandparents. Using the clone tool in Photoshop, I made a second version with their heads and hands gone. This size frame forgives some sloppy Photoshop being a small window (3"x 5 1/4").






That's it! I just uploaded them. There is a 5 second delay between PICS but the result is great and has so many possibilities. Here's a video of the effect...









I also drew my own rotting old man portrait and it also worked well. Again, I only did a before and after. I was impatient to see it work right away, but I'm planning to do one with numerous stages of slow decay which should be fun to see happen over a longer period (ala Dorian Gray).





Here's a video of this one...




 




The glass, matte and frame are removable but odd dimensions so it's not easy to switch out quickly with something more theme appropriate. Until I can really customize perfectly, I aged the matte with a wash of coffee and dry brushed the frame with dark brown acrylic.

The frame also has it's own remote control and you can upload MP3's to it. Your portraits can have their own theme music (or creepy voice?). It lends itself to a lot of ideas. I'm going to buy more of these frames by October. Especially a larger 15". I can imagine a spooky collection along the fireplace mantle come Halloween!

HALLOWEEN SUPERSTITIONS AND FOLKLORE REVEALED



 



Superstitions abound around the Halloween holiday.  And why wouldn't they?  It's that time of the year again, where the dead rise and the spirits abound.  Or at least that's what alot of people believe.  Many people have very strong beliefs involving this holiday and the days around it.









 Every one knows that black cats are supposed to be bad luck, especially if they cross your path.  Years ago it was thought that black cats are supposed to be bad luck, especially if they cross your path.  Years ago it was thought that black cats were actually the devil, or at least filled with evil spirits.
   For unmarried girls, there were many ways to find out about your future husband.  On Halloween night, if you keep a rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under your pillow, supposedly you will dream about your future husband.  For a better glimpse of your future, a girl must carry a broken egg in a glass, take it to a spring of water, and mix some of that water into the egg.  She will then see her future husband and her future children.  Or she can just bring a lamp on Halloween night to a spring of water and see a reflection in it of her future husband.






 




Want to frighten the ghosts and spirits away?  All you need to do is ring a bell.  Or you can bury animal bones all over your front yard.  Easier yet, just set a picture of an animal as close as possible to your doorway to keep the evil spirits away.  To get rid of all evil, it was said all you needed to do was to walk around your house three times backward, before the sun sets on Halloween night.
   A "dumb supper" is an old term meaning that nobody talks while having supper.  For those that WANT the spirits around, try this old folklore, as it is said it encourages the undead to come to the table.  Bats are very much associated with Halloween now for these reasons.  If a bat flies into your house on Halloween, there's a good chance a ghost or spirit let it in, and that they are near.  Some people believed that if bats come out early on Halloween night, then the weather is going to be good.  But if a bat flies about your home on Halloween three times, then death is coming.












   Owls are another flying creature sometimes thought to be spooky.  Supposedly they swoop down on Halloween to eat at the souls of the dying.  To prevent this from happening, all you need to do is turn your pocket inside out and leave it hanging.
   Don't turn around if you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night, as it may be the dead following you.  If you do happen to look back, you may join them very quickly.
   Want to see a witch in the sky on Halloween night?  Just throw your clothes on inside out and backwards, and you might.  Common misconceptions of witches is that they are evil and associated with the devil.
   If you catch yourself watching a spider on Halloween, you may just be peering at the spirit of a deceased loved one who is watching over YOU!!