Jack-O-Lantern Inspiration and Tips

Make the most of your Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween with Pumpkin Masters Kits. Pumpkin Masters has a variety of decorating kits fit for every skill level. This brand’s supplies are geared towards children, jack-o-lantern novices, and the veterans of the art. I received four kits and two lights to test out and tell readers about.

Carving saws are not meant to last forever or even for more than a few jack-o-lanterns. If you plan on having a carving party, invest in multiple saws as well as kitchen knives to make sure there are not only enough for everyone, but that you have replacements for when they inevitably break.

Kid carving kit

The Kids Carving Kit includes a saw with an easy grip handle and a different type of blade to reduce injuries. It should be held like a pencil and perpendicular to the pumpkins surface to resist breaking.

The Kids Carving Kit incorporates simple designs and easy to use tools. Children can trace their chosen design with a crayon on the pumpkin’s outer shell. Before their creation is ready for lighting up, children can choose from four pairs of eyes to add mystique to their jack-o-lantern.

If you’re ashamed of your ability to carve out a triangle shaped piece out of an orange gourd, the Decorating Punches Pumpkin Tool Kit is made for you! A book of patterns included in the kit provides easy designs to transfer to a pumpkin’s surface.

Holey pumpkin

 A Yayoi Kusama inspired masterpiece in the works.

Align the punch tool with the design and push through the surface. The two different punch tool s minimize the time it takes to cut through the shell manually and guarantees a clean shape. The punch tools allow for two different sized circles or petal shapes.

The traditional Pumpkin Carving Kit includes saws, a drill, a scooper, and a pounce wheel. The pounce wheel transfers patterns by rolling across the lines of the design and creating impressions on the pumpkin’s shell. The included patterns indicate how challenging the designs as well as how to properly carve out the design to prevent breaking.

Prolong the life of your pumpkin handiwork with a carved design. There is no need to carve out any insides, so don’t expect any pumpkin seeds from this creation.

The Surface Carving Kit includes twelve patterns and three interchangeable tips for so many possibilities. Depending on the design you select and the time you carve, your pumpkin can double as fall decorations. I chose a pretty leaf pattern, which will not become irrelevant come November 1st.


I received two LED Xtreme Strobe Flashing lights. These are the coolest pumpkin lights I’ve seen! I wish I had them as a kid. The flashing lights add a spooky flair or a dance party vibe depending on what design they are lighting up.

The Xtreme Strobe Flashing LED Lights are safer than candles and are easy to transfer to different pumpkins. (My group of carvers tried them in a few different lanterns to check out how they turned out.) No need to worry about running back to the store – batteries are included so they are ready to go as soon as they are out of the packaging!


Happy Carving!

Don’t forget to take pictures of your jack-o-lantern! Pumpkin Masters hosts an easy to enter Pumpkin Carving Contest. Find rules and how to enter here.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Last-minute Halloween costume ideasIn the teen-comedy Mean Girls, Cady Heron, the character said it best, “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” In that case, your friend’s Halloween party is your runway to strut in the sexiest costume possible. Sexy school girl. Sexy Nemo. Sexy Snickers Bar. Sexy hotdog. Whether you’re checking out your slutty – sexy – options at your party store’s Halloween section, shopping sexy lingerie online or looking at pieces that you already have in your own closet, Halloween is the time of year to be sexy, to reveal more leg, to show more skin.

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Hot Celebrity Halloween Costumes to Consider

Trick or TreatWhat better inspiration is there for Halloween costumes than Hollywood? Celebrity Halloween costumes are always present in parties. Perhaps the most popular of these are pop culture figures and newsmakers.

Lady Gaga Halloween

What’s Halloween without her little monsters following suit? Lady Gaga has inspired a slew of crazy outfits, and we’re pretty much loving them. The fame monster is perhaps one of those who should take credit for making Hollywood more interesting without the tabloid arrest warrants and mugshots. You can also dress up as Lady Gaga herself, creating a Lady Gaga Halloween costume complete with her crazy outfits and accessories.

Candy CornBaby, baby

A Justin Bieber Halloween costume might poke a little fun at the men out there. The hair, the bling, the blonde frills, the sneakers, and the jackets — they’re popular among pre-teen and teenage boys! If you have one at home, then this costume is perhaps the easiest one to create from scratch since all you need are probably in his closet. Now for the hair…

Katy Perry Halloween Costume

Katy Perry costumes are, next to Lady Gaga’s, one of the most recognizable ones in the current decade. You’ll recognize them from the music videos you see on television. Don’t forget to put on the push-up bras and the cones! If you look at images to help you create your Katy Perry costume, you will find dark hair, mega cleavage, and a retro / vintage style all her own.

Broadway Costumes

Moulin Rouge costumes and Chicago flapper dresses and trench coats are always fancy. Don’t limit yourself to these. There’s Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Cats, and the list goes on and on. You might not win the Tony, but you’ll be one of the more interesting costumes at the party.

Costumes from Movies and Series

Both the silver screen and the boob tube have recognizable characters. There’s the cast from Glee, That 70’s show, Grease, and Mary Poppins. Throw in some Kardashian sisters, Jersey Shore, or maybe the Osbournes while you’re at it.

Old Hollywood Costumes

Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Shirley Temple, Audrey Hepburn… These are celebrities of the golden era of Hollywood, and they’re iconic figures in history. The post-war era will need you to get all dolled up, the 1920’s will have you wearing flapper dresses, and the 60’s will make you don color blocks and sheaths. Every era in Tinseltown has a corresponding trend, so you might just find it fun to search through history and find what pleases you most.

There are plenty of costumes for you to try on this coming Halloween. Make sure to put on your best makeup with all the glitter, or even blood and gore, if you prefer!


Pumpkin Inspired Cocktails

Enjoy these Pumpkin Inspired Cocktail Recipes!Pumpkins are a fall staple. They are used for decorations, desserts, and drinks. Why not add a new twist to your fall celebrations by adding pumpkin flavored cocktails?!

Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect times to add pumpkin to your plate. Some people just can’t get enough of the stuff. Add some festive flavor to your liquor cabinet this season and impress your guests with these pumpkin cocktails.

I was lucky to receive Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka to try out an assortment of these recipes. Pinnacle® offers more than 30 fun flavored vodkas featuring many dessert and fruit flavors. This particular flavor is offered for a limited time only from now through December.

You don’t have to be a fan of pumpkin pie in order to enjoy this spirit. Enjoy on the rocks, a shot, or as a part of one of these lovely cocktails.

Pumpkin Pie Ale

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Ginger Ale

Build over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Thanksgiving Cider

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Apple Cider

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka

Halloween Brew

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

2 parts Fresh Orange Juice

1 part Cranberry Juice

Serve chilled in a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Fall Berry Pie Infusion

1 part Pinnacle® Pumpkin Pie Vodka

3 parts Cranberry Juice

Splash Club Soda

Build in order over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Visit www.pinnaclevodka.com to check out the other great flavors Pinnacle has to offer as well as additional recipes. If you aren’t sure where you can purchase any, use the product locator to find a store near you or order online.

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Celebrating Halloween in Vegas or Bringing a Las Vegas Halloween Theme to Your Home

Skeleton MaskLas Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City, is a land of lights, money, gambling, fancy shows, and glittered parties. If, by any chance, you would be stopping over at the city this Halloween, there are plenty of things for you. A word of caution, though; a Halloween in Vegas is one spectacular evening for adults.

There’s the Trick-or-Treat Pub Crawl where you get to whet your eager taste buds. Then, crawl next door, from Monte Carlo to Mandalay Bay and get spooked at the Frightdome at Circus Circus. If that’s not your thing, head out to the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Hard Rock Café.

Barfing Jack-O-LanternIf you’re looking to go all out and have nightmares, visit Eli Roth’s multilevel Goretorium. The director of the horror-thriller flick Hostel will surely get your creep on. For a lighter scare, zombies will be parading in the Las Vegas Halloween Parade near the Fremont Street Experience. Sounds like zombies are having the time of their lives in pop culture, eh?

Oh and by the way, word has it that Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses are performing on Hallow’s eve — now that’s something you don’t want to miss.

If you want to bring the Las Vegas Halloween scene to your home, you can start by decorating the place with plenty of lights, glitter, and shimmer. You can also create miniature versions of the grand hotels and casinos and place them around the venue. Have a mini casino, a bar, and even a boxing ring. These are what Vegas is known for. You can have a mini chapel, too, for those who want to get “married” in Vegas. Now this is for one grand Halloween party.

