14 Ways to Look Awesome for Halloween at Spirits & Skeletons Friday 10/31

Having trouble deciding on your costume for Spirits & Skeletons? I got you, bro.

Spirits and Skeletons HMNSHouston’s favorite Halloween party — the one and only Spirits & Skeletons — is back at HMNS! With the entire museum open you can shake your stuff with a stegosaurus, grab a drink with a skink and get spellbound by bewitching gems, all to live music and your favorite hits played by DJs with fantastic food trucks parked right outside.

Whether you go with scary and spooky or fab and kooky — dress up, party the night away at HMNS and we’ll put a spell on you!

 

Here are 14 costume ideas, perfect for Spirits & Skeletons:

1. HODOR: Because small talk is overrated

Benefits: You don’t even have to worry about making small talk, you can just say “Hodor” to everything. “What’s your name?”… Hodor.“What do you do?” … Hodor. Etc…

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Step 1: Get taller. Unless you happen to be 6’10”, then move onto Step 2.
Step 2: Wear dark sweater/dress, scrappy scarf, dark pants, and leather bag – bonus points if you can find a Bran to be on your back  
Step 3: Put on your scruffy white wig
Step 4: Hodor!  

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2. OLAF: Do you wanna build BE a snowman?

Benefits: Elsa is so overrated (seriously guys, let it go…)
Warning: Be prepared for some warm hugs.

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How to be Olaf:

Step 1: Wear a white long-sleeved shirt and white pants
Step 2: Olaf is all about the accessories -glue on some black felt circles for the buttons, strap on a carrot nose, and black out your teeth with some gum wrappers for Olaf’s signature buck-tooth smile.
For a more hassle-free version, make your own Olaf hat – see above.
Step 3: Get Elsa to conjure up your own personal snow flurry.

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3. GUESS WHO: Is it me? Is it you? Who knows!? GUESS WHO!

Q: Do they wear an awesome costume?
A: Yes. Yes, they do.

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How to be a “Guess Who” character:

Step 1: Make your frame with some cardboard, paint it, and write “Guess Who?” on the frame
Step 2: Find a colored shirt and paint a question mark on it
Step 3: Accessorize! Mustaches, large classes, funky eyebrows, get creative!
Step 4: Be prepared for many questions

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4. STARLORD (PETER QUILL): Because “Starlord” is the coolest title ever 

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be called Starlord for the night?
For that extra touch: Add the cassette player

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How to be Starlord:

Step 1: Put on your get pumped music – Awesome Mix, Vol. 1
Step 2: Wear dark pants, a blue shirt, and your signature red leather jacket
Step 3: Clip on your cassette player and put on some headphones so you can groove to your awesome mix on the go.
Step 4: Remind everyone you meet that you go by Starlord, not Peter Quill. 

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He’s probably making excuses to Yondu…

5. THE GOBLIN KING FROM LABYRINTH: Because, Bowie.

I can never decide if I hate this movie or if I love it. Either way this costume is awesome and this girl is my idol.

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How to be The Goblin King:

Step 1: Find a fantastic Bowie wig, or style your own hair if you have skills.
Step 2: Wear the tightest pants you can find, a white pirate/musketeer-esque shirt, black vest, and some sassy boots
Step 3: Layer on some serious eyeliner/eyeshadow
Step 4: Do some sleight of hand tricks with your crystal ball, and you’re done!

People will be looking at your costume like…

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6. CHER FROM CLUELESS: Um, like, who else would you want to be?!

Iggy reminded us that we have neglected Clueless for far too long, but no more!
Um…It’s a pink pen DUH. Like Cher would have a black/blue pen…

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How to be Cher:

Step 1: Find a blonde wig, unless you already have beautiful blonde locks
Step 2: Wear your best yellow plaid skirt suit (we all have at least one in our closet, right?), white socks, and black shoes
Step 3: Say the stupidest sounding, yet secretly most brilliant things ever

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7. TAMAGOTCHI: What? You were thinking of being a goldfish? Pfftt

The best and worst toy of your childhood

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How to be a Tamagotchi:

Step 1: Wear whatever, it’s the next step that matters. 
Step 2: Cut out an egg shaped piece of cardboard and paste on squares/circles for the screen and buttons
Step 3: Cut out some string and secure it to your Tamagotchi board, creating your Tamagotchi necklace
Step 4: Beep every five seconds

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8. PIXAR LAMP: Because everyone loves (Pixar) lamp

But really, this looks freaking awesome.

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How to be the Pixar lamp:

Step 1: Wear all white (shoes too!)
Step 2: Find your own cone of shame and spray paint it white
Pin some white cloth midway down the tunnel to hide your face
Step 3:  Find a white piece of plastic/cardboard for your lamp base and secure it to your shoes.
Step 4: Hop around, stop, and stare, as demonstrated above by this fabulous person.

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9. ELLIOTT WITH E.T: In case you need to phone home

With this costume, you have a built in friend!

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How to be Elliot with ET:

Step 1: Wear jeans and a red hoodie (probably the most comfy costume of the bunch)
Step 2: Secure a basket with a rope/strap around your neck
Step 3: Find an ET doll/mask (a pug doll would do too) and wrap the head with white cloth
Step 4: Bike your way through the sky!…or drive to the party, either way is fine.

Now this is the science museum, so I had to include some costumes to bring out your inner geek. I’ll leave the designing to you.

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SCIENCE PUN COSTUMES: Because anyone who tells you all the good science puns Argon, is lying. 

10. DESIGNER GENES

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11. PUMPKIN PI

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12. IRON MAN

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SCIENTIST COSTUMES: Don’t get mad, get brilliant 

You can’t talk about science costumes without mentioning Bill Nye & Ms. Frizzle.

