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CNN just launched a project called CNN Celebrates http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn-celebrates

They are going to celebrate a bunch of big events coming up this year and Halloween is first up! They are after photos and videos of the coolest, weirdest and spookiest Halloween costumes and decorations to showcase on CNN. They are using their user generated platform CNN iReport to do it so people can easily upload the best photos and videos they have taken: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/856991

The best ones will be featured on CNN.com and some will be shown on TV as well.

Posted on October 26th, 2012 in
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Zombie Eye

A hilarious self-help guide, Zombie Eye for the Living Guy offers expert advice for achieving the zombie lifestyle without the fatal commitment

It’s time to face the facts: the Zombie apocalypse is now and the undead are shambling among us. They’re gruesome, they’re hungry—and they’re bloody sexy with their brain-ravenous charm and a Keith Richards-like stagger.

For expert advice on how to cultivate the look, attitude and lifestyle of the undead, Zombie Eye for a Living Guy: Look Undead, Cook Undead. Dress Undead & Live Undead (Marion Street Press, October 2012) by J.M. Hewitt, with photos by Alexander Colby, explores the myth of the zombie sex appeal, investigating what makes these tattered, single-minded creatures so alluring. Written by an actual “zombie whisperer,” the book’s advice promises to release the average guy’s inner undead in one week, teaching him how to dress, groom, exercise, eat, date, decorate and shamble just like a real zombie. Acknowledging that one’s family may not understand the repulsive diet, tattered clothes or foul odors, these pointers contend that such sacrifices for popularity and seductiveness are all part of the program. Makeup tips, horrifically delicious recipes and practical lessons to be learned from zombie “life” all pair with striking photographs for an outrageous self-help guide just in time for Halloween.

Whether going through an experimental phase, blending in after the apocalypse or seeking out a killer Halloween costume, Zombie Eye for the Living Guy contains the essentials for acquiring that debonair, decomposing chic and mystique.

About the author:

J.M. Hewitt has published short fiction featuring horror and fantasy themes in a host of online outlets, including The Harrow and Velvet Mafia. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Alexander Colby is a photographer, a writer, and an editor for popular media, lifestyle, technology, and culture publications. He is a contributor to Guyshop.com, Movieline.com, Penthouse magazine, NewYorkCool.com, and Fangoria magazine. He covers male interest subjects for leading men’s magazines and menswear for online retail distribution. He is also a hairdresser and makeup artist. He lives in Astoria, New York.

Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in
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Posted on October 17th, 2012 in
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Extreme Hollywood Horror Make-Up and Gruesome Special Effects
Take Center Stage in Workshop Demonstrations as Universal Studios Hollywood
Slathers on the Gore in Preparation for ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’
Taking Place Select Nights from September 21 to October 31

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Universal City, California, September 6, 2012—The artistry that transforms mere mortals into the most frightening creatures imaginable was revealed today at Universal Studios Hollywood, as extreme Hollywood horror make-up masterminds offered a sneak peek at this year’s bone-chilling “Halloween Horror Nights” event, which takes place on select nights from September 21 to October 31, 2012.

Extreme Hollywood horror make-up artist Larry Bones and his innovative special effects team partnered with “Halloween Horror Nights” Creative Director, John Murdy, to demonstrate how many highly dramatic, morbidly disturbing creatures will come to life during the event.

As the skilled professionals created the illusions of severed heads, oozing wounds and slashed throats, an additional team of experts showcased other effects employed to craft the many scare-actors featured throughout “Halloween Horror Nights.” Costume designers were on hand to distress and customize wardrobe, wig makers teased and twisted locks, and a graphic artist adeptly illustrated original “Halloween Horror Nights” concept art.

The extreme Hollywood horror make-up showcase helped set the stage for the September 21 launch of this year’s thrilling “Halloween Horror Nights” event. For more information and to purchase tickets, including options for Front of Line tickets that enables priority access at each maze and theme park attraction, and special Killer Deal Nights tickets to save up to $25, guests can visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures. Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a new “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with incomparable spellbinding and spine-chilling haunted attractions.

AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series will have a significant presence during “Halloween Horror Nights” when the critically-acclaimed hit takes center stage in a riveting new maze, “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside.” It will also headline the event’s signature backlot experience, “Terror Tram: Invaded by The Walking Dead” featuring hordes of roving, flesh-eating zombie “walkers.”

Other haunted attractions will include “Welcome to Silent Hill,” based on the popular video games and film franchise; “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D,” a new 3D maze inspired by the legendary shock rocker’s classic concept album; a reimagined experience, “La Llorona: Cazadora de Niños,” based on the terrifying Mexican and Latin American legend that has terrified children for centuries; “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is The Law,” maze based on filmmaker Tobe Hooper’s notoriously unsettling 1974 horror film classic; and the “Universal Monsters Remix,” walk-through attraction featuring Universal’s legendary horror monsters of yesteryear, re-defined for the 21st century along with the pulse-pounding sounds of dance and electronic-fusion music.

