Halloween Queen: The New England Ghoul!

Halloween Queens

Name: Amber

Age: 21

From : Massachusetts, USA

Amber is the amazing Ghoul behind the Instagram and blog: the new England Ghoul!

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I think my love of Halloween stems from being born and raised in New England. Around here, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically and I have many special Halloween memories as a kid!

How did you get into Halloween ?

I’ve loved Halloween since childhood, but always felt silly wanting to celebrate it all year long. But once I found the Halloween community online it made me realize I wasn’t so crazy and there were other people out there who love it just as much as I do lol

What is your favorite things to do on/around halloween ?

I love going to haunted corn mazes, hayrides, or ghost tours on October nights…doesn’t get much spookier 🙂

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?

I loved being a Witch for Halloween, I was one multiple years in a row. I was also the Grim Reaper one year….that costume was one of my faves!

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween season is when I feel I can truly be myself and express my love for dark & creepy things…and not be as judged for it lol Halloween is more than a holiday, it’s a lifestyle.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now adays , what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )

I definitely love the classics! Reese’s and KitKats are my favorites.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

The candy for sure, but I also love when all of the apple & pumpkin flavored foods/drinks come out. Hot apple cider and a cider doughnut on a cold Autumn night is the best!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I like to check my local stores around late August and early September. The week after Halloween is also a good time to check for clearance items for next year!

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

The whole Halloween season has an essence to it. The crisp October nights, the rustling leaves, the decorations, the haunted attractions, the Jack-o-Lanterns that line the streets here. It all contributes to what makes Halloween feel so spooky yet magical to me.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

It’s definitely not for everyone. I think too that some kids can be a little reckless and destructive on Halloween night, unfortunately.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

My favorite Halloween item I have is a light-up Jack-o-lantern that my grandma made, I showed it on Instagram and let people pick a name for him….his name is Irv 🙂

Do you still go trick or treating?

No, I don’t…if it was socially acceptable for a 21 year old to go trick or treating I definitely would though!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

I can remember Halloween as a kid vividly. On Halloween night I would go to my Aunt’s house in Connecticut to go trick or treating with my sister and cousins….the neighborhood was huge and some houses had haunts that you’d have to go through to get the candy!

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time ?

I have certain things that I keep out all year, but some of my more special pieces I wait to put out on October 1st.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I get most of my decorations from Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, and Home Goods/TJ Maxx

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

In terms of horror, I really love the classic “Halloween” series with Michael Myers. I also love the Disney movie “Halloweentown” for something more light-hearted.

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Halloween is celebrated with decorations of course, costume parties, haunted attractions, and trick-or-treating for the kids.

Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?

Not usually, but it can get expensive. I usually wait for stores to have good sales.

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Blog

What made you want to start a Halloween/horror/witch themed blog?

Honestly it was being inspired by other Halloween blogs I had discovered. It made me want to share my love for Halloween/spooky stuff too, but in my own way of course. I also wanted to showcase what Halloween season was like in New England!

What is important themes to you when you write posts?

Most of my posts have to do with haunted historical locations around New England, I try and make it so my readers can get a feel of what life was like for the people of that time period who resided in those places.

How much time do you spend of your day/week writing posts?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a set schedule right now. But a typical post can take me from anywhere between 2 days to a week depending on how long it is and how much time I can devote to it.

Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?

I don’t consider myself famous by any means! I’m just a girl who loves Halloween and a blogger who writes about it for fun 🙂

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

I usually buy my clothes from Target, TJ Maxx, & Old Navy

What style of clothing do you like to buy?

I definitely have a more dark/sultry taste in clothing. Lots of black, (faux) leather, & lace.

Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us halloween addicts?

Definitely Etsy! There are so many amazing small shops that specialize in Halloween/Occult related clothing and accessories.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Not so much Horror related, but I do have some Halloween faves that I’ll wear all year.

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really, though I do love shopping and putting outfits together!

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Be sure to follow amber on her Instagram: Www.instagram.com/thenewenglