It’s October, and that can only mean one thing: Happy Anniversary to “Angry Birds: Seasons” … oh, and Halloween!!! To celebrate the occasion we thought it would be nice to compile some Angry Birds Halloween related activities for you and your family.
Updated for 2012!
A quick history lesson (skip if easily bored). Those fans who have been around for awhile will remember that Angry Birds Seasons started under the name, “Angry Birds: Halloween“, way back on October, 20th 2010. It was an amazing version of Angry Birds that many still consider the best ever. Once this spooky version began to rival the original in terms of popularity, and with Christmas around the corner, Rovio revamped the app to become “Angry Birds Seasons“. A brilliant move by all accounts. To date there have been thirteen episodes in Angry Birds Seasons.
Moving on to the fun stuff…
Official Contest by Rovio
Rovio is currently holding a Angry Birds Halloween contest on their Facebook page. Fans are encouranged to upload their best Angry Birds Halloween costumes, crafts and more. You can upload your pictures directly through the contest’s main page. The prizes aren’t clear, Rovio has just said that by entering, “you could win a mystery Angry Birds prize package”. Have fun, be creative, and good luck!
No Halloween is complete without costumes right? Well, if your an Angry Birds fan and haven’t yet decided on a costume Rovio has some very clever ones to chose from (no, we don’t get a kickback). Rovio’s official store is currently running a special where if you buy two Angry Birds Halloween products you get one free, which includes plush toys. The supply is limited, so if you want some other costumes you might check out the sites below, or your local retailer:
- Amazon.com – You know this behemoth is stocked up! Here’s a direct search. It looks like they even have Angry Birds Star Wars costumes.
- AngryBirdsTees.com has some festive t-shirts for the whole family.
- Walmart has a good selection of Angry Birds Costumes (search link).
- Toys “R” Us even has costumes for your dog!
- K-Mart has some really cool Angry Birds rubber masks, which you can see my daughter sporting here.
Pumpkin Carving & Painting
Now, for something I have enjoyed since I was 5 months old — pumpkin carving! My family has grown, carved, and painted pumpkins every October since I was born. It’s a great tradition, something fun for the whole family, and they look nice for the Trick-or-Treaters. We’ve compiled quite a few templates below.
Easier for Kids and Families
AlphaMom has quite a few templates, including the red, blue and white birds and an evil piggy. Also included are some cool tips and add-ons, such as feather caps for your pumpkins, re-inserting the beak during the daytime, and some cutouts for miniature pumpkins. These templates are rather simple and straightforward (5/10), so they would be fantastic to work on with younger children.
Another site, Celebrating-Halloween.com has a great collection of simple stencils. They require no shading, which is rather difficult to get the hang of. The Red Bird and Yellow Bird are remarkably basic (a 2.5/10), so older kids can probably do these on their own (with adult supervision, of course). On the other hand, the Pig stencil is a little more involved (a 4/10), but will easily “WOW” anyone who comes to your door.
Harder to Advanced for Die-hard Carvers and Fans
Fantasy Pumpkins has the most complicated stencils I’ve seen. They are very specific, incredibly detailed, and involve loads of shading. I give these a 9/10 for difficulty, but if you have a few carvings under your belt, it may be worthwhile to give them a try. At the very least, the Black Bird stencil is probably the simplest and most awesome, IMO. (The color contrast makes it a very approachable carve with far less shading.)
Hate Knives, but Love Paint?
If carving isn’t your thing, or you want your pumpkin to last a bit longer, you can always paint it! NothingButCountry.com has a great article titled, “Dollar Store Pumpkins – Angry Bird Style”. It’s got loads of pictures of what would be a great craft for the whole family!
If you end up carving or painting a pumpkin we would love to see the end result. Happy Halloween, from all of us at AngryBirdsNest.com!
A couple very quick notes on these templates. First, while the thumbnails may look distorted, clicking on your desired template will reroute you to the original document with proper proportions. Also, shading is a very difficult art. It involves skinning the top layer or two off of the pumpkin so that light shines through, but not so much as to actually puncture the inner membrane of the pumpkin. You may want to try this first on areas that are supposed to be cut out — so any errors can be “erased”.