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Halloween in Ireland has evolved massively over the last three decades – just ask anyone born in the 80s.

The time, effort and cost that goes into children's Halloween costumes these days would have been met with dropped jaws and open mouths in every primary school classroom back in the 1990s.

And if you did your formative trick or treating in 90s Ireland, you will know that Halloween meant running around your housing estate dressed head to toe in bin liners while frantically trailing a ripped shopping bag of loot behind you.

It also meant a blatant disregard for the following…

1. Political correctness

A worrying number of children in 1990s Ireland actually trick or treated while dressed as someone of a different race and ethnicity.

Alarming and all as it seems these days, neighbours didn't bat an eyelid 20 years ago when they were met with a group of Irish children culturally appropriating like nobody's business.

"And who are you meant to be, son? What country would that be?"

2. Child safety

Oh, your mother may have warned you to stay back from the bonfire and avoid bangers at all costs, but she also thought nothing of dressing you head to toe in one of the most flammable materials ever – black plastic.

While bangers may have sailed over your head and sparklers were indiscriminately discarded by the hem of your 'costume', you innocently assumed all would be well because it's not as if your mam would have put you in obvious danger, right?

"My mam told me not to come running to her if I was set on fire."

3. Reputation

Back in the day, we were forced to show good manners when that oddball in the corner house hesitantly dropped a ropey-looking Granny Smith and a handful of Monkey Nuts into our open plastic bags.

And God forbid if your family ever ran out of treats, and were forced to raid the fruit bowl.

"My brother says your mam gave him an apple on Halloween, so you can't sit with us."

4. Sibling safety

If you had an older brother or sister, you'll know that your safety generally wasn't a priority back in the day, but you put up with it if it meant you could trick or treat with the big kids.

From forcing you to knock on houses your parents warned you against to making you hop fences into different estates, the fact that you were left hanging by the arse of your plastic costume from a railing was just par for the course.

"Either hop that wall or give me the Wham bar you got. It's your choice."

5. Sugar intake

Our parents would have been well within their rights to ration our loot, and dole out a piece every day from Novemeber 1 until the following year. but they didn't.

No, they watched while we poured our haul onto the sitting room floor and stoically made our way through it while beads of sweat broke out on our foreheads and our hands shook from the sugar rush.

"Sure, look it, have at it, as long as I can have that mini Galaxy you got there."

 

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Since Halloween is a bit of a bust this year, why not pass the time by trying out any of these super easy makeup looks?

Usually we'd be looking forward to the spooky holiday for several weeks beforehand, perfectly planning out our costume and sending out some feelers to see which Halloween party all are pals are hitting up.

However, 2020 had other ideas in mind, and now it looks like we'll be spending Halloween night laying on the couch, devouring all of the sweets and chocolate we can find, while watching Hocus Pocus on repeat.

Want to feel a little more festive while stuffing your face? Check ot these fool-proof makeup looks, which are sure to put the spook back in spooky season.

1. Purrrfect Pretty Kitty

Black eyeliner? Sorted.

2. Vampire Vibes

For this, all you need is your typical smokey eyeshadows and some red lippy. 

3. Spider Surprise 

How cool is this?

4. Spooky Cheshire Cat

Smile, it's Halloween! 

5. Pretty Little Panda

Add two buns for ears, and you are ready for action! 

6. Simple Clown Face 

Whip out that liquid liner, lovely ladies. 

7. Doe, a Deer! 

All you need is brown eyeshadow and some liquid liner. Simples. 

 

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With Halloween just five short weeks away, it’s time to go on the hunt for the perfect spooky look for the season. That’s why we couldn’t be happier to hear that Disney has brought out an inclusive range of dress-up costumes for wheelchair users.

The new range includes a sparkling Cinderella dress, a dapper Buzz Lightyear costume and a Super Suit from The Incredibles, complete with your very own wheelchair-friendly Incredimobile.

