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While I don’t go as big for Halloween as some of my friends (we’re talking entire homes being covered in all things spooky), I do find the prospect of Jack-O-Lanterns and dressing up fun. It’s gotten a bit more difficult as I’ve gotten older; I have this desire to “become” whatever I choose to dress up as vs. merely wearing something that is obviously a costume, which mostly leads to frustrating DIY days and me deciding to go as a cat once again. The other thing I like to do is pick up “costume” pieces that could be integrated into my day to day life and wardrobe. This year for a bit of fun, I made up a witchy themed wishlist of items I think many modern day spell casters would be delighted to own.
- Rhapsody Crown Necklace – Leia Beila
- Night Visions – Rituel de Fille
- Phase of the Moon Watch – Hot Topic
- Peaceful Home Candles – New Moon Beginnings
- Moon Flower Flat Boot – Free People
- As You Wish Floral Jacket – Urban Outfitters
- Natural Quartz Filigree Necklace – Howling Moon UK
- Laurel Crown – Elemental Child
- Layered Lacework Dress – Anthropologie
What do you think? Better than some random pointy black hat, right? This wishlist also had a bit of a Practical Magic feel to it. I wanted so badly to be as cool as the Owens women when I was younger. Not the whole losing the love of your life part, but more of the great fashion sense, subtle spelling abilities, and the self confidence that the aunts had in spades. I also wanted the house; it was a really great house 🙂
Happy Halloween, everyone! I have donned my work appropriate cat ears and kitty make up, and the bag of Halloween candy managed to make it through the weekend mostly unscathed, so it’s time to get things in gear. Also, how lame is it that Halloween is on a Monday this year? Seriously, how is one supposed to revel and overindulge in candy if you know you have to roll out of bed and go to work in the morning? Anyway, for your holiday enjoyment, here are some fun facts about Halloween.
- The origin of Halloween can be traced to the Celtic festival for the dead called Samhain. The Celts believed that on this day the dead roamed the earth and would set out treats by the door to appease the visiting spirits.
- Trick-or Treating dates back to the Middle Ages where Halloween was actually “All Souls Day” and people would go door to door begging for soul cakes.
- The tradition of collecting candy on Halloween started here in the US but has now spread to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe.
- In the 1800’s, you were much more likely to be on the receiving end of a trick rather than a treat, but by the 1950’s, things had calmed down into the family friendly traditions that we enjoy today.
- Chocolate based candies make up 3/4 of the candy handed out at Halloween each year.
- Originally Jack-O-Lanterns were made from turnips, beets, and potatoes.
- Back in the day, saying “trick-or-treat” wasn’t enough; you were expected to dance for your treats.
Image from here.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with costumes. Growing up I was a dress-up fiend, ballerina, mermaid, every shade of princess or fairy imaginable; I did it all. As I got older though, I developed a bit of distaste for store bought costumes. Especially ones that have a picture of the character you’re dressing up as on them. I didn’t want to be someone wearing a picture of a princess or a fairy. I wanted, as much as I was able, to be that character. This is something that has continued into adult-hood. So much so that I usually don’t participate in Halloween. Or if I do, it’s mainly a clever way to get away with wearing PJ’s or lounge wear to the office. All that being said, there are people who kick so much ass at the art of dressing up, that it inspires my inner 5 year old and makes her want to play some next level dress up. Pinterest, as many of you are aware, provides tons of this particular kind of inspiration. Below are some of my favorite concepts for Halloween this year.
I did rock the cat face a few years ago. It was the perfect excuse to make myself a gorgeous pair of black rhinestone cat ears. Oh yeah, and I still wear them 😉
All these images are from my Halloween Pinterest board.
It’s that time of year again, the time where we humans get in touch with in our inner ghosts and ghouls. Enter Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, the “Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind”. Need some soothing Banshee Balls after all the wailing? Maybe some Fang Floss to keep those pearly whites sharp and ready for action? I am particularly interested in Milk Tooth:
A smooth milk chocolate, with utterly delicious chunks of delicately roasted milk teeth. Our chocolate is made with only the finest quality molars, gathered by our skilled team of tooth fairies – and children are always paid a fair price for their teeth.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by their bounty of specialty goods, Hoxton’s provides a helpful “Notes for Humans” section for each of their dreadfully delightful products.
It has been a while since I’d browsed the Hoxton website, but when I saw some interesting products featured in this post by Tiny Grey Cat, I just had to look in to see what was new. Unfortunately, it seems that not all of the Hoxton products are available online, so you’ll have to stop in to get your “Thickest Human Snot” or “Farts in a Jar”. Quite sad really.
I think it’s great that Halloween is on a Friday this year. How is a person supposed to do anything fun after work on a Tuesday? Especially knowing you have to go into the office the next day. Not that my Halloweens are super crazy, but the trick-or-treaters alone are out until as late as 10:30-11 sometimes. I don’t have any big plans yet, other than the going to the party at my office, but to get in the mindset, I decided to share a few of my favorite things/memories of this the spookiest of holidays.
Favorite Halloween Centerpiece: Plaster Hands
Favorite Halloween movie when I was a kid: The Halloween Tree
Favorite Halloween movie now: Practical Magic
Favorite Halloween Creeper – Witches: flying and magic, doesn’t get any cooler than that. I’d take that over glitter and immortality any day.
Favorite Halloween Dinner Detail: Spooky Forks
Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy Now: Twix
Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy When I Was a Kid: Tootsie Rolls
Favorite Halloween Makeup: Faun Makeup
Favorite Costume Ever: The Sand Woman – I wore pj’s, slippers and fairy wings to the office and kept a giant jar of sleep dust (glitter) on my desk.
Favorite Costume as a Kid: Skunk – ears, nose and fluffy tail with a shirt that said “I’m a little stinker”. I was 1, and I was adorable: just ask my mom.
Favorite Holiday Dessert Design: Red Velvet Spiderweb Cucpcakes
Favorite Halloween Tradition When I Was a Kid: The Halloween carnival at my elementary school. Games, prizes, costumes, cakes and candy? What’s not to love?
Favorite Halloween Tradition Now: Passing out candy. I don’t care how great your costume as a grown up you’ve got nothing on the tiny ones. We had a kid come by as the Lorax last year, and he was so cute I would have given him all the candy if he’d asked. His dad was dressed up as a tree.
All images from my Halloween Pinterest page.