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Avoid a Halloween Epic Fail Costume

If you have an invitation to a Halloween party or you are just thinking about creative costumes for Halloween, here is some great advice regardless of age. 

1.       Avoid awkward construction. If you have to apologize every time you take a step in the costume, you are in for a miserable night. If you can’t see where you are going, used a whole role of duct tape or tin foil, and/or loads of cardboard, chances are your costume has crossed the line into “awkwardville.”

2.       Don’t do costumes that are grossly inappropriate. Here’s a clue - kids/babies dressed as terrorists, or infamous characters such as Hitler or Osama Bin Laden – a big NO.  

3.       If you can’t pull off sexy any day of the week, don’t do sexy.  For most, sexy at Halloween means less costume, and in our opinion, less is less.

4.       Just say no to stereotype put-downs.  If you suit up in a stereotypical slam that offends any number of people, you will end the day feeling dirtier than you have ever felt before. FAIL – you just sucked the joy out of a perfectly wonderful holiday.

Looking for appropriate themes for your Halloween costume? Here are some idea starters for inspiration:  

1.       Things you love. Try food or drink. Years ago six friends dressed up as a six pack of Heineken in green clothes and hats that were fashioned to duplicate the neck and cap of the bottle.

2.       Famous people you admire. Little kid dressed as Justin Beiber, ohhh so cute!  Dressing as senior citizen Justin Bieber, hilarious!

3.       Political topics over political figures. If you can find a way to create a smart lampoon of a topic, rather than a public figure, you are going to be on higher ground.  A couple could dress appropriately for the label 1% and 99% to poke at the Occupy Movement.

4.       Look to current icons that are in the news. What would you do with I Phone 5? Or, the Facebook IPO? We’re picturing hoards of kids in tattered hoodies, shower sandals and tube socks.

At Cravings Gourmet Popcorn we wish you a safe and fun Halloween. Share your costume pictures or confess your past epic Halloween costume fail. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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Ideas for Pumpkin Carving…WWMD? Planning to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? If you would like more than the triangles for eyes/nose and rectangles for the gap-toothed jack-o-lantern smile, it might just be time to ask yourself…WWMD.  Indeed, what would Martha Stewart do?  Fear not, the maven of all holiday gatherings has assembled nearly 50 great ideas, plus pumpkin carving patterns in downloadable templates, to sharpen your pumpkin carving.  Even if you are not a Martha fan, there are some great resources here.

Go ahead and design your own jack-o-lantern but be sure to use the latest is safe carving tools. The carving kits that are available at nearly every store that has a Halloween display can make your carving experience a lot easier and much safer. 

Take a cue from Martha and draw out your design on paper so you can take advantage of the existing assets presented by your pumpkin and safely transfer your design by poking the cut lines through the paper right onto your pumpkin. 

Pumpkin carving can be both fun and frustrating. If you have younger children that want to be part of the process, yet are not ready for the challenges and safety risks, be sure to create an age appropriate opportunity to involve your children.  Who else would relish the idea of scooping out the pumpkin guts? If you have a very complex carving in mind you might do well to tackle the job in phases or involve the children in the early stages and then keep the completed carving as a “surprise reveal” after they return from a task (like raking leaves) or an outing to purchase a costume. 

Happy Halloween from Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, share the product of your carving with a picture. We’d love to see your handiwork.

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.

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