Halloween Fashion Ideas
By: Alexis Knight
School Dance - Headed to your school dance? No time to pick up a Halloween costume! Choose your favorite black dress and your old clunky uniform shoes and head for the chic school girl! Grab your light weight clutch, your bright pop of color, your favorite statement earrings and you can't forget your edgy phone case! You're ready to hit the dance floor.
Haunted House - For the girl with so much life and limited time to live it up, grab your favorite black skirt and your simple white t-shirt and head for a night full of priceless surprises! Why not throw in a bright cross body and a snug pair of tights to lighten things up a bit! Before the night is over you can't forget to take a selfie!
Trick Or Treat? - Not really the type to fit in huh? Well, pull out your favorite peplum top and your super high clunkers and struct your stuff. Show off your flashy patterns and don't be afraid to be you while doing it! grab your school bag and head out the door!
Costume Party - Show off your true sense of creativity with a twist of style by incorporating your favorite accessories! From you favorite lipstick, all the way down to your favorite phone case. Add a little pizzaz with a pair of texture flare trousers and suede pump. If it's chilly out, grab a formal biker jacket to keep you warm!
Halloween Fashion Week - Not quite the costume party girl, but you want to make a fashion statement? What better way than to pair up a cute pair of trouser shorts with an over-sized statement crop top T-shirt. Pair it up with an edgy kitty cat loafer and simple statement clutch. Add a pop of color with your favorite bold lip and a nice edgy Halloween pin!
Halloween Nail Art
By: Patrice Rivers
Black Cat Crossing
Halloween Indie Handmade
$3.50 on Ebay
If you want your shimmering nails to pop, then the Black Cat Crossing is definitely for you! Paint your nails either black or orange and add this glitter polish on top for a puuurrrrrfect touch!
$2.99 at www.kohls.com
Want a basic look but shiny touch, and then Candies nail polish is good for you. If you like the basic look without going overboard from the creative Halloween look for nails, this will be perfect for you! This polish will have your nails looking shiny and fly once you get done polishing.
$2.99 at Targets
Not only can you choose black, but paint your nails a Halloween spooky orange to bring out your nails even more. If you want to mix your nails to black and orange, it will definitely show out! Let’s all get creative for this Halloween season.
OPI OSAKA to me
Oraage and Maybelline
$15.89 on Ebay
This color show remix can add sparkles on your nails looking like fly diamond. Paint the orange onto your nails laying it on thick and mix the black and silver glitter polish on top adding the finishing touches. Go Bling Blinging for days or weeks with this stylish combo!
Glow-in-the-dark-zombie Florescent Green
This is for all my fly ladies that love the nail polish industry! Check out this sparkly and fun polish that will leave your nails feeling good! What better choice than to rock this glow-in-the-dark polish around your friends and for Halloween?! You will definitely have fun with this unique polish; whether on your acrylic nails, long or short natural nails. Show off your decorative nails!
Raven and Storm
Add a little spice in your life with this stormy back glitter nail polish. No need for any other colors when you can rock this look by itself!
Now that you have different nail polishes and brands to choose from, you can create your nails any way that you want. Candy corn nails or just a simple black nails with orange dots, spice it up! Whatever you choose, make it a great Halloween experience with your nail art! Let your imagination take place and allow your creativity to draw fantasy Halloween themes on your nails. Whether it is the Frankenstein look or a monster on one of your nails, make this year’s Halloween nail art experience a spooky one!
Don't Be "Scared" To Break The Ice
By Shamyua Miles
Halloween is right around the corner, and you’ve just been invited to a big costume party. You’re a little nervous because you don’t know what to wear, when to arrive, and you know there will be a lot of cute guys there. It’s a social event, but you don’t exactly know how to break the ice when talking to a guy. Leave the terror, the horror and the fright in the movies and break the ice! Here are a few ideas that could help you break the ice and not be so fearful this Halloween!
Ask him about his costume.
