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Movie Blockbuster Halloween Costumes For 2011

One of the guarantees for Halloween costumes that happens every year is that they will be influenced by the blockbuster movies that have been released over the past twelve months as far as what will be the most popular. People will need to purchase their "movie inspired" costumes early this year, as it appears as though the movie characters will be even more sought after as costumes than in previous years. This is probably due to the fact that there have been several large movie releases already featuring highly recognizable characters that will make great costumes for both men and women, as well as the scheduled releases that are coming in months to follow. Movies will play a huge role in 2011 Halloween costumes, and we would like to provide our audience with a few choice suggestions for early shopping if you would like to secure a great costume without worrying about limited supplies as we get closer to Halloween.

Thor Halloween Costumes

Thor

This is sure to be one of the most popular Halloween costumes in 2011 for men. The May 6 release of "Thor, The God Of Thunder" stars Kenneth Branagh and tells the story of Thor, the mighty but arrogant warrier who is cast from the rhelm of Asgard and sent to live on Earth with the humans. His heroic nature comes forth as he becomes one of their great defenders.

Thor Halloween costumes will be popular because men always like to dress un ultra-masculin costumes, for themselves and for the ladies who love them. Your Thor costume will be sure not to dissapoint.

Wonder Woman

2011 marks the return to television of "Wonder Woman" who will be played by Adrianne Palicki, and even though the initial thoughs about the changes to her classic costume were not well received (she will be wearing pants instead of the trademark leotard bottom) the show is sure to be an instant hit and provide a positive role model for little girls to emulate for generations. Wonder Woman's golden lasso and invisible plane will join her return to television, and her skills at fighting crime will once again be tested by the most evil of men. Wonder Woman Halloween costumes are available in their classic forms, as well as updated versions that are sure to please and Wonder Woman Halloween costumes are sure to be a big hit..

Wonder Woman Halloween Costumes

 

Halloween Costume Predictions for 2011

There is a new interest in Halloween costumes that has not been seen in the last few years, probably because the economic situation has forced so many people to pick costumes that are less elaborate than in past years, opting for cheaper costumes instead of the ones they really wanted. As the economic situation in the United States begins to turn around, people are beginning to feel the spirit of Halloween celebration that they were feeling in the past, and many are expressing an interest in going a little further with their costume this year. This does not necessarily mean that they want to spend more money, but moreover that they are feeling the fun spirit of celebration that they have not been feeling for the last few years because the economy put such a dark cloud over parties and celebrations. With that said, 2011 looks like it is going to be the year that people begin celebrating again....

2011 Halloween Costumes

Sexy Halloween costumes never really went away, but it is safe to say that this year we are going to see a rise in the amount of sexy costumes that are sold due to the fact that the large-scale events and parties are expecting larger attendence numbers this year. For the past two years, we have seen attendance at the big Halloween celebrations getting smaller, with a few of the high profile events even cancelling due to poor ticket sales. 2011 looks like it is going to be different, as interest in the events throughout all major cities is growing, and many people are beginning to make plans to attend. Because these are generally adlut-oriented events, we can expect there to be brisk sales of the sexy Halloween costumes that these types of parties attract. If you plan on attending a large-scale party this year and need a sexy or erotic costume, it might be a good idea to shop early.

Halloween Costumes

Little Red Riding Hood and other movie costumes will be increasingly popular this year. There are several high profile movies that are being released from now until Halloween that will surely influence the Halloween costume choices of the public because the characters are so visually striking. The "Red Riding Hood" movie will influence brisk sales of red capes and other Victorian items. Additionally, the next in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" series of movies is due to be released in the next few months, which should create brisk sales of pirate oriented costumes and items. There are also going to be increrased "pirate-theme" parties before Halloween, so stocking up on pirate costumes is suggested to avoid sellouts of the items you need.

Halloween Costumes

Lastly, we should be seeing increased sales in children's Halloween costumes that have to do with Vampires and other elements involved in the "Twilight" saga. Increased attention is being seen in these types of searches online and in social media like Facebook and Twitter. With the increases in discussion on these topics being seen this early in the season, you can bet that it will translate into elevated sales of the associated costumes.

Halloween Costume Safety

There are several aspects of safety that must be considered by parents on Halloween night involving the child’s Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, many accidents and mishaps happen during the time when children are trick or treating probably because they are exciting than acting erratically. Common sense plays a crucial role to prevent accidents, and small precautions can be taken to eliminate dangers. Make sure your children understand how to cross the street safely and that they need to look both ways before ever stepping out into a street. Additionally, good idea for them to carry a flashlight or some other source of light that will make them more obvious to people in cars.

