I am so excited to share, for the first time ever on this blog, a Halloween costume! And not just one costume, oh no, you get two as B agreed to do that ultimate of cringey things – a couple costume! I have absolutely nothing against Halloween, in fact I think it’s rather fun, but this is the first time in years I’ve been doing something to celebrate it as parties don’t come along too often these days…
I have zero talent in crafting so my costumes are always comprised of whatever I can buy for cheap mixed with whatever I already have lying around. Daphne is great for that as a lot of the component parts are easy to get hold of when singled out – eBay and Amazon amply provided. I did cut the wig to the right hairstyle too – worth noting I have no hairdressing skills! Fred was similarly simple and B managed to pull everything together at an even lower cost…
We definitely saw something spooky while we were in the wood…
Sorry, couldn’t resist! No, we’re not looking in quite the same direction – we weren’t in any of the photos. This is, in fact, just like real life – I’ll tell B to look at something and he’ll always, always look in the opposite direction to the one I’m clearly staring in. So, yeah, it’s kinda fitting.
And while I’m on the subject of Halloween, Jessica (Chronically Vintage) recently tagged me to answer some Halloween questions. I don’t usually do these tag things as they never fit well with my plans, but this one serves as a good little introduction to my thoughts on Halloween. So as it’s the first time I’ve ever discussed it here, why not!
Favourite Halloween song?
This is an easy one: I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. How can you resist a song interspersed with spooky little laughs? Plus, every time I hear it I picture a cast of Halloween characters dancing a creepy waltz; so for that reason, it has to be my #1. True story: I’ve tried and failed to convince B that this should be our first dance if we get married. Perhaps that’s why he hasn’t asked me…
Witches or vampires?
Is this where I confess I’ve read and enjoyed all of the Twilight novels and would quite like a beautiful, sparkly man of my own to be undead with now? No? Good, wouldn’t want the internet knowing that. Glittering vampires aside, I have to root for witches because girl power. Saving many a lady’s neck for last minute costumes for decades too.
Favourite thing about Halloween?
That it’s a plausible reason to dress up and a rare time when I’m not the most overdressed person in the room. The more effort you put in, the more adoration you get, in fact! Is it a surprise to anyone that my love of Halloween is firmly connected to my love of wearing stuff? Didn’t think so… Also, my inner goth – the one who used to wear skeletons dangling from her ears just for fun – quite likes the spooky stuff.
Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
I’m usually the last person to choose a social gathering over a chance to hole myself up in front of a tv, but actually I will embrace my social awkwardness for the sake of dressing up. And the great thing is that costumes are not only fun, but they give you something to talk about at parties too – therefore minimising the risk of awkward small-talk as much as is ever possible at gatherings… And also, I just don’t find scary movies scary, they mostly bore me. Which is ironic as I’m scared of everything else in life.
Skeletons or zombies?
Skeletons – zombies are just that bit too gross for me. Warm Bodies (the book) almost made me come round to them, but B’s gotten really into a zombie game lately and I’ve seen enough rotting bodies now to completely put me off the idea again.
Favourite Halloween candy?
Despite being obsessed with chocolate, I don’t really like sweets (which I’m guessing is what’s meant by candy here). This country doesn’t really have special halloween sweets either, unless you count the odd bag of themed Haribo. Jessica mentioned candy apples though, so I’m going to say chocolate-coated apples, as you can only buy these at Halloween and it’s the only way to get me to eat an apple (I hate them).
Favourite Halloween movie?
This might be controversial, but I think Nightmare Before Christmas is equal parts Halloween and Christmas movie and it’s also one of my favourite films of all time. I was (morbidly?) obsessed with it as a child. Also, as mentioned, your average scary movie doesn’t do much for me.
Favourite Halloween costume?
This year’s is by far my favourite and the first time I’ve dressed for this occasion in a long time. But if I expand this to account for all costumes, I did do a great Cleopatra earlier this year. Utterly failed to get a full-length photo – kicking myself for that.
Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
Yes, definitely. But I prefer being creative director to carver – i.e. I will happily choose a pattern, but hope someone else will carve it for me… Maybe that’s why B hasn’t let me have a pumpkin this year 😉
Bats of black cats?
The internet’s going to hate me for this, but I’m really not a cat person at all. I’m sorry!! I hope my love of dogs redeems me a little… 1 out of 2 ain’t bad. Bats, though, I find impossibly cute.
Is Halloween your favourite holiday?
No, Christmas has to come first because there’s a bigger variety of food involved and the celebrating tends to extend up until New Year’s Eve. If Halloween was a bigger deal in this country it would easily be my second favourite, but most years it just falls off my radar unfortunately… Bonfire night 5 days later is celebrated more and is also my half birthday… so, y’know, would be rude not to love it right? Halloween is third though 🙂
Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
This has to be a cultural thing – seasonal pumpkin stuff has only really come to the UK in the last few years and I’m sorry folks, I just don’t get it. Every year I try to eat pumpkin-flavoured something and then I remember I don’t like the taste at all! Maybe you need to be brought up on it… Hot chocolate, though – it’s for life, not just Halloween.
I won’t tag anyone else as I’m far too late for that anyway!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this special spooky post – Happy Halloween!