Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween from Daphne & Fred!

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...

Fred & Daphne Scooby Doo homemade costumes

Daphne Scooby Doo homemade costume

Daphne Scooby Doo homemade costume

Fred Scooby Doo homemade costume

Fred Scooby Doo homemade costume

We definitely saw something spooky while we were in the wood...

Fred & Daphne Scooby Doo homemade costumes

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!


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35 comments:

  1. I love this! You both look amazing, fab effort! Unfortunately I'm not really doing anything this year :( Gutted because I love it, i feel so old

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    1. Thanks, Kariss - it actually all came out even better than I planned :D that's a shame - that's how most of my Halloweens go... Watch a scary movie and eat sweets - it's the law :) x

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  2. Ohh wow! Both of you look fabulous <3 The dressing is perfect, loving the last pic so much! The location, too, is marvellous!
    Happy Halloween <3
    www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com

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    1. Appreciate the love for the location - we put some real thought into where would look 'spooky' but wouldn't have loads of people staring at our ridiculousness ;) only came into contact with one family shouting 'Scooby Doo!' ;)

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  3. Awesome idea for a couple costume! I am always looking for new fresh ideas for my boyfriend and me, but since we didn't go anywhere this year, I should remember this for the next. I love how you both look, wonderful job!

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    1. Ha, thanks! I liked that it still had a vintage influence too...

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  4. You both look great! I love your wig, especially!
    And I am with you on the zombie thing; my husband is really into The Walking Dead and I just CANNOT with the zombies.
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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    1. It's amazing what you can do with no skill and a pair of hairdressing scissors ;) yes, B is really into that show too. Ugh! x

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  5. BEST couples costumes ever!!! You both look fantastic - and I love that you stuck to a vintage theme for your costumes :D

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    1. :D I'm so glad you got the vintage thing - exactly right!

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  6. Oh my gosh this is absolutely amazing! These costumes are fantastic and the photos are just so awesome!!! x

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    1. Thanks Kayla, was pretty pleased with our efforts ;) x

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  7. Soadorable! Love that the two of you coordinated outfits. It's even cuter that you aren't looking the same way in the pictures :)

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    1. Yeah, let's go with 'cute' ;) thank you!

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  8. I squealed out loud at how amazing your outfits are!! The husband thinks your idea was 'genius' and I think wants me to get an orange wig now... You both look so good!!!!

    I loved finding out a few more things about you too, note to self to never give you apples or pumpkin. I hope you had fun at the party. We had to cancel ours!! We still dressed up but only have some blurry pics.

    Xxxx

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    1. Awesome comment :) It's actually been getting a lot of appreciation from partners, to my surprise! Maybe Fred's is a costume that men feel manly in ;)

      Yes please no apples or pumpkin ever! Party was fun but that's so sad you cancelled yours - although good you still made the effort. I wanted to know what you did in the end! xxx

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  9. Adorable post!!! You two look fantastic! I also loved reading your Halloween Q&A!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for sticking through the Q&A - I never know if I'm even vaguely interesting to anyone else ;)

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  10. Such great costume choices and should you ever wish to dye your hair neon orange it shows that you would rock it! Fun photos! It always interests me to read and see all the Halloween stuff in other countries as it is so not really a thing here. I got my Halloween celebrations via blogs and Instagram!

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    1. Ha, I think it looks better in the photos than it did in real life, where it gave me a bit of a sickly hue... But I was expecting worse! I've always participated through others in the past but it was fun to join in for a change this year!

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  11. Oh my god, you guys are so freaking cute. I love your costumes! You both look perfect. I enjoyed the q&a as well, I also think that Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best Halloween movies out there.

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    1. Thanks :) and glad you agree on the movie choice - I know it gets a lot of love but it deserves it!

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  12. Those are great costumes, you both look ace.

    You hate apples and don't like cats? Shocking ;-)

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    1. I'm not sure the internet will get over the shock, if I'm honest...

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  13. Super cute! I loved the questions you included as well! My boyfriend hates couples costumes. That or he is just picky because he shoots me down every year. He gave in and dressed up with me last year out of pity, I think, and it may be the only time we coordinate!! =D

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    1. I think the key is finding something they think is 'cool' - I got B with the retro cartoon thing, I knew he wouldn't be able to resist. But if I'd been suggesting he be the scarecrow to my Dorothy... that would have been a whole other story!

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  14. Beyond awesome! You two take to these characters superbly and have done a marvelous job of channeling their fun, sleuthing spirits. What a fabulous couples costume. Colour me in inspired and thoroughly delighted!

    Thank you very much for playing along with the fun Halloween question tag. I super enjoyed reading your answers. Chocolate covered apples for the win, definitely! :)

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Yay, so glad you like it! I was secretly hoping for your approval above all, as the biggest Halloween fan I know :D

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  15. Wonderful photos, you both look amazing! Love it.

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  16. Great costumes! Very spot on! Also, I hate apples too! Unless they are coated in caramel (and I mean it has to be a LOT of caramel! or cooked in a pie with lots of sugar and cinnamon!) ;)

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  17. Wow these costumes are really impressive and the two of you really are a true likeness to Daphne and Fred! I did a double take when I first saw the images, as you look so different to your usual style and almost unrecognisable! I'm happy to see you decided to do a Halloween blog post, as I've always loved Halloween, and seeing how other bloggers style themselves for the occasion. I hope you had fun!

    Saba x

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.com

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  18. B-E-S-T post ever!so stylish!so powerfull!

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