Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Pirate Carrying a Mermaid Optical Illusion has been named Patch's Halloween Costume in America. Its creator—and wearer—will receive a $5,000 prize for having the most creative and innovative costume.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ashley Playford dressed up as a pirate carrying a mermaid this Halloween. Well, actually, she dressed up as the mermaid. Well ... Her creativity has earned her the title of Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America and a $5,000 grand prize. It was Playford's use of an optical illusion that won us over. Take a look at the photo she entered on Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch! Almost 4,000 Patch users entered the contest from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, with costumes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Honey Boo Boo to a flower pot and a clever interpretation of "binders full of women." National judges chose 1 finalist from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and innovative costume (we combined North Carolina & South Carolina for this …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to be careful Wednesday night.
As Halloween night approaches, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office offers tips to parents, drivers and trick-or-treaters on how to be safe. • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. • If a sword, …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
How old is too old for trick or treating? How late can you knock on a door? Patch and parents discuss the etiquette surrounding the holiday outing.
When I was an eager trick-or-treater, my Halloweens were like a ritual: Grandpa Bob came over at 5 p.m. We ate my mother's famous bake dish at 6 p.m. And finally, once the last rays of sun were disappearing, we hit the streets. In my opinion, we were gracious little monsters, smiling big as we said "Trick or Treat." Once our bounty was secured in our pillow cases, a heartfelt "Thank you" was said as well. We were careful not to trample fall plants or break lawn gnomes. Two door bell rings was the max before moving on to the next, and once 9 p.m. struck we were herded home, where we counted and traded our treasure. Once we hit high school, or treating days were over. My mother was the reason we were so well behaved. We went out after dusk …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Do-it-yourself costumes can be thrilling and thrifty
Growing up, my siblings and I had three options for Halloween costumes: witch, ghost or hobo. I was usually a witch. The thought of a burned cork smudged all over my face horrified me, but not my hobo brothers. My kids have a plethora of costumes to choose from, and they look forward to planning their costume almost as much as they look forward to the candy they’ll collect. A couple of years ago, I took the kids to a costume store. After a bout of sticker shock at the prices of costumes, not to mention cringing when my kids saw the racy costumes on display (“naughty nun?”), I decided we were done purchasing store-bought costumes. My kids were going to DIY. (That’s do-it-yourself). This year, my DIY trick-or-treaters chose costumes …