For me Halloween begins on the very first day of October. One of the very first things that I do is put up halloween decorations in my house. Since I’ve moved to Minneapolis I’ve been experiencing small apartment probs, but I’ve tried to make the most of it by getting crafty. To the right is the top of a bookshelf. Michaels had a lot of Halloween decor on sale in September so I procured some faux books that also are containers (probably best used for hiding your favorite candies from yourself). I also a gourd assortment thing that just looks like fall. It literally has everything that makes up fall and it was also on sale for like $7 so I got it. It will stay on the bookshelf for Thanksgiving – just like the rest of the Halloween decor. Lastly, I for a pinecone owl. It was too cute to pass up. The skull was already mine. It is a part of a skeleton set that I’ve had for years. The books under the owl are some of my favorite books. Written by John Stark Bellamy II, the books chronicle death and disaster in Cleveland, Ohio. With titles like The Maniac in the Bushes, They Died Crawling, and Cleveland’s Greatest Disasters! These books can really give you goosebumps.
I also decorated my apartment door. Once I saw that people were putting up fall themed wreathes, I decided to go for it with my zombie sign. What would Halloween be like without a zombie sign? Better yet, what would Halloween be like if I didn’t let my neighbors know how much I enjoy celebrating it?
After the decorating the waiting begins. There are so many days between October 1 and October 31, that the only thing one can do to fill the time and quell the suspense is watch Halloween movies over and over and over and over. Some of my favorites include Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, The Corpse Bride, Halloween Town, and every Halloween special of all of my shows on TV. I also watch horror movies. This year I watched Children of the Corn for the first time in almost 20 years. It wasn’t scary at all – so that made me feel amazing.
Now, on to the best part of Halloween: The clothes and the costumes!
There is one halloween accessory that is only acceptable at either a party or on the actual day of Halloween. What is that item? The coveted Halloween vest! I’ve been lucky enough to come up on two of them in my lifetime at the Goodwill. The vest is to the left.
I’ll be honest, I spend 364 days of the year plotting on my next Halloween costume. This year I really wanted to be Garnet from Steven Universe, but the way that grad school has been set up since I got here I didn’t have the time or the funds to invest in making the costume. So I had to get crafty (no surprise, I know). After using the internet where anything is possible, I decided to be a cat lady. I didn’t want to go with the stay at home in a robe, rollers in hair cat lady, though. I wanted to be a fashionable cat lady. So here is how that happened.
- I already had the cat sweater in my closet. I have a penchant for clothing items that look like they were made by a grandma. By grandma does not have to mean for grandma. Confidence makes the outfit.
- I got a few other clothing items from my closet: a pencil skirt, a camisole, some Betsey Johnson leopard pantyhose, and shoes.
- I got some stuffed cats from the dollar store. Getting stuffed cats for a dollar each makes this costume so clutch when your funds are low.
- I went to target and copped a few cans of Fancy Feast, some catnip mice, a dangly cat toy, a cat collar, and a plastic file folder.
- I put the costume together:
- I took apart a pair of dangly earrings that I don’t wear and used the hook part to make catnip mice earrings.
- I attached the stuffed cats onto my sweater using safety pins.
- I decided to make the plastic folder into a cat lady clutch – I put the random cat accessories into the clutch. Because cat collars are too small for human wear, I finagled off the bell and attached it to a stretchy headband.
And that is how I became a cat lady. I went to a Halloween party and won the extremely low-stakes costume contest. Pictures of the costume are below.
Now the countdown to next Halloween begins…