Treat #5 - How To Win The Costume Contest

This is an entry in our HALLoween Blog series. Each week leading up to Halloween 2010 we will treat you with internet marketing topics that have a fun and spooky flare.

The kids with the best costumes get the most and best candy, you all knew that, right?
The Joker
image credit: Mayselgrove

I’ve had some pretty conventional costumes for halloween growing up. The obligatory pumpkin as a baby, the typical vampire as an 8 year old, Ghostbusters at SOME point in the '90s…I can’t remember. Usually, I would wait a day before Halloween and then figure out what I would want to have for a costume. Clearly, wasn’t very prepared and didn’t have much of a strategy. This is probably why I didn’t win any contests at parties.

Having a conventional website is a lot like having a bad costume.

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Hood Cook-Off Maine semifinalists

HP Hood today unveiled the list of 30 semifinalists who will be competing in the Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off® Presented by Hood Sour Cream on Oct. 30th in Portland, Maine.

Five Maine residents are in the running for the $10,000 grand prize. They are:

Deborah Frank, Westbrook-Felicita Puffs (Breakfast/Brunch)
Kelly Ann Stanley, Raymond-Kel's Savory Spud Soup (Soups/Chowders)
Jessie Grearson, Falmouth-Bombay-Style Crunch Fish Tostada Bites with Sriracha-Lime Sour Cream (Appetizers/Side Dishes)
Danica Schroth, Freeport-Kickin' Chicken and White Bean Chili (Lunch/Dinner)
Kathleen Joyce, Falmouth-Pumpkin Profiteroles with EggNog Custard and Bittersweet Chocolate, Cranberry and Orange Sauce (Dessert)

15th Annual Halloween Bash

Sid Tripp's 15th Annual Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 30, 2010, between 8pm to 1am
Mariner’s Church Banquet Facility
386 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
$20 cover (check, cash or cards accepted)
Costume Required • Cash Bar • Live Band: Under The Covers

Fasten your seat belts, uber party planner Sid Tripp of Proactive Resources Design & DownEast Pride Alliance fame, is at it again this Halloween. On Saturday, October 30th, 2010, Tripp will be throwing his 15th annual Halloween Bash at Mariner's Church, featuring the bloodcurdling sounds of uber cover band Under The Covers.
Tripp is expecting 450-500 people at this year's Halloween gala event.

VNA Home Health and Hospice named to HomeCare Elite Top 500

South Portland, Maine – October 20, 2010 – VNA Home Health and Hospice has been named one of the top 500 home health agencies in the country, according to the 2010 HomeCare Elite. Now in its fifth year, HomeCare Elite identified the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States, and further highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

'The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate VNA Home Health and Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results.

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Delise Decor's Drool-Worthy Home Collection Hits the Web

Summer vacation is well behind us, but if you didn’t make it to Maine you can still "get there from here" by visiting

DeLise Decor, Portland, Maine's newest home decor shop announces the launch of their website, which features a broad selection from their unique and unusual home furnishings collection.

DeLise Decor opened its doors in the Portland’s bustling Old Port district in June, and has been creating a buzz ever since. Apartment Therapy ( has hailed the DeLise Decor collection as "drool-worthy" and locals and visitors alike are finding an enchanting experience at the shop.

Owner Lisa Daggett spent the last 13 years in New York City and has moved back to her native Maine to open the shop. She and her team of pickers comb the New England landscape for vintage and antique paraphernalia.

Food Drive for Gorham Food Pantry

On election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Agents from the Gorham Office of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate – The Masiello Group will be manning stations outside of both Gorham Polling sites at the Gorham Middle School on Weeks Road and the Gorham Municipal Center on South Street to collect donations for the Gorham Food Pantry.
First – Please VOTE  -  Second – Please drop by after voting and leave your donation. See the list below for the most needed items. That is all you need to do.

Looking for a New Workout? Try Dodgeball!

Thursday nights are dodgeball nights at Riverton
What: Thursday evenings this fall and winter, Portland Recreation is offering adult drop-in dodgeball games for eighteen and older ($2 admission for Portland residents). Enjoy a fast-paced workout and some spirited competition while reliving favorite playground memories.
Dodgeball, a popular children’s game, was first introduced in elementary physical education classes to help develop balance, eye-hand coordination and reflex skills. The game is enjoying a revival in Portland as both sport and nighttime entertainment for many adults looking to escape the bombardment. 
When:  Thursdays
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where:  Riverton Gymnasium, 1600 Forest Avenue