From : Houston, TX, USA
What made you love Halloween so strongly?
As a girl, I always loved books because I could escape into another world and be someone else. I think that’s part of why I became a writer.
Back then, I probably wouldn’t have realized it, but I think that’s why I love Halloween so much too – it was a real-life chance to dress up as someone else for a night and kind of escape into a fictional world.
How did you get into Halloween?
I’m not sure if there was a single moment I could point to and say, “That’s the moment I started loving Halloween!” It’s always been a part of me. There are definitely some moments, though.
When I was 5 or 6, I remember my mom spending time with me to make Halloween crafts while my brother was at preschool which made me special. I cherished those for years and still have the pieces!
When I was 12 or 13, I spend all Halloween afternoon creating my own graveyard in the front yard for fellow trick-or-treaters to enjoy. I really enjoyed creating a Halloween experience for someone else.
What is your favorite things to do on/around Halloween?
I LOVE carving pumpkins. It doesn’t feel like Halloween until I’m squishing pumpkin guts between my fingers. I also like sending my friends and family Halloween cards. I LOVE visiting stores to check out their Halloween decor, and I host my annual Halloween party, Halloweenie Roast.
Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?
It was definitely the year I was a bat! It was my first DIY costume. I worked hard to pull together all the pieces of my costume. I made bat ears, and my mom made me a bat cape. It was simple, but I loved it because I had created it.
(The letdown was most people thought I was a black cat! I spent most of the night angrily sticking out my arms so they could see my bat wings.)
What does Halloween mean to you?
Halloween is fun and a night to escape reality. It’s a season where you can let your imagination run wild and be yourself.
Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get nowadays, what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )
As a kid, I was obsessed with SweeTarts. One year I traded away so much of my chocolate, I ended up with more than 200 packets of SweeTarts!
These days, Almond Snickers are at the top of my list. You can get them as candy bars year-round now, but you can only find the mini bars at Halloween. I also fell in love with Reese’s peanut butter cup bats this year. I still have a couple in my freezer.
What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?
I love a fun Halloween cocktail. They’re a fun way to incorporate crazy colors and flavors into your celebration.
When do you start shopping for Halloween?
I’m not sure I ever really stop! Just two weeks ago, I was in a dollar store picking up black and orange party decor. I can find Halloween almost anywhere!
What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?
Halloween has always felt magical to me. It’s a season full of possibility, and I look forward to that every year!
Do you think it has any negative sides to it?
I think Halloween is what you make it. It’s not a holiday that’s for everyone…but I think that’s true of any holiday. Some will naturally resonate with you more than others. Rather than trashing the ones you dislike (or the people who celebrate them), I say celebrate the ones you love to the fullest!
What is the favorite Halloween item you have?
It has to be my complete set of Halloween Happy Meal pails. They are so iconic now for Halloween lovers, and I feel incredibly lucky that I managed to hang on to all three of them for all these years.
Do you still go trick or treating?
I wish! I do have a young niece and nephew who I will go trick or treating with, but for now my own trick or treating days are over.
Can you remember your first Halloween memory?
The first year we lived in Texas, I dressed up as a witch. I was five years old, and I remember trick or treating with my little brother, who was just 2 or 3, and our neighbor who was the same age as my brother. It was fun being the older kid and getting to show them what Halloween was all about.
Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time?
Last spring I redid my entire bedroom with black-and-white photos I’ve taken of Halloween items. It’s been fun sleeping in a spooky lair! I also have a few things I repurpose for year-round use, like skulls or apothecary jars. I’m finding more of my Halloween decor creeps into my everyday decor each year.
When it comes to decorating for Halloween, I wait until early to mid-September. As much as I love Halloween, I do like celebrating each holiday when it’s appropriate, so I probably wait a little longer than most Halloween lovers to decorate.
Where do you buy your Halloween items?
Everywhere! Etsy has become a favorite place to find unique Halloween decor. I also love following cool shops on Instagram.
As for larger stores, I always love shopping at Michaels, JoAnn and At Home. A lot of my favorite things have come from their Halloween collections.
What’s your favourite Halloween movie/series?
Is it too predictable if I say “Hocus Pocus”? Haha! It’s just such a good story, and you can’t beat that it was filmed in Salem. It doesn’t feel like Halloween season until I’ve watched it at least once.
How is Halloween celebrated in the US?
So many different ways! Personally, I enjoy hosting a themed costume party for my friends and family every year.
Kids, of course, go trick or treating on Halloween night, but events called “Trunk or Treat” have become popular. These are usually hosted by churches, and the adult participants decorate the trunk of their car/van/truck with a theme. Then kids go trick or treating from car to car – for some, it’s viewed as a safer option than roaming the neighborhood on Halloween night.
There are also lots of large costume parties around the city I live in, as well as bar crawls. My city even has a Halloween music festival called Something Wicked! (I’ve never been, though, because it’s not my kind of music.)
Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?
Never! Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, so I am spoiled with an endless amount of stores to explore for Halloween decorations every year…and I take full advantage of it!
What made you want to start a Halloween blog?
Pinterest and a whim! For awhile I had thought about starting a blog solely dedicated to Halloween, but I kept telling myself, “Eh, no one will read it.” Then one day I was organizing boards on my personal Pinterest account, and I had SO many Halloween pins to organize it made me realize my love of Halloween wasn’t going to die anytime soon…and I decided on the spot to start a Halloween blog, just for fun! I’m SO glad I did.
What is important themes to you when you write posts?
I write about a lot of different topics – I like sharing cool Halloween items I find online as well as sharing DIY projects, recipes and party ideas. Overall, I always want to make sure every post is a way a reader can celebrate Halloween either during the season or in their everyday life.
How much time do you spend of your day/week writing posts?
Too much, I’m sure! I work full time, and when I come home in the evenings, I’ll usually sit down at my writing desk and work on blog posts or projects. I also use my weekends to work on larger projects, like recipe posts or DIYs. It’s a ton of fun getting to think about Halloween all the time.
Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween blogger?
Haha! I’m not sure there’s much fame associated with being a Halloween blogger – there’s really not that many of us. I have yet to have anyone come up and ask if I’m the girl from Spooky Little Halloween, but maybe one day it’ll happen and it’ll be a cool feeling.
Clothing / style
Where do you usually buy your clothes?
I don’t really stick to one store – I look for things that I like and that I feel comfortable wearing. Sometimes that’s a $65 dress. Other days it’s a $5 T-shirt.
What style of clothing do you like to buy?
I like things with interesting details, but I also like things that are comfortable. I look for clothes that are versatile so I can dress them up or down with accessories.
Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us Halloween addicts?
Sourpuss Clothing has some great stuff! I also love Em & Sprouts’ (on Etsy) Halloween items. I think the key is to always be looking and always be Googling! You’d be amazed at the amount of Halloween things you can find on the Internet.
Do you wear Halloween/horror styled clothes all year?
I wear a lot of skulls year-round. I also have a large collection of Halloween enamel pins I’m working on incorporating into my daily wardrobe. Jewelry is the easiest way for me to add Halloween to an outfit – I have lots of earrings and necklaces too!
What’s your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc.?
I scored my first Love, Pain and Stitches pumpkin purse last summer totally by accident. I arrived to the bi-weekly sale 45 minutes late, but the PERFECT bag was still available…so I bought it! I love it because jack-o-lanterns are my favorite and got a lot of compliments on it all October last year.
Have you worked hard on your style?
When it comes to Halloween clothing, I think my style is still evolving. I’m continuing to collect more shirts and dresses to wear year-round. I’m excited to see what I have in another year or so!
*All pictures by Miranda.
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