Friday, November 16, 2012
The Pirate Carrying a Mermaid Optical Illusion has been named Patch's Halloween Costume in America. Its creator—and wearer—will receive a $5,000 prize for having the most creative and innovative costume.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our newsletter Ashley Playford dressed up as a pirate carrying a mermaid this Halloween. Well, actually, she dressed up as the mermaid. Well...Her creativity has earned her the title of Patch's Best Halloween Costume in America and a $5,000 grand prize. It was Playford's use of an optical illusion that won us over. Take a look at the photo she entered on Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch! Almost 4,000 Patch users entered the contest from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, with costumes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Honey Boo Boo to a flower pot and a clever interpretation of "binders full of women." National judges chose 1 finalist from each Patch state based on who had the most creative and …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Brendan, 16, adds a new piece or two to the collection every year, thanks mostly to monetary contributions from grandma and grandpa.
Sixteen-year-old Brendan Yourczek usually starts decorating the family home around Oct. 1 for their annual Halloween spook-travaganza. Dad Wayne Yourczek began the tradition in 1991 when the family moved in--on Halloween night no less--and has since passed on much of the decorating responsibility to his son. Brendan adds a new piece or two to the collection every year, thanks mostly to monetary contributions from grandma and grandpa. "I haven't gotten into the battery-operated props yet," Brendan told Patch on Halloween night. "Those are reeeally expensive." The decoration bug doesn't end at Halloween for the Yourczeks either. "Half the garage is Halloween stuff," Wayne said. "The other half is Christmas stuff."
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reminds homeowners that even interior decorations can pose a threat if they include lit candles.
The flame that flickers eerily on the front porch can signal costumed kids that a house is open for trick-or-treating, but it can also be a disaster for a child in the wrong costume. The Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division reminds homeowners that even interior decorations can pose a threat if they include lit candles. “More than 3,000 people end up in emergency rooms every Halloween because of candle-related injuries,” Deputy State Fire Marshal Becki White said. “But Halloween is supposed to be fun, and with a few simple precautions, you can keep it that way.” White continued: “Candles and decorations make Halloween spookier, but accidents can make it truly horrifying. Take the right precautions and have a great time…