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All of the costumes are specially designed to be perfectly adaptable for wheelchair users, by using stretchy fabric and hidden flaps. “Cinderella's arrival will grace any royal ball in this elegant adaptive costume, which features an opening at the back and a discreet flap in the front center for easy tube access,” Disney describes on their website.

“With a ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,’ our glittering gown, detailed in silver foil filigree, stardusted skirts, organza trims, and a bejeweled cameo, is an enchanting dress-up dream.”

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The range comes with two options for wheelchair covers, including a princess carriage and an Incredimobile car. These come with supportive plastic piping pieces for added stability, and fit most wheelchairs with 24-inch wheels. Although, Disney warns that the wheelchair must be operated by a helper when the costume is attached and it’s not to be used with battery powered wheelchairs.

The range is available on shopdisney.com starting at $49.99.

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With Halloween just around the corner and bonfires, fireworks and more all something our dogs have to deal with, Chris Hanlon of Werewolf Food has provided his top tips for keeping your dog happy and safe. 

He says, “Halloween anxiety in dogs in a very real scenario and although you’ll know when your dog is scared, unhappy or nervous, knowing how to handle it in the moment, or avoid it altogether is key. Every element of the day from the food to the fireworks needs to be considered but planning a little ahead should make for a relaxing evening.” 

  • Walk 

Chris says: “Bringing your dog for a longer walk than usual early in the evening or late in the afternoon, before much of the madness ensues, will help to relax them as much as possible and hopefully mean they are a little bit less angsty if the evening turns out be full of loud noises and have lots of visitors. As we know, the fireworks and noises can be unexpected so it’s worthwhile keeping your dog on its lead throughout.” 

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  • Hide the sweet treats 

Chris explains, “The next obvious risk to dogs on Halloween night is the sweet treats left for trick-or-treaters. These need to be kept out of reach of your furry friend. We all know our dogs will sniff out every human treat they are not supposed to have and get up to all kinds of mischief in the kitchen when we’re not looking so it’s worthwhile being extra careful and leaving treats in high cupboards or locked away in between trick-or-treater visits. Monkey nut shells can be a choking risk while chocolate and other sweet treats can be poisonous to dogs and cause tummy upset so stick to the dog-friendly treats to include your dog in the fun.” 

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  • Dangerous décor 

As with the sweet treats, Chris reminds us that dangerous decorations can be a risk too. He says, “The number one risk is lit pumpkins. We all know our dogs are curious and as they aren’t used to inviting lit pumpkins, keep them out of paws reach. Overall, my advice would be not to overdo it – the more the house appears to be unfamiliar, especially with scary statues and hangers, the more your dog will get riled up. Bear in mind too that by wearing a mask, your dog no longer recognises you and your family members so perhaps pop it on out of their sight.” 

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  • Stay with them 

Chris explains, “It might seem like the practical option to keep your dog away from the noise in the quietest part of the house but we can underestimate just how scary fireworks, spooky costumes and consistent unexpected visitors can be to dogs so I suggest keeping them close, giving them their favourite toys to keep them as distracted as possible and comforting them with affection as they need it. A handy trick is to turn on music or the TV to try and drown out external noise as much as possible.” 

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  • Ask a friend 

Chris advises not leaving things to chance. He says, “If you have a gut feeling that your dog isn’t going to react well, it might be worthwhile asking a friend in a quieter area if you can pop round for the busy times or even asking them to dog sit. You can also consider a boarding kennels in a rural area that you rate so you can have some peace of mind.” 

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Husband and wife Christopher and Bridgeen Hanlon, are the duo behind subscription-based dog food company, Werewolf Food. That’s right, you can now have your dog’s food delivered right to your door on a rolling basis as your dog needs it. Werewolf Food, founded in January, has tapped into our growing love for the convenience of subscriptions just like Glossybox, Hello Fresh and Bloom and Wild. 

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The list of Halloween movies we adore gets longer and longer every year. We just can’t get enough of the frightening films and neither can Ireland.

A new study by Halloween FM has revealed the nation’s favourite Halloween movie and it is a classic.

26 years after it was first released, Hocus Pocus is still Ireland’s favourite Halloween movie – that’s according to a new survey carried out by Halloween FM.

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) say that Hocus Pocus is their favourite movie, followed by Halloween (21 percent) and Nightmare on Elm Street (13 percent). Thriller by Michael Jackson takes first place (30 percent) as the favourite Halloween song with just under with 1962 classic The Monster Mash taking second place at 17 percent.

Decorations for Halloween are growing in popularity year-on-year, and this year is no exception, with a whopping 65 percent of people saying they will decorate their houses “from top to bottom” for Halloween, but full-on American-inspired ghouls and spiderweb adorning the front of the house doesn’t appeal to everyone, with 29 percent of people say that something small to decorate the house or porch will suffice, such as a carved pumpkin. Just 6 percent said they won’t bother with any decorations at all.

U.S President Donald Trump emerges as the figure of many nightmares, with 41 percent saying that he is the worst celebrity they would want to be stuck in a haunted house with. Katie Hopkins comes second, with 29 percent running for cover from the out-spoken English media personality. Hilariously, just 7 percent of respondents object to Freddy Krueger.

HalloweenFM.ie, Ireland’s first ever Halloween radio station, is on air now playing wickedly good music and providing the perfect soundtrack to all your Halloween celebrations.

Listeners are enjoying a wide range of music from a mix of upbeat Halloween-inspired hits to a collection of spooky songs and classics. There are a host of familiar voices presenting on the station, ensuring you get in the mood for Halloween 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HalloweenFM.ie also boasts a range of extra content that will help you make this Halloween the most memorable yet. They include the ‘Sixty Second Scare’ and the ‘Monster Movie Minute’! You can also find out about all the best terrifying Halloween events that are happening around Ireland to make sure you don’t miss out on making the most of the adrenaline driven holiday.

The station is broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

HalloweenFM.ie is available online, on your mobile, on your smart speaker and at www.halloweenfm.ie.

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A new report from thortful.com has revealed the areas of Ireland where you’re most likely to experience an alien encounter based on data from the National UFO Reporting Centre.

Alien life has been found and contact has been made with planet Earth… or so it would appear.

The night sky consists of 10 billion galaxies, or to be more precise, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars and according to a new report by thortful.com aliens live amongst these stars and constellations and even make regular visits to planet Earth.  

Aliens, however, appear to be picky about their tourist/holiday destinations only appearing in the skies above certain cities.

To celebrate Halloween on October 31 thortful analysed data from the National UFO Reporting Centre, revealing the UFO hotspots of the Ireland. Data was analysed from the years 1998 – 2019.

The most haunted locations

Data analysed from the National UFO Reporting Centre has revealed that residents of Dublin are the most likely to encounter alien life.

Since 1998 Dublin has been victim to 42 UFO encounters crowning it the most haunted area in Ireland.

The top ten areas can be seen below:

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Are you a big fan of pumpkin lattes? Now you can treat yourself to a pumpkin latte facial.

The Wicklow Street Clinic is a renowned and award-winning clinic based on Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. It’s an oasis of calm above the hustle and bustle of the busy autumnal Dublin streets. 

The clinic is running a special Pumpkin Latte Facial Treatment until the end of October, which will feature a range of cleansing and toning Eminence organics products, including the brand’s Pumpkin Latte Masque as well as incorporating Eminence’s Yam and Pumpkin peel to reveal radiant skin. 

The Pumpkin Latte masque contains a range of ingredients that are eerily suited to combat the effects this season’s weather has on our skin. It  restores the skin’s natural moisture balance with Vitamin E and Omega 9 nutrients which are combined in this dreamy puree of fresh pumpkin to fight the appearance of ageing and environmental stresses.

Eminence plant a tree for every product they sell (13 million to date), use solar and wind energy and use cornstarch packaging. 

Enjoy a pumpkin facial at the Wicklow Street Clinic for €100.00.

