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CREATE AN 'ADDAMS FAMILY CREEPY MANSION'(TM) TO ENTERTAIN YOUR TRICK OR TREATERS!

 CREATE AN 'ADDAMS FAMILY CREEPY MANSION'(TM) TO ENTERTAIN
 YOUR TRICK OR TREATERS!
 NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Just because you (or your kids) may feel a little too old -- or even too young -- to hit up the neighborhoods for sweets, that's no reason not to scare up a little fun this Halloween at home.
 Here are some fun tips on how to turn your own house into a "Creepy Mansion" befitting even the Addams Family -- from Jim Pressman of Pressman Toy Corporation, the creators of the "Addams Family Creepy Mansion Game."
 Start by replacing some of the light bulbs outside your house with red and green colored lights, says Pressman who used the game to develop these ideas. They turn your house and yard an eerie color.
 Cover the front of the house with brown packing paper. Be sure to bunch it up in spots so it looks like the house isn't standing up too well. With a wide brush and black or brown poster paint, add dramatic strokes of color to the crumpled paper. In the dark, your house will look like it is made of crumpling stone!
 "Use white, water-based paint to make all your windows look cracked -- just like the creepy Addams place!" says Pressman. Trash bags stuffed with leaves and decorated with haunting eyes can be set out on the lawn for a mysterious effect. If you have a light post, try draping a white sheet over it to create a frightful ghost."
 Pressman says even the weather can be strange on Halloween -- it can even rain bugs -- ICK! Here's how you make it happen: Get lots of fake bugs and spiders; dime stores and joke shops usually have good ones. Tie different lengths of fishing line to each bug.
 Have someone wait at an upstairs window and watch for unsuspecting trick


of treaters. Just before they ring the doorbell, make horrible screaming noises and let fly with the bugs.
 To get a shriek out of those hungry trick or treaters, try this: One week before Halloween, sit a dummy on your front porch or in your yard. To make the dummy, pin together a pair of pants, a shirt, socks and shoes. Stuff the "body" with leaves. Top it off with a scary mask -- maybe Lurch, or even Uncle Fester.
 Over the week all the neighborhood kids will get used to your house guest. Now, on Halloween, replace the dummy with a real person in the same clothes and mask. Sit very still until someone comes to the door. Move just a little bit or say in a spooky voice: "I'll show you a trick or two!"
 The fun doesn't have to stop at the door. Imagine how frightening it can be when the door opens all by itself! Tie a string to the door knob to slowly pull it open.
 Sit another dummy just inside the door -- try using a jack-o-lantern for its head this time, or try another Addams character! You can even put a battery operated light inside for an even more ghoulish effect. Ooky!
 Many stores sell Halloween sound tapes (don't forget the Addams theme), or try making your own! Time your sound effects to start just as the door mysteriously opens. When the door bell rings, drop chunks of dry ice in buckets of water by the door. Your little visitors will be greeted by an hair raising cloud of fog. Or, try tying a fake mouse to a fishing rod. When those curious little sweet seekers approach; you can reel'em in!
 Put a trick in your treats by tossing a generous handful of fake bugs, plastic eyeballs and anything that feels gross into the candy bowl. Try taping ears, whiskers and a tail cut out of construction paper to bite-sized candy bars for "mouse treats."
 "Don't forget to buy lots of sweets," says Pressmen "because your 'Creepy Mansion' will be the most popular house in town! 'The Addams Family Creepy Mansion Game,' fun to play at Halloween, is based on the hit Saturday morning TV show on ABC, and is available in toy stores nationwide.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Jim Pressman is available for interviews./
 /CONTACT: Annie Gurevici of Schwartz Public Relations, 212-677-8700, for Pressman Toys/ CO: Pressman Toys ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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