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By Woofer McWooferson

Fall Means Halloween

As anyone who loves Halloween in North America knows, Spirit Halloween stores as much a seasonal tradition as trick-or-treating. For those who don’t know,

Spirit Halloween (spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with more than 1,200 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Celebrating 33 years of business, Spirit is the authority on all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to decor and party goods to accessories. In addition to being a fun and interactive event for shoppers, Spirit stores offer complete selections of costumes and accessories for infants/toddlers, children, ‘tweens, teens, and adults along with exclusive décor you won’t find anywhere else.

For a lover of Halloween and things spooky, a trip to a Spirit Halloween store is like walking through the Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop to those who favor Christmas. Being able to browse their wares in person is a real treat

Spirit Halloween retail locations feature larger-than-life, nightmare-inducing animatronic displays for the home. Those tempted to walk around the spine-chilling “Clock Tower” will be frightened by the motion-activated Howling Werewolf, a life-size Swinging Scarecrow, a crazed three headed dog Cerberus, and back by popular demand, the evil Lil Skelly Bones. Brave shoppers can also experience the “Haunted Hotel” where Floating Ghost Girl surprises from above with demonic laughter and a haunting cry followed by the Electrified Corpse, which hangs upside down, shaking and glowing from LED lights and equipped with screaming, moaning, popping and zapping sounds.

For those planning a party but still undecided on a theme,

Spirit’s wide selection of new Ouija-themed items allows the stylish hostess to match a Ouija dress and scarf with Ouija candles, pint glasses, shot glasses and more. With themed décor such as Spirit’s Haunted Séance Board, spooky Ghost Writing Book, motion-activated Spider Portrait and Whirl-A-Motion LED projection spotlights, it’s never been easier to transform a home into the neighborhood’s most talked about haunted house.

Costumes and Costuming

The most anticipated items are the costumes. What has hit Spirit Halloween for the season? Spirit Halloween offers a variety of costumes to satisfy all ages and costuming desire. This year’s top picks and can’t-go-wrong selections range from presidential candidates to superheroes and villains to animation and games. From their latest press release, here are the top ten costumes/categories for 2016:

Anti-heroes

2016 is all about the anti-heroes. And doesn’t it feel so good to be bad! Harley Quinn, the Joker and Deadpool all combine the daring and mischievous traits of a villain with the heart of a hero.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Girl Power

Who runs the world? Girls. Fierce, fearless females remain popular this year, with super heroines Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman (who celebrates her 75th super hero-versary in 2016!) as well as real-life heroes: doctors, police officers and firefighters. Daughters will be thrilled to coordinate with moms in costumes for all sizes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Election 2016

America’s top candidates for president are the most controversial to date. Spirit Halloween has both realistic and humorous candidate masks and wigs for a creative political statement. Accessorize your candidate to show their sexy side, devilish demeanor or even what they’d look like behind bars.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Gaming

Level-up with the phenomenon that took the world by storm this year: Pokémon. Other fan-favorite gamer costumes for 2016 include Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Anime

This Japanese cultural icon has crossed the Pacific! Hone battle skills and dress the part of a Dragon Ball Z warrior, an Attack On Titan cadet or a Naruto ninja in anime-inspired costumes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Crayola

Color outside the lines with new Crayola costumes. Collaborate with friends to bring a rainbow of Crayola crayons to life. An easy last-minute costume for shoppers of every age, and perfect for teachers celebrating Halloween and creativity in the classroom.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Trending Tykes

Let the little ones’ imaginations soar as they transform into today’s most-loved cartoon friends, including official styles you won’t find anywhere else from PJ Masks, Shimmer and Shine, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Pop Culture

Go viral with looks from the most talked about topics of the year from FX’s smash hit “American Horror Story” to musical legends Prince and David Bowie.
Images: Spirit Halloween

#TBT

Throw it back to iconic characters of Halloweens past for a #trendingcostume. From horror classics to beloved characters Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2 and TMNT, these costumes are a guaranteed high five.
Images: Spirit Halloween

DIY

Express individuality with a large selection of basics and beyond in every color to elevate a do-it-yourself look. Take a Spirit Halloween costume over the top with key accessories that strut your style, such as colorful wigs, bright eyelashes, bold makeup, statement-making suspenders, masks or hats of all shapes and sizes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

The Heart of Spirit Halloween

At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (spiritofchildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has raised over $29 million for the Child Life department at hospitals across the country. Donations to Spirit of Children stay within local communities, with 100% of funds going toward a child’s life. For the 2016 Halloween season, Spirit of Children will be supporting 139 hospitals across the country, with a goal to raise $7.8 million. Spirit encourages customers to help make a difference in a child’s life this Halloween season by donating at their local Spirit Halloween or spreading awareness via Facebook and Instagram by using #SpiritofChildren in their photos.

