The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC Adds a Special Performance by International Superstar Gwen Stefani,

A Star-Studded Celebration The Parade will include a Dazzling Opening Number and Even More Star Power Along the Parade Route as the Annual Spectacle Kicks Off the Holiday Season

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., in all time zones; Encore presentation airs 2 – 5 p.m.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® adds additional star power as NBC and Macy’s join to kick off the holiday season with a star-studded line-up of performers in the nation’s favorite spectacle. On Thursday, Nov. 23, with more than 3.5 million spectators lining the route and more than 50 million viewers tuned in nationwide, the streets of Manhattan will come alive with a host of special performances from stars of music, film, TV and the stage.


The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes. Set to perform “White Christmas,” Stefani will warm up the audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC.

After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.LOGO_KO

On Thanksgiving, to open the 91st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “Dancing in the Streets” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.

As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.

Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.

The 91st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.

One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, please visit or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

Martha Stewart to Debut Fashion, Skin Care, Garden and Gourmet Food Collections on

Live Beautifully With QVC and Martha Stewart

Make your world a more beautiful place this fall with the help of QVC and Martha Stewart. The Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author have long dedicated her career to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives. And now she is bringing that devotion to her signature QVC collection, spanning multiple categories including fashion, skin care, garden and food, all inspired by her impeccable taste and incomparable passion. Stewart made her QVC debut on August 13 with “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” cookbook.

Martha Stewart

Live a more beautiful, functional and meaningful life with a new QVC collection from America’s most trusted lifestyle expert

We were blown away by the tremendous response to Martha’s cookbook, which sold out in its first airing,” said Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for QVC. “Our customers welcomed Martha back with open arms, and we can’t wait to impress them with Martha’s full product assortment. At QVC, we are constantly striving to bring our customers not only the newest and most innovative items but products that are designed to solve everyday problems and make life easier. Martha shares this philosophy and has worked with us to develop a collection that will truly inspire people to live more beautifully, in all aspects of their lives.”

QVC viewers and Martha Stewart fans can tune in to QVC® on September 7 during “Inspired Style® – Live from New York City” at 10 PM (ET) for a first look at select items from Stewart’s fashion collection, and check back on September 25 for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Fashion” at 6 PM (ET), featuring items ranging from knit and woven tops to denim essentials, designed for easy, everyday living. On September 19 at 10 AM (ET), Stewart will unveil all the tools and tips needed to beautify any backyard or outdoor space in the first “Martha Stewart – Garden” show.

To assist with holiday meal planning and preparation, She will return to QVC on October 18 with the Today’s Special Value®, scheduled to debut at midnight (ET). Each day, QVC picks one special item it believes shoppers will love and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day. Tune in at midnight (ET) and 7 PM (ET) on October 18 for “Martha Stewart – Gourmet Food“, featuring an assortment of gourmet foods and decadent confections. “Mario Badescu Skin Care with Martha Stewart“, a collaboration with Mario Badescu, is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 9 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET) on Beauty iQ.

Working in new product categories and with QVC—a multi-platform, multi-network shopping experience—has been very exciting,” said Stewart. “I have developed signature collections that reflect my passion for beautiful living and I look forward to expanding our product offerings.

Martha Stewart is the author of 89 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Martha Stewart, Creator of Lifestyle Category Is Featured on Cover in Portrait by Renowned Artist Will Cotton

Martha Stewart Living magazine, the trailblazer in the lifestyle media category, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the December/January issue, available on newsstands nationwide today. Martha Stewart Living is created by the editorial staff at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and published by Meredith Corporation 

Martha Stewart Living 25th Anniversary Issue (PRNewsFoto/Meredith Corporation)

Martha Stewart Living 25th Anniversary Issue (PRNewsFoto/Meredith Corporation)

It’s hard to believe that Martha Stewart Living is twenty-five years old! We are so proud to have created content that ultimately established and founded a new lifestyle category for publishing. We have seen our readership grow tremendously over the years, and our editorial content continues to inspire, instruct, and please our readers,” says Martha Stewart, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

For the anniversary issue’s cover, Martha Stewart posed for world-renowned artist Will Cotton, whose fantastical painting features Martha in a sweet, sugary wonderland. This portrait provided the inspiration for eight delectable holiday desserts in the issue. The December/January issue celebrates the silver anniversary with brilliant decorating, recipe and gift ideas— with the classic sheen of silver. There is also a cookie advent calendar, which highlights 25 of Martha’s favorite cookies, one from every year the magazine has been published. All the recipes are available at

When Martha launched the magazine, she set out to create a new kind of publication, one that focused on the joy to be had in all aspects of the home,” says Martha Stewart Living Editor-in-Chief, Eric Pike. “The brand and the magazine have evolved with the times, but we have always remained true to the core mission. Twenty-five amazing years later we are still producing beautiful, inspirational, how-to content in every issue – and that is truly something to celebrate.”

