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The Halloween Parade 2007

Ok so Halloween has come and gone…and this year I really tried to get out and enjoy myself more than ever. I had a mini Halloween party, because my boyfriend’s sister, Betsy, was in town, then we headed to the Halloween Parade – in my humble opinion one of New York’s finest holiday parades. I dressed as a Socialist Revolutionary, complete with 9 o’clock shadow…here’s how I accomplished it…easy as pie!

Betsy happened to have had her hair cut while she was in town, 15 inches – all of which she donated to locks of love. Before we sent it out to them, I trimmed off some hair and cut it up into tiny pieces, and spread it out on small plate.

I made a mixture of Elmer’s Glue (totally non-toxic) and water, and used a tiny paintbrush to cover everywhere I wanted hair. Then using my finger, I pressed the tiny hairs into the sticky parts of my face. This variety of facial hair usually self-destructs a few hours in to your event, but it is easy to run to the bathroom and rinse it off. Spirit gum, the stuff people usually use to stick on facial hair, works great, but when it is time to take it off you need some heavy-duty solvents. Not ideal for kids, those with more sensitive skins, or those women hoping to get a kiss before the end of the party … Anyway, here is a picture of us, Stephen was dressed as an Exterminator, exterminated with terrifying irony by the critters he made a career of killing, and Betsy came as the night sky complete with all of the major constellations on her dress, and a pouch full of home-made horoscopes.

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The Exterminator, The Night Sky & The Revolutionary

The parade was amazing – tons of fantastic costumes, lots of Elvis’s, a few Edward Scissorshands, A Count Chocula or two, a mob of zombies, and endless others. The floats were so amazingly creepy too. Here are some of the folks that hit the streets after the big parade:

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Halloween Characters

Here are some of the things I had around the house. A little late for you guys to pull this off at home, but I figured it might be good to keep on file for next year. I know there are a few die-hard Halloween fans out there like me.

I stocked up on black crows from the party shop (on super discount now that Halloween is over). I always try to pick up the ones that are the most realistic. I put them everywhere, peering over the top of a tall piece of furniture, in bookshelves, on tables. They are really creepy as little still-lives under glass display domes, like bewitched specimens.

I also love to string fake cobwebs over mirrors. Fantastic, but sometimes a little tricky to remove – so make sure you don’t wrap too much around a really ornate frame.

I really freaked Stephen out by freezing little plastic bugs into the ice cubes, and using them chill the Halloween-y drinks – and he’s usually a big bug person. My absolute favorites are the really realistic plastic flies and water bugs…super creepy. Heck, this is great to freak ‘em out any time of the year. Maybe some flies frozen into cubes at the backyard barbeque this summer?

I also had my hands full this Halloween creating creepy craft videos for the Better Homes and Gardens.com website. www.better.tv and click on Holidays, you should see some of my videos there.

What did you guys do for Halloween? I would love to hear your spook-tacular stories!


5 Responses to “The Halloween Parade 2007”

  1. Cassie Kamradt says:

    for halloween, i went to a haunted house, although i kinda forgot what the name of it was. me, my best friend ashley and my sister went together. when we got there, my sister almost chickened out, but, she went in with us. so when we got in, there was this guy waiting for us in the doorway for us to pay. he was dressed as the grudge, and the funny thing was that we had just watched that movie the night before and ashley freaked out and said that she wasn’t going in. so me and my sister had to drag her in. there was this one man who was chasing us with a running chainsaw in his hands. ashley, me and my sister were all shrieking and running. by the time we got to the end, i practically had an athsma attack. now i don’t have it really bad, but i needed my inhaler. so when we got to the car, my cell phone rang and it said unknown. so i answered it and this weird freaky, scratchy voice goes “Heyy, is this Cassie?” i got so freaked out that i didn’t even hang up, then i heard laughing in the background and my other friend austin, was laughing and i yelled at him and told him that we had just gotten out of a haunted house and then i hung up. pretty interesting halloween i guess. thank god i haven’t had any nightmares yet,
    an adoring fan,
    Cassie Kamradt

  2. Tina Stafford says:

    I would love the complete recipe for the ones used for halloween on the rachael ray show. One had something to do with eyeballs and fingers in a container that had a smoke like effect coming from it. I would greatly appreciate it.

  3. Evette says:

    Hi Tina,

    Here is what I did for the eyeballs. I bought a can of lychees, (you can usually find these in the asian food section of your local grocery store) then I pushed black olives into the holes in the lychees. For the kid fingers I used canned vienna sausages.

    The glowing water that they were floating in was water with the wick of a flourescent highlighter soaking in it. Once all of the dye leaves the wick the water becomes flourescent under the blacklight. Very creepy!

    Then I topped it off with a small piece of dry ice so that the concoction would bubble and fog up. If you do use the dry ice, make sure that you wear gloves. You won’t want your own frozen fingers floating in the goo!

    After the segment I realized that I could have made the eyes with blueberries or Maraschino cherries and then they would have been totally sweet and edible.

    I think these things are so fun and creepy. They can really make an appearance any time of year!

    Evette

  4. Evette says:

    Hey Cassie!

    You are much braver than I am…That movie the Grudge was so scary, between the Ring and that movie I get chills whenever I see someone with super long, straight, brown hair…especially if they are wearing a hospital gown, surrounded by pooling water.

    A running chainsaw too? This haunted house seems way intense! That would have probably been too terrifying for me. The last haunted house I went to, I screamed so much that I lost my voice for days…no joke.

    It sounds like you had a blast though…did you get dressed up at all?

    Oh, also, normally I don’t advocate revenge, but you should make sure that you get Austin back next year…

    Evette

  5. Cassie says:

    ya we got dressed up and everything
    and i am totally getting back at him next year!!
    xo cassie xo

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