What’s YOUR favorite scary movie?

Hey, Horrorheads!

Do you love the seasonal scare of Halloween and all its horrific elements? One fantastic element about getting into the Halloween spirit is being scared! That’s why people watch scary movies! We, here at Everything Summer Camp like to watch them too…well, MOST of us, anyway. I guess some of us might be too scared for a good horror flick *AHEM*—JULIANN! We all like to stare at the screen and be frightened

I asked everyone about their favorite scary movies and most of them told me that they didn’t like scary movies. They then went on to share with me the one that they hated the most. I think that means it’s their favorite.

Naturally, I started with our President, Ed. He told me he didn’t really like scary movies. “The only good horror movie I’ve ever seen is ‘Silence of the Lambs’. They jumped the shark in the sequel, though.”

Next, I talked to our Vice President, Mark, who declared ‘Psycho’ as his favorite scary movie. “The original,” he clarified. “Give it to me in black and white with no special effects or gore—just a really creepy story to scare your pants off!”

Like Mark, our Operations Manager, Brian, had to clarify that his favorite scary movie is the original movie and not the remake. “’Let the Right One In’—NOT ‘Let Me In’! It’s not that the remake is bad, it’s just redundant and unnecessary,” he says.

Our receptionist, Tim, shared one of his favorites, ‘Event Horizon’, a sci-fi horror movie. Keisha, the Supervisor in the Call Center, gave me the zombie thriller ’28 Days Later’ for her favorite. And Matt, our Sales Director, said ‘Poltergeist’ always got to him.

Nate, Manager of our printshop at Screenprinting Direct, doesn’t really do scary movies, but he’s a big fan of Scooby Doo. I think that’s good enough.Soliving mysteries can get pretty scary from time to time too, if your five.Out in the factory, Shirley, our Production Supervisor, says she’s a fan of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ and Teresa asked, “What about the ‘Saw’ movies?” Art, the maintenance/handyman around here threw out classics like ‘The Fly’, ‘Chucky’, and ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ before landing on the original ‘The Blob’ for his favorite.

Over in Shipping, Derek and Ryan both had a great time reminiscing about their old favorites. First, Derek said he liked those kinds of movies like ‘Halloween’ and ‘Friday the 13th’. His favorite, though, is ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’.

Ryan threw out ‘Halloween’, but then started speaking of another. “The one with the bees,” he said. After further investigation, he realized the movie was ‘Candyman’. “It looks stupid now,” he said after showing me the trailer. “But when I was nine, it scared me like crazy!”

Mothman is an elusive creature who has supposedly been spotted all over the world.As for myself, I like a story with some truth to it. Not just one of my favorite, scary movies, it’s one of my favorite movies—PERIOD—‘The Mothman Prophecies’ is a weird, crazy ride that really has you scratching your head and holding your breath!

So those are our favorites. WARNING: Some of these movies are rated R. If you watch these movies on channels like USA or TBS, you can watch them with the R-rated factor edited out. Of course, you should ask your parents’ permission to watch it as well. You don’t want to get nightmares, do you?! Happy Halloween, Scare Fans, and thanks for reading!

- John

What are you going as?

Hey, Halloweeners!

Like so many things in life, Halloween comes only once a year, so when it comes you want to make sure you get it right. There’s typically a lot of stuff to purchase and prepare in the time before an approaching holiday such as Halloween. One of the big preparations for Halloween is your costume. Everybody dresses up for Halloween!
Kid's Halloween costumes come in all different shapes, sizes, and levels of uglinessI hope that, at this point, you all know what you’ll be going as! But it’s okay if you haven’t yet. Maybe you just can’t decide who you’d rather be between Dracula and Bigfoot OR a witch and a fairy. It’s an important decision to make and there are so many options you have at your disposal. So I thought I could share with you my compilation of this year’s most popular characters to dress up as.