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For many of us, the re-watching of Hocus Pocus has become an annual tradition at this time of year, and suffice to say many of us believe we know the 1993 movie inside out.

But do you know its origins? OrigInal name? Intended storyline? Nah, we didn't think so.

Well, come little children because you're about to find out.

While discussing the movie with EW recently, writer Mick Garris explained that his original screenplay was a much darker movie – one which ultimately never made it to the silver screen.

"What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds. The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening," he explained.

Revealing that the movie's original title was, in fact, Halloween House, Mick went on to explain that the film initially piqued the interest of director, Stephen Spielberg, until industry rivalry forced him to pass on it.

"He loved it until he found out that Disney was already involved, Mick said. "At that time, Disney and Amblin were very competitive in the family-film market, so neither of them wanted to be in business with the other."

Mick explained that, under the scrutiny of a team of writers, the first draft became 'broadly comedic', and soon evolved from a dark story to the family favourite we know today.

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Halloween movies have a special place in our hearts and this month, we can't get enough of throwback movies to get us in the mood for all things spooky.

Plus, who doesn't love a good 90's made-for-TV Disney classic? 

1. The Addams Family, 1991

To start things off, we gotta have the most famous Halloween fam of all time.

A dysfunctional family at it's best, there is a disembodied hand called Thing, a cousin called It that is completely covered in hair and creepy Uncle Fester. 

Plus, it's gives us costumes for even the laziest person – Wednesday Addams anyone?   

2. Halloween I and II, 1978 and 1981

The original slasher flick, John Carpenter's masterpieces brought us the legend that is Jamie Lee Curtis in her breakout role as a Scream Queen.

It's the typical Halloween fare – babysitters getting stalked by a masked man who wants to butcher them all. Throw in the super creepy musical score and you've got yourself the perfect autumn night in. 

3. Halloweentown, 1998 

Who didn't watch this Disney classic as a kid? It's cheesy and a bit cringey but who cares.

Debbie Reynolds is a delight as the witch who comes to tell her teen granddaughter that she too has magical powers. It's the ideal movie to put on and let your brain switch off – we dare you to watch and not feel a twinge of nostalgia. 

4.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

This cult classic has midnight shows still running today where fans dress up as the characters and sing along to the songs.

Tim Curry is genius as Dr Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist who lures innocent couple, Brad and Janet into his castle.

Amazing music ensues and there's even an appearance from Meatloaf. 

5. Teen Witch, 1989 

This forgotten gem is so 80's it hurts. Available on Netflix, it follows teen Louise as she realises her witchy skills on her 16th birthday (Yes, just like Sabrina)

Watch it even just for the ridiculously dated rap battle plonked in the middle of the movie that adds nothing to the plot.

6. Double Double, Toil and Trouble, 1993

Disney. 1990's. Olsen Twins. Halloween. We're in heaven.

This movie tells the tale that on Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from their scary aunt.

It's the perfect slice of magical nostalgia to make you wish you could go trick-or-treating again. 

7. The Witches, 1990

This movie genuinely terrified me as a kid.

Adapted from Roald Dahls' book, it follows an orphan, Luke, who sees a coven of witches and discovers that they want  to turn all children into mice with a magical formula.

The witches find out that Luke is onto them and plan to test the formula on him. It's quite freaky, tbh.

9. Practical Magic, 1998

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman playing supernatural sisters, who are trying to end a family curse that keeps them from finding true love? Yes please. 

10. Carrie, 1976

It wouldn't be a Halloween movie list without at least one nod to Stephen King.

And Carrie is one of his best – following a bullied high school teenager, who has a nutty religious mum and is delighted to be asked to prom by hottie Tommy Ross. When a prank goes wrong, she lets loose.

The whole prom scene is magnificent rom start to finish.

11. The Witches of Eastwick, 1987

Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon – name a more iconic trio, I dare you.

