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Twas the Week Before Halloween

Struggling to sit at my laptop long enough to type about Halloween as I already want to go mad and decorate the house…..and there’s still a WHOLE WEEK to go!

For the first time in forever (yep I just belted that out in the silence of my kitchen in my best Idina Menzel voice) I am going to be child free on Halloween…..and to celebrate this rare and momentous occasion I am attending some seriously awesome Halloween festivities!

First off I’m not completely shirking my parental responsibility, seeing as its half term I’ve booked some spooky treats for my little people too. We’re off to the Little School of Horrors, Gostins Building Liverpool on Tuesday with the eldest dude to partake in some special effects make-up work shops aimed at 8-11 year olds. Staff at the school have worked on shows such as Dr Who, Sherlock and Monroe, so I’m expecting my girl will have a blast. I’ll stick the pictures up afterwards and if you want to book on too you can find out more about their half-term sessions here.  HORN OF THE DEAD
As the Little School of Horrors sessions are aimed at older kids, I had to even it out and accommodate my little ones too. So, Wednesday and Thursday is drop-in-tastic at Make Time Studio West Derby with a whole host of ghoulish craft treats to create. Kate who runs the studio is just brilliant with younger kids too, getting everyone involved so we’re super excited to bring home some hand made trick or treat bags and masks. Sessions are from 11-4 and £5 per head. Find out more here.

Hopefully the kids will be worn out by Thursday afternoon…as on Friday things take a seriously creepy turn. If you’re at a loose end, over the age of 6……and fancy being in a Zombie movie…..head on over to 92 Degrees Coffee (on the corner of Hope Street & Hardman Street) and prepare to be part of a Zombie Flash Mob with Liverpool based company, Purple Revolver. The Horn of The Dead event aims to gather 100 real-life biters to be filmed on Hope Street for Bay TV, and with SFX make up legend Shaune Harrison overseeing the make-overs….you just know its going to be hellish! Having worked on Avengers, Harry Potter and Star Wars, Shaune and his team are going to transform Hope Street into a living nightmare. If you’d like to get involved tickets are £5 and proceeds go to The Alder Hey Charity. Timings and stuff here. pARTY dELIGHTS dAY OF THE DEAD THEME

Finally, on to the main event. Making the most of child-free-ness was always going to involve alcohol however because I’m on parr with Monica from Friends when it comes to party planning I’ve spent an age trawling websites to source the best quality decorations. This year me and Caz have opted for a The Day of The Dead theme with Mexican sugar skulls and flowers. Luckily for us, North West based, online party supplier, Party Delights have a HUGE amount of affordable Day of The Dead items, from table wear to full adult costumes and photo booth backdrops (some items are as little as 89p….I may have a gone a bit overboard) I managed to order everything we needed in one fell swoop and delivery was ridiculously quick. The only issue is not being able to break open the packaging and get the party going! I’ll post some pics of our goodies during the week because there’s no way I’m not opening that box until Saturday!

Keep it creepy!

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Comic Con Manchester 2015

We came, we saw…..and by the power of grey skull…..it kicked ass!

I was apprehensive about my first Comic Con, in conversations before the event I was throwing around words like ‘Nerd’ and ‘Geek’ and tutting anytime my sister piped up about her beloved Dr Who (sorry I’m not a fan) I expected to feel completely out of my depth and very much out of date among crowds of young fans. Luckily my deep affection for comic art and Batman (got to be Michael Keaton for me) meant there was no way I was missing out, and who doesn’t love a jaunt to Manchester?

Manchester Central held the convention this year and rounding the corner of Watson Street, I was blown away by the sheer numbers of Cosplay fans who had gone all out to pay homage to their favourite characters. I was met in the foyer by Star Wars wookies, Chewey looking particularly menacing at 12 feet tall…..only to walk smack-bang into The Riddler and his girlfriend, Poison Ivy and step on the cloak of Maleficent who apologised to me for getting in the way! I couldn’t have looked any more like a newbie than if I was carrying a watermelon! However, they all smiled and happily posed for photo’s while chatting about how much fun they have preparing for Comic Con and meeting up with other Cosplay fans.

 Initiation complete, I threw my press badge around my neck and wandered into the exhibition hall to browse the trade stalls. To my utter delight I was met with wall to wall merchandise for My Little Pony, Adventure Time, Power Puff Girls, Marvel, DC, Pokemon, Storm Troopers, Breaking Bad, Dr Who (booooo hiss) and all manner of Anime and Minecraft stuff too. Comic Con is advertised as a family friendly event and thanks to Kate’s Craft Parties who ran the kids craft stalls and competition, there were tonnes of cute little Robin’s, Ironmen, Queen Elsa’s and Princess Bubblegum’s running around in their orange capes with their faces painted (including my three, who had a ball) There was so much to do from Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred discussing all things Dr Who on the guest star panel, to actual Robot Wars and gaming galore at the Xbox stand.

Having bought some Lego, lanyards, badges and Adventure Time teddies and died a few times on various Xbox games, I moved out into the large seated area and began talking to some fans. Everyone I spoke to was so friendly, passionate and infinitely knowledgeable, particularly when I asked ‘Which character are you?’….super fans! Some had travelled from over 100 miles away, in full costume to meet up with other Cosplayers, and even looking over my photographs now I’m still stunned by the attention to detail in both costume and styling (I can barely keep mascara on all day never mind imitate the Joker for 8 hours solid)

  I’ve put all of my Comic Con photographs on my Inspiration page, which you can find here because that’s exactly what you guys are, inspirational. With non-priority tickets at just £11 and kids under 10 go free, people of the Glorious North, get yourselves to Comic Con 2016 for an awesome family day out.

A huge thank you to everyone who agreed to be photographed….you absolutely made my kids day……as we left my two girls turned to me and said ‘Mum that was well better than Disneyland Paris’

Enough said.

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