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October 28, 2005

Austin Haunts

Ghostchild Looking for a good scare this October?  Halloween has a funny way of bringing out the goulish fascinations in all of us, and the Austin area certainly houses its share of the supernatural.  To satisfy this season's need for something spooky, look no further than beyond your front door (although it may be harder to sleep at night!!):

  • Throughout the years, Austin has compiled a full-fledged history of haunting tales.  Austin Ghost Tours offers four tours of downtown Austin, where you can see for yourself the sites of the city's sinister past, littered with serial killers and ghosts at the Driskill, just to name a few.
  • Unfortunately, not every building in comes equipped with its own set of ghosts -- but with a little ingenuity, fabricated phantoms can be just as frightening as the real thing.  Austin boasts an impressive array of haunted houses, including The Nightmare Factory, Anderson Lane's House of Torment, and Haunted Trails at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.  So suspend your belief (it's really not that hard to get spooked!), and be sure to give your props to those living, breathing workers who are willing to their beating hearts and souls into portraying the undead for our screams of enjoyment.
  • Need a scare but strapped for cash?  Grab your eyeliner and fake blood and take to the streets!  Those creatures who haunt 6th street certainly know how to do Halloween up right.  Half the party is merely showing up to see what crazy costumes we Austinites have come up with this year.  And admit it, some of us don't even need to dress up to be the scariest thing to prowl through town.

Check out these ideas for the perfect getup for Halloween 2005!

(And, we don't mean to sound like your mother, BUT: Have a great, SAFE Halloween!  Don't take candy from strangers!!)

October 28, 2005 in Austin Events | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 12, 2005

Halloween Happenings


Halloween is fast approaching and everyone seems to be scurrying around in a frenzy to find that perfect, totally-original costume.  Besides dressing up and gaining a few pounds from your stash of trick-or-treat goodies, what else is there to this mysterious holiday?

·       Did you know?  The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

·       Not all Halloween goodies are bad for you!  Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.

·       Curious about our friend Jack-o-Lantern? Click here to read the history of our favorite carved friends!  Don't forget to bake the seeds for a tasty, and healthful, treat.

·       Get in the 'Spirit'!  Join the Alamo Drafthouse downtown for a NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS sing-a-long!  Click here for info.

Have a great costume idea this year? Know of any other special events? Share them with us! 

October 12, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 05, 2005

Customer Survey Fixed

The Emerald's Customer Survey has been fixed!  Click the box above and fill out the survey for your chance at a $50 Emeralds Gift Certificate.  Could spending be any more fun?!?

October 5, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1)

October 03, 2005

Emeralds Customer Survey Winner!

survey_winnerCongratulations to Janell Norris, Emeralds Customer Survey Winner! Spend your 50 bucks wisely!

And for all the rest of you Emeralds Shoppers... feeling lucky? Take the survey, cross your fingers, and win 50 bucks a week! Yes, it is that easy.

October 3, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)