When it comes to Halloween costume safety there are few things that you can remember that will greatly increase the chance that your Halloween will be happy an accident free. First, make sure that the costume that the child is wearing is flame retardant. This means that it is made from a material that will not catch fire even if a flame is held up against it. All costumes are not made a flame retardant material so you should check with the manufacturer or store to make sure that it is. Second, make sure that the Halloween costume material is colorfast so that you don’t get staining on your clothing underneath the costume if it was to rain or you are to be splashed. Third, make sure that you can hem the legs of the child’s costume so that they don’t have any ability to trip and fall. Fourth, you do not carry fake guns, knives or swords if they look to authentic. These can be dangerous if they are not flexible if they were two to be used as a weapon or fallen upon. Fifth, make sure that the costume or wake that you’re wearing never comes in contact with candles or any other flames. Six, make sure that you tie your shoelaces twice so that you cannot trip and fall on them. Many people are not looking at their shoelaces while they’re trick or treating and if the laces have come undone they don’t notice. Seventh, make sure your makeup that you wear is hypoallergenic and nontoxic. It is far best to wear makeup over a mask that blocks your eyesight in that you’ll be able to see oncoming cars better if you do not have your peripheral vision blocked. Last, apply reflective tape to your Halloween costume if at all possible. Making sure that you’re able to be seen is far more important than your costume itself.

Both parents and children alike need to be concerned about safety while children are trick or treating in order to avoid unfortunate accidents. Halloween is a time unlike any other in that children are excited and running around outside when it is dark out. Making sure that you understand that everyone’s safety is everyone’s responsibility is the first step towards the happy Halloween we all look forward to

 

Ten Tips For A Safe Halloween

Many times parents are so excited about their children trick or treating that they forget that their job as parents is to keep their children safe and keep everyone out of trouble. Making sure their children have a good time on Halloween should be at the forefront of every parent’s thought process while at the same time thinking about their children’s safety. Now we all know the children love Halloween, trick or treating and all the candy that they will get so we have to assume that they will be overly excited and not paying attention as much as they normally would be to things like traffic and other potential dangers. As a parent it is your job to make sure that your child stay safe at all times.

Even if you’re going to some sort of sponsored event like a church function or community center gathering still keep in mind that you have to keep your eye on your child at all times. Even though it probably seems far more safe than trick or treating, you still have to remember that you’re in a large room filled with strangers. It might be a good idea to let your child carry a cell phone to any event that they attend or even when trick or treating.

See below for ten common sense tips that parents can keep in mind to make sure their children stay safe on Halloween.

  • Look online to checkfor websites that show state registered sex offenders that might livein your area. Just about every state has one and it usually contains street addresses where they live. It is easy to keep your children away from these areas or houses as long as you know where they are.

  • Make sure you know the areas that your children are going to be in if you are not? going with them. Map out a route for them to travel and make sure that the check in at specific periods of time either by calling on a cell phone or stopping back at the house. This will make sure that extended periods of time do not go by without hearing from your child .

  • Even though trick or treating has traditionally been a wonderful time for children always keep in mind that the world isn’t what it used to be and there are more and more people out there who may want to harm your child. Make sure your child goes trick or treating with you and if you can’t go make sure your child goes with another parent that you trust.

  • Your child’s Halloween costume should be checked to make sure that it is safe. Most Halloween costumes are made of fireproof material but check to make sure anyway. If they’re wearing a mask make sure the eye holes are big enough so as not to restrict their vision and potentially make it hard for them to see a car coming.

  • Always make sure you know anywhere where your child will be, like a party or another child’s house. Make sure you get a phone number of the house where they will be. Also make sure that you have met the parents of the children who are throwing the party.

  • Make sure that your child understands that vandalism of any kind on Halloween is not tolerated and can get them in trouble.. Lots of kids are going to be tempted at one time or another to throw eggs or smash pumpkins. Make sure your kids understand that this is wrong and not fun.

  • Make sure your children eat a full meal before they go trick or treating. This will help them eat less candy while they are out and gives you an opportunity to check the candy to make sure it has been tampered with.

  • If your child is carrying a prop of any kind like a fake knife or a sword, make sure that it is made of flexible material and is not sharp. A child accidentally falling on a prop knife can cause injury.

  • Always make sure that your children understand that it is not good to talk to strangers in any case. Make sure they understand that there never to go in a stranger’s house on Halloween even if they are invited in or told that it would be fun for them to come into the house for a picture or a party. It might seem as though it’s all right on Halloween, but keep in mind that a person who would want to harm your child would realize that this is the perfect time to do it.

  • Lastly, make sure your children understand how to cross a street safely. Make sure they know to look both ways before ever stepping out into a street or in intersection. Make sure they understand that they should never move until they are sure that there is no traffic coming in either direction.

 

The History Of Halloween and Costumes

The roots of the Halloween tradition and costuming date back as far as 2,000 years ago, when the Celts occupied the region that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France. They celebrated their new year with a festival called Samhain on November 1, and it symbolized the close of the summer and their harvest season, and the start of the long and cold, dark winter. The Celtic people associated this season with a time of widespread human death, and believed that on October 31 st, the night before the new year, the ghosts of the dead returned to earth to cause trouble and threaten the precious food supply. It was also thought that the presence of the spirits of the dead allowed the Druids, the Celtic priests, to make predictions about the coming season.

