to Make Halloween Fun: Costumes, Treats and Sound Effects
- By ARA Content
The Toga instructions and Muffin recipe can be found on the How-To
- Scariness and spookiness are upon us. And we're not talking
about opening 401(k) statements. Ghouls and goblins will be
running through neighborhoods searching for candy and scares
alike. Trick-or-treaters will be heard screaming and screeching
while being haunted by neighborhood houses decorated for one
of the most anticipated holidays for children -- Halloween.
history has changed over the years. Centuries ago, Halloween
night was known as "devil's night." Superstitious
people associated this day with death and supernatural happenings,
such as bad omens, black cats, and bats or spiders. Halloween
night was known to be one filled with vandalism as well.
forward several hundred years, and you have a more modern, contemporary
holiday of fun, food and decorations. Today, Halloween has turned
into one filled with lavish costumes, home decorations, and
more candy than a dentist cares to know about. Party-goers of
all ages dress up in fun, scary or outrageous costumes for school,
college and other celebrations.
you're getting back to the simple ways of life, nothing's better
than an easy costume for kids and adults. How about the chiton?
so not everyone recognizes what the term 'chiton' means,"
says Kathy Colussy, fashion design instructor, The Art Institute
of Fort Lauderdale. "But if I mention the word, 'toga,'
we can recall images of togas from movie epics or from college
fraternity parties. Our mind conjures up bodies draped, swathed
and pinned in bed sheets." The gown is remarkably simple
to construct and designed to be belted or draped to flatter
any figure. By following the steps below, you're sure to impress
everyone at your Halloween party.
it's on to the food portion of your celebration. According to
Michael Holderfield, chef instructor at The Art Institute of
Houston, families are looking for more creative recipes to entice
children to eat more traditional and seasonal favorites, such
as pumpkin muffins.
and baking instructor Kim Smith, of The Art Institute of Seattle,
recommends her pumpkin muffins to start Halloween morning off
right. "These are a great start to anyone's morning."
those wanting to create their own spooky haunted house sounds,
they can use tapes or CDs of graveyard sounds, doors slamming
or screams. "It's fun to make your own tape of Halloween
sounds," says Rob Lehmann, chair of the Audio Production
Department at The New England Institute of Art & Communications.
"Popular sound effects include doors slamming and people
screaming. Kids, and adults, can have so much fun creating their
own haunted house sounds." Simply recording such sounds
on your tape or CD recorder will allow you to spook those trick-or-treaters.
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