Thinking of starting small? Stick to the lights and the red carpet, and let everyone come in their best Vegas costume. Vegas showgirls, casino personnel, blackjacks, and of course, what’s Vegas without the occasional Elvis? Then, play some Guns N’ Roses at the venue because, since they’re playing on Halloween eve, you’d still feel like you’re in the concert. Well, somehow.

For fun activities, have a mini faux boxing match between two willing individuals and have the winner take a makeshift trophy. Of course, you have got to have a bartender and a DJ on hand so that when things get a little too dragging, you can always turn on the music.

So how about that? Are you ready to spook things up this Hallow’s eve?


Halloween Costume Ideas for Plus Size Women

Pumpkin PatchSome women might find Halloween costumes intimidating because it shows skin and, well, a whole lot of curves. But hey, what’s a little sexy without skin exposure, right? Nevertheless, there are many Halloween costume ideas for plus size women. You just need to know how to work it with a costume that accentuates your best features. Take the following ideas for flattering costumes for fuller figures.

Size Matters

Wanna go daring and do a Princess Leia in a bikini tip? Do not go for sizes that are too small for you, so you are on the safe side in avoiding wardrobe malfunctions and spill-overs. If you want to create an ample chest or cleavage, don’t get a smaller top. Get a push-up bra. Ill-fitting clothing is not just uncomfortable — it also makes you look like you’re trying too hard.

Only expose strategic places

Jack-O-LanternsYou may have cleavage to amp up your confidence, but go easy on the neckline. Make sure your chest is tastefully exposed. A few inches of cleavage is often the best way to do it. Likewise, fully covered costumes are just as sexy. Think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill or Kate Beckinsale in Underworld. Sexy without too much skin, right? In fact these are slimming Halloween costumes.

Think creative while considering your figure

Getting a Halloween costume does not necessarily mean looking fabulously sexy. There are costumes that will fit your figure perfectly. A va va voom ensemble may be as simple as a French maid or little Bo Peep. It’s how you’ll morph into character that will make your costume a lot more interesting than how it looks. Maybe that would be one reason for you to be a little more sociable, right?

Splurge on corsettes

Corsettes are specially made to create a desirable waist and an hourglass figure. You can go for costumes like those found in Moulin Rouge or Vegas themed parties. Make sure to wear stockings or leggings to make your thighs and legs shapelier!

A lady can look good for Halloween no matter what shape or size she is. This proves she has the confidence to strut her stuff without being overly tacky. A well-fitting costume not only enhances her curves, but it also makes her look and feel good — isn’t that what we all want?


Fancy Dress Ideas for Halloween and Costume Parties

Jack-O-LanternWe’re halfway through October, and Halloween is less than two weeks away! Do you have any ideas what you’re going to wear to office Halloween parties or masquerades with your friends? Halloween parties, just like any other party, come in different levels of formality. Fancy dress ideas for Halloween and costume parties are popular choices for those who love to dress up, especially for parties with ultra formal dress codes such as masquerade balls or cocktail parties.

Period Costumes

One fancy dress idea for a costume is going for a specific period in history. Renaissance, Medieval, and Saloon clothing give you a variety to choose from. Bodices, corsets, full skirts, drop waists, and togas are some of the choices you have. Just think about which decade or era you’d most want to go back to, and start from there.

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Some parties have a glamorous touch, and the most exquisite of all are patterned after the Oscars. Besides, who wouldn’t want to walk the red carpet, right? Remember Julia Roberts’ vintage Valentino, Halle Berry’s daring Ellie Saab, or Michelle Williams’ canary yellow Vera Wang gown? Can you imagine how beautiful those things would look if you were to wear them? If you aren’t bent on really getting into their shoes, you can come up with your own Oscar-worthy number — just make sure you’re as elegant as every other celebrity that graced the red carpet.

Wild West

Another idea for a fancy costume for women is to go back to the Wild West. Come in as a southern belle or a saloon gal and your partner can come in as a cowboy or better — Zorro. The basics you have to remember for a couple’s fancy dress costume in this theme is that you have to come in boots and a cowboy hat.