They have each lost the man in their lives until a stranger in the form of Jack Nicholson starts to date them all and eventually tells them that they are witches

 

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October is officially here and we are so ready to embrace the autumn time. The bright evenings have left us so trips to the beach are few and far between, but we'll still be kept busy in October. We're talking Hocus Pocus movie night, reading books by the fire and drinking way too much hot chocolate.

We'll also be turning the house into an autumn treasure trove. There'll be pumpkins and colourful leaves everywhere you look and nothing can stop us. We're nearly tempted to follow in Zoe Sugg's footsteps and buy an autumn wreath and some hay bails for the front porch.

Too much?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One creative project we're dying to try is revamping pumpkins into pretty vases. Thankfully, this isn't half as complicated as it sounds and the final product looks adorable.

Bloom and Wild reveal how you can revamp your Halloween decorations with these pretty pumpkin vases. It's time to invite a friend over and get crafty together. 

Make your flowers really stand out with a vase like no other.  

Floral stylist, Amelia Christoffers said, "Pumpkin vases are a fun autumnal alternative to a classic vase"

Step 1: Cut a hole in the top of your pumpkin

Step 2: Scoop ut the innards, replace with wet floral foam

Step 3: Add your blooms and foliage

Et voila…

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Halloween might be a while away yet but already we have the perfect movie for October 2020.

Jamie Lee Curtis is reportedly back with arguably greatest Halloween movie franchise of all time.

Yes, while some will moan that another movie in the never-ending franchise is flogging a dead horse, others will jump for joy.

Look, the story of Laurie Stride and masked killer Michael Myers is iconic – and things are iconic for a reason. 

Because they are good. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ok, so there hasn't been a brilliant flick in the franchise since Halloween 2 in 1980 BUT 2018's offering was met with good reviews and positivity from fans.

Cast members Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are expected to reprise their roles as Laurie’s daughter and granddaughter.

Why it was such a success was not only the return of Jamie Lee but also the fact that it was a direct sequel to John Carpenters 1978 original. 

Carpenter is expected to return as a producer of the 2020 sequel so that can only mean good things.

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Horror has taken over cinema since 2017, with the Stephen King remake of It, Jordan Peele's Get Out and Us, Hereditary, Happy Death Day, A Quiet Place and Summer of '84.

There is a real hunger there to be sacred, and it's clearly a formula that has an audience.

So yeah, it might be a story that's been told a good few times but so what?

I know for sure I'll be watching it. 

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It's looking like Fiji Water Girl has found one hater already, after gaining notoriety at the Golden Globes for world-class attention grabbing photobombs.

Jamie Lee Curtis has criticised the "blatant promotion" tactics taken at the Globes, after she specially requested for no advertising to take place on her behalf.

Fiji Water Girl has become an internet sensation; Kelleth Cuthbert was noticed almost immediately online by viewers of the coveted awards ceremony for her "ominous" constant presence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The famous Halloween actress noticed that she was included in a photo with Kelleth Cuthbert after her husband, who "doesn't look at a lot of show business news sites," read an article on CNN.

Jamie took to Instagram to inform her  followers that she "specifically moved away from the blatant promotions by Fiji… where young women with their trays filled with their wares stood near a designated camera." 

"I knew why there was a photographer poised there and I moved away as I said out loud that I didn't want to be doing advertising for either," she reveals, clearly frustrated. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 60-year-old veteran actress claims she intentionally moved out of the way to avoid being photographed with brands who she doesn't endorse, she was still papped with Fiji Water Girl.

"Clearly this angle shows that I moved from her being behind me and yet from the side it still happens," she said.

She claims that brands must be more cautious around celebrity marketing; "The sponsors of events need to get permission from people when they get them to take their picture next to products," she says. 

She is currently the lone star to slam Fiji Water for their PR stunt at the awards show, which is in its 76th year.

Richard Madden, Amy Adams, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey were all pictured with Cuthbert loitering in the background but haven't commented as of yet. Whose side are you on? We stan Queen Curtis. 

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