Ever since Night of the Living Dead was released in the late 1960s zombies have held a revered place in horror culture. George Romero’s film set the standard for zombie tales, where living creatures that were dead except for an insatiable drive for human brains, attacked the living to eat their brains. Night of the Living Dead has been remade countless times and the characteristics of zombies have been too. The earliest tales of zombies actually come from religion. In the Voodoo religion it is said that Voodoo practitioners use magic and herbs that turns people into zombies. In reality there is a practice that can put people into a trancelike state and make them very open to suggestion. They are not dead, but would appear dead to someone who didn’t know what signs of life to look for. This Voodoo practice is thought to be the origin of the idea of the zombie. The zombie has become one of the most recognizable creatures in popular culture and has gone from a cult horror villain to an accepted part of cultural lore. Zombies even made the national news recently when several people who were ingesting a substance known as “bath…

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2012 has been a great year for movies, and there are still some blockbusters coming before the year ends. Without a doubt the box office belonged to super-smash The Hunger Games in 2012. The highly anticipated film based on the popular teen novels owned the box office since it was released in March 2012 and dominated box offices worldwide. Katniss Everdeen, the main character, instantly became a heroine all girls could look up to and will no doubt be one of the most in demand costumes this Halloween. Her sister Primrose Everdeen along with other beloved characters from the books like Peeta, Effie Trinket, and other characters from the movie will also be popular for Halloween this year. With two more Hunger Games movies in the works these characters will be on the most wanted Halloween costume list for the next several years. Some of the other highly anticipated and successful films of 2012 are films like:

Snow White and the Huntsman: This dark interpretation of the classic fairy tale re-imagines the tale of Snow White and makes her a warrior fighting the truly evil queen played perfectly by Charlize Theron. With Twilight star Kristen Stewart taking on the…

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Halloween is a relatively new holiday in the US and wasn’t always celebrated the way it’s celebrated today. Trick or Treating, wearing costumes, and celebrating everything spooky was unheard of in the US before the early 1900s. All Hallows Eve was considered to be a somber religious occasion by the Puritans who settled much of the northern part of the country. There are scattered references to people in the southern colonies observing Halloween, because there was more diversity of customs in the south, but Halloween was not considered an actual holiday until the late 1920s. Many of the Halloween traditions that exist today were adapted from European practices that were brought to the US by European immigrants.

In the mid 1800s huge waves of immigrants started coming to the US from Europe, and they brought with them their local holidays and customs. In Scottish and Irish communities “guising”, or dressing up on All Hallows Eve to go door to door and beg for money or treats became popular. The costumes that were worn were usually nothing more than a flour sack or rough scrap material with a face drawn on it wrapped around the face or using coal or greasepaint…

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Nothing sets the mood for a great Halloween party like the music that you choose. The right music can make or break a party. Whether you want the tone of your Halloween party to be kitschy, or funny, or truly scary you need music to enhance the overall experience for your guests. Using music in an outdoor decorating display can delight and frighten Trick or Treaters as well as your party guests. These days it’s easier than ever to use music to take your Halloween party to the next level. You can play your music on a CD player or on a well hidden tablet, iPod or even on a smart phone. If you want to really surprise your guests hide an iPod or smart phone in an unexpected place so that it startles anyone who comes near it when it plays. Here are some other tips from creative Halloween party experts to help you use music to make your Halloween party perfect:

Make your own sound effects – Don’t limit yourself to the sound effects that you find on CDs or online. Next time you’re up late and you hear your own stairs creaking in a creepy way get…

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