The 25th Anniversary issue features a number of special silver anniversary-themed features including:

Magical sugary original candies and confections that showcase the versatility of this simple ingredient,

Show-stopping DIY decorative touches that will set the mood for winter celebrations, including chic cookie tins, glitter-dusted candles, sparkling wreaths, and no-sew clutches embellished with silver leaf

Shimmering make-up picks for creating a glamorous holiday glow this holiday season.

“We are extremely proud of this special anniversary issue, and are looking forward to continuing to delight and inspire readers for 25 more years,” says Pike. “It is especially rewarding to see Martha Stewart Living‘s strong appeal among millennials, who personalize and customize our content in ways we never imagined; it’s fun to see all of their versions across all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.”

Meredith National Media Group Vice President and Martha Stewart Living Publisher Daren Mazzucca notes the brand continues to resonate with consumers and marketers.

The magazine’s passion for celebrating and enhancing readers’ lives has never been more relevant to marketers,” says Mazzucca. “Our ability to engage with consumers across multiple channels and platforms about what matters most to them in their lives, homes and personal pursuits has enabled us to grow the magazine in new and exciting ways.”

According to the most recent Magazine 360 Report, the Martha Stewart Living magazine brand reaches a multi-channel audience of 16.4 million. In addition, the recent Score report found that Martha Stewart Living has grown by double digits (11 percent) among Millennial audiences. Overall, Meredith serves 100 million unduplicated American women and more than 60 percent of U.S. Millennial women.

Mazzucca notes that Martha Stewart Living has posted growth in a number of key advertising categories, including retail, automotive, toiletries and cosmetics, and food and beverage. This growth has been supported by well-recognized brands and marketers, such as GMC, Toyota, Ford, Pier 1, Macy’s, The Home Depot, Mars/M&Ms, Lindt Chocolate, Hillshire Farm, Bertolli, McCormick, and Oscar Mayer.

Top brands recognize that Martha Stewart Living resonates and engages with their key audiences on many platforms,” says Mazzucca. “This includes special integrated advertising programs such as the Advent Calendar – featuring 25 of Martha’s favorite cookies – which is sponsored by Starbucks.”

Martha Stewart’s Fourth Annual American Made Program Announces 2015 Honorees

Ten Awards Will Be Given To The Country’s Most Innovative Entrepreneurs Across Food, Crafts, Style And Design Categories

This fall, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. will host its American Made program for the fourth consecutive year. The nationally recognized program celebrates the next generation of makers who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America. Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine are pleased to announce this year’s American Made Honorees and Audience Choice Winner. The 2015 American Made Honorees, past winners, and VIP guests will join Martha and the editors at an exclusive reception on Friday, November 6, at the World Trade Center Observatory.

Martha Stewart Announces Fourth Annual American Made Program (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia,)

Martha Stewart Announces Fourth Annual American Made Program (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia,)

Martha and the panel of judges have carefully selected 10 companies from across the country as honorees in the fields of Food, Crafts, Style and Design. From revolutionizing the urban food landscape in New York City and Chicago, to bringing new jobs to Fort Payne, Ala. with a thriving sustainable sock business, these honorees are not only dedicated to creating beautiful, quality products and building successful businesses, but also making a difference in their local communities, ultimately changing the way Americans eat, shop, work and live.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit on Saturday, November 7 – a day packed with educational, inspirational panels and talks for creative entrepreneurs held at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia‘s headquarters in New York City. Newly confirmed speakers, who will join an impressive roster of industry leaders and innovators such as Arianna Huffington, Dylan Lauren and Emeril Lagasse, include:

  • Maxine Bedat, Co-Founder, Zady
  • Christian Birkey, Founder of Lazlo
  • Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
  • Avi Flombaum, Dean, Flatiron School
  • Piera Gelardi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Refinery29
  • Michelle Klein, Head of Marketing for North America at Facebook
  • Chris Morris, Creative Director, The Dirt Label
  • Veronika Scott, Founder of the Empowerment Plan
  • Daniel Silverstein, Creative Director and Founder, Design Star
  • Tina Wells, CEO and Founder, Buzz Marketing Group

In addition to being celebrated at the Summit, these accomplished honorees will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, a trip for two to New York City for the Summit, and the opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and on, all to help promote and grow their businesses.

