By Rose Quintiliano
Oct 28, 2012 - 8:12:10 PM
HOLLYWOOD—Halloween is the third largest party day in the U.S.behind New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. I have always been a fan of Halloween. Everyone is either shopping for costumes or designing their own. The experts are predicting a record year for the Halloween industry: a great year for the candy, costume and decoration manufacturers. The festivities are in full gear with parties, trick-or-treating, visiting haunted attractions, carving Jack-o’lanterns, ghost tours, watching horror films or taking a trip to Salem, Mass. Another fun thing to do is visit the Santa Monica Paranoia Haunted Attraction nightly through October 31, which is a bone-chilling Halloween experience.
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Celebrities are just like us in the way that they love to take their children out for pumpkin picking and dressing up for Halloween. Still don’t have a costume for Halloween? You can pay tribute to Lady Gaga with so many of her unique outfits to choose from such as her Yuyi, the Mermaid outfit, a dress made out of Kermit the Frog dolls, and the infamous meat dress. The amount of Gagas seem to be increasing each year. With so many of her iconic looks to choose from, you can turn your Halloween night into a true Monster Ball. This year you can either choose to be either President Obama or Mitt Romney if you want to make a political statement. With dressing up comes decorating your nails for Halloween. There are so many designs to choose from ranging from spooky skeleton manicures to bloody nail art. You can even check out the You Tube beauty guru Julie G, who filmed a video on Halloween nails. Another beauty guru, MakeupbyMel, did a video on getting the gory look in one of her videos.
If your literary blood lust wants to be satiated with a darker mystery this Halloween month, start with author James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge's "Zoo," about a biologist troubled by animal attacks. Author Kathy Reichs "Bones Are Forever," a murder investigation with both her current and former flames involved in the case. Tempe Brennan must examine the bodies.
Author John Grisham's "The Racketeer" is about a fifth federal judge that has been murdered. Grisham always delivers. Another book is by author Harlen Coben’s “Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel.” The author has written more than 18 books and never seems to disappoint. In his latest novel that was released last month, he brings us Mickey Bolitar that was introduced in “Live Wire.” Mickey is a bright high school student who has had a horrific year, having witnessed his father’s death and dealt with his mother’s addiction. Mickey was forced to live with his uncle Myron, and when he started school, he met a beautiful girl named Ashley. He later begins to question his father’s death and uncovers a conspiracy. While Harlan has received mixed reviews on “Shelter,” his writing moves along and has twists and turns that keep the reader hooked. Mystery lovers will definitely enjoy.
It is the time to decorate with cobwebs and whip up batches of black-cat cupcakes. If you are hosting a Halloween party, you can make chocolate graveyard dips to Jack-o' Lantern cheeseballs to pumpkin chocolate chip cookies; it's time to get creative.
Rose’s Scoop: My friend and Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is gracing the cover of Avon magazine; he is the face of "Unplugged," fragrances for him and for her, two new scents full of passion, intensity and soul.
Happy Halloween to all!
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