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When There’s Something Inspiring in Your Neighborhood

Superheroes, sports heroes and a Greek gyro:

One of these doesn’t belong when it comes to being a popular Halloween costume for kids.

(Hint: There’s no trick here, but there most certainly is a treat).

Kids from coast-to-coast dressed up last night for trick-or-treat, bringing smiles to the faces of parents, candy-supplied neighbors and the children themselves. Halloween is a wonderful occasion that sparks the imagination of young minds to have fun dreaming big and thinking creatively with the certainty of ending up with a pumpkin shaped basket or pillow case full of the best candy that lasts, oh…about a couple hours.

There are always some very clever costumes on this most special of nights, but there was one that topped them all this year.

This kid’s costume came, was seen and kicked Halloween’s ass!

(Ghostbusters reference)

Happy Halloween!

There’s one movie that put a hypnotic spell on all of us ’90s kids…

and one of the famed Sanderson sisters recently knocked it out of the park for us.

The 1993 cult movie phenomenon Hocus Pocus continues to cast its nostalgic magic on anybody who has seen the film throughout the past 23 years since it premiered in movie theaters. Much like John Carpenter’s Halloween series, Hocus Pocus has become one of the must-see Halloween movies. That’s definitely impressive company for this time of year.

Disney, incredibly, seems to have the support of the main cast to reunite for an entertaining sequel. What’s more is that the original movie didn’t rely too heavily on grand special effects, which means the sequel would likely be story first. And the movies that focus on story, characters and settings first always succeed.

(ex.- Hocus Pocus in 1993).

Hopefully, fans won’t have to wait 300 years for someone to light a black flame candle of screenwriting for a sequel.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween’s Friendly Host

Casper is a scary fun family Halloween movie, while Halloween is just scary.

The celebration of carving pumpkins, brushing away cobwebs, avoiding black cats, ghosts, goblins, vampires and witches and watching kids (and adults) dress up as superheroes, athletes, musicians, celebrities, current event phenomenons and virtually any character is a great time to gauge society’s preferences and pop-culture’s influences. Culturally speaking, All Hallows’ Eve is an entertaining annual snapshot of who we are.

And on this “Throwback Thursday,” we can never forget the classic (and sometimes underrated) stories that bring this tradition to life with an unmistakable impression.

Well played 1995!

Happy Halloween!

Michael Myers, the killers from the Scream movies, pumpkins, evil leprechauns, ghosts and goblins, curses and witchcraft, candy galore, mysterious fog and wild costumes round out what Halloween is mostly all about.

Mostly.

It’s a great time of year when our imaginations can run wild and we can be as scary or humorously creative as we want. Ultimately, it’s a celebration and a time of year when we love to be scared; getting our heart racing is a plus. Visiting costume stores/depots that are set-up for about a couple months is always entertaining because we discover what the top costumes will be in a particular year in popular culture. This year there will be current favorites like Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy, classics like a cat and a ghost, plus nostalgic returns like the dynamically dumb duo of Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas. But let’s be 100% sure not what neglect a cinematic treasure from the past that can be viewed and celebrated by people of all ages (especially Millennials). We can watch the scariest films we want, but somewhere in our playlist must be a movie that stars three witches, a talking cat and some salt.

When I say, “Hocus,” you say…

Happy Halloween!