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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/12/12

Friday, October 12, 2012

TEN COOL HALLOWEEN CAKES!!


Top 10 Favorite Halloween Cakes


   Let’s take a look at a few of the freakiest, loveliest cakes we’ve spied around the web.

10. Black Spider Wedding Cake





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9. Zombie Fingers Cake





zombie fingers cake

8. Jack-o-Lantern Cake





jack-o-lantern cake

7. Vampire Bat Cake





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6. Bloody Eyeballs Cake





bloody eyeballs cake

5. Mad Scientist Cake





mad scientist cake

4. Cockroach Cake





cockroach cake
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3. Zombie Cake





zombie cake



2. Kitty Litter Cake





kitty litter cake


1. Bleeding Heart (and all the other organs, too) Cake




organs cake

DIY FAUX BARBED WIRE!

   This diy was found at www.stolloween.com  I thought this was a pretty cool diy  and also pretty easy to make.  No haunt is complete without some barbed wire.




This is a very easy way to make some convincing rusted looking barbed wire to enhance your props or costume and the best part is that it’s safe and inexpensive.

This prop does not involve the use of a papier mache (gasp!) but it does make a nice enhancement to your papier mache props.

The Faux Barbed Wire is made from twine, craft foam and black latex paint.





When starting this project I referenced a piece of real barbed wire and found that the barbs were approximately five inches apart.











The first step is to grab a piece of twine that is twice as long as you would like final piece of wire.

If you want 10 feet of barbed wire then start with 20 feet of twine.

Any type of thick twine will work but I prefer to use polypropylene because it holds together and doesn’t shed fibers.








Take your piece of twine and tie the two loose ends together then start tying loose knots at five inch intervals until you have placed knots along the entire length.










Next the barbs are created using a sheet of craft foam.

Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut thin strips of foam, the thickness of the strips will be the thickness of the faux metal barbs.

Cut the strips into two inch sections, these sections are longer than what is needed but extra length makes them easier to handle.











Take two of the foam strips and place them through the center of the loose knot, make sure they are centered within the knot then tighten.








When the twine is tightened the foam strips will be bend creating a convincing looking barb.

Trim the barbs to the desired length, remember to cut each end on a 45 degree angle to create a sharp looking point.









Once all the barbs are in place and trimmed the entire length of wire is dipped in flat black exterior latex paint.









Using a pair of rubber or plastic gloves remove the wire from the paint, use one hand to “squeeze” the excess paint from the twine.

The length of wire will need to be stretched taunt for drying, I attached one end to a hook in a tree and placed the other end over a stake placed in the ground.

Twist the twine several times before pulling it tight to give a convincing barbed wire illusion.

After the black latex paint has dried, the entire length of wire was dry brushed with a mixture of brown and red acrylic paint to give a rusted appearance.








Now you have a section of faux barbed wire that is easy to make and best of all safe and convincing.







KIDS COSTUMES FOR 2012!!





   Gone are the days when you could throw a sheet over your head and call it a Halloween costume. Halloween is serious business. Retailers expect Americans to spend about $8 billion on the day, according to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGinsight. 
   Of course, part of the fun of the holiday is coming up with a creative Halloween costume. About $1.1 billion will be spent on children’s costumes this year. 
   For kids, there will be plenty of the traditional costumes: princesses, super heroes, witches and pirates. But even these popular themes are subject to interpretation. 
   We’ve taken a look at what the trendiest costumes are for kids this year. Click ahead to find out what they are, some may surprise you.













Fuzzy Owl Costume



   Forget the ill-fitting vinyl costumes. These days, the selection of adorable baby and toddler costumes seems endless, so it will likely be a tough call when it comes time to select a costume for Halloween.



















Baby Prisoner


   After trick or treating, it will be back to the pen for this guy. That is, unless, the warden gives the kid a break for good behavior, so maybe it'll be the play pen.















Jake and the Neverland Pirates

   Pirates are a popular theme and typically rank within the top 10 each year. 
   Fans of Disney’s (DIS) “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” may want to check out the costumes for Jake and Izzy that are new this year. Accessories, sold separately, include a soft sword and a treasure-chest-shaped treat pail.















Super Heroes


   This is expected to be a big year for super hero costumes. Halloween retailers expect both boys and girls to hop on board the trend. 
   According to the National Retail Federation’s survey, Batman will be the second-most popular costume (behind princesses), followed by Spiderman in third. But Halloween costume retailers said the release of Marvel’s Avengers has given new life to sales of super heroes that had tended to be less popular in years past. 
   They expect sales of Hulk costumes to rise significantly. Iron Man and Captain America also have new fans. 
   Costume manufacturers continue to broaden the array of choices of style. The super hero costumes pictured here are from Jakks Pacific’s Disguise unit and have soft muscles and soft accessories, which are popular with little kids. 
   According to Cheryl Kerzner, vice president of design and marketing at Disguise, young kids tend to wear their Halloween costumes long after the holiday has come and gone. These costumes don’t have hard pieces that could pose a problem if a child wanted to wear the costume to bed at night.














Ninja


   Although ninja costumes don’t rank among the NRF’s 10 most popular costumes of the year, retailers say they are gaining in popularity. This ninja warrior is ready for battle. The six-piece set includes a mask, tunic, hooded chest piece, belt, pants and sword.















Monster High – Rochelle Goyle


   Monster High costumes were a big seller last Halloween, and they’re back. Their popularity should only grow with the addition of new characters to the line. Pictured here is the Rochelle Goyle costume, which is available at Spirit Halloween.

















Skylanders - Spyro


   Costume retailers expect to see the continued popularity of characters based on videogames and apps. Plenty of characters from “Angry Birds,” “Mario Brothers” and “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be knocking on the door, looking for candy. 
   This year, they will likely be joined by characters from the popular Activision (ATVI)game “Skylanders.” The videogame has been a bright spot amid slumping game series. Pictured here is Spyro, the magical dragon.














Panda & Tigress


   Costumes like the panda and tigress, pictured here, are expected to be popular with teens. They are easy to wear to parties and demonstrate how manufacturers are beginning to design costumes that wear more like apparel than the flimsy costumes of the past.
















Hunger Games


   With the huge popularity of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, expect to see lots of teens dressed as Katniss Everdeen and other characters from the series.














Gnome on a Mushroom


   Grown-ups aren’t the only ones looking for some humor in their costumes this year. According to Karen van Ert, chief marketing officer of Buy Seasons, shoppers are looking for costumes that will make you laugh. “Gnomes are very popular this year,” she said.














Katy Perry Candy Girl


    Katy Perry costumes were popular last year, but some were not that appropriate for Perry’s younger fans. This “Candy Girl” costume, new this year at BuyCostumes.com, should hit the spot.
















Galaxy Princess


   There is no end to the many variations on the “princess” costume. No wonder it remains the most popular children’s costume for Halloween. Girls looking to put a different twist on the idea may want to consider this “Galaxy Princess” costume. 
   The costume may be a bit out of this world, but it’s not off trend. Neon colors in costumes are hot this year.