It’s a costume party, so every guy must have on a costume. If you see a cute guy in a really nice costume, go up and greet him by his costume. An example could be if he is dressed as Superman. If he is dressed as Superman, you could greet him and say, “Hello Superman. Saved any lives today?” This is a great way to start a conversation and to also do a little (not too much!) flirting. If you don’t happen to know what his costume is, you could simply go up to him and ask what his costume is and what made him choose it.
Talk about other people’s costumes.
There will be a lot of costumes; some unique, some funny, some scary, and some just plain weird. This could be a great icebreaker. See a cute guy and simply start a conversation about all the different costumes. Making a couple of jokes would be an amazing way to break the ice and also make him laugh.
Let your costume do the work.
Want to get noticed? Plan a grand entrance. Arrive fashionably late, but be sure to give yourself enough time to have fun. Open the doors and catch everyone’s attention. Keep their eyes on you by astonishing them with your amazing costume. By doing this, you won’t have to find a way to talk to a cute guy; he’ll be drawn to you and most likely start a conversation himself.
“Trick-or-treat, give me something good to eat.”
It’s Halloween and one of the biggest parts of Halloween is the candy. Since it is Halloween and you’re at a party, there is likely to be lots and lots of candy present. Break the ice by asking a cute guy his favorite candy. You never know his favorite candy could be your favorite candy and that’s one thing you all have in common.
“What’s your favorite scary movie?”
Halloween is meant to be fun and scary at the same time. A great way to break the ice with a cute guy is to ask him about his favorite scary movie and you can also share yours. If you’ve seen the same scary movies, you both can share your thoughts on those movies, and that’ll give you something to talk about for quite a while.
National Popcorn Month
Guess what time it is? If you like popcorn, trust me, this time of the year is for you! Although Popcorn has been around for thousands of years, it was not until 1999 that this month was deemed National Popcorn Month. With the start of the Fall season and Halloween vastly approaching, this is the perfect time to celebrate the holiday with your favorite snack but with a twist! Check out these popular popcorn recipes with a good movie and be sure to share them with your popcorn loving friends:
Vegetable cooking spray
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 cups (12-ounces) mini marshmallows
6 fun-size caramel peanut chocolate bars (such as Snickers), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
3 (3-inch) chocolate chip cookies, crumbled
1/3 cup chopped salted almonds,
1/2 cup orange and black chocolate candies (such as M&Ms)
Spray the inside of a large mixing bowl with vegetable cooking spray, and lightly spray a baking sheet. Set aside.
In a 3 quart or larger, heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil and popcorn over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and shake gently. Cook until all the kernels have popped, about 3 minutes. Place the popcorn in the prepared bowl.
In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over low heat. Add the vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Using a spatula, sprayed with cooking spray, stir until the popcorn is coated. Spread the mixture over the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the chocolate bar pieces, cookies, almonds and chocolate candies. Using a spatula, gently press the toppings into the popcorn. Allow the mixture to dry for 1 hour.
Break into 2-inch pieces and store airtight in a plastic container.
Serving Suggestion: Place in small plastic bags and seal with colored ribbon.
4 quarts popped popcorn
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke seasoning
1/3 cup bacon bits or soy ‘bacon’ bits
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon seasoned salt or kosher salt
Place popcorn in a large serving bowl.
Place butter in a small bowl and melt in microwave, about 20 seconds. Stir liquid smoke into butter.
Pour butter mixture over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.
Sprinkle bacon bits, Parmesan cheese and salt over popcorn.
Toss and serve immediately.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
6 quarts popped popcorn olive oil cooking spray
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Place popcorn in a large, sealable plastic container (or in a 2.5 gallon plastic sealable bag).
Spray popcorn lightly with cooking spray.
Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly.
To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup granola cereal
1 cup roasted and salted peanuts
3 cups popped popcorn
Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with foil.
Spray foil lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
Heat honey in a large saucepan until boiling.
Stir in peanut butter until well blended.
Remove pan from heat and stir in granola, peanuts and popcorn until coated.
Press mixture evenly into prepared pan.
Refrigerate until cool; cut into bars to serve.
