Forget That Predictable ‘Sexy’ Costume And Instead Dress Up As Your Favorite Latina Icon This Halloween

Halloween is finally here! And costume party season is at its peak. If you’re stuck for inspiration and don’t want to wear a predictable and overdone costume, we scared up some of the best personalities from the Latinx community to inspire your own trick-or-treating outfit. 

Dress up as a Latina icon and rep your Latinidad even on Halloween. 

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Forget about dressing up as a milennial pop singer or a horror movie character, this year rep your Latinidad by dressing up as your fave Latinx icon. Whether it’s Celia Cruz or Frida Kahlo, the Latinx community has plenty iconic personalities with distinctive looks to choose from. Dress up as one of the people in this list and share your Latinx icon with the world. 

1. Selena Quintanilla

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You already know we had to include the queen of Cumbia and Tejano in this selection. No Latinx costume selection is complete without Selena’s classic bustier and high waisted pant look. So get ready to bedazzle your bra, get some hoops and red lipstick and you’re ready to bidi bidi bom bom!

2. Ellen Ochoa 

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Chicana astronaut Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina woman to go into space. This iconic woman was also the first Latina/Hispanic director of Johnson Space Center and its second female director. Dress up as her in an orange NASA-emblazoned jumpsuit this Halloween. 

3. Amara La Negra

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This lady appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Miami and wowed viewers with her singing and dancing skills. The Afro-Dominicana’s signature sparkly and colorful outfits won’t be hard to recreate. She’s all about the big beautiful afro, skin-tight bodysuits and sparkly high heels, a trip to Forever 21 should do the trick.

4. Frida Kahlo

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Her look, her work, her words, what’s not to love about this legendary artist? Her classic Mexican folkloric aesthetic can be easily recreated. Add a bold brow, statement jewelry and ribbons and flowers to your hair. You’ll look just like Friducha with minimum effort. 

5. Cardi B

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Cardi is a living Halloween costume. With so many wild outfits you can make your own pick. Whether it’s the monochrome outfit and yellow hair look on the cover her album “Privacy”, the all-pink “Be Careful” ensemble of her music video, or the “Bodak Yellow” short bob look, make sure to find the matching wig, accesories and makeup look to channel your inner Hip-Hip queen. 

6. Jennifer Lopez

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J.Lo is another legendary Latina that just couldn’t be left out of this list. Jenny from the block has served many iconic looks throughout her long trajectory as a Latinx star. But may we suggest the actress and singer’s most iconic outfit yet? The green palm print Versace gown she wore to the Grammy’s in 2000 was a moment worth recreating. Find a beach cover-up in a palm print with matching panties et voila! 

7. Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman’s classic red gold and blue ensemble is always a big hit on Halloween. The 70s rendition of the Queen of the Amazons was played by none other than the Chicana bombshell Lynda Carter. Make sure to order the retro-inspired costume, not the modern version by Gal Gadot. Remember to carry your matching cuff bracelets and lasso of truth —invisible jet optional. 

8. Celia Cruz

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No better costume on a night out than a rumbera with a lot of tumbao. Celia Cruz, the Afro-Cubana queen of Salsa is a whole mood. Go over the top, wear a platinum blonde wig, think of big dramatic sleeves, puffy dresses, sequins and feathers; and you’ll be ready to be la reina del carnaval. Don’t forget to yell “¡Azúcar!” as much as you want. 

9. Raquel Welch

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The iconic Bolivian actress was a whole sex symbol in the 60s. If dressing up in a sexy getup is your thing, Raquel Welch is just the girl for you. She played every role in the book, from futuristic space explorer to Neanderthal cave-woman. Channel the 60s bouncy hair and heavy eye liner look by dressing up as this movie icon in “1000 Years B.C.” Find some fuzzy fabric and fashion yourself a little wraparound bikini to emulate her look. 

10. Carmen Miranda

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Her most recognizable look featured a pile of fruit atop her head, stacks of necklaces around her neck, bold sleeves and color everywhere. This Brazilian actress, singer and samba dancer popularized the ‘fruit hat’ and starred in many films back in the 30s and 40s. Dressing up as the ‘Brazilian Bombshell’ will be the perfect opportunity to be the star of the party in a tutti-frutti ensemble that you can probably put together with what you already have in your closet. 

11. Sonia Sotomayor

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The Bronx native was the very first Latina to be part of the Supreme Court, and you can pretend to be her for a day. Dress up as this legendary Boricua justice in a black robe and the judge’s quintessential necessity, a little gavel.  

12. Lola Falana

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This Afro-Cubana was a Las Vegas staple. Her beauty and talent —and sparkly looks, are the perfect combo to channel for a Halloween costume. Look for crystal-covered bodysuits, feather boas, glam shoes and sparklu jewelry. No costume will be quite as glam as this showgirl from the 60s. 

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This TikTok Hack Shows A Pretty Cool Way To Grow Your Own Avocados At Home


This TikTok Hack Shows A Pretty Cool Way To Grow Your Own Avocados At Home

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As the pandemic continues to carry us into the infinite unknown the only thing that we can be certain of is that keeping ourselves entertained, busy, and happy is essential. Of course, any plant lover knows that one of the most simple pleasures in life is having some homegrown vegetables in the kitchen. If you’re quarantining and doing all that you can to avoid public spaces like grocery stores this truth goes double.

Recently, a TikTok user uploaded a quick tutorial on how to make your very own avocado plant using supplies you probably have around the house as well as that avocado seed you most definitely toss out way too often. We broke down the steps for you below and they’re pretty easy!

Check them out below.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • Avocado seed
  • Water 
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • A vase or glass

1. Once you’ve cut the avocado hold on to the seed

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As TikTok user @BradCanning points out save the seed! As you’re preparing your avocado for a feast, be sure to avoid cutting into the seed.

2. Remove the outer layer of the seed by peeling it off

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Run the seed underwater then dry it. Once it’s dried up, peel off the skin with your fingers to make sure the seed doesn’t go moldy.

3. Allow the seed to sprout and grow a root by wrapping it in a paper towel and putting it in a Ziplock bag

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After the seed has been in the bag for two to three weeks, it’s time to pull it out and crack it open.

4. Fill a jar with water and suspend the seed

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According to Canning’s TikTok “Put the root in water and it will start to sprout … be careful though, this is a total addiction.”

Make sure to place only the roots or half of the seed in water. To do this, Canning used a vase with an opening that fits around the diameter of the seed. Note: others often insert wooden pegs into the seed to suspend it above the water. The root will slowly grow into the water below which means you’ve got a healthy growing plant on your hands.

5. Once the plant gets to a good size pot it in soil.

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Once the plant gets to a good size you can pot it in soil or in a bigger vase to ensure that it keeps growing. According to SF Gate, “After that, the plant takes 10 to 15 years to grow large enough to fruit, which it only does in suitable growing conditions. In U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 12, it’s safe to grow avocado plants outside. In colder zones, they make attractive houseplants but are unlikely to bear fruit.”

For the full video check it out here.

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying


There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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