13. BILL NYE: Because he’s THE Science Guy

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How to be Bill Nye:

Step 1: Wear a white button-up, slacks, pale blue lab coat, and a classy red bow tie
Step 2: Comb your hair over to one side, nerd style
Step 3: Tell everyone that ‘Science Rules’

Remember that time Bill Nye was on DWTS? Yeah, me neither.

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14. THE FRIZ: Because everyone wants to be in Ms. Frizzle’s class

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How to Be Ms. Frizzle:

Step 1: Wear a blue or yellow dress
Step 2: Glue science-y things on it – planets, stars, insects, rainbows, rocks. Whatever you decide to glue on, chances are she has worn it (seriously, Google her outfits, she be cray)
Step 3: Wear a red wig
Step 4: For the finishing touch, strap on your bffl, Liz.

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BONUS: Dress your pet! (Sorry, pets are not allowed at Spirits & Skeletons. This one’s gotta be for home only OR adapt it and wear it yourself!)

CHIA PET: Cha-cha-cha-CHIA!

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How to transform your pet into a Chia Pet:

Step 1: Have a pet.
Step 2: Glue on some leaves/vines onto an old pet sweater
Step 3: Put your Chia sweater on your pet.
Step 4: CHA-CHA-CHA-CHIA!

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Next step? Strut your stuff in your awesome costume at Houston’s hottest Halloween party, Spirits & Skeletons,  Friday, October 31 at HMNS!

 

This post was written by HMNS Manager of Online Media Sheila George.

Microsoft shares the love with HMNS at new store opening in The Woodlands

What better way to celebrate new beginnings than with the gift of … well, giving!

MSFT_logo_png (1)HMNS is one of several Houston area non-profits to receive a substantial software and hardware grant from Microsoft as it opens a new location in The Woodlands (the eighth such store to open in Texas). In fact, over $1 million in software and hardware will be presented to HMNS, Interfaith of The Woodlands and South Montgomery County YMCA.

We think we’re in some pretty good company, don’t you?

Wanna celebrate this really cool event with us? We invite you to join us in welcoming Microsoft to The Woodlands and thanking the company for its generous gifts — at the ribbon cutting party in The Woodlands Mall this Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 a.m. At this Grand Opening event, HMNS President Joel Bartsch will accept a check on behalf of the Museum from Microsoft for software grants and hardware donations.

We’re very excited, flattered, and honored to be the recipient of such an awesome donation that will help us further our mission for generations to come. Microsoft, we salute you!

Celebrate Memorial Day all weekend long at HMNS

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend! Once again, it’s time for family, barbeques and — if you’re the traditional sort — white pants and shoes. And that’s not to mention the action-packed weekend we have in store at HMNS!

With a movie premiere in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, two brand new special exhibitions (highlighted by a historic reenactment), several limited engagement exhibits, and our stunning permanent exhibit halls open to you, this is sure to be a weekend to remember!

Here’s the breakdown:

On Friday, May 23, the epic 3D film D-Day: Normandy 1944 opens in the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Telling the story of the largest Allied operation of World War II through a stunning visual spectacle, the film’s seamless transitions between live action, animation, and CGI bring this historic battle to life.

We’re also opening two new special exhibits on the same day: Battleship Texas and Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters.

Battleship Texas, organized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, highlights the history of the Battleship Texas in service to the United States Navy through World War II. On the other hand, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disastersimmerses you in the most powerful natural phenomena on Earth: earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes.

From Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26, you’ll find members of the Sixth Cavalry, a WWII reenactment and technological preservation group, camped outside the museum. A non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the memory of our nation’s veterans, the Sixth Cavalry will display military vehicles, including a half-ton truck, Jeeps, and a half-track outside the museum.

On Memorial Day, May 26, they will perform a two-bell ceremony at noon to honor those who have fallen.

In addition to our permanent exhibit halls, special exhibits Magna Carta and Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces are here for a limited time.

So there you have it — something for everyone, all weekend long at HMNS. Come see us!

 

Whether or not you’re taking a Texans cheerleader, have a great prom in three easy steps

This Saturday, HMNS is hosting the prom for Crosby High School — and one student is in for an especially memorable night. Most high school football players dream big and take a cheerleader to their prom (some take it uber-seriously and hold prom drafts…), but one local teen has taken prom-posals to the next level.

Mike Ramirez, 17, reached out to Houston Texans cheerleader Caitlyn Beth on Twitter, asking if she’d go with him to prom if he got 10,000 retweets. She accepted and within 24 hours, not only had he met the goal — he’d surpassed it!

We’d like to say congratulations to Mike on your prom-Twitter-swag and we hope that you and Caitlyn will have a great time together!

Now, all of this prom talk got me thinking: My prom seems to have happened in a simpler time. With these extravagant prom-posals happening everywhere, I wondered what else might be changing about prom.

So I did some research and I’ve synthesized every prom-advice guide into three simple steps, guaranteed to ensure that your prom is awesome.

1. FIND A DATE

It could be literally anyone or anything! Now if you’re dating someone, it’s probably a bad move to ask someone else to prom. But if you’re single, the world is your oyster! Ask a friend! Ask your grandma! Bring a pet! Or, if you really wanna turn heads, bring a cardboard cutout of a celebrity!

2. WEAR CLOTHES

Gown, tux, whatever – just have something on. You’ll also probably want to coordinate with your date (see step 1), but don’t shy away from color!.

 

3. GO TO PROM

You’re almost there! Now all you have to do is get there.

There you go — the secrets to a great prom revealed! And happy prom night to everyone at Crosby High School, and we hope you have a great time at HMNS.

ALSO, bonus points for anyone who gets this for their date: