“I’ve been here long enough… I just want to rest,” she answered sadly. Natalie was the bookish type, short and thin, with thin glasses and her soft brown hair perpetually pulled into a loose bun. She mostly kept to herself, but she and I had really started to get along the last couple of days; I had taken a seasonal job at the Halloween store just outside of Albany, and Nat was showing me the ropes before she left. Her parents owned the place, but I’d never met them- it was always me and her, but I didn’t question it as long as the paychecks kept coming. Because she was helping her parents, she didn’t feel right about leaving until she had trained her replacement, but she made it clear that she’d be gone by the night before Halloween.
The fact that she wanted me to stay was also the reason, she told me, that she wouldn’t tell me ‘everything’ about her reasons for leaving. I didn’t like the mystery, but I figured that she was just keeping in the spirit of the season and I needed the money, so I stayed. She showed me how to check the inventory, ring up sales and organize the costumes that grubby kids would pull from the shelves and spread throughout the store. It wasn’t hard work, but each night when the doors were closed and the lights were off, was a little bit eerie and I was glad for her company. There was something about the dim rows of silent costumes and the eyeless masks that made me shiver as I hurried through my nightly tasks. Read more
Scarecrows have become some popular scary Halloween decorations, but they are not created to scare birds, but to frighten trick-or-treaters. Most people will find a scarecrow quite creepy, even a threatening figure, especially throughout the Halloween season.
For the Halloween scarecrows you might use a homemade scarecrow or buy one at your local department store.
You will need two boards, one one 2”x2”x8’ and one 2”x2”x4’ to build the scarecrow mast. As possible, try to select straight, but not quite perfect looking lumber as they incline to look older and much more weather beaten. Next you need to stain both boards on all sides with some wood stain.
The 8 foot board will be the vertical up-right of the mast and the 4 foot board is going to be the horizontal. Use bolts instead of screws or nails to be disassembled more easily and to change the angle of the horizontal board.
Put the 4 foot board on top of the 8 foot board crossways in such way that the top of the horizontal board is roughly 8 inches from the top of the vertical board. Make a hole in the middle of both boards and push a bolt through from the top to the back and with a washer and bolt on tighten it.
With the mast on the ground, place the scarecrow on top of it with the neck over the higher cross-member board. Secure the scarecrow to the mast with twine, cable-ties or ropes at the ankles, wrists, shoulders and neck.
Dig a hole large enough for the base of the mast to fit into and place the base of the mast into the hole and cover it with dirt. Compress the dirt surrounding the board for a secure foundation.
Similarly to most Halloween decorations the illumination is crucial. You need to properly illuminate them to obtain the desired effect. For your Halloween scarecrow you might use a 25 watt or 7 watt amber colored light bulb in a metal housing.
There are numerous variations to this trick, some of them highly complex while other requiring bigger or more complex equipment. For instance, such transparent ghost can be seen rising from a dead body, it can slowly or quickly appear and disappear or it might seem to be floating in the air.
How it works – an actor is out of the view of the guests in a black room, while a larger piece of glass is angled in such manner that he is reflected in the glass, and then his reflection is visible to the guests. Thus, guests will see both the reflection and the scene behind the glass, with the illusion of a transparent ghost in the room.
The list of needed materials includes a larger piece of glass, light, black fabric or backdrop and optionally a light dimmer. You might also use plexi-glass, but make sure it is not scratched.
The most difficult part of this effect is to find a sufficiently large glass. As soon as you have the glass, you have to come up with the perfect place to set up the effect. This preparation might include certain planning or even some construction. As Pepper’s Ghost is mainly dependent on location, you should first establish where the effect will be set up and plan all the rest based on that.
You will have to arrange a non-reflective black backdrop behind the actor. The lighting in this region – the lighting behind the glass as well – has to be attuned in order for the reflection and any props in the scene behind Pepper’s Ghost to be clearly visible. This is exactly where light dimmers could step in.
You can come up with numerous props the Pepper’s Ghost can interact with, as for instance you can make the ghost to look like he is sitting in a chair in the scene, by having the actor sit on a black chair and by also placing a similar chair where the ghost seems to be sitting.
Girl to Gorilla has been used on carnival midways over the years. Here is video on how extremely spooky you can make your illusion.
As a woman, if you dress up for Halloween you want to look as good as possible and be in the center of attention. You want to have a unique costume that will leave everyone speechless.
To choose your very own sexy women’s Halloween costumes for 2014 first of all you need to decide what you want to go. To help you with this decision we created a list of costumes that have been popular in the recent years and some that probably will be popular in 2014.
There are numerous sexy costumes for women, some classics like the French Maid, Lil’ Red Riding Hood, School Girl or Police Officer are always appropriate. In recent years costumes like Alice in Wonderland have become popular, women can get a sexy Alice or Queen of Hearts costume.
For you Star Trek fans out there, you can choose from many costumes with which you can win the hearts of Trekkies at Halloween. One of the most popular Star Trek costumes are spandex uniforms but women can dress up like sexy Klingons, Borg or any other alien race or character.
Other ideas for sexy costumes include Star Wars, especially popular is the costume of Princess Leia, Cat Women and various female characters from comics and movies. To check out more ideas for sexy women’s Halloween costumes take a look at My Halloween Store, there you can find hundreds of different Halloween costumes.