Fancy Couple Costumes

Fancy couple costumes can be fun to pull off. Pick a theme, say a popular movie or icon, and find ways to imitate them through your clothes. Famous ones are Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Bonnie and Clyde, James Bond and a Bond Girl, Zeus and Hera, Robin Hood and Maid Marian, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Romeo and Juliet, and Peter Pan and Wendy. Of course there’s the proverbial Disney princess and her prince charming — if your partner is willing to give into your childhood fantasy.

For The Men We Know and Love

Apart from ideas coming from the couple costumes, there are plenty more fancy outfits for men. A sexy number could be a Mafia costume. Think The Godfather series and you’re set. Tuxedos are always a elegant no matter what the occasion. You can say he’s pulling a James Bond or Pierce Brosnan.

There are a myriad of fancy dress ideas for both men and women this coming Hallow’s Eve. So, if you think you need a little more help choosing which one to wear for that formal party, think elegance.


Newborn Halloween Costume Ideas

Newborn costumesBabies are already super cute, even without a little costume to wear. Halloween brings a lot of fun and festivities, though, so it’s no wonder that you might want to dress up your baby. Newborn Halloween costumes can be a cute and creative way to share the holiday with your new baby son or daughter. Just think of the adorable pictures you can snap for your family members. The grandparents are going to love them!

Whether you are hosting guests, going to a family Halloween party, or just giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, a newborn costume for Halloween can be the cutest addition to your little one’s wardrobe. If you are looking for a newborn Halloween costume for your new baby, consider these ideas for baby costumes that you can easily make or buy. Keep your budget in mind as well as your craftiness for best results.

Cute Newborn Halloween Costumes
Baby animals can be almost as cute as newborn babies. Consider these cute newborn costumes for Halloween:

–    Baby lamb, baby bunny, kitten, or puppy costume
–    Baby monkey costume
–    Teddy bear costume
–    Piggy costume
–    Frog costume
–    Butterfly or flower newborn Halloween costume

For very little babies, you might want to search for newborn bunting costumes or snuggle sack. These often have a pouch instead of legs at the bottom. You can find cute costumes like a little mermaid, peas in a pod, a cute owl, a butterfly, and so many more.

Funny Newborn Halloween Costumes
Use your sense of humor to choose a funny newborn Halloween costume for your new baby:

–    Superhero Halloween costume for babies
–    Chicken or turkey costume
–    Pink elephant baby costume
–    Lobster or crab baby costume
–    Little devil costume (or angel and devil costumes for twins)
–    Jailbird costume

Creative Newborn Halloween Costumes
If none of the costumes on the market strike your fancy, or if you can’t find the costume you want in the size you need, consider making your own newborn Halloween costume. Here are a few tips on creating a Halloween outfit for your baby:

–    Dress your little one all in the same color, and attach ears to a baby hat to make your baby into a bunny, kitty, or puppy. Add a tail if you so desire.
–    Make a cow outfit with a white infant sweat suit or onesie and black felt cut into randomly shaped spots. Glue the spots onto the onesie, and create ears using the same type of fabric, black felt, and a white hat.
–    If you are good at sewing, go to a fabric store and get a pattern and the appropriate material and supplies. Sewing your own costumes can be so rewarding.
–    Dress just like your baby and he or she can be your “mini me.”
–    Dress like a kangaroo and get your newborn a kangaroo costume as well – and use your Baby Bjorn carrier or other infant carrier to complete the costume!

Easy Newborn Halloween Costumes
If craftiness isn’t exactly your thing, don’t worry. You can still dress your baby up for Halloween in a cute newborn costume. Consider these ideas for baby Halloween costumes:

–    Favorite sports team onesie or outfit
–    Newborn pumpkin costume from a store like Target or Kohls
–    Ballerina with a pink tutu, pink onesie, and cute shoes
–    Superhero onesie
–    Navy sailor – white bucket hat and white shirt and pants
–    Animal hat and similar colored clothing

Cheap Newborn Halloween Costumes
You can also find cheap newborn costume ideas, such as the skeleton onesie, pumpkin onesie or romper with stem hat, or ballerina – a simple pink onesie with a matching tutu! You can also find cheap costumes for newborns online for less than $20, with baby rompers and headbands or other accessories. Look for Minnie Mouse, an adorable bumblebee, and other cute costumes for little girls.

What other ideas do you have for newborn Halloween costumes? Share your suggestions or mention your favorite idea from the costume ideas listed above.