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Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • Too Old to Trick or Treat? Halloween Activities for Teenagers

    Halloween Activities For Teenagers

    If you’ve ever rung a doorbell on Halloween and gotten greeted with a “Aren’t you a little old for trick-or-treating?” it might be time to re-evaluate your Halloween activities. Personally, I’d rather have the neighborhood teens trick-or-treating rather than toilet-papering houses or smashing pumpkins in my yard, but to each his own!

    There are plenty of other super fun Halloween activities for teenagers that aren’t dorky, boring, or destructive. Here are a few ideas that, when pulled off properly, are sure to be a hit for high school and college students alike.

    • 3 words – scary movie night. Sometimes the best Halloween activities for teenagers don’t require costumes or elaborate party planning. Just assemble some top Halloween hits like Psycho, Friday the 13th, Hocus Pocus, or anything from this awesome list, and get ready to have your pants scared off.
    • An oldie but goodie – pass out candy! Kicking it on your front porch or stoop always looks cool, and let’s face it – it’s wickedly fun to get little kids stoked on sugar (plus you can sneak handfuls when no one is looking). If you live in a dorm, it’s not a faux pas to go adult trick-or-treating, so consider organizing a dorm-wide trick-or-treat.
    • Run a haunted house. This is an especially good plan if you have an apartment or your parents are cool with you going all-out this Halloween! You can grab spiderwebs and other décor options from your local arts and crafts store, and this design by Methane Studios is sure to set the spooky tone for a rad party (available as Canvas Wall Art or Posters That Stick).
    • Just because you might be too old to trick or treat doesn’t mean you’re too old to dress up. Throw an epic costume party and give out prizes for the best, scariest, and most realistic costumes.

    There are tons of Halloween activities for teenagers and college students alike that are a guaranteed awesome time without having to go door-to-door with the younguns. Try one of our suggestions above and let us know how it goes!

  • How To Throw a Party in a Small Space

    We’ve all been there – the tiny studio apartment, the cramped dorm room with hardly enough space for you, much less a few pals! Unless you’re lucky enough to score a huge single room in the hall or stumble upon an apartment with room for more than a loveseat and table, you’re probably dealing with a severe lack of space in which to throw a ragin’ party.

    Luckily for you, we’ve got some ideas that will get you and your friends rockin’ out in no time! Here are some ideas on how to throw a party in a small space.

      • Open all the doors and windows to make the space seem as large and inviting as possible. Be sure that there is one closed door or closet where you can stash people’s valuables.
      • If you’re in a dorm, opt for bunks or lofts to maximize storage and hangout space. You can easily fit a futon or seating below a lofted bed, which will in turn increase standing and dancing room! You can also enlist your suitemates or entire hall for room-hopping radness.
      • Try our Posters That Stick to create an awesome, art-filled atmosphere with pieces that lie completely flat against the wall. Unlike bulky framed prints or canvas wall art (which are awesome options for larger spaces),  these wall art stickers don’t have any framed edges and can’t get knocked off the wall by stray elbows.
      • If you’re throwing a party in a small apartment, be sure to alert your neighbors that there’s going to be a party to maintain neighborly goodwill (and maybe enlist a shared patio or outdoor space for more room!)
      • Use your bathtub or sink as a cooler to avoid a large, bulky storage container taking up valuable floor space. Just fill with ice and enjoy!
      • Small space? Small foods! Finger foods are awesome for passing around in bowls instead of a huge spread or sit-down dinner. Plus, you get to try a bunch of little meals instead of just one or two items! Be sure to keep several small trash cans scattered across the room(s) to encourage people to keep surfaces clean.
      • Dance the night away! Move furniture to the outer perimeter of the room to create a small but clear dance floor. If you’re sitting close by, you might have to dodge a few flying jazz hands, but the Instagram pictures will probably make it worth your while.

    This should give you at least a few good ideas on how to throw a party in a small space. Like we said, there’s no reason that space should be the final limitation, so grab a few nesting tables, plan your finger-food menu, and snag a custom wall decal from Wheatpaste to snazz up your space!

  • Mark Allen Miller Q+A

    Mark is an illustrator + painter living and working in Southern California. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Mark began working as an illustrator and showing in numerous galleries. His influences include nature, machinery, modern architecture, science, and candy. He lives in a tiny house in SoCal, with his lovely wife Karen, their little son Henry, and their three giant dogs.

    Wheatpaste Art Collective: There aren’t a lot of SoCal natives, but you studied here and currently reside here. Are you originally from Southern California?  
    Mark Allen Miller: Yes, born and raised here in Southern California.

    WP: If you weren’t an artist, what would be your profession?
    MAM: I think my son would like me to be a train engineer, so I'd pick that so we could hang out more (plus, it just seems like a really sweet job).

    WP: Reading any good books?
    MAM: It's a Little Golden Book entitled The Train to Timbuctoo.

    WP: A lot of your illustration work (especially your collection with Wheatpaste) seems to reference scientific material, whether it be the subject matter or use of icons and layouts often found in publications. What draws you towards nature, biology, machinery, etc. for inspiration?
    MAM: I just really love all that stuff and how it's all connected.

    WP: Take us through your creation process. Is it digital, hand-drawn, etc.?
    MAM: All of the above.

    WP: Who are some of your favorite artists working today?
    MAM: A few of my favorites are the Clayton Brothers, Lari Pittman and AJ Fosik.

    WP: Would you rather be able to breathe underwater, go back or forwards in time, or be able to fly?
    MAM: I pick flying.

    WP: Favorite candy?
    MAM: Zotz.

    Shop the gorgeously geometric, the scintillatingly scientific, the beautiful biology of Mark Allen Miller’s collections of stickable posters and canvas wall art at Wheatpaste Art Collective!

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