These prophecies brought comfort to the Celtic people during the long winter season, and during the celebration, fashioned costumes out of animal skins and heads to ward off the ghosts. The Druid priests built sacred bonfires, where crops and animals were burned as a sacrifice to the Celtic Gods in exchange for their benevolent support. The Celtic people then lit their own hearth fires from this bonfire to protect them from the harsh and dangerous winter season.

The Romans conquered and took over the Celtic region by 43 AD, where they ruled for the next 400 years. Their influence combined the tradition of Samhain with two Roman festivals, Feralia and Pomona. Feralia similarly was a time to acknowledge and commemorate the dead, while Pomona’s symbol is the apple, and is most likely the source of the traditional bobbing for apples at Halloween today.

Beginning around the year 800, the Christian religion began to encroach upon the Celtic territory, and the Pope enacted All Saint’s Day, probably in an attempt to replace the Celtic tradition of the festival of the dead with a similar Christian holiday. All Saint’s Day was also translated to be known as All-hallows or All-hallowmas in the language of the day, and eventually the night before the festival evolved into All-hallows Eve, then finally Halloween.

As the Europeans began to immigrate to America, their Halloween customs began to change under the influence of the predominantly Protestant New Englanders, as well as the customs of the early American Indians, to become the American version of Halloween we are more familiar with today. The holiday gradually became more secular, with more parties, costumes, and community-based activities replacing its religious and superstitious roots.

Many of today’s traditions of dressing up in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating are derived from the early cultural beliefs of the Celtics and Europeans. They believed that wearing masks and disguises when leaving their homes would prevent the ghosts on the night of Samhain from recognizing them, and that they could prevent the ghosts from entering their homes by placing bowls of food outside their doors to satisfy them. By the turn of the century, Halloween parties for all ages became the form of celebration of the holiday, taking place in large public venues. By the 1950s, these gatherings became smaller, being instead accommodated by individual homes and small gathering places. This custom has become the newer American tradition, and most recently, spending for costumes has topped $7 billion annually. The desire to dress up in costumes and celebrate Halloween is more popular than ever today, making it the second largest commercial American holiday.

 

Red Riding Hood Movie Release

In what is sure to be one of the blockbuster movies of the summer, the fable of "Little Red Riding Hood" is coming to life on a big screen in 2011. The tale itself is modified to be more suspenseful, and is produced with the "Twilight" generation in mind. The story follows Valerie, a young girl who has fallen in love with an orphaned son of a woodcutter, the relationship complicated by the possibility that the boy is actually a murderous werewolf. The creature is known to live within the small, Medieval village that Vallerie and her family call home, and the attempts at vanquishing the beast fall upon Valerie's shoulders when all else fails. The trip to "Grandmother's house" is sure to chill you to your core.

Warner Brothers is now in post production on the big screen version of the "Red Riding Hood." The updated version has Valerie being played by Amanda Seyfried, star of Dear John and Jennifer's Body. Twilight fans will be thrilled to know the movie has been directed by director Catherine Hardwicke.

This particular movie is a modernized remake of the classic story where a young girl takes a path through the forest to visit her grandmother. Along the way, she meets the big bad wolf. The moral of story taught us not to talk to strangers, yet it seems very clear that the lessons to be learned in the remake will extend far beyond the simple. We can assume that the passion between the "potential wolf" character, the mystery surrounding him, and the assumptions made by the townspeople, as well as the bravery of Valerie as she ventures into the unknown and faces potential harm will all play into the script. Forbidden love will most likely be at the core of the story, as well as the dangers of it.

As "Red Riding Hood" is far from little in this remake, we can assume that varaitions of her brilliant red cape and hood, along with her basket, will play a large part in this year's Halloween festivities, and the costumes that go along with it. Young girls enamored by the Twilight Saga, and seeking a strong and brave female role model to look up to are sure to be taken with Ms. Seyfried's performance. Her beautiful costuming is sure to make any little girl wish they were her, and children's versions of the Halloween costume should prove to be very popular.

Adult versions of the Halloween costume should be in short supply by October, and are sure to be one of the year's most popular outfits for women in their 20's and 30's. Because Riding Hood is portrayed as innocent yet sexy and sultry, strong yet intimidated, and overly sultry in her brilliantly colored red cape juxtaposed against the white snow of the forest path to Grandmother's house, it is assured that sexy versions of the classic Halloween costume will make their way to the spotlight at parties and events nation-wide. While sexy versions of classic Disney characters have always been popular, whenever a movie of this scale brings new life into a character as visually appealing as this one it is assured that young women will want to dress up in the outfit.

Don't miss "Red Riding Hood" the movie as it makes it's debut later this year, and don't forget to shop early for what is sure to be the most popular Halloween costume of the year.