2015 American Made Honorees (who will be featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine):

  • Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, Annie Hayes–Richmond, California
    With her catalog of rare and unusual annuals and perennials—including an extensive selection of California natives and old-fashioned cottage flowers—Hayes is helping to diversify the gardening landscape of the U.S.
  • Fruitscapes and Pine Island Tropicals, Steve Cucura and Jesse Avolos and Donna and Gary Schneider – Bokeelia,Florida
    Since 1993 Pine Island Tropics, has been selling tropical organic plants, fruits, and homemade food products. Newcomer Fruitscapes specializes in new varieties of mangoes and other unusual fruits and plants. Together these two companies are building a successful market for unusual mangoes and other rarities in Southwest Florida.
  • Gotham Greens, Viraj Puri, Eric Haley, and Jennifer Nelkin Frymark – New York City
    Puri, Haley and Frymark are trying to revolutionize the urban food landscape by converting unused city rooftops into verdant greenhouses that grow fresh, pesticide-free produce year-round in New York City and Chicago.
  • Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges – New Orleans, Louisiana
    For Hodges, “every piece of linen tells a story.” And so, inspired by her great-grandmother’s own monogrammed collection, she started a company that handcrafts heirloom-quality linens featuring modern color and patterns.
  • Little River Sock Mill, Gina Locklear – Fort Payne, Alabama
    Growing up in a town formerly known as “the world’s sock capital,” Locklear witnessed as much of the town’s manufacturing moved overseas. Determined to stem this tide, she set out to revitalize her family’s own sock business by producing high-quality organic cotton socks sustainably, and, in doing so, bring jobs back to the community.
  • Portola, Jamie Davis and Casey Davis – Los Angeles, California
    The Davis brothers are admittedly obsessed with color. Together they have turned their father’s small paint shop into a thriving environmentally conscious business where each color is blended by hand and each customer gets personalized treatment.
  • Rainbow Iris Farm, Kelly Norris – Bedford, Iowa
    Norris’s childhood dream came true at age 15, when he talked his parents into buying an iris farm. Thirteen years later, the mail-order company specializing in unusual irises that he owns and operates with his parents is still going strong. Today Norris is focusing on breeding unique varieties.
  • Sandback, Peter Sandback – Harrisville, New Hampshire
    The forms may be simple, but Sandback’s tables are anything but. For his current collection, the artist and inventor embellishes each handmade piece of furniture with inlaid nails, inspired by old fabrics or Japanese stencils.
  • Smith Family Farm, Margaret and Lucian Smith – Bar Harbor, Maine
    At Mount Desert Island‘s only remaining dairy farm, the Smith family raises Jersey cows and heritage pigs, and grow heirloom apples and vegetables. They offer the fruits of their labor—artisanal raw milk, yogurts, cheeses, butter, meats, fruits and vegetables—to their local community.

The 2015 Audience Choice Winner, Baiser Beauty from Miami Beach, Florida, will also be celebrated at the American Made Summit and attend the exclusive reception. Baiser Beauty was chosen from over 500 finalists by popular vote online and will also receive a cash prize of $10,000 and a trip for two to New York City for the Summit.

Martha Stewart’s 2015 American Made program is presented with support by sponsors including Intuit QuickBooks, The UPS Store, Toyota and Triscuit. For additional information about the 2015 American Made Program please visit the American Made website.

Fall Into Chopped-tober On Food Network With New Tournament Chopped: Impossible And New Series Chopped Junior

Robert Irvine is in the Chopped Kitchen in Chopped: Impossible Premiering on Thursday, October 22nd

Little Chefs with Big Skills Compete on New Series Chopped Junior Premiering on Tuesday, October 27th

October brings two new premieres to Food Network with an impossible stunt and exciting new series hosted by Ted Allen. Former Chopped champions are pushed to their limits when they return to compete in an epic four-part tournament in Chopped: Impossible, premiering on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Ted Allen presides over the Chopped: Impossible‘s premiere episode on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT, as competitors are given canned whipped topping to include as an unwelcome appetizer ingredient, the entrees round offers some awfully stinky cookies and when the dessert round arrives, the ingredient has teeth which will force the remaining two competitors to choose whether they will bite back or run scared.

Special guest and contestant Robert Irvine of Food Network's Chopped - Impossible

Special guest and contestant Robert Irvine of Food Network’s Chopped – Impossible

Through three preliminary battles, Restaurant: Impossible’s Robert Irvine will command a seat on the judging panel, as twelve returning champs face some of the most mind-blowing baskets in Chopped history. Three competitors will power on to the Grand Finale, where one will win $15,000 and the chance to throw down in an impossibly daunting wild card round: against Chef Robert. If the last chef standing can beat Robert, they stand to win $25,000 more, for a total of $40,000! But they will have to achieve the impossible to take home the huge prize and be judged along the way by Chopped judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sánchez with host Ted Allen on Food Network's Chopped

Judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sánchez with host Ted Allen on Food Network’s Chopped

Then the stakes are big and the competitors are little as talented junior chefs vie for the title of Chopped Junior Champion in new series Chopped Junior premiering on Tuesday, October 27(th) at 8pm ET/PT. Chopped Junior showcases the talents of girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 15 years old seeking to make unforgettable meals from the mystery ingredients under the infamous ticking clock of the Chopped kitchen. They may bring their unbridled energy, big personalities and unstoppable originality to the kitchen, but only one can be crowned Chopped Junior Champion winning the $10,000 prize.

Host Ted Allen is seen on the set of Food Network's Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen is seen on the set of Food Network’s Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen checks in on junior chef Grace LaFountain as she cooks with lamb loin chops, mini pepperoni pizzas, Chinese long beans and orzo during round 2 as seen on Food Network's Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen checks in on junior chef Grace LaFountain as she cooks with lamb loin chops, mini pepperoni pizzas, Chinese long beans and orzo during round 2 as seen on Food Network’s Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Throughout the season of Chopped Junior, ambitious young chefs open their baskets to find mandatory mystery ingredients ranging from pickled pigs feet to tofu to birthday cake and are challenged to create appetizers, entrees or desserts before the clock runs out! Over the course of the season, the junior chefs show their incredible culinary skills as they transform their basket ingredients into masterpiece dishes. Continue reading

Introducing Whim™, a New Collection by Martha Stewart, Exclusively at Macy’s

Launching for Spring 2015, Whim brings a sense of fun and creativity to bedding and dinnerware

Macy’s and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has announced the launch of Whim™, an exclusive bedding and dinnerware collection from Martha Stewart available only at Macy’s. Now available on and in select Macy’s stores starting March 2015, Whim offers comforter sets, sheets and quilts in playful prints and colors, as well as colorful dinnerware.

To create this collection, MSLO’s talented team of young designers turned to their own homes and personal styles for inspiration. The result is a whimsical and sophisticated assortment, perfect for decorating a first home or reimagining an existing one. Designed to combine effortlessly, Whim products include easy-to-care-for, 100 percent-cotton bedding, with quilts, shams and five-piece comforter sets in colorful prints and cheerful solids. The collection also features coordinating sheet sets in playful designs such as zebras, flamingos, stripes and polka dots.

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Whim Collection also includes a 16-piece dinnerware set (online only) with four stoneware dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and mugs, available in four fun hues: blueberry pie, candy apple, pool and lemon zest. Consumers can purchase one color for a monochromatic look, or buy two or three shades and combine them to create a lively table.

It’s wonderfully fun, fresh and vibrant, easy to live with, and in addition, very affordable,” said MSLO Founder and Chief Creative Officer Martha Stewart. ”I think consumers who want something new and different will discover a lot to love in the Whim collection. Add a bit of whimsy to your rooms!

We’re thrilled to bring this exciting new line to our savvy, stylish customers,” said Stephen Cardino, VP/Home Fashion Director for Macy’s. “Designed to mix and match, the collection features a range of bold designs and speaks to the idea of relaxed, casual living. It’s perfect for our shoppers who are looking to refresh their homes this spring by changing the look of a bedroom or creating a beautiful table setting when entertaining family and friends.

Whim bedding ranges from $50 to $200 and the 16-piece dinnerware set is priced at $59.99. Products are available now at and will be introduced in Macy’s stores March 2015.


HSNi Cares Partners With U.S. Fund For UNICEF To Support 63rd Annual Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF Campaign



Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. (HOME SHOPPING NETWORK) and its family of leading lifestyle brands including HSN, Grandin Road and Chasing Fireflies, are giving back this Halloween season.  In its first ever partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, HSNi, through its philanthropic arm HSNi Cares, will help raise awareness and funds as a national sponsor for the 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.

HSNi Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/HSN, Inc.)

HSNi Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HSN, Inc.)

“We have a responsibility to protect the future of our children locally, nationally and globally,” said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. and U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member.  “I am passionate about the tremendous impact that Caryl Stern and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are having on the lives of children and families all over the world.  At HSNi, we strive to cultivate a culture of generosity.  Our people are not only creative and passionate about what they do, but also about giving back and we are honored to be partnering with UNICEF for their 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat campaign.”

