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Upgrade Your Haunted House with These Terrifying New Halloween Animatronics

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When the days start to get cool and short, and the leaves change colors and fall to the forest floor, Halloween season begins. Across the country, brave individuals flock to spooky hayrides and haunted houses to experience unforgettable fright firsthand. People love the thrill of being frightened by something they know, deep down, can’t really hurt them. Whether you’re setting up a haunted house with a local community group, running a commercial attraction, or just trying to make your home as spooky as possible for the big costume party, a few cleverly placed animated Halloween props can make a big impact.

Halloween Animatronics, New for 2018

Haunted house operators will want to add new characters to the mix each season. This will keep the experience feeling fresh and unique, especially for repeat visitors. Check out a selection of the latest freaky 2018 Halloween animatronics from The Horror Dome and discover a host of shockingly realistic designs. From hordes of zombies that stumble forward looking for juicy brains, to murderous ghouls that soar towards your trembling patrons, and werewolves that jump out of the bushes and lurch at your guests, there’s something for every attraction in this collection.

Add a new demented bozo to your collection of killer clowns, or ratchet up the fear factor in your wicked bayou with an attacking alligator animatronic. Set up motion triggers to activate these Hollywood-quality, hand-detailed animated props when your guests least expect it for maximum fright, or use animatronics to supplement a cast of live costumed actors.

Choose Your Haunted Themes Wisely

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We all wish we had the room to do every sort of macabre scene, but unfortunately, space is often limited. Do you want to do an undead uprising room where animatronic zombies surround and terrify your guests? Or perhaps a mad scientist’s lab where innocent victims are subject to unethical experiments is more your style. A vampire’s lair, where evil imps dine on blood is another possibility, as is an exorcism ward in a mental asylum, where poor possessed souls struggle against the dark forces of Satan. Upgrade your favorite theme with a new character from The Horror Dome, or completely re-do an entire area of your attraction.

Spread Terror in Your Town

These brand-new designs are easy to set up, and are powered by either electric motors or an air compressor. Many Halloween animatronics come with built in fog machines and sound effects. All you’ll need to add is a little mood lighting, and you’re ready to go.

Scorched Scarecrow Halloween Animatronic

Motorized Halloween decorations are sure to be conversation starters at your bar or cocktail party, will help draw attention to your store front during the season, and are perfect for indie movie theatres who often show zombie, monster, or horror movie marathons. Whether you’re in charge of a multimillion-dollar business, or just want to freak out your friends and neighbors, you’ll find these darkly inspired and artistically detailed haunted house animatronics can’t be beat.


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Why Adults Should Celebrate Halloween

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Once almost exclusively a holiday for kids, Halloween is being celebrated by more and more adults every year. In fact, Americans are projected to spend an whopping $9 billion on the macabre holiday in 2018, and uptick in sales can be traced to more adults dropping their hard earned dough on high-quality Halloween costumes, decorations and of course, mountains of tasty candy. Though some dispirited grownups cling to the notion that this spooky celebration should be reserved for children, many others are getting decked out in scary, cute, sexy or funny Halloween costumes and going out on the town. Here are some reasons why adults should get in on the Halloween action:

Be Someone Else for a Night

Whether you’re hitting up a bumpin’ costume party, chilling out at the local bar or club with your pals, or terrorizing trick or treaters as they roam your neighborhood, Halloween gives you a chance to play someone else for the night. Be a freak, be a monster. Show off a little skin or let your twisted sense of humor come out to play. Costumes are a great conversation starter, making it easy to meet new people. You’ll find it can be extremely liberating to play someone else for the night. You may even discover something about yourself.

Let Your Creativity Shine

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Most adults don’t get a chance to be super creative at work. If you’re crafty, have an eye for decorating, or just have a wacky idea that might make a totally unique and freaky costume, Halloween is your chance to let your creative side shine. Put that mind to good use and craft a witty look that will go viral on social media and be a hit at the masquerade ball, or carve a detailed Jack O’Lantern that will be the talk of the town.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Look, candy is delicious. From silky smooth chocolate, to crunchy, crispy candies, to the classic and somewhat nutritious candy apple and the lowly candy corn, there’s something for every adult’s sweet tooth. You know what they say: everything in moderation, including moderation. Halloween is your chance to go to town on a bag of fun size candy bars or whip up a batch of cookies that feature bats, pumpkins, skeletons, and other frightening frosting characters. You’ve been good for the rest of the year, reward yourself with some Halloween sweets.