How to Find Spirit Halloween

  • Online and search for one near you: SpiritHalloween.com
  • Facebook: For discounts and the inside scoop on all things Halloween, “Like” us if you dare on Facebook Facebook.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Instagram: @SpiritHalloween
  • Twitter: @SpiritHalloween
  • Pinterest: Pinterest.com/SpiritHalloween
  • YouTube: youtube.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Upload your spooky Spirit Halloween shopping experience by tagging photos with #SpiritHalloween on your social media channels.
  • SPOTLIGHT: Spirit Halloween

    SPOTLIGHT: Spirit Halloween

    By Woofer McWooferson

    Fall Means Halloween

    As anyone who loves Halloween in North America knows, Spirit Halloween stores as much a seasonal tradition as trick-or-treating. For those who don't know,

    Spirit Halloween (spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with more than 1,200 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Celebrating 33 years of business, Spirit is the authority on all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to decor and party goods to accessories. In addition to being a fun and interactive event for shoppers, Spirit stores offer complete selections of costumes and accessories for infants/toddlers, children, 'tweens, teens, and adults along with exclusive décor you won't find anywhere else.

    For a lover of Halloween and things spooky, a trip to a Spirit Halloween store is like walking through the Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop to those who favor Christmas. Being able to browse their wares in person is a real treat

    Spirit Halloween retail locations feature larger-than-life, nightmare-inducing animatronic displays for the home. Those tempted to walk around the spine-chilling “Clock Tower” will be frightened by the motion-activated Howling Werewolf, a life-size Swinging Scarecrow, a crazed three headed dog Cerberus, and back by popular demand, the evil Lil Skelly Bones. Brave shoppers can also experience the “Haunted Hotel” where Floating Ghost Girl surprises from above with demonic laughter and a haunting cry followed by the Electrified Corpse, which hangs upside down, shaking and glowing from LED lights and equipped with screaming, moaning, popping and zapping sounds.

    For those planning a party but still undecided on a theme,

    Spirit’s wide selection of new Ouija-themed items allows the stylish hostess to match a Ouija dress and scarf with Ouija candles, pint glasses, shot glasses and more. With themed décor such as Spirit’s Haunted Séance Board, spooky Ghost Writing Book, motion-activated Spider Portrait and Whirl-A-Motion LED projection spotlights, it’s never been easier to transform a home into the neighborhood’s most talked about haunted house.

    Costumes and Costuming

    The most anticipated items are the costumes. What has hit Spirit Halloween for the season? Spirit Halloween offers a variety of costumes to satisfy all ages and costuming desire. This year’s top picks and can’t-go-wrong selections range from presidential candidates to superheroes and villains to animation and games. From their latest press release, here are the top ten costumes/categories for 2016:


    Anti-heroes

    2016 is all about the anti-heroes. And doesn’t it feel so good to be bad! Harley Quinn, the Joker and Deadpool all combine the daring and mischievous traits of a villain with the heart of a hero.
    Images: Spirit Halloween







    Girl Power

    Who runs the world? Girls. Fierce, fearless females remain popular this year, with super heroines Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman (who celebrates her 75th super hero-versary in 2016!) as well as real-life heroes: doctors, police officers and firefighters. Daughters will be thrilled to coordinate with moms in costumes for all sizes.
    Images: Spirit Halloween




    Election 2016

    America’s top candidates for president are the most controversial to date. Spirit Halloween has both realistic and humorous candidate masks and wigs for a creative political statement. Accessorize your candidate to show their sexy side, devilish demeanor or even what they’d look like behind bars.
    Images: Spirit Halloween






    Gaming

    Level-up with the phenomenon that took the world by storm this year: Pokémon. Other fan-favorite gamer costumes for 2016 include Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and Five Nights at Freddy’s.
    Images: Spirit Halloween




    Anime

    This Japanese cultural icon has crossed the Pacific! Hone battle skills and dress the part of a Dragon Ball Z warrior, an Attack On Titan cadet or a Naruto ninja in anime-inspired costumes.
    Images: Spirit Halloween