Of course, it’s always safe to dress up as a traditional ghost or mummy, but that’s not what’s winning the popularity contests nowadays. According to my understanding of what’s cool with the kids these days, there are ten characters you can certainly expect to see out on the streets during your neighborhood’s Trick-or-Treat hours this year:

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ has become an immediate classic and begs to live on in Halloween costuming. Characters like Olaf, Elsa, and Anna are sure to be coming to your door.Elsa, Anna, and Olaf are this year's top 3 Halloween costumesAnother certainty is Maleficent, the evil faerie from the 1959 classic, ‘Sleeping Beauty’. This character’s reprise is due to the recent release of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ in which Angelina Jolie plays the villainous lead role.

Obviously, there are four of them, but they all look…pretty much the same, so I’m only counting the Ninja Turtles as one. Whether you go with Leonardo, Donatello, Rafael, or Mikey, the turtles are bound to be a very popular costume this year.

With the television series ‘Gotham’ grabbing people’s attention along with the highly-anticipated 2016 release of ‘Batman v.s. Superman’, villains and heroes from these comics are gaining popularity. I predict you’ll see lots of girls dressed as Catwoman, Poison Ivy, or Wonder Woman (who’s also in the ‘Batman v.s. Superman’ movie). The world of Batman and Superman collide in 2016

And you know you’re going to see plenty of Superman and Batman costumes!

Maybe this gave you the idea you were looking for, or at least got you thinking if you still need a costume. Good luck to you from Everything Summer Camp and thanks for reading!

- John

What’s a pumpkin without a SMILE?

Hey, Pumpkin People!

Carving pumpkins is typically the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Halloween. After all, Halloween without Jack-o-Lanterns would just be weird…and wrong, wouldn’t it? During this time of year, pretty much everybody tries their hand at carving. It only makes sense that we recognize National Carve a Pumpkin Day.
There's nothing better about Halloween than giving a ripe ol' pumpkin a toothy grin.
Halloween is just days away. If you haven’t carved your pumpkins yet, I suggest you get to it today—despite the fact that National Carve a Pumpkin Day is actually on Friday, October 31…

This makes less sense.

Having National Carve a Pumpkin Day on the SAME DAY as Halloween seems last-minute and after-the-fact. That’s exactly why I’m posting about it today instead of Halloween (in order to give you a little bit of time and a fair warning).

It makes a little more sense to carve your pumpkins a week or so in advance and give your neighbors a chance to see your carving handiwork. Your pumpkins won’t go bad in just a week’s time.
Check out the pumpkins on my front porch this year. They're my watchdogs
You can trust me—I like to go ALL OUT when it comes to pumpkin carving! MY pumpkins have already been out for a week! So get out your carving knives and find some spooky stencils to use, or you can flex your own creative muscle while you carve your pumpkin freehand.

If you have enough pumpkins, it can be a lot of fun to make a night out of it. Enjoy some apple cider while you sit with friends or family and carve away! The more the merrier for an activity like this. You can exchange ideas for faces and help each other with stencils. Also, don’t forget to save your pumpkin seeds for a delicious and healthy, roasted snack!

Thanks for reading, Blog Fans. Now go cut up some pumpkins!

- John

Are you SPOOKED about our trunk sale?

Good evening, Ladies and Ghouls.

Harvest time is among us and Halloween is right around the corner. It’s time to dress up like scary creatures and gorge ourselves on hard-earned candy! This is one of those holidays that comes with a lot of stuff: you’ve got carving equipment for pumpkins, candles, costumes, indoor and outdoor decorations…What great storage use of a C&N Footlocker! Celebrate this spooky holiday in style with our great C&N trunks.Our SPOOKtacular Camp Trunk Sale will give you goosebumps!

Act now and get the SPOOKtacular Savings sale discount of $15 off of the Happy Camper Footlocker. You don’t want to wait too long to take advantage of this sale. It goes from now until October 26.

It’s scary how great our camp trunks are! See, we’ve grown to supply so much more than just footlockers, but that’s how we got our start. Over the years, we changed a lot of things: our focus, the products we offer, our NAME, but we still construct every footlocker trunk that we sell right here in our own facility, branding them with our C&N Footlockers emblem.

Spacious, the Happy Camper will give you no concerns about conveniently and safely storing your holiday decorations, costumes, and tools. All C&N Footlockers are made with top-of-the-line construction. We line the trunk interior with Get our great C&N Happy Campers in Halloween colorsDuraWrap Liner which is water-resistant, odor-free, and virtually tear-proof.

You know what’s terrific about being an Everything Summer Camp customer?—besides EVERYTHING, of course—is the Lifetime Free Warranty we have on all of our C&N Get a great C&N Happy Camper for Halloween at $15 off!Footlockers. That means we’ll repair any one of your damaged footlockers for you, for free—guaranteed for life.

That’s right! Should your camp trunk from Everything Summer Camp—despite its unquestionably solid construction—somehow meet with some horrifying accident, we’ll repair it!

Take advantage of our SPOOKtacular Savings Trunk Sale and have a look at our trunks today! Thanks for reading.

- John

Who says summer camp isn’t for Superman?

Hey, Summer Campers!

It should come as no surprise to you that people of all different walks of life enjoy going to summer camp. I went to camp. Your uncle’s sister-in-law probably went to camp. Heck!—SUPERMAN himself went to camp! It’s the natural thing to do for boys and girls of earth (and Krypton).Probably the most iconic of superman actors, Christopher Reeve will forever be remembered as the man of steel

As was discussed on a recent Blog post, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster may have introduced the world to the one, the only, Supermanbut it was one Christopher Reeve who brought the legend to life. However, before he ever played the man of steel, he was a summer camper, just like you!

When he was your age, Christopher went to camp along Squam Lake and amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire at Camp Deerwood. He may have only been around ten years old when he went to camp, but it only took him that long to discover his passion for acting.

After being cast in an amateur, student play, ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’, there was no doubt in Christopher’s head, he wanted to be an actor.

It was a no-brainer for him to join the theater department when he attended college at Cornell. He acted in four plays within his freshman year and, always executing his performances with quality, he was contacted by an agent at the end of his first year.

The same agent who represented stars of the day, like Robert Redford, Richard Chamberlain, Michael Douglas, and Susan Sarandon, Stark Hesseltine was sure to make Christopher Reeve into a household name.

After convincing the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences he could do so much more at Juilliard, he transferred three year’s college credits to have his senior year at Juilliard. It wasn’t long after that, in his 26th year, that he received the lead role as Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) in the much anticipated film, ‘Superman’.

Unfortunately, after so many achievements in acting, directing, producing, screenwriting, and activism, tragedy awaited Christopher around the corner. In 1995, hee turned 43. He was violently thrown from a horse during a customary competition in Virginia; from this, he required a wheelchair and a breathing apparatus for the rest of his life.

He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation for people with spinal-cord injuries before his death at only 52.

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans.

- John

Get hip to Halloween!

Hey, Halloweeners!

Halloween is right around the corner. It comes and goes so quickly; you’ve got to enjoy this time of year while it lasts, so I’ve compiled some great activities to help you have some Halloween fun this year! With ideas like these you’ll have a howlin’ good time on this horrifying holiday!Tis the season to deck your porch out in pumpkins!