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Relax for Once!

The modern world is full of stress and every now and then, you need to relax and do something downright silly. Forget about your worries for just one night and enjoy a nationwide party with your fellow revelers. Singles will have a great chance to mingle with each other, and couples Halloween costumes offer a chance to socialize as a team. Sip some spiked punch, hit the dance floor and make new friends, or greet the neighborhood kids with a bone-chilling look that will give them nightmares for months. Make the most of this unique holiday, because once the sun rises, it’s back to business as usual.

Trying to find the perfect look for October 31? Check out this large collection of cinema-quality Halloween costumes from The Horror Dome.


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Rules for Dressing Up in Halloween Costumes at Work

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Here at The Horror Dome, we love the idea of adults dressing up for Halloween at work. Even if you can’t go as Zombie Lurker or Helga The Witch, there are many ways to express your creativity. Research shows Halloween parties are good for workplace culture – as long as the costumes are respectful. We’ve got a few ideas of perfect get-ups that are bound to win the contest at your work this year. /div>

Study: Dressing Up in Halloween Costumes at Work Makes Us Happier

A survey of 953 full-time adult employees found that dressing up for Halloween at work is a popular tradition, openly encouraged at 45 percent of workplaces. Of those who dressed up at work, 73 percent of workers said they were “highly motivated to contribute to the success of the organization.” Just 58 percent of non-costumed employees said the same. Among the survey’s other findings:

  • 68 percent of costumed workers are proud to tell others where they work (vs. 58 percent of the non-costumed)
  • 65 percent of costumed workers would recommend their place of employment (vs. 49 percent)
  • 73 percent of costumed workers fully support the values of their organization (vs. 58 percent)
When people are allowed to dress up at work, it gives employees a chance to gather, be social, and create camaraderie. Millennials, in particular, thrive on the ability to socialize at work and express their individuality, according to the workplace consultants in charge of the survey. For employers, celebrating Halloween can be an all-inclusive event that really doesn’t have to cost the company much. It could just be an hour midday break with a cross-departmental costume contest and catered lunch. Some companies turn Halloween celebrations into charitable events, asking that employees donate $5 to a cause in exchange for the ability to come to work in costume. The company could agree to match donations to promote company values and make something fun even bigger.

Unless You Work at a Costume Store, Here Are a Few Hard & Fast Rules for Dressing up at Work

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If you work at a costume store or on a filmset, you can never be too outlandish. The rest of us have to abide by some rules of basic decency. Before choosing your poison, consider these tips for dressing in costume at work:

  • Dressing as “Sexy Pocahantas” or “Frito Bandito” could be viewed as culturally insensitive.
  • If you work in a healthcare setting, angels are cute, but avoid the Grim Reaper, Devils, or Skeletons.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a simple prop. (We’ve got amazing ventriloquist dummies!)
  • Avoid unsafe dimensions that may get in the way of your work. (Inflatable T-Rex costume, we’re looking at you.)
  • Costumes like flesh-eating zombies and “Pinhead” from Hellraiser are probably too sadistic and scary for work.
  • Halloween or not, there’s still a basic “keep it covered” dress code, so ladies – no super-sexy lingerie costumes.
  • Leave religious or political statement costumes at home. Popes, Jesus, Moses, or Donald Trump are bad moves.
  • We have meat cleavers, chainsaws, and sledge hammers available, but you’ll have to leave these at home.
  • An 8-hour work day is different than a few hours at a party. You may not want to choose a sweaty mask.

Lastly, keep in mind some religions view Halloween as a pagan-rooted holiday they’d rather not celebrate. Avoid heckling your coworkers for failing to “get into the spirit.” Employers can offer up Halloween as a “come to work in your pajamas” day for people who don’t want to celebrate.