    Crayola

    Color outside the lines with new Crayola costumes. Collaborate with friends to bring a rainbow of Crayola crayons to life. An easy last-minute costume for shoppers of every age, and perfect for teachers celebrating Halloween and creativity in the classroom.
    Images: Spirit Halloween




    Trending Tykes

    Let the little ones’ imaginations soar as they transform into today’s most-loved cartoon friends, including official styles you won’t find anywhere else from PJ Masks, Shimmer and Shine, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.
    Images: Spirit Halloween






    Pop Culture

    Go viral with looks from the most talked about topics of the year from FX’s smash hit “American Horror Story” to musical legends Prince and David Bowie.
    Images: Spirit Halloween




    #TBT

    Throw it back to iconic characters of Halloweens past for a #trendingcostume. From horror classics to beloved characters Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2 and TMNT, these costumes are a guaranteed high five.
    Images: Spirit Halloween







    DIY

    Express individuality with a large selection of basics and beyond in every color to elevate a do-it-yourself look. Take a Spirit Halloween costume over the top with key accessories that strut your style, such as colorful wigs, bright eyelashes, bold makeup, statement-making suspenders, masks or hats of all shapes and sizes.
    Images: Spirit Halloween


    The Heart of Spirit Halloween

    At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (spiritofchildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has raised over $29 million for the Child Life department at hospitals across the country. Donations to Spirit of Children stay within local communities, with 100% of funds going toward a child’s life. For the 2016 Halloween season, Spirit of Children will be supporting 139 hospitals across the country, with a goal to raise $7.8 million. Spirit encourages customers to help make a difference in a child's life this Halloween season by donating at their local Spirit Halloween or spreading awareness via Facebook and Instagram by using #SpiritofChildren in their photos.

    How to Find Spirit Halloween

  • Online and search for one near you: SpiritHalloween.com
  • Facebook: For discounts and the inside scoop on all things Halloween, “Like” us if you dare on Facebook Facebook.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Instagram: @SpiritHalloween
  • Twitter: @SpiritHalloween
  • Pinterest: Pinterest.com/SpiritHalloween
  • YouTube: youtube.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Upload your spooky Spirit Halloween shopping experience by tagging photos with #SpiritHalloween on your social media channels.
  • Posted by Alan Smithee in IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 0 comments
    COMING SOON: Rubik’s Lament Configuration

    COMING SOON: Rubik’s Lament Configuration

    What's Your Pleasure?

    By Woofer McWooferson

    Lament Configuration - Opening the door

    Since Hellraiser first came out, fans have hoped and dreamed of one day owning a functional puzzle box – minus the soul ripping Cenobites. Now, thanks to Mezco Toyz, they can. It's not the puzzle from the series; instead, it's the product of the unholy yet thoroughly delightful combination of the Hellraiser Lament Configuration puzzle box (featured in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth) and a Rubik's Cube. Unlike the traditional cube, where one must solve for six sides of solid colors, the Hellraiser cube is solved to the design of the Lament Configuration puzzle box before activation. This is deliciously diabolical and sure to be a hit among fans of the Hellraiser universe.

    Rubik's Lament Configuration

    For the uninitiated, Hellraiser and, to a lesser extent, its sequels are the product of the twisted imagination of Clive Barker, one of horror's modern masters. The puzzle box is a gateway to Hell and summons the Cenobites, demons whose sole purpose is to torture anyone who solves the puzzle and summons them. The Rubiks Cube, on the other, is the product of Erno Rubik and first came on the scene in 1974. While it summons only geek applause, solving it is still considered an achievement. And the faster one can solve it, the more esteemed one's place in Rubik's Cube geekdom.

    Lament Configuration, horizontal movement

    According to Mezco:

    Within the Hellraiser universe, the Lament Configuration is the key to the gates of Hell itself and the summoner of the Cenobites. Now, for the first time ever, it is recreated as a working puzzle. Featuring artwork based on the designs of Philip Lemarchand, the prop-sized square puzzle rotates on both the X and Y axis with an almost supernatural smoothness. With 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations, even Dr. Channard would find himself bedeviled in a quest for the solution.

    So what does this mean for fans of either or both? It means get your credit card or Paypal ready because they're already taking pre-orders. At only $13.00, this is a deal that fans won't be able to pass up.

    Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments