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Party City: Making Me Hate “Thriller” Every Halloween


I wrote this in 2013, when I had cable. This year (2014) Netflix is my TV so the only place I can see this commercial is in this article. Maybe I’ll play it for old-time sake.

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For the last several years Party City has been using Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the soundtrack for their Halloween promotions and I hate it! Thriller is a Michael Jackson song that I’m not that crazy about in the first place (yes, he does have songs that I don’t like) but hearing the Party City washed-out, generic, janky version is like nails on a chalk-board.

I need Party City to get some A List celebrities/performers involved in the 2014 promotional campaign. They need to get with Pharrell or Lady Gaga (who has purchased many of Michael’s personal items) to team up and bring us a better production. You can’t use “Thriller” and come with wackness.

Party City has a real opportunity to cash in here. They can make us anticipate seeing their Halloween commercials each year by making them as exciting as watching Michael Jackson perform (is that possible?). And, for God’s sake, they could at least have a look-alike in the commercial if they….never mind I hate look-a likes, but someone dressed as zombie Michael could appear in the commercial.

No? Bad idea? Okay, well tell me what you think about the Party City “Thriller” commercial:

Gift Ideas For Men Who Never Grow Up


There’s a reason why boys’ toys are just as popular with grown-ups as they are with kids – men just like to play. Reliving their boyhood, getting to grips with a shiny gadget or taking on an exciting new challenge, the innocence and excitement is the same as it was when we unwrapped our gifts from Santa as small children. There’s a bit of Peter Pan in all of us, so don’t always try and go for the suave, sophisticated and cultured when shopping for the man in your life, a remote controlled car may prove a bigger hit than that executive paper weight. Here are five gift ideas to help men roll back the years:


These simple building blocks have enjoyed a new lease of life in recent years, with official licensed characters from film franchises such as Harry Potter and Star Wars attracting movie buffs as much as inquisitive kids. Building something impressive is a great task for men to tick off and the feeling of achievement never wanes with age. There are some complex constructions to tackle with Lego too, it doesn’t always have to be child’s play.

Paint Balling Vouchers

Boys have loved playing with toy guns for generations and paint balling makes it acceptable for grown men to run around in the mud shooting each other and making a right mess. Add in that competitive element and the chance to splatter paint over your friends and it’s perfect for the young at heart to let off some steam.

Air Hockey Table

Recreating an arcade or the sixth form common room may not sound like the most tempting thing, but giving someone one of the classics such as air hockey, pool or table football will doubtless bring the same excited grin that you would expect from a child. Getting pals round to challenge for supremacy on the air hockey table will make for endless hours of fun, plus pick a sturdy one and it can always double up as a dinner table.

Nintendo Wii

Computer games are the ultimate obsession for many men who never grow up and the Wii is an affordable way to let them indulge this passion. It has the right combination of modern technology and retro charm, with the chance to roll back the years with characters like Mario and Sonic, but also has the added edge of almost secretly encouraging some physical activity, with various fitness programs and active games available.

Football Stadium Tours

Your man may enjoy the chance to shout his guts out and get out all his week’s anger and frustration yelling at the ref every Saturday, but give him the chance to go behind the scenes of his favorite football team and he will soon regress to the football-obsessed child dreaming of one day playing on the hallowed turf. Stadium tours are available at some of the biggest clubs in the country, as well as Wembley, the home of English football, and make great gift ideas for football fans who love to dream.

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Top Story: 6 Survival Tips For Single Moms

Surely you are thinking that if you ever had the time to devote to personal development, you’d be way too tired to do anything other than nap. Or that you would most certainly be interrupted by a flying pop tart, soiled diaper attached to a screaming child or dishwasher flooding the kitchen again…but if you don’t make the effort to put yourself first, you just won’t last! Take a moment to check out the following ways you can develop your best inner-self, without losing control of the outer world.

1. Organize your time better. Waiting for things to happen, or hoping you can fit them all in a day is an invitation to constant chaos. Make a general schedule consisting of all the things that must happen throughout the course of your day, and stick to it. You should find a few openings to catch your breath and think of new ways of doing things better.

2. Make a list of goals. Right next to the kids growth and achievement charts, hang your own list of things you’d like to accomplish. This will serve as a constant reminder to you that you need to take positive action in areas of self-improvement every day and also serve as a great example for your children to follow!

3. Designate “me time”. Understand one very important thing about the time you devote to yourself: it doesn’t count if you feel guilty! So long as everyone in your family is safe and sound, go ahead and enjoy some time doing something for yourself. Work on that painting, soak in a bubble bath or spend an hour on the phone with your friend from college. This will be a valuable reminder that you are a person, as well as a mom.

4. Spend more quality time together. Of course, you need to get a lot of floor time with Legos in, but activities don’t have to be strictly kid or grown-up: sit on the sofa with your child and watch a nature show. You get to hold them securely for a few minutes while teaching them something about the great big world that they didn’t know! You also get some much needed time off your feet and unwinding.

5. Create a budget, including savings, and stick with it. One of the most stressful things to a single mom is money. Learning to manage it better will make you feel more secure and enable you to devote time to your personal development goals. If you are constantly wired about paying bills, buying school clothes and funding the imminent trips to college, you will never be able to sit down and work on the things that will make you a better person and more satisfied with yourself.

6. Incorporate the outside world into at least one of your goals. You might be wishing you’d finished your college education, or yearning for regular visits to the gym to finally lose that baby fat! Find something of value to you personally that you can work on away from home and everything that entails being a single mom, and get to know yourself again.

Having a child changes everything about you, and you need to know that new person in order to discover what she really wants out of life, not just for her children but for herself as well. See, you can find ways to devote time to personal development without abandoning your kids! The first step is realizing you are worth it, and the next is figuring out how to work it all into your busy life, but you know you can do it and that you will be better off for it!

Author Byline: Jonathan is a self-improvement/productivity blogger at SimpleLifeHabits.com. He enjoys writing about life habits, time management habits and parenting habits.


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