2 quarts popped popcorn (air-popped)
2 teaspoons ground chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Butter-flavored cooking spray
In a small bowl, combine all seasonings together.
Put popped popcorn in a large bowl and spray lightly with butter-flavored cooking spray.
Add spices to popcorn and mix thoroughly until all kernels are coated.
(Sources: foodnetwork.com, popcorn.org)
Tips To Stay Safe Online
By: National Crime Prevention Council
National Cyber Security Awareness Month was started in 2004 and is observed during the month of October. It is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
It encourages the protection by all computer users. During the month of October, the Department and the NCSA reach out to all Americans about cyber threats and offers tips and best practices concerning how to stay safe online.
DO: Set privacy settings
DON'T: Overshare information
DO: ONLY give required information
DON'T: Don't trust all of your "friends"
DO: ONLY accept people you know
DON'T: Use location-based services
DON'T: Post inappropriate photos
Ask yourself these four questions before posting:
For more information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council.
Fun and Exciting Fall Activities
By: Jasmine Rhinehart
Are you tired of doing the normal trick or treating every year? Well why not try some of these great alternative ideas that can bring you some fun and excitement.
1. Go to the state fair.
State fairs are held every fall year in states such as South Carolina and North Carolina, and even though I have never attended one, I have heard they are really fun. They have fun games, plenty of food, rides, and many other activities for the whole family to enjoy. So if you are in the SC or NC area, why not take the time out and attend one of these great state fairs.
2. Go to church fall festivals.
I went to these several times when I was younger and I had so much fun. This is basically something fun to do at your church if you do not want to partake in Halloween. You can play games such as bobbing for apples, have cake walks, and just have a good time in fellowship with others in a great environment.
3. Go the football games.
This is the season of FOOTBALL SEASON. So go along with your family or friends and go root for your favorite high school or college football team at the games. Hey, I loved doing this when I was in high school and college.
4. Have a game night at your house.
These can be so much fun. Just get your family or friends together and play board games such as Life, Monopoly, Taboo, Connect Four, or any others that was a childhood favorite of yours. Not only can you play games, but you can also sit around and have good conversations amongst one another.
5. Make pumpkin pies.
Nothing says getting into the fall season than baking some good old pumpkin pies. These are some tasty treats that you can bake yourself or with others and I know they will not disappoint anyone.
6. Write a journal.
If you ever feel bored and want to put your thoughts on paper, why not start a journal to help you get out your innermost feelings. Hey, it’s helped me a whole lot and still does to this day!
7. Attend a fall dance.
Do you have a passion for dance? Why not go to a school fall dance where you can dress up, either formal or wearing costumes and dance the night away with your friends and peers? This sounds oh so fun to me.
8. Go on field trips.
This was a favorite of mine coming up through school, I just loved going on field trips. I can remember when it was fall, and my class went to this place like a farm and we drank apple cider and ate donuts and really had a fall experience.
9. Read a book.
Do you enjoy reading? If so, go to your local library and check out some fall books that may catch your interest.
10. Attend a fall musical.
Do you enjoy singing or listening to others sing? Well, I would recommend you going to your school’s plays, concerts, etc and hear some great music being performed by your peers!
So, just have fun, fun, FUN this fall season!
Happy National Pizza Month
By: Kendra Wicker
National Pizza Month is recognized during the month of October in the U.S. Dating back to 600 B.C., pizza is now one of America’s top favorite food choice. National Pizza Month has been officially observed since 1984 after the founder of Pizza Today magazine, Gerry Durnell, proclaimed the month along with the release of the magazine’s first issue. Five billion pizzas are sold worldwide every year. Of that five, three billion of that comes from U.S. sales. On average, Americans each consume about 46 slices of pizza per year! That’s 100 acres of pizza per day or 350 slices every second! That’s tons and tons of pepperoni being eaten by people! Pizza sales peak five times out of the year: Super Bowl Sunday, the night before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and in the spirit of the national month, Halloween. In recognition of this month Sista’s Keeper found a few cool and creepy recipes for you below to try out this Halloween!
· Totino’s Party Pizza (or any frozen pizza)
· Ranch dressing
· Fine-tip plastic squeeze bottle
· 2 black olives
· Pizza toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, nacho cheese chips, ground beef)
Directions: Make the pizza according to package directions. While the pizza is in the oven, prepare the ground beef (if using as a topping). Once pizza is done, add the rest of the toppings, saving the lettuce for last. To create the spider, cut one olive in half lengthways, then divide each half into three. Next, fill a fine-tip squeeze bottle with ranch dressing. With a steady hand, create the spider web design. Lastly, add the spider and dig in!
· One 1-pound ball of prepared pizza dough
· All-purpose flour, for rolling the dough
· 1 tablespoon olive oil
· 1 clove garlic, finely grated
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 1 cup ricotta cheese
· 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
· 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
· 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces)
· 4 pitted black olives, ends trimmed and each cut into 3 rounds
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Divide the pizza dough into 4 pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll and stretch on a lightly floured surface into an 8- to 9-inch oval. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and pull the end of the dough to one side into a tapered end to create a ghost shape. Repeat with the remaining dough, putting 2 ghosts on each baking sheet. Don't worry if they all look slightly different-- it will give the ghosts personality.
Mix the oil and garlic together in a small bowl and evenly brush over the 4 ghosts; sprinkle with a total of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake until the crusts are golden and set, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans top to bottom halfway through the baking time.
Mix the ricotta, Parmesan and Italian seasoning together in a small bowl and spread over the ghosts, stopping about 1/2-inch from the edge. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and return to the oven until the ghosts are hot and the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes more. Place 2 pieces of olive on each ghost for the eyes and1 piece on each for a mouth.
Transfer the ghosts to individual plates and serve.
· Ready-made pizza crust
· Pizza sauce (tomato basil)
· Olives (for eyes and nose)
· Cheese (mozzarella and/or cheddar)
*You may use frozen cheese pizza*
Directions: Lay pizza on pizza pan and spread/mold to shape of pumpkin. Add pizza sauce and cheeses. Use pepperoni to outline shape and face of pumpkin. Add olives to make eyes and nose. Bake according to dough instructions and/or until toppings are melted and dough is golden. Allow to cool 1 minute before serving.
· 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
· 1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme (1 1/2 cups)
· 1/4 cup Halloween-colored candy-coated chocolate candies (your choice)
· 1/2 cup coarsely broken pretzels
· Any 20 bars (fun-size) of candy, unwrapped, cut into fourths (about 2 cups)
· 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
Directions: Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12-inch pizza pan with foil; grease foil with shortening. Cut cookie dough into 1/4-inch slices; arrange in pan. With floured fingers, press slices to form crust.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Use foil to lift crust from pan. Carefully remove foil from crust; place crust on serving platter or tray. In small microwavable bowl, place marshmallow creme. Microwave uncovered on High 15 seconds to soften slightly; stir until smooth. Spread marshmallow creme over crust. Sprinkle candy-coated chocolate candies, pretzels and cut-up candy bars evenly over top.
Drizzle melted chocolate over cookie pizza. Cut into wedges or squares.
Staying Safe on Halloween
By: Camille Daniels
As you prepare to celebrate Halloween with friends binging on candy it is first important to remember that in order to have a good time you must first be safe. Before you head out remember it’s best to make sure you are not alone. Make sure that there is always an adult with you as you hit the neighborhood looking for sweet treats. If you’re going to go with friends to scourer the neighborhood make sure to practice the buddy system. This means make sure your friend or friends are always together or you know exactly where someone is. It might be best to also have cell phones in case you need to call for help.
But for the best recommendations on how to stay safe the best suggestions may come from a few sites like the Center for Disease Control. Here’s what they recommend. The first suggestion is based on your costume. If you plan on being any sort of character with a weapon make sure it and your costume are short, flexible and not sharp so that you don’t hurt someone or yourself.