Work Office Skeleton Halloween Costume

Cool Halloween Costumes

Not every Horror Dome costume is tame enough for work. Frankly, some of our movie-quality looks haunt us in our sleep. Yet, there are “tasteful” and “safe” options for all the “wimps” at your work party. For men’s Halloween costumes, you can never go wrong dressing as Batman. It’s a flattering suit everyone is bound to love. Vampires lean more toward handsome and alluring than creepy and disgusting. Other appropriate looks for work include circus ringmasters, baseball players, our signature Horror Dome Sasquatch, and the White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland.” If you don’t mind dropping a few bucks on collector costumes, you’ll love our Superman, Darth Vader, and Halo 3.

Work-friendly women’s Halloween costumes might include: “Gatsby Girl” flappers, an assortment of queens, vampires, angels, fairies, and witches, or a “Lady in White” apparition. Our premium quality Wonder Woman costume pairs up great with Batman if you and a friend or coworking spouse want to fight crime together on your breaks. The male and female skeletons are among our more popular group Halloween costumes as well. We offer several versions of Mrs. Claus because, well, it’s never too early to start “the Christmas creep!”

Visit The Horror Dome’s cool Halloween costumes page for the latest and greatest fresh designs.

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Grown-Up Halloween Costumes: Sexy or Scary?

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With more adults dressing up for Halloween than ever before, the age-old problem of thinking up the perfect Halloween costume is no longer a dilemma just for kids. Some of us start planning for this freaky holiday months in advance, while others wait till the last minute to make their decision, often choosing their costume on a whim. Whether you’ve been working on an outfit since the spring, beginning your search now, or waiting for inspiration to strike, you need an unforgettable look that will turn heads and make impressions. Halloween costumes can help you show off your true self, or allow you to play someone else for the night. They can be liberating and fun, freaky and disgusting, or ravishing and alluring. For adults, the debate about what to wear usually centers around one question: Sexy or Scary?
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The Case for Sexy Halloween Costumes

You’re a grown-up now, so why not act like one? If you’re going out, whether it’s a bumpin’ Halloween kegger, a ritzy masquerade ball, or a spooky night at the club, you want to look your very best. Mingle with other singles or show the world that you and your partner have it seriously going on. It’s a great chance to let go of your inhibitions and show a little extra skin.

Sexy Halloween costume ideas include the classics like nurses, maids, cops, and Chippendales, as well as popular evildoers, like vampires and devils. Come out of your shell, show off those abs or arms, and make your most wicked fantasies come true. Halloween comes but once a year, you might as well live it up!

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Scary Costumes Are the Way to Go

Of course, you can look sexy every day. You can go to a music festival, bar hop with your buds, sun yourself on the beach or flex your muscles in the gym. If you want to show off that bod, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to do it all year round. Honestly, how often do you get to be a zombie, werewolf, alien, freakish accident victim, or ghastly ghoul? Unless you’re an actor shooting a movie or TV show, chances are slim you have a good reason to look grotesque and creepy. Halloween is basically the only day of the year it’s socially acceptable to dress like a murderous maniac and terrorize your neighborhood. Professional-quality adult Halloween costumes will give nightmares to anyone who crosses your path. Isn’t that more fun than just showing off the goods?

Other Options: Funny or Family-Friendly Costumes

Of course, there are other options as well. The classic gag costume is sure to be a hit and a conversation starter at the next party. If you’re dressing up with your family and trick or treating around town, you may prefer pirate, animal, clown (not the psycho-killer type), or superhero outfits that your whole clan will enjoy. For funny, and kid-friendly, as well as breathtakingly sexy and bone-chillingly scary Halloween costumes, browse the large selection at The Horror Dome today.


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Top Evil Female Horror Villains

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Friday the 13th is the perfect example of the underrated roles women often play in horror. Hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees takes all the credit throughout the film. We watch the scenes of murder unfold from the killer’s perspective, with a gloved hand shown here or a hefty boot shown there, and we presume the killer is male. In the end, the rug is pulled out from beneath us as we realize it is, in fact, the mother of Jason killing off these inattentive camp counselors who were more interested in getting freaky than in watching children like her son (who drowned). Unlike stereotypical male killers who thrive on the act of slashing and the power it brings, Pam Voorhees has a personal, vengeful motive. Truly, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” If you’ve seen any of the following horror movies starring evil female villains, you can see why.

Best Evil Female Horror Villains

      • Carrie & Margaret White (Carrie, 1976): After being doused in pig’s blood by the cool kids, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to destroy everyone in a fiery inferno. What makes Carrie a compelling villain is that her meek demeanor elicits genuine sympathy. Your heart goes out for her as a victim of bullying, from her peers and her mother. One could easily argue that Margaret White wins top honors as the better villain in this movie. Whether you see her as mentally ill, a religious zealot, or simply abusive, this off-the-rails mother tells her daughter menstruation is the result of sinful thoughts, locks her in the closet, and forces her to pray for forgiveness before attempting to murder her for the “sin” of being a young woman.
      • Annie Wilkes (Misery, 1990): The scary thing about Annie, a nurse and “super fan” of Paul Sheldon romance novels, is her cheery smile, friendly wave, and ordinary sweaters. Evil lurks where you least expect it. Unbeknownst to her neighbors, she’s trapped a famous novelist in her home after rescuing him from a car crash during a blizzard. She assures him that help is on the way. To thank her, Sheldon gives Annie a sneak peek at his latest novel. She views it as a radical departure from his previous work and the film takes a dark turn as she uses a sledge hammer to give him added incentive to stay and write a new novel. Kathy Bates’ performance is utterly haunting.
      • Regan MacNeil (The Exorcist, 1973): Regan is just a sweet little girl who gets caught up in the occult by dabbling with a Ouija Board. Her condition rapidly goes downhill once the demonic spirit begins to take hold. She’s vomiting split pea soup, spinning her head in circles, and cursing like a sailor. Few moviegoers in the 1970s will ever forget her crab-walking, crucifix-defiling ways.
      • Samara Morgan (The Ring, 2002 & Ringu, 1996): At first, the spirit of a murdered little girl is pitiable. She just wants what anyone wants, really – freedom, truth, life. Yet, she has a dark past complete with curses, genetic abnormalities, and assault. She drives her adoptive parents mad, causing her mother to throw her into a well before hurling herself over a cliff. The malevolent spirit creates a videotape curse that gives viewers seven days to live unless the tape is copied and showed to someone. It’s a terrifying concept, but it’s the scenes of the newly freed Samara climbing out of the television that lingers in the mind.
      • Kayako (The Grudge, 2004 & Ju-on, 2002): Kayako led a lonely life, neglected by her parents, and eventually grew to marry and conceive a child. After reading her diary, her husband becomes convinced she’s been cheating and falls into a murderous rage. He attacked her with a knife in front of their son, chased her until she broke her ankle, twisted her head to break her neck, and left her in a black plastic bag to die. He then drowned the son in the bathtub and stashed his body in a closet. She returns as a wrathful spirit who strangles her husband with her hair and continues to haunt anyone who enters the house where she died. From her chilling death rattle to her spider walk on the walls, it’s hard to deny the creepiness of this lady. Worst of all, once she sets her sights on you, it’s the unavoidable kiss of death.
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What makes female evil so scary?

“In contrast to oozing sores, flayed bodies, and nails in the skull, what did Charlize Theron need to do to play a so memorably, mortally gruesome a villainess and murderess that she won an Oscar for the role?” asks Gina Barreca, a feminist scholar, University of Connecticut English professor, and author.
“What Theron needed to do in ‘Monster’ was gain a little weight and not do her hair properly.” She wasn’t disfigured, possessed, or an alien hybrid. She had some prosthetic teeth, weird eyebrows, and smeared makeup. “Actually, they don’t even need to do that: they need to cry, yell, and make a scene,” Barreca argues. “It’s tricky for a female actor to play a horror-queen role on the screen because, as one of my male friends put it, the phrase ‘scary woman is redundant.’”
That may be a bit harsh, and a number of the creepy female villains we’ve mentioned here are totally twisted looking, but she has a valid point in that women represent the hidden terrors, the emotional and vindictive side of human nature, the femme fatale that retains sex appeal even after such heinous acts have been committed.

Dig Deeper into the Realm of Women in Horror

Unfortunately, we don’t have the space here to really get into shifting dynamics of women in horror, but if you’re interested in the topic, you can check out Carol Clover’s “Men, Women, and Chainsaw” for the feminist perspective. After you’re done reveling in all the truly terrifying females in horror, check out The Horror Dome’s collection of women’s Halloween costumes to find your favorite look.
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