Getting the most out of Halloween on a budget
Halloween is almost upon us once again, and the amount of items available in stores made me wonder why isn’t Halloween made into even more of an event? Like a funereal festive season. Think about it- you could have jolly old Satan Claws come and fill your stocking with guts, surround your Halloween tombstone with goodies and rotting carcasses, and then you could all sit down to a traditional Halloween dinner of roast pumpkin and Innocent Bystander. Honestly, it could be turned into more than just Trick Or Treating , even in these financially uncertain times.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for both kids and adults, and can serve as a family bonding experience. Involving children in Halloween styled games can be a great way to entertain youngsters and educate them on rather more traditional pastimes (even when origins have become obscured by popular culture). Dressing up, getting made up as witches and monsters and the like can be fantastic fun for all involved, and properly supervised Trick-Or-Treating is a great thing for making memories.
But halloween shouldn't be limited to kids parties. With all kinds of themed events on in clubs, cinemas etc, there's lots that the adult Halloweener is able to sink their teeth into (sorry). There's a great deal of Halloween themed merchandise that make great gifts, such as licensed horror movie related memorabilia and merchandise such as action figures, posters, comics, statues, and of course the movies themselves. You could check out things like the ever-creepy Living Dead Dolls, or movie collectibles created by MacFarlane Toys, NECA and Sideshow Collectibles.
Do you want a fun Halloween in? Gather your friends, some suitably kitsch horror movies (Go for the cheese more than the darker stuff- zombie films, cheap B-movies, Chucky, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and its billion sequels, films you can shout at), Halloween snacks (stock up on kids snacks and themed sweets- there's nobody saying the grown-ups can't have some fun too), add some suitably spooky/fun music (I recommend 'Project 1950' and 'American Psycho' by the Misfits, and anything by the Cramps) and voila, you have the makings of a fun Halloween party in your own home. While that sounds like a typical night in at our place, there are people out there who are actually normal. Somewhere. I suppose. get your house decked out with cobwebs and comedy skulls and make an event out of it.
Want a fun evening’s viewing? Seek out any of the following great horror films from the golden age of 80s cheese:
The Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, An American Werewolf in London, Bad Dreams, Hellraiser, Evil Dead 2, Return of the Living Dead 2, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Trick or Treat, Poltergeist, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, A Nightmare on Elm street, Re-animator, Scanners, The Burning, Class of Nuke ‘Em High (okay, this is a spoof but it still kicks ass), From Beyond, House, 976:Evil, Witchboard, Warlock, The Thing, Bad Taste, Cat People, Child’s Play, Cat’s Eye, Chopping Mall (BEST. TITLE. EVER), Dead Zone, The Gate, The Hunger, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Monster Squad, Society, Sorority babes in the Slime-ball Bowl-O-Rama….. Jeez, there’s thousands of ‘em. Go seek out some fun.
There really are many easy ways to make your Halloween celebrations something to remember. Start off with a friends-filled movie night as suggested, then maybe go along to a themed Halloween party or event. Preferably costumed. Check local listings for events in your area, the more ludicrous the better. If this comes across as a no-brainer, that's because it really is. With little effort you can turn an otherwise very commercial day into something you can really enjoy. Don't think of it as more cost- think of it as a break from normality and a way to have some fun down in these difficult times. Halloween celebrations shouldn’t be all about handing out sweets to bored kids on your doorstep- it should be enjoyed and relished. I mean, how often can you actually run around wielding steaming intestines and wearing a mad grin during the rest of the year? Actually, don't answer that.
FarmVille Collectibles - Use FarmVille Collections to Build and Expand Your Farm
The main reason is players don't understand exactly how FarmVille collectibles fit into the overall scheme of building and expanding their farm.So what are FarmVille collectibles? Simply put, they are another way for farmers to "achieve" a task and receive rewards. Farmers are looking for items in collections. For every item in the FarmVille collection there is a hint or clue to find it. Some hints are easy to figure and others will leave you scratching your head.Unlike some other "achievement awards" in FarmVille, a farmer requires a variety of items to find the collectibles. In essence, it's like a scavenger hunt. You find items as you perform typical farming tasks or you receive them as gifts and through Recent News postings on Facebook.FarmVille Collection Overview Two questions are frequently asked about FarmVille collectables: Do these FarmVille gifts do anything and if so how do you go about finding and using them to your advantage?Here is a quick summary of how to find and use FarmVille collectibles:Three kinds of collection items exist: common, uncommon and rare. If you find an uncommon or rare item you will get the option to share it with 5 FarmVille friends.After you find a full collection you can either exchange it for 5 tanks of fuel, 250 experience points or 5000 coins. After that, you can then share your collection with your friends or neighbors. They will receive a random item from the collection you completed. Plus, once you complete a collection you will receive the "cunning collector" ribbon.You can collect and turn in a collection as many times as you want as there is no limit. Just remember, you can only hold 10 of a single item.If you want to find out what collectibles you've earned, open the achievements menu and go to the Blue Ribbon icon on your farm home page, left click it, and you will find a menu above the blue ribbon called collections.FarmVille Collection HintsPeople search high and low for FarmVille collection hints. Try not get overwhelmed with all the advice and suggestions. The best thing to do is move your mouse over each picture of each collectible and you will see a hint or clue as to where the collectable might be found on the farm.Hints can be found via: Gifting Plowing Harvesting Trees Fertilzing Harvesting Animals (Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Geese, Sheep)Here are a few specific hints you may encounter while farming: If you see the hint that states you need help from your friends get the item as a gift from a friend. If you see the hint that you must get dirty start plowing your farm. If you see the hint look up start harvesting trees.Several FarmVille collections exist. They include:Button Collection1. Check button2. Brass button3. White button4. Jewel button5. Formal button6. Pearl buttonGardening Tools Collection1. Gloves2. Trowel3. Cultivator4. Twine5. Pruning Saw6. ShearsCountry Kitsch Collection1. Needlepoint2. Spigot3. Pocketwatch4. Salt Shaker5. Thimble6. CowbellBugs Collection1. Lady bug2. Dragonfly3. Caterpillar4. Stick Bug5. Beetle6. CentipedeButterfly Collection1. Emperor2. Painted Lady3. Blue Butterfly4. Swallowtail5. Zebra6. CopperFeather Collection1. Green Plume2. Hen Feather3. Dapple Plume4. Red Feather5. Banded Quill6.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Where Can I Buy 12inch Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures in the UK?
I'm a huge Buffy fan and I like action figure and I would love to collect the 12inch figure range by Sideshow Collectables. You can buy them on loads of american sites ans i can only see a few on Amazon.co.uk, Does anybody know where i could find most of the figures on a uk site!?!?
Check out this site, they have a bunch.