Happy Halloween, girls and ghouls 👻👻 Costume time!

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As another Halloween season winds down (😭), I figured I’d share a few of my Halloween looks from the past few years. Enjoy!

2013: Jessica Rabbit 💋& a demon😈…would love to know what I did with that vampire fang necklace I’m wearing in the top right collage pic🤔

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2015: Nancy Downs from The Craft🔮…Only 2 years ago but I look 12 😱


2016: Tiffany, Bride of Chucky🔪👰🏼..I bought this Chucky doll specifically for this costume, but it inspired me to start collecting horror memorabilia! 

2017: Last night I did Bride of Frankenstein- inspired makeup. Took over 3 hours believe it or not. I’ve gotten better with makeup skills this past year, so I’m going to try to really push it for next year 👰🏻🤖🖤💚

I also threw on my Michael Myers mask the other night just to creep you out. You’re welcome.

 

What do you think I should do for next year? Morticia? Elvira? Vampira? A female Twisty the clown? Columbia from Rocky Horror?

Happy Halloween, fellow Halloqueens! 🎃🖤👻

Recap: My trip to “Witch City”! Salem, MA 🔮 The Ultimate Halloween town…

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The beautifully dark and ominous House of the 7 Gables

After many years of living for Halloween, I always dreamed of making the 5-and-a-half hour drive to the second oldest American city, Salem, Massachusetts, during its most-traveled-to month of the year, October.  This past weekend I finally got to experience the ultimate Halloween town for All Hallows’ Eve lovers like myself.  While it may be too late to book your own trip to Witch City for this Halloween, all spooky lovers should start planning for next year asap!  I won’t bore you with a minute-by-minute recap of my entire trip, but I’ll give you the highlights of the things that you absolutely must do whenever you make it out there yourself, as well as a handful of things I regret not spending more time on. Continue reading

American Horror Story: Cult has got my brain on overload 🤡🔪🤔

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Over the past few seasons of AHS, I’ve either been completely enthralled or totally lost at producer Ryan Murphy’s crazy twists and turns…but I’ve never been bored. Season 7’s Cult has been no different.  And I can safely say as of now, 7 episodes deep, Continue reading

My favorite movies to watch during Halloween 👻🔪

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I debated on whether or not I should make this list, since I watch these movies all year round and do not give a shit if it’s October 31st or a random afternoon in January, but nonetheless, these are (some) of my favorite movies to watch in October.  Most of these are horror, some are cult films, and a few are Disney (🤷🏻‍♀️) but it just doesn’t feel like Halloween unless I watch these classics.  I excluded some that take place in winter or with a Christmasy/snowy backdrop (The Shining, Let the Right One In), and some other recent favorites that are too new for me to watch every Halloween (The Invitation, Hush).  I’ll find a place for those on future posts. But for now, here are some of my favorite movies to watch for All Hallow’s Eve…

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Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross  release their version of Halloween theme 🤤

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As promised, the Nine Inch Nails superheroes released their cover of arguably the most iconic horror movie theme song of all time, John Carpenter’s score for Halloween on last Friday (the 13th.)  Andddd it’s pretty good! It maintains the ominous feeling of the original, yet still feels like something right off of The Downward Spiral, as it retains the creepy, electronic sounds of any NIN songs.  Listen for yourself: 

Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year… 

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For those of us who get off on hanging (fake) severed body parts on our front porches and placing our creepy Chucky dolls behind our bathroom doors to scare the shit out of our more timid friends as they open the door (just me?) Halloween truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  If you’re a total friggen nerd like me and schedule your Halloween/October plans by mid-July, you probably prepare a playlist of your favorite Halloween songs for when the clock strikes midnight on October 1st and you’re decorating your black “Halloween tree” while you wear your Michael Myers mask (again, just me??).

I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favorite songs to listen to during this time of year for your listening pleasure.  Some have lyrics directly relating to Halloween; some are from of my favorite movies to watch during this time of year (or any time of year, really); and some are neither, but for one reason or another, they are dark and weird, and quite fitting for October feels.  Enjoy…

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Fear & Loathing within Halloween

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I wrote this for my senior thesis last fall for my B.A. degree, and, although it is formal and fancy and academic and pretentious in a sense, I busted my ass researching for this and writing this, and it never got published as I had hoped for.  My professor had nominated it for a conference, and it was rejected for not having enough “data” for their requirements.  *Eye roll*.  So screw it, I’m posting it here.

For our senior thesis class, we had to conduct an in-depth analysis on anything related to American-celebrated holidays.  Naturally, this Hallo-queen chose to do it on Halloween, and I assessed exactly how the “fear” aspect of the holiday not only came about within our culture, but what it means to the holiday, and whether or not Halloween would even exist without it.  I began with a description of the history of the holiday and its roots, before getting into the nitty gritty of my own research and interviews later, in case you want to skip the textbook stuff and get to my results (shout out to my friends who participated in this last year.)  This is what I found. Hope you find this interesting…

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“It’s Halloween. I guess everyone’s entitled to one good scare.” –John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

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Trick or treat, bitches.

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“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends…it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” -Stephen King

For years and years I hemmed and hawed about starting my own blog- I was sometimes uninspired, and other times anxious at the thought of my personal blabberings being vulnerable to the eyes of my peers and strangers alike who can be pretty ruthless and brutal in their judgments of ANYTHING that they read on the Internet.  (Have you read the troll comments underneath those articles on Facebook lately??)  A part of my hesitation was fear of being yet ANOTHER person in the world who hops behind a keyboard and thinks they can write just because they can coherently formulate sentences and understand HTML codes (I’m looking at you, shitty Buzzfeed article writers).  However, the difference is I can ACTUALLY WRITE. (I promise!) I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid- I carried a notebook and pen with me everywhere I went, wrote short stories, and jotted down details of the things I observed each day.  I have written journalistic pieces, pop culture/media-related reviews, academic papers, informal rants about the many things that piss me off…the works…

I’m not bragging here- my point is, that you can trust that whatever it is I choose to write about here on MY blog- which will mainly consist of all the weird and quirky shit I tend to be into (more on that shortly)- will be well-written, thoughtful, and entertaining.  I’m not exactly your stereotypical girly girl; from the outside I appear as just another doe-eyed girl from the suburbs who can put together a cute outfit fairly well…but on the inside, I am a sarcastic, gory, horror movie-loving, metal music concert-going, overall “darkness” enthusiast, with a twisted sense of humor, and that is what I will tend to focus on here.  I will (mainly) stick to covering those subjects, but if something else is on my mind, I won’t hold back.  Buckle up.