Now if candy is all that matters than for extreme protection make sure to show all candies to an adult. This is to make sure there isn’t anything that could be dangerous that could harm you like choking on a piece of candy or even poisonous. Also make sure that the candy is strictly from a store or factory based usually packaged in plastic wrapping and not something a stranger made.
When walking it’s also important to remember to do just that walk not to run. The candy isn’t going anywhere so slow down and take your time. Make sure your costume is flame-retardant. This means make sure that your costume won’t catch fire. To make sure you never have to find out if it is stay away from anything that is a candle or that is luminary meaning anything that is lights up. Finally the best kind of costume is a reflective one so that way while out at night cars spot you. It is important that your mask fits your face or your friend’s correctly. If it doesn’t fit right it could actually be dangerous since it may make it hard to see while walking down the street or when crossing it. Take these tips and enjoy. I wish you a Happy Halloween.
History of Halloween
By: Camille Daniels
Before you put on your costume and raid the neighborhood for candy with your friends it might be a good idea to understand just what exactly Halloween is and how it all began.
Halloween is born out of the culture of the Celtic people in Europe. The holiday comes from the Samhain festival according to halloweenhistory.org. The holiday comes at a time when harvesting for the year would end was a time to prepare for the winter time. Since the winters are extremely cold in Europe when they came it killed every crop around it. Making it easy for many to believe in the retuning spirit of anyone who had died since it was so harsh and there was very little life. The date of October 31st comes into play because the ancient Gaels believed that the worlds of the living and dead came together on that day and that two worlds meeting meant it would only bring about evil.
At the time of the festival there were lots of bonfires and those bonfires attracted insects which the bats would eat. This is just one of the many things that are associated with the holiday.
The role of costumes came about to imitate the spirits or make them happy.
Now the role of the United States has taken away some of the “evil” that Halloween is known for. This involves the making of movies and Halloween parties depending on where you are and who you talk to the holiday is not always seen as a bad thing.
For more information about the holiday please check out the history of Halloween on the History channel with your cable provider, or your local library or simple internet searching. Now you know just a bit about the holiday, enjoy.
What Is Domestic Violence?
By: Yani Long
Domestic violence is considered violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. Such abuse includes physical and emotional abuse, sexual violence, and threats of physical abuse.
On an average about 20 people per minute fall victim of domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women have experience a form of domestic violence with an intimate partner. About 1 in 5 women have experienced physical abuse and about accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the United States. It is important to understand these facts because it is common among women between the ages of 18 and 24.
Domestic violence doesn't affect just young women, no matter the race, size, color, religion etc anyone can fall victim of domestic violence.
Early September, a video was released of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then fiance' now wife. The video stirred up a lot of commotion and ultimately led to the termination of Rice's contract with Baltimore Ravens. Such an act is frowned up no matter the circumstance or person. It isn't right and no woman should ever have to experience such behavior.
In 1987, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed the month of October to bring awareness, followed by the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislative that was passed by the U.S Congress in 1989.
The objective of bringing awareness is to make sure you, your mother, any of your friends, and every other women out there does not experience what Rice's wife had to experience. She still married him after the incident took place. While that was her forte, it doesn't mean that it is okay or to subject yourself to believing that it is okay because she stayed. Your business is your business, but be mindful that there is help. There are hotlines, outreach programs, shelters, and counselors that are there to help. If you or know anyone that is a victim of domestic violence please speak up. The month of October is for you.
Halloween Lip Gloss
Check out the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin products from Bath & Body Works here:
It wouldn’t be a great night if you didn’t play this classic. The great gives us something to love and hit a few dance moves, this song is one you just can’t help but to move your feet, head, and arms to.
Looking for an up-tempo pop hit to celebrate your spooky spirit? This track is just the one you need to have coming from your stereo.
If you have a bit of a funky old soul this song is just for. With it referencing to the popular film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the song describes the feelings one might have after watching the thriller.
A song great for getting the fun started! The Monster Mash features your favorite classic monsters; Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolf, and a Ghost. Put this on and you’ll see little ghost and goblins twisting everywhere.
By: Eman Al-Taher