  • First of all, get your house well-decorated! Having pumpkins, gourds, and jack-o-lanterns around the house—inside and out—always helps establish a spooky setting. Other decorations like ceramic figures or disturbing items to hang on the wall work well too.
    • Get crafty with decorations and make your own! When I was little, my mother and I made cool ‘Toilet Paper Roll Bats’ by covering toilet paper rolls in black construction paper, adding faces, and attaching them to invisible thread that got pinned to the ceiling. They were a lot of fun to make and my mother still hangs them today.
    • You can also make a weird wreath out of gourds. Just string them together on some wire, shHang a wreath of gourds for a weird welcome to your guestsape it into a circle, and hang it from your door. Add a black bow to make it extra frightening.
  • You can turn the chore of raking into a fun time by stuffing your leaves into some ratty, old clothes, creating leaf people. It’s a fun, little project and it makes your neighbors do double-takes as they walk by.
    • Scarecrows are also fun to construct. Last year, I made one using just a couple pieces of wood screwed together to make a ‘t’, some curtain fabric, straw, twine, Scarescrows are fun and easy Halloween decorationsand a jack-o-lantern.
  • If you’re really into Halloween and you have the right yard for the task, you can make a haunted house in your backyard for all your neighbors to cross…if they dare!

Hope these ideas have helped inspire you to make some decorations of your own! Don’t forget to get creative, and thanks for reading, folks!

- John


Did you know the word ‘gullible’ isn’t in the dictionary?

Hey, Word Lovers!

If you’re anything like me, then you love flexing your vocabulary and learning new words to build your lexicon. When you have command of the English language, you possess more power than you probably realize. Why? Because if you can deliver your thoughts and ideas with precise articulation, the world understands you better. You’re more likely to be heard when you express yourself with intelligence and clarity.One of the world's oldest resource books, celebrate your dictionary today!

The dictionary is an excellent source for gaining lexical knowledge. It’s an obvious authority on words, concerning a slew of important information about them, like their spelling, definition, pronunciation, syllable count, etymology, and more. It’s no wonder we have a day like today, National Dictionary Day.

Dictionaries used to be books, but nowadays, the word ‘dictionary’ includes all technological modernizations such as CD-ROMs, applications on mobile devices, and resource sites online—like Dictionary.com. Basically, if you can use it like a dictionary, then it’s still a dictionary…unless it’s a thesaurus. Then it’s a thesaurus…the dictionary’s cousin.

We’ll celebrate Thesaurus Day in a few months.

You might not think it, but dictionaries are actually really REALLY old!Believe it or not, Noah Webster did not make the first dictionary—just the one that we all know and love. Actually, dictionaries (as far as we know) date back to 2300 B.C. The oldest dictionary ever found was a simple, bilingual wordlist of words in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages.

It took time for dictionaries to develop certain characteristics that are nothing short of customary for us nowadays. The listing order, for example, wasn’t always alphabetical. They didn’t necessarily provide such a wide assortment of information. And, thus, they had yet to yield their authoritative connotation as they do now.

We have Mr. Noah Webster to thank for his boundless efforts in creating the expanded and fully comprehensive ‘American Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1828. It took him 27 years to complete his dictionary—which isn’t really even THAT long, when you consider that he learned 26 languages in order to properly get the job done!

Have fun building your vocabularies today by looking up any words you didn’t understand in my Blog post today. I intentionally threw in some particularly big ones just for you. Thanks for reading, Blog Fans, and Happy Dictionary Day.
- John

What’s life without DESSERT?

Hey, Dessert Devotees!

Desserts are made with lots of calories, lots of butter, lots of sugar, and, nutritionally speaking, work against our general health overall; but despite our understanding, we still love them. After all, who can resist the call of a cool ice cream treat or a delicious bite of delicate cake? Today is a day dedicated entirely to indulging ourselves in those rich, dark, delectable desserts. Today is Dessert Day.

Desserts will forever be glorified. There’s a soft spot for them in each and every Everybody may be screaming for ice cream, but cake's been around much longer than that cold treatone of our hearts. That goes without question.

It may surprise you to discover just how far back it goes that people have been making desserts. Believe it or not, the ancient Egyptians were pretty good bakers. It’s true—cake is thousands of years old! And that’s not the only dessert that has a history to it.

Egyptians are respEasy as pie is a strange phrase since it's far from easy to makeonsible for pies too. Pie was the answer for the Egyptians’ need of nutritious, long-lasting, easy-to-store and easy-to-transport food items that Egyptian sailors could take on long journeys. Pies started showing up some time around 9500 BC.

