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Could Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes Inspire Book Week Costumes?

Roald Dahl created a number of wonderful characters in his lifetime, and his books are still firm favourites on many children’s book shelves. If you’re already thinking about what you’ll dress up as for World Book Week next year, you might want to take inspiration from his tales.

The new movie version of his classic story The BFG hit cinemas this summer, reminding everyone of this caring giant with his dream catching and snozcumbers. And this Christmas the BBC will be bringing more of Dahl’s stories to life.

Along with the makers of the Gruffalo, the BBC has created two half-hour films that will bring Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes to the screen.

These are his own, unconventional take on classic fairytales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Last month, the BBC revealed that Tamsin Grieg, Rob Brydon, David Walliams and Dominic West would be among the actors voicing the characters.

Watching these new adaptations over Christmas could give you some inspiration on how put a fresh twist on costumes to be some of these classic characters.

Of course, Roald Dahl created many colourful characters who are brilliant options to dress up as for World Book Week. There’s the quirky Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wiley Fantastic Mr Fox, the disgusting Twits, or the terrifying Trunchbull from Matilda.

If you really want to push the boat out, you could dress up as one of his weird and wonderful animal characters - the enormous crocodile, Miss Spider from James and the Giant Peach, or any of the creatures who feature in Dirty Beasts.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37726518
www.wonderlandparty.co.uk

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Most Popular Halloween Costumes On Google Trends

If you need a bit of inspiration where your Halloween costumes are concerned and either want to see what other people are doing or want to avoid wearing the same costume as someone else, it’d be a good idea to check out Google Trends.

The top ten most searched-for costumes for 2016 are Harley Quinn, Joker, Superhero, Pirate, Wonder Woman, Witch, Batman, Star Wars, Clown and Dinosaur.

Other popular costume ideas, based on search volumes, were mermaids, Pikachu, zombie, Minnie Mouse, Deadpool, vampire, Poison Ivy, princess, Minions, unicorn and Ghostbusters.

That should give you plenty of food for thought where your own costume ideas are concerned, but be aware that you’ve only got a couple of days left to get your costumes sorted out. There’s nothing worse than a rush job for costumes so you’d better start planning quickly if you want to look your best this October 31st.

Another good place to go for ideas would be Instagram or Pinterest. People love to share their costumes and makeup tutorials so have a good browse online to see what you can find. If you’re really pushed for time, it might be easier to see if there’s a fun makeup video tutorial somewhere so you can go for instant impact without having to spend too much money on a last-minute costume idea.

We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned for this Halloween so make sure you let us know what you’ve got in the pipeline in the comments below. Looking forward to seeing some photos as well!


#halloweencostumes   #ladieshalloweencostumes  
https://frightgeist.withgoogle.com/
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Are Killer Clown Halloween Costumes A Good Idea?

Coming up with unique and interesting Halloween costumes is all part of the fun and something that die-hard witching hour fans look forward to each year... but you'd perhaps be wise to avoid dressing up as a killer clown in 2016 if you want to ensure you can enjoy October 31st properly, without the fear of someone giving you a hard time over it.

That's because there's been a spate of people going around city streets in the US and the UK dressed as killer clowns and walking around with baseball bats, scaring people young and old.

The trend was first spotted in the US towards the end of August, with sightings being reported in states like New York, California, South Carolina and New Jersey, and it's now made its way over the pond to us here in the UK as well.

Concerned parents have been voicing their worries about the trend on social media sites like Facebook, saying that their children are now too scared to go outside on their own in case they see a clown, with some even saying that their little ones are having trouble sleeping at night.

As a result, the London Metropolitan Police have said that if people do dress as clowns they could in fact be committing an offence and could be fined for public order disturbances. Commander Julian Bennett was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "While we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves, it is important that while having fun they remember to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed."

It seems as though it’s only a matter of time before someone is hurt as a result of this killer clown craze, so perhaps come up with a different costume idea this Halloween.

#halloweencostumes   #halloweencostumekits   #ladieshalloweencostumes   #teenshalloweencostumes  

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/11/killer-clown-craze-uk-sightings-police-warning
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6 Fun Pumpkin Recipes

It’s October, our very favourite month of the year! We hope that you’ve got all your Halloween costumes fully sorted out now so that you can turn your thoughts to other aspects of the Witching Hour. That’s right, we’re talking about pumpkins! It wouldn’t be Halloween without a pumpkin recipe here and there, so here are six to help you really enjoy the upcoming spooky season.

Pumpkin & caramel cake

How delicious does this combination sound? Perfectly autumnal, if you ask us – and the best way to use up all the innards of your pumpkin once you’re done with carving it. You’ll need pumpkin pie spice and a can of pumpkin puree, which may be hard to source so make sure you plan your cake-baking extravaganza to perfection to avoid disappointment.

Pumpkin & ginger waffles

A bit of pumpkin for breakfast never goes amiss, does it? And we love the sound of these waffles that we found over on the Country Living website. If you don’t have a waffle iron, you will struggle to make them but these are easy to find so you shouldn’t have much trouble. The only odd ingredient you’ll need here is canned pumpkin puree, but this shouldn’t be too hard to source either.

Quinoa risotto with pumpkin & spinach

Looking for a super healthy pumpkin recipe? This is it! This is gluten-free and made using butternut squash or pumpkin (whichever you prefer), some onion, chopped tomatoes, quinoa, spinach, fresh herbs and a dash of cider vinegar. Absolutely perfect for autumn nights when the chill sets in a bit.

Bruléed pumpkin pie

This wouldn’t be a definitive list of pumpkin recipes without having at least one pumpkin pie idea on here, would it? And we love the sound of this Martha Stewart bruléed pumpkin pie recipe which has a crust of superfine sugar on the top for a bit of a fun crunch when you bite into it. You will need a kitchen blowtorch so that you can caramelise the sugar but other than that, this’ll be a cinch to make.

Pumpkin martini

This is the only way to drink pumpkin this season, we reckon! Just combine the likes of sugar, vodka, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice for a really delicious drink that would have James Bond ditching his shaken-not-stirred version straightaway.

Baked pumpkin

Looking for an alternative to the trusty baked potato? Give baked pumpkin a go. It’s fun to cook as well – just cut the lid off, scoop out the seeds and a bit of flesh, then refill with all sorts of delicious goodies like rice, pistachios, cranberries and tangerine, and then bake for about an hour. You have Jamie Oliver to thank for this amazing-sounding recipe!

#halloween   #halloweencostumes   #fancydress   #costumes  
So there are your six pumpkin recipes for this year! Which will you make first? Don’t forget to let us know how your cooking endeavours go!


http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pumpkin-caramel-cake

http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a2992/pumpkin-ginger-waffles-recipe/

http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/quinoa-risotto-with-pumpkin-and-spinach/

http://www.marthastewart.com/1038827/bruleed-pumpkin-pie

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/delicious-pumpkin-recipes/pumpkin-vodka-martini

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/the-best-baked-pumpkin/

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