The ever-popular “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” will also add to the dynamic “Halloween Horror Nights” event, joining such theme park’s favorites as “Transformers™: The Ride –3D,” “Jurassic Park® In the Dark,” “The Simpsons RideTM” and “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride.”

Details on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood” and on Instagram @HorrorNightsHollywood or #UniversalHHN. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter at: Twitter.com/HorrorNights, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. “Halloween Horror Nights” maze announcement videos can be seen at Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.

“Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, September 21, 2012 and continues on select nights through Wednesday, October 31. Event dates are: September 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.

Posted on September 16th, 2012 in
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5 Halloween Urban Myths (That Just Aren’t True)
Fear – that’s what Halloween is all about. Ghosts and ghouls. Zombies and vampires. Poisoned candy. Hang on a minute – when did that become your worst trick-or-treating nightmare? Trick-or-treating is supposed to be fun, with a little bit of monster-under-the-bed type scary thrown in. It’s supposed to be a time when nothing in this world (or the next) can stop your child from getting as much sugar in them as inhumanly possible. When did you turn into the paranoid parent who screens your kid’s candy hoard like a TSA agent screens passengers on a flight to New York?

Before you start donning latex gloves to pat-down gummy bears, you might wonder what fuels your fear. Was it that email you got the other week about Al Qaeda’s plot to poison the nation’s candy reserves? Or how about that story you heard from your friend at work, who has it on good authority from his friend’s cousin’s mother’s aunt (twice removed) that Satanists run rampant in your neighborhood and are intent on performing child sacrifices?

Urban myths, like any good lie, contain just enough truth in them to be plausible. Here are a few urban legends you can tick off your nightmare list so you can get a good night’s sleep and worry about more important things, like how you are going to make that princess costume using only contact paper and cotton wool:

  1. The poisoned candy myth. It’s easy to understand how this one got started, but there’s no evidence that a stranger has ever handed out poisoned candy to random children at Halloween. That’s not to say despicable people don’t use trick-or-treating as a diversion to poison their nearest and dearest. The cyanide-laden Pixy Stix tend to stay in the family.
  2. The razor blade in the apple myth. This has actually happened before, but is rare and usually an unthinking teenage prank rather than a vicious plan to kill your child. In fact, nobody has ever died from needle- or razorblade-infused food (to date, the worst injury has required a few stitches). So although it isn’t likely that you’re going to bite into something sharp, you might want to wash any fruit you bring home before eating. Nothing like a dose of E.coli to ruin your Halloween.
  3. The blue star tattoo myth. This is an email perennial, warning of local drug-dealers handing out LSD-infused temporary tattoos, shaped as (you guessed it) blue stars, to grade-schoolers. Seems rather charitable of junkies to give away their drug profits to school children, but anything goes at Halloween.
  4. The strawberry Pop Rocks myth. Keeping with the drug theme, this myth started and spread via email back in 2007. The story goes that another group of kind-hearted drug-dealers are out there handing strawberry-flavored meth to your kids in the schoolyard. And if your innocent gets tired of strawberry, they can always try peanut butter or chocolate-flavored meth instead. Mmmm, peanut butter and strawberry meth-flavored sandwiches, anyone?
  5. The satanic rites myth. There is absolutely no evidence that your child is likely to be abducted, molested, sacrificed to Satan in a wild naked bloodlust ritual, or otherwise tampered with on Halloween more than any other day of the year. And the same goes for your pet cat (black or any other color). In fact, if you talk to any self-respecting Satanist they will tell you they often take Halloween off, since it’s obviously for amateurs.

Really scary things
So what should you be scared of at Halloween – apart from the obvious threat of the zombie apocalypse? One word: traffic. “More kids are hit by cars while trick-or-treating than any other time of the year,” said New Jersey personal injury attorney Richard Console. “Although poisoned candy makes for good evening news teasers, the real danger is in kids crossing streets without checking for traffic, or drivers not watching closely enough for children darting out into the street.”
To protect yourself (and your child), Console suggests:

  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing/costumes. Black is ghoulish, but it’s also hard for drivers to see.
  • Carry around flashlights or glow sticks for added visibility.
  • Make sure costumes are of the appropriate length, to avoid tripping and falling.
  • Decorative contact lenses can look cool, but they can also damage your eyes. Avoid the “one size fits all” lenses found at costume stores and get a prescription set from your optometrist. Buying decorative lenses any other way is both dangerous and illegal.

Being injured is no laughing matter, whether caused by a distracted motorist or by tripping over a Jack O’Lantern, so be careful this Halloween. Have fun, and worry more about speeding vehicles than roving Satanists.

Posted on October 30th, 2011 in
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Spirited Halloween Cupcakes
Bake these delectable chocolate cupcakes for a special Halloween treat.

For more Halloween recipes, go to www.halloweenrecipes.org

Posted on October 28th, 2011 in
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