Halloween Queen: @Halloweenhomemaker !

Halloween Queens
Name: Manda
Age: 30
From: Minnesota

Manda is the incredible ghoul behind the Instagram @halloweenhomemaker ! She also has her own Etsy ,where she makes the cutest Halloween stuff : https://www.etsy.com/shop/HalloweenHomemaker

https://www.etsy.com/shop/mandasisco

What made you love Halloween so strongly?
It’s a time when most people celebrate by being someone else, but for me, Halloween allows me to be myself! It permits people to embrace the darker side of life and gives community to those who would otherwise live in the shadows.
How did you get into Halloween?
My mom was never a Halloween fan. We had one Casper foam mold and that’s it for decorations. I remember making pumpkins out of notebook paper for my Barbies, locking myself in my bedroom to watch Halloweentown, and celebrating in private. It wasn’t until I left for college that I was able to unlock the next level of my Halloween heart. The first things I bought for myself when I left for college were Halloween decorations! My cat was born on Halloween, so I always threw her a Halloween birthday party. It’s grown from there as a way to honor her memory, which is the spirit of Halloween! I’ve more than made up for my lack of Halloween decor as a child! 😂
What is your favorite things to do on/around Halloween?
I love driving around looking for Halloween lights and outdoor decorations.
Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?
My mom made me and my doll matching birthday present costumes out of wrapped cardboard boxes complete with balloons.

What does Halloween mean to you?
Halloween is a magical time of year that has unlimited potential. You can be whoever you want to be! The earth dies so that it can be born again in spring. It’s a beautiful time where each of us can do the same. For me, it’s also a time of remembrance for lost loved ones. We honor the past, while being hopeful for the future.
Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get nowadays, what is your favourite? (Old Classics/ New style candy etc)
Unreal crispy dark chocolate peanut butter cups

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?
I like warm, fall harvest foods like apple crisp and apple cider. One thing I always make is notdog mummies (I’m vegan.) I had my first PSL last year from my co-op, and while it wasn’t life changing, I did find myself ordering one just because I could! Haha!
When do you start shopping for Halloween?
I never stop!
What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?
The feeling of Halloween magic and no familial obligations!!!
Do you think it has any negative sides to it?
There’s good and bad in everything, but it’s what you make of it. There are misunderstandings about the origins and meaning of the holiday that make some religious people think it’s an evil day. Of course a little research into the history and traditions will reveal the magic!
What is the favorite Halloween item you have?
I can’t pick just one. My vintage Halloween collections including my blow molds and also my candy corn tree are the things that bring me the most joy!

Do you still go trick or treating?
No, not since I was a child.
Can you remember your first Halloween memory?
There was a massive blizzard when I was very little and we had to wear full snow suits under our costumes. We only drove to our grandma’s house and had to head back home. Snowfall in my area of the state was around 16 inches, but the Twin Cities, where I live now, got 24.4 inches!
Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time?
I do keep quite a bit out year-round, but I rotate my collections with seasons as well. Full on decorating begins in July when I simply can’t take it any longer and need to surround myself with as much Halloween magic as I can!
Where do you buy your Halloween items?
I prefer to limit my carbon footprint as much as possible, so buying second hand through thrift stores, estate sales, yard/ garage/ rummage sales, and vintage stores is my favorite. I find so many unique items at great prices!

What’s your favourite Halloween movie/series?
Halloweentown is by far my favorite movie and series. I remember watching it on TV when it premiered and making sure to catch it whenever it was on. The final movie (with a different Marnie 😖) came out when I was in college, and I made sure everyone knew it was my sacred time. It has always been such a magical movie series that gave me a reprieve from the harsh realities of life!
How is Halloween celebrated in the US?
Parties, zombie crawls, trick/ trunk or treating
Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?
No, not at all!

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Instagram

What made you want to start a Halloween Instagram?
I didn’t set out to start a Halloween account, it just went in that direction organically as I grew into myself. This past year and change has been very difficult for so many people and I personally need a daily dose of Halloween to get through the dark times. It’s nice to let my Halloween flag fly instead of keeping it a secret!
What are important themes to you when you post pictures?
I try to keep a cohesive look to my photos with lighting and color schemes.
How much time do you spend of your day/week on Instagram?
I cannot answer that, but I’m sure it’s much more than is healthy 🤣
Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?
I don’t think I’ve achieved any level of fame, but I always act shocked when I see my cats and tell them that I follow them on Instgram! As you can see, they don’t find it amusing 😹

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Clothing / style
Where do you usually buy your clothes ?
If I don’t thrift them, I love Vixen by Micheline Pitt and Sourpuss Clothing.

What style of clothing do you like to buy?
Pinup, but I’m going to be honest, if I’m at home, I’m not wearing pants nor dressed to impress. That’s most of the time!
Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us Halloween addicts?
Follow spooky brand and fashion accounts on Instagram for the latest styles. Halloween people are generally very supportive of companies and makers within the community so it’s easy to find awesome clothes and accessories!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?
Yes!
What are your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc?
Bags: Love Pain & Stitches

Clothing: Micheline Pitt, Sourpuss, Cavity Colors, Fright Rags, Modcloth, Unique Vintage
Accessories: I Love Crafty + Pony People, Luxulite, Baccurelli
Have you worked hard on your style?
I’ve worked hard on self confidence to be myself, the style has come naturally.

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Follow Manda on Instagram for amazing Halloween photos!: https://www.instagram.com/halloweenhomemaker/

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