Best Halloween Costume of the Year Awarded to “Invisible Cowboy” From Arizona Who Wins “Best In Bash” National Champion at the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash”






The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, awarded “The Jackie” for the best Halloween costume of the year to Bill Freitag from Arizona, who won “Best in Bash” National Champion for his costume as “Invisible Cowboy” in the “Blast from the Past” category at the first-ever 50 State Halloween costume competition celebrated during the star-studded taping of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” this past Sunday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The inaugural event, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, will be broadcast Saturday, October 26, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT on the Hub Network.

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named "Best in Bash" National Champion on the "Hub Network's 1st Annual Halloween Bash" Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson.  (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named “Best in Bash” National Champion on the “Hub Network’s 1st Annual Halloween Bash” Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson. (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

The costume competition was judged by Halloween-expert Martha Stewart, actor Hal Sparks (“Spider Man 2”), and actress, singer and dancer Coco Jones (“Holla at the DJ”). Freitag wins the $25,000 grand prize and has a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning Series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” Before being announced as “Best in Bash” National Champion, Freitag was named the semi-finalist in the “Blast from the Past” category for his costume, “Invisible Cowboy.” The semi-finalists in the five other categories were as follows:

  • Thomas DePetrillo from Rhode Island won for “Overkill the Giant Zombie Killing Robot” in the “Mad Genius” category
  • The Pabellon family from Wisconsin won for “Triple Dip Ice Cream Cone” in the “Everyday Stuff” category

    The "Jackie"

    The “Jackie”

  • Thomas Cavagnaro from New York won for “Giant Gorilla” in the “Animal Kingdom” category
  • Celia Sciaroni from Missouri won for “Nacho Cheese Monster” in the “Howlarious” category
  • Roxanne Coble from California won for “Headless Marie Antoinette” in the “Spooktacular” category


The “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” is a star-studded, two-hour special that also includes performances by pop-star Cody Simpson, America’s first teen-girl pop-group, Fifth Harmony, and illusionist Nathan Burton. In addition, entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”) and actresses Candace Cameron Bure (“Make It or Break It”) and Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown”), along with their furry pets, will make a special celebrity paw-stumes appearance.

Celebrity presenters include Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), Zachary Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Keean Johnson (“Spooksville”), Joey King (“The Conjuring”), Peyton List (“Jessie”), Bailee Madison (“Trophy Wife”), Ryan Newman (“See Dad Run”), Todd Newton (“Family Game Night”), Nick Purcha (“Spooksville”) and Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”).

Bob Bain serves as executive producer of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” and Paul Flattery is producer for Bob Bain Productions. Viewers can visit to view all of the Halloween costume submissions and learn more about the special.

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Sponsors of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” include Activision’s Skylanders SWAP Force, Hasbro’s Furby Boom!, Party City and Sparkle® Paper Towels.

Light Up Halloween with RadioShack DIY Costumes and Accessories for All Ages

DIY Destination Says Don’t Be Spooked by Cookie-Cutter Costumes

The experts at RadioShack have unveiled five fun light-up DIY costumes and accessories to help trick-or-treaters unleash their creativity and save money. Suitable for all skill levels and made with supplies available at your local RadioShack, craft stores and even around the house, these home-made costumes and accessories will stand out in the crowd. To get into the spooky spirit while creating a costume, check out RadioShack’s new video on how to survive a zombie apocalypse!

RadioShack DIY light-up costumes like these Fairy Wings are fun to build, look great and make trick-or-treaters more visible in the dark. Visit for project plans.(PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

RadioShack DIY light-up costumes like these Fairy Wings are fun to build, look great and make trick-or-treaters more visible in the dark. Visit for project plans.(PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

Suitable for all skill levels, these costumes stand out in a crowd. With products available at RadioShack, craft stores and even around the house, step-by-step instructions found on RadioShack's blog will ensure creative costumes for everyone in the neighborhood.  (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

Suitable for all skill levels, these costumes stand out in a crowd. With products available at RadioShack, craft stores and even around the house, step-by-step instructions found on RadioShack’s blog will ensure creative costumes for everyone in the neighborhood. (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

Find step-by-step instructions and images for the ideas below on RadioShack’s blog:

Light Up Hoodie – Glow in the dark with this light up hoodie, a spooktacular idea from our friends at Make. Grab any hoodie, some RadioShack EL tape, a RadioShack battery-powered inverter, and Enercell  batteries and combine to create a creepy effect.