Special Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online stores have been established on, and where consumers can purchase all of their Halloween essentials and decorating accessories for any Fall entertaining occasion. When customers purchase items found in one of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF stores, HSNi will donate a minimum of 10% of the purchase price to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Halloween-themed products featured in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store include: special crafting items from Martha Stewart; beautiful table top products from Colin Cowie; an “I Put a Spell On You” mini nail lacquer set from Deborah Lippmann; a collection of Halloween-themed jewelry by designer Heidi Daus; and a specially-designed Halloween tote by renowned interior designer Vern Yip.  Chasing Fireflies and Grandin Road will also offer exclusive Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF bags and t-shirts to benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, in addition to their traditional array of Halloween costumes for adults and kids and unique specialty decor.’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store will not only feature an impressive assortment of Halloween-themed products, but also compelling videos with additional insight into how UNICEF helps children help other children.

Mindy and HSNi are such wonderful partners, and their dedication to the world’s children has just blown me away,” said Stern.  “I know that together, HSNi and UNICEF can really make a difference.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, UNICEF and U.S. Fund for UNICEF are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. HSNi Cares will be donating funds to support UNICEF’s work for children, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.  Since 1950, when girls and boys across the nation first collected coins to aid children still affected by World War II, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has enabled Americans to help create a better world for kids everywhere. For more information, visit For more information on HSNi and its family of lifestyle brands, visit and join the conversation @HSN, #BooCrew on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Martha Stewart Will Be the Halloween Expert Judge on the First-Ever Nationwide Halloween Costume Competition On the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” Oct. 26

One Semi-Finalist from Each of the 50 States Will Appear on the Hub Network’s Two-Hour Special

The Grand Prize Winner Will Get $25,000 and a Chance at a Walk-on Role on the Daytime Emmy® Award-Winning Series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series

The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, kicks off Halloween early this year by announcing that Martha Stewart will appear as the Halloween expert as part of the panel of celebrity judges scheduled to participate in the network’s nationwide costume competition on the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” to be broadcast Saturday, October 26. Anyone with a little imagination and creativity can compete for the best costume in America during the nationwide costume competition. Submissions began Friday, August 16 and 50 semi-finalists representing each state in America will win a trip to Los Angeles to be a part of the two-hour star-studded event. One lucky winner will take home $25,000 and will have 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.”

The Hub Network Premieres the "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash" on Saturday, October 26.  (PRNewsFoto/The Hub Network)

The Hub Network Premieres the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” on Saturday, October 26. (PRNewsFoto/The Hub Network)

The HubNetwork is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s la103290_hall07_marthabad_xleducational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at The Hub Network was rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in over 72 million U.S. households.

With the nationwide Halloween costume competition, the Hub Network is creating a new cultural event around Halloween, which is one of the fastest growing holidays in the country for kids and their families,” said Margaret Loesch, President & CEO of the Hub Network. “The ‘Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,’ which was the brainchild of our Chief Marketing Officer Dena Kaplan, will star real people from all over America in a fun celebration that is sure to become a cornerstone event every October.”

Martha Stewart, well known for her expertise in entertaining, food, crafting, and holidays, will be the Halloween expert on the panel of celebrity judges for the costume competition. Stewart’s love of Halloween arts and crafts, including extraordinary costumes – is legendary. Her yearly Halloween issue, which will include a feature of Martha in costume, will be on newsstands September 2nd – and makes her the perfect fit for the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash.” A celebrity host, additional judges, and musical acts will be announced shortly.Halloween Handbook2

The competition is open to all ages, including individuals or a maximum of five people per group submission. Participants are encouraged to create eye-popping, hair-raising and spooky costumes within one of the following six categories:

—  Howl-arious – Shows the lighter side of Halloween with a take on a fun, funny or otherwise hilarious costume.

—  Spook-tacular – Get ready to frighten America by showcasing the most spine-chilling costume for all the ghosts and ghouls out there.

—  Mad Genius – Unique, original, innovative and never seen before. A knight in armor fashioned from bottle caps, bat wings made from old umbrellas, or a cardboard-box jetpack, the possibilities are endless. Display a costume unlike any other — show your Mad Genius.

—  Blast from the Past – Take a stroll down memory lane with a timeless costume. Memories, nostalgia and yesteryear brought to life. Show your take on great figures from before the 20th century or a retro 50’s sock hop get up, 60’s flower child or other “period” inspired costumes.

—  Animal Kingdom – Transform into a living creature from the past or present. Be a roaring lion, a school of jellyfish, a firefly, or a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Continue reading