Posts by Chris Harder
Chris Harder

Chris Harder is copywriting manager at HalloweenCostumes.com.

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The Simpsons has been around a long, long time (before some of its viewers were even born!) and yet, thanks to the genius writers, animators, and voice actors, it remains one of the funniest things we've ever seen, or will likely ever see. You could chock it up to luck, timing, whatever sort of grace the TV gods have to bestow once a generation, but the truth is that the Simpsons just hit everything right. What happens when you lock a bunch of Harvard comedy writers in a room together? The result is The Simpsons. With guys like Conan O'Brien and John Schwartzwelder writing gags all day, it's no wonder that 90% of our daily references come from the show. And if you're a fan, now that it's Halloween season, you know that means 90% of your Halloween references come from the classic annual Treehouse of Horror episodes.

There are so many to choose from; we had verbal battles over this, but for the most part we had a lot of fun remembering (and quoting) our favorite moments from the show to come up with this list. Nobody was turned into a sloppy joe, but there were casualties. There could only be ten, so one of your favorites might not be on here, but we bet at least one of them is... sorry, it's like choosing children! You get it though. You're a fan, too. Now, picture if you will, these macabre (and hilarious) Treehouse of Horror minimalist posters...

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Costumes

A (not so) long time ago in a galaxy (not so) far, far away…
Star Wars fans have long been analyzing, obsessing, admiring, and even recreating the many classic costumes seen in both the original Star Wars trilogy as well as the prequel trilogy, and we’re happy to tell you the trend has continued with the release of The Force Awakens. It’s not just an act of ritual for long time fans; the new costumes in The Force Awakens (or TFA as it is often referred to on message boards and Star Wars fan circles) are made with such care, attention to detail, and unexpected awesomeness that reverence for these new costumes are just as justified as our collective admiration for the simple yet wicked elegance of the Vader suit or the enigmatic heritage of Boba Fett’s Mandalorian garb. This list goes through our standout favorites from the TFA newcomers—the cream of the galactic crop—and we might even have a few little tidbits sprinkled in about how the costumes inform the characters, their war-torn world, and how the dynamic between the mysterious First Order and the struggling Resistance continues to inspire our love for that galaxy far, far away.

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The Evolution of Santa in Movies Infographic

 

Christmas time is here once again, and if you’re a good little boy or girl, you’ve already got everyone on your list exactly what they wanted. Now that all the shopping is done, do you just kick back unentertained, drinking copious amounts of egg nog in silence? No… you spend the rest of December watching Christmas movies, of course!

Santa has always been a significant part of almost any Christmas movie: he has a specific concept of good and evil, he always prefers faith over skepticism, and he can even be duplicitous—is he out to help us or is he out for himself? The best Santa movies have these kinds of themes that get to the heart of our holiday mythos. On the other side of the [chocolate] coin, there are the Santa movies where he goes to Mars or he gets his sleigh stuck in the sandy beaches of Florida. No matter which type of Christmas film you prefer, we think you’ll enjoy this chronological look at Santa Claus’ cinematic exploits in this very merry infographic.

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The Banality of Evil Art Series

 

Evil is the ideal, but life is long and doesn’t always go as planned. It comes with inherent banality; the boredom that fills those long hours in between the next devious plot, slashing, or scare. We’ve all been stuck at the grocery store after working a ten hour night shift and had to wait in line behind the coupon lady as she meticulously counts each penny. We’ve all had to go to our nephew’s birthday party and make small talk when just hours before we took out an entire spaceship full of soldiers with nothing but our face-hugging hatchlings and a little mouth acid. Horror stars are relatable because, in the end, they’re just like us. They have to deal with life as it is, not as it often should be. The classic films capture the terrifying glory of their careers, but what happens when the killing is done and horror stars have to fill their time with the usual fare? This is the rarely seen banal side of evil…

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Most Popular Halloween Costumes By State Header

 

The country is divided once again. This seems to happen every couple years during the fall, and nobody can seem to agree on any of the big issues. We’re talking about big issues like what to wear for Halloween, of course! So, we asked ourselves, “If there was an election for most popular costume by state, who would win?” We threw that very question over to our tech-wizard, Jedi Master geniuses, and they got us everything we needed to identify what costume is actually the MOST popular in every state in the union. Some will shock you, some will surprise you, and some may raise an eyebrow or two, but we should all be able to agree that the state of our Halloweenocracy is strong. So, look below, check out the most popular costume in your state, and make our Founding Phantoms proud!

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“You’ve taken your first step into a larger world…”

Okay, so Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens isn’t even out yet, but Star Wars fans can’t contain their Death Star-sized excitement. Our normal countdown clock is usually for Halloween, but this year it's set to December 17th because that’s when Star Wars is finally back in theaters. After that day we'll finally be able to stop asking ourselves the big questions, like: will Chewie finally beat C-3PO at Holochess? Will BB-8 and R2-D2 be BFFs? Is Kylo Ren really just Ponda Baba in disguise? Yep, the big questions. But since Halloween is our specialty, we decided to make some really wizard Star Wars printable patterns for all you fellow fans out there who might want to add a little galaxy far, far away into your All Hallow's Eve celebrations.

 

The Force is strong with you, but you are not a Pumpkin Master… yet.

There’s no shame in being a Pumpkin Padawan! These are simple to moderate patterns that anyone can print off, stencil, carve, and display. Just follow the pattern and look at the code in the corner. White represents pumpkin that is to be left whole, and black areas are the parts you will need to cut out.

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