The end of the 17th Century is when Italians first started experimenting with freezing drinks for desserts. HIce cream hasn't been around for as long as cake and pie, but it's definitely rocked the dessert worldot chocolate had recently become a fast-favorite, standing alongside other popular drinks like coffee and tea. These became the first three ice cream flavors.

Cake, Pie, and Ice Cream only scratch the surface of desserts, but they are the most popular and customary desserts. Celebrate Dessert Day with a dish of your favorite after-dinner treat and partake in the mouth-watering creations from many, many years ago.

Everyone here at Everything Summer Camp enjoys indulging their sweet-tooth. We all brought our own favorite dessert-creations for each other to try today. Check out these delightful dishes and thanks for reading, Dessert Lovers!

- John

Is there a furry friend in your home?

Hey, Dog Folks!

As previously discussed on this Blog in the first week of October, it is National Adopt a Dog Month! There’s certainly no shortage of dogs who could use a good home so why not adopt a dog to come live with you instead of a nervous, noisy shelter. You can make a dog’s day (and also its future) by bringing one home with you today.C'mon. Throw a dog a bone and give it a good home!Everything Summer Camp is selling our ‘live love adopt’ T-shirt and donating the proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help spread awareness that October is a month for adopting dogs from shelters. Based in New Help us to spread the word with these cool T-shirts in support of doggie adoptionYork City since its founding in 1866 the ASPCA is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to preventing cruelty toward animals.

If dogs are dear to you and you’ve been entertaining the idea of getting a dog, make today the day you seal the deal and go find yourself a friend at your local shelter. If not today, then make sure you make October the month that you take action. Make visits to shelters and meet with the dogs there.

Going and rescuing a dog is such a great feeling.Giving a dog a good home is such a gigantic act of kindness; when you show an animal this kind of love, you’ll receive that much love in return from your new pet. They’ll be the most excited one to see you when you get home, they’ll protect you thoughtlessly, and love you unconditionally.

Get off the fence and go find a dog to bring home in celebration of National Adopt a Dog Month! And don’t be afraid to give your hesitant friend or relative the push they need to make the right decision too. Anyone can help get a good home for a dog!

As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Stop, drop—what do you do?

Hey, Fire Prevention Folks!

Are you and your family prepared against the risk of uncontrolled fire? If not, it’s the perfect time to make sure everyone in your family is aware of fire safety tips and what to do to help prevent fires. Not only is today National Fire Prevention Day, but the entire week (until Saturday) is dedicated to the awareness of preventative fire tips.  fire extinguishers are an important item to have around the house. Make sure you know where yours is.

This is a week that goes back to 1925 when the President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the week of October 9th ‘Fire Prevention Week.’ This week is recognized as Fire Prevention Week due to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. While the cause of the fire is unknown, one of Mrs. O’ Leary’s cows gets a bad rep, blamed for having kicked over a lantern in the barn.

The fire spread feverishly through Chicago, leaving death and destruction in its wake and burning for more than 24 hours. On behalf of Everything Summer Camp, I’d like to share some tips on fire safety to help spread the word of fire prevention awareness:

•    Working smoke alarms reduce the risks of fire fatality by almost 50%. You should test your smoke alarm once a month to make sure the batteries are still good and that they’re working properly. You should install smoke alarms on every level of your home and every bedroom.

•    Talk to your kids about fire safety. Tell them never to play with matches or lighters. Be sure you always keep these items up and out of reach of young children.

•    Have a plan for an emergency escape of your home in case of a fire. You should have two exits in mind and go over the plan with everyone in your family. Practicing drills like this can be just as fun as it is smart.

•    Teach your children to get low and not to panic when they hear the smoke alarm go off.

•    Never leave a hot oven, stovetop, or fry pan unattended.

•    Practice proper limits on power from a single outlet.

Thanks for reading, Fire Preventers. Stay safe!

- John