Oz in the News 10.31.16

1477881324940Wizards of Marda Loop create Oz on their lawn For the past eight years, Rob Morrow and Dale Hoggins have been transforming their home for the holidays – to the delight of the Marda Loop residents. Taking a page out of Glinda the Good Witch’s book, it’s always best to start at the beginning – and all you do is follow the yellow brick road to get to Morrow and Hoggin’s spectacular Wizard of Oz themed home and party for Halloween. ‘This is our gift to everyone,” smiled Morrow, who spent the last month shopping and building the massive display. “We have fun doing it, but it’s for the kids – to see their reaction is the best part. Actually, some of the parent’s reactions are amazing. They just love it.” The display was only put on Oct. 30, and it will go down on Nov. 1. Morrow and Hoggins love the opportunity to get to know their neighbours and do something fun for the community.

Tour the Shop Where Hollywood’s Most Iconic Costumes Go to Retire Halloween is just around the corner. Do you know who you’ll be dressing up as? Stragglers always abound in the final days before the spooky holiday, but never fear: we’ve got some inspiration, courtesy of Western Costume Company, which houses some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes—from Scarlett O’Hara’s voluminous Gone with the Wind gown to one of Jack Nicholson’s iconic Chinatown suits. In the above video, costume designer and stylist Leesa Evans, who also does private styling, walks us through the giant shop, which boasts eight miles of racks filled with memorable threads. This is the shop that hosts iconic pieces like ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz—and as such, it’s got a distinct place in Hollywood history.

Wicked Witch of the West voted scariest character from children’s books The book, published in 1900 and written by Lyman Frank Baum, was made into a hit 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy and Margaret Hamilton as the green-coloured cackling Wicked Witch of the West.nDespite the book being published 116 years ago – and the movie made 77 years ago – the witch has been voted as the scariest character in children’s literature, in a poll of 1,000 parents. The poll, for online bookseller Book People, found that the terrifying witch was the one who scared us most, with 20 per cent of the vote.

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