Light Up Fairy Wings – Take your fairy costume up a notch with light up wings. The LED’s flash looks like you’re flying through the night.

Magic Wand – Little witches and wizards will have a great time with this light-up wand. This project is easy to create and allows for a lot of creativity. Decorate the wand any way you want and cast your spells all night long.

Superhero Cuffs – Superheroes are cool, but they are much cooler when their costumes light up. Grab some felt, add some LEDs and a button battery, and get ready to outshine those cookie-cutter costumes.

Robot Costume – If you’re ready for a more advanced project, the robot costume is here to help. This one takes creativity and a little elbow grease but will really stand out Halloween night.

These light-up costumes look great and help trick-or-treaters make their way in the dark.  Pair them with a flashlight and walkie-talkies to ensure a fun and safe night for all.

These costumes and accessories feature versatile DIY supplies available for in-store pick up today, including

RadioShack logo.  (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

RadioShack logo. (PRNewsFoto/RadioShack Corporation)

electroluminescent (EL) wire and tape, light emitting diodes (LEDs), watch batteries and more.

Once you’ve made your costume, share a photo on Twitter (@RadioShack) or Instagram using  #HackyHalloween for your chance to win a RadioShack Prize Pack valued at more than $100, featuring an AUVIO Bluetooth speaker!*

*One entry per person. Contest ends at 11:59PM CT Thursday, October 31, 2013. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced after 2:00 pm CST on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 and will be contacted via the platform they entered on (Twitter/Instagram). Prize will be shipped 2-3 weeks after the winners have been selected. Photo must show a DIY Halloween costume and have the #HackyHalloween hashtag.

Halloween 2013: Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash October 25, 26, 27 and 31st, 2013 at the Miami Seaquarium

Little ghosts and goblins get set for big fun at Miami’s biggest kid-friendly Halloween Extravaganza – Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash returning for its 19th year on October 25 – 27 and 31st, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m to the Miami Seaquarium (  A 50% discount on day or evening Monster Splash admission is available until October 22 at

With more ghoulish treats and ghostly fun than ever before, this year’s event features trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet

Miami Seaquarium Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Miami Seaquarium Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Tooth Station; kiddie rides and bounce houses at the Little Monsters Play Area; the Monsters in the Mangrove Haunted Walk; Flipper’s Dance Party and the only place in Miami to enjoy Halloween themed marine animal shows.  Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash is a safe Halloween alternative for kids and their families.

Halloween themed marine animal shows to give guests a fright during Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash includes a daytime Superheroes Killer Whale Show, Flipper’sThrills and Chills, Finding Nemo sea lion show along with the splashy fun of the Swashbuckling Pirate Top Deck Dolphin Show.

Admission for the Daytime Splash is regular park admission which is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). Special admission price for the Nighttime Bash is only $24.95 plus tax after 5:00 p.m. for adults, and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years) after 5:00 p.m. For more information on Miami Seaquarium, please call 305-361-5705 or visit

Miami Seaquarium, a privately owned company, is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education. Offers Must-See Halloween Attractions for Fright-Finders, Party-Goers and Fun-Seeking Families from Around the Country

Niagara Falls, Seattle and Chicago are tops for each type of Halloween adventure seeker according to

Each year, the Halloween season brings about a fun-for-all showcase of horrifying displays, mega parades and family fun festivities. This year, the travel experts at® have put together top picks for all kinds of Halloween attraction-seekers, no matter if their preference is trick or treat (or a little of both). suggests top Halloween attractions and destinations for all kinds of thrill-seekers alike.  (PRNewsFoto/ suggests top Halloween attractions and destinations for all kinds of thrill-seekers alike. (PRNewsFoto/

Everyone does Halloween a little bit differently in their town, and now is an amazing time to take a long weekend to see the creative traditions in a different city,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for “Many of today’s Halloween-themed attractions are so incredibly well done, they are certainly worth the trip for a fall break.”


Nightmares Fear FactoryNiagara Falls, Canada
allegedly built on the abandoned grounds of a coffin factory, the Nightmares Fear Factory is said to prey on the actual phobias of each visitor that dares to walk the attraction. “Fear Pics” of thrill-seekers turned “chickens” (more than 120,000 have cried mercy) have made the factory famous on social media.

Hangman’s House of HorrorsFort Worth, Texas
Celebrating its 25th and last haunting season with a creepy “Unhappily Ever After” scary tales theme, this award-winning Texas institution will give visitors a frightening new look at childhood classics like Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz and Hansel and Gretel.

Halloween Horror NightsHollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood utilizes the sets from some of its most terrifying movies and shows as the backdrop for numerous immersive mazes based on spine-chilling productions such as The Walking Dead, The Purge, Insidious, Evil Dead and more.


FreakNight FestivalSeattle
Featuring two full days of carnival rides, sideshow spectacles, and goosebump-evoking performances from dance music’s finest, the 17th annual FreakNight Festival is one of the premier parties of the Northwest. In addition to the new two-day format, this year also marks the inaugural run of “FreakWeek,” during which concerts and club events will be taking place the entire week leading up to the festival.

Monster BashSan Diego
For 12 years, the Monster Bash has shut down the Gaslamp Quarter of the city for a shocking display of demons, vampires, witches and dozens of other ghastly characters one can’t even imagine. The extravaganza planned for 2013 will overtake eight blocks and feature 17 DJs spinning electrifying mixes across three stages, all surrounded by plenty of restaurants and bars to keep the party going to the end.

Village Halloween ParadeNew York City
As the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration and public participatory event, the annual parade of over 50,000 costumed partiers is an absolute must-see. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the parade, so it’s bound to deliver an astounding experience of dance, music, art and more.

Keep Your Socks On, but Have a Blast

A month long festival of spooktacular sights and eerie decor throughout the streets of Chicago culminates with a weekend of over-the-top celebrations and performances that both children and adults will love. Highlights include a haunted village display, pumpkin carving and decorating contests, a pyrotechnic exhibition and performances by high flying aerial entertainers.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween PartyOrlando
Centered on the mysterious magic and fun of Halloween, Disney’s celebration is much less about the tricks, but still has an abundance of entertaining treats for thrill-seekers of all ages. Jam-packed with shows, activities, parades, character meet-and-greets and more, it would be a tall Halloween tale indeed if someone were able to do it all in one night.

Boo in the ZooNew York (The Bronx)
Bringing together numerous elements of family fun, including magic shows, costume parades, hayrides, musical theater, crafts, live music and more, Boo in the Zoo is a smorgasbord of eerie entertainment happening at the iconic Bronx Zoo. This year, the program adds an extra layer of creepy-crawly to its roster with a Dragons & Dinosaurs Safari.

Check out the Last Minute Deals page to find a steal of a hotel deal in the frightful city that fits your Halloween haunting taste.

Baltimore Ravens Hosts 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party

Join the Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill as they team up for food, fun and a good cause

Join the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. at the 14th Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party on Monday, October 28th at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills Mall. This year’s Ravens hosts include defensive tackle Arthur Jones, Tackle Michael Oher and Tight Ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson and guests will include many from the area business, philanthrophic and cultural  communities. All proceeds from the event benefit Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

The proceeds from the event will go to benefit Goodwill’s training and employment programs serving individuals with 13th-annual-goodwill-gridiron-halloween-party-51disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill’s largest fundraiser for the last thirteen years, the Gridiron Halloween Party supports Goodwill’s mission of preparing people to secure and retain employment and build successful independent lives.

We are very excited for this year’s Goodwill Gridiron Halloween party,” said Lisa Rusyniak, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. We have some fantastic items in our silent auction this year and are looking forward to a great party with the Ravens, their fans and our supporters.”

The party will include video games, pool, bowling, dancing, a costume contest, catered food, an open bar and a silent auction. Items to be auctioned include an African Safari, Disney Paris, a trip to the ESPYs, gift certificates from many local restaurants and hotels, autographed memorabilia from the Ravens and The Rolling Stones, Sylvester Stallone, and much more.

For 94 years, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. ( has helped others help themselves. Revenue generated from the sale of donated goods funds job training, job placement and other human services for people who are unemployed or face other challenges to employment, including people with significant disabilities. Annually, Goodwill provides services to more than 33,000 people in need of assistance because of physical, mental or other social barriers, and places approximately 2,400 in jobs, giving them “Not a charity, but a chance.”

Tickets are $150 for individuals and $250 per couple. Costumes are optional. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

– Phillip D. Johnson

Las Vegas Casts A Spell This Fall With Terror-ific Halloween Celebrations – Part II


Eat, drink and be scary during Las Vegas’ Third Annual Howl-O-Week

Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for a monstrous good time this Halloween. As the paranormal takes over, visitors can expect everything except the ordinary throughout October, culminating with the annual Las Vegas Howl-O-Week Experience Oct. 25-Nov. 3. The always anticipated Howl-O-Week festivities consist of 10 days filled with haunted ghost tours, parades, parties, costume contests and more. In addition to the Halloween festivities mentioned in a previous posting, the following events are sure to make your visit to Las Vegas that more special and spook-a-licious.



Fright Dome returns to The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas. For more than a decade, Fright Dome has been one of the nation’s top-ranked Halloween attractions. Created by “hauntrepreneur” Jason Egan, Fright Dome is 250,000 “scare” feet with six new haunted houses, four scare zones, 25 rides and attractions, nightly live shows and much more. Fright Dome commenced October 3rd and will continue throughout the month from 7 p.m.-midnight.


The Haunted Ghost Tours at Bonnie Springs Ranch gives ghost enthusiasts an authentic paranormal investigation experience. Participants have the opportunity to receive hands-on training with the same equipment featured in popular reality television shows and use it during a live investigation at Bonnie Springs. Bonnie Springs is located near Red Rock Canyon and was featured on Travel Channel’s popular show “Ghost Adventures.” Investigations happen the last Saturday of every month with an early adventure 7-10 p.m. and a late-night opportunity 10:30 p.m.-midnight. Returning to Bonnie Springs Ranch October 10-31 is Bonnie Screams Wicked West Haunted Ghost Town. The event is complete with haunted houses, urban legends, film fests and more. Continue reading

AMC Partners with Spirit Halloween to Produce Exclusive Costumes and Accessories Based on Hit TV Series, “The Walking Dead”

Just In Time for the New Season of “The Walking Dead” and Halloween, Spirit Halloween Creates Exclusive Line of Costumes and Accessories to Battle Zombies

AMC and Spirit Halloween, North America’s leading seasonal Halloween retailer, announced today an exclusive Halloween 2013 partnership that will introduce new affordable premium costumes, accessories and more based on characters from “The Walking Dead” – the first original cable series ever to finish a broadcast TV season as the No. 1 show for adults 18-49.

Spirit Halloween (  (PRNewsFoto/Spirit Halloween)

Spirit Halloween ( (PRNewsFoto/Spirit Halloween)

With a partnership built between Spirit Halloween and AMC, the retailer has been able to develop one-of-a-kind quality products that “The Walking Dead” fans desire. Fans can choose costumes of their favorite characters including Rick Grimes, Daryl, Michonne and several of the iconic series’ zombies.

Spirit Halloween also developed a Sassy Rick Grimes costume for women who want to dress up as their favorite sheriff and still feel fashionable. The complete line of exclusive costumes and accessories, available in a range of sizes for both kids and adults, brings enthusiasts the largest variety of “The Walking Dead” apparel for the 2013 Halloween season. The line of products includes:
Rick Grimes – costume features the signature police hat, shirt, pants and belt, available for boys and men (MSRP: $39.99-$49.99)
Sassy Rick Grimes – exclusive design includes Rick’s hat, women’s fitted shirt, belt and a trendy skirt for women to replace the pants, available for women (MSRP: $49.99)
Bunny Slipper Girl – costume complete with robe, pajamas, wig and slippers in sizes for both girls and women (MSRP: $39.99-$49.99)
Daryl’s Vest – black faux leather vest with printed wings (MSRP: $29.99)
Daryl’s Ear Necklace – four latex ears dangling from a string (MSRP:
Michonne’s Wig – complete with a colorful striped headband and long thick locks (MSRP: $19.99)
Michonne’s Katana – exclusive design foam Katana (MSRP: $14.99)
Zombie Neck Chain – officially licensed 12-inch zombie neck chain (MSRP:
Rick’s Machete – featuring a zombie blood stained edge (MSRP: $9.99)
Deluxe Zombie Make-up Kit – complete with zombie teeth, tattoo sheet, bloody scab and more (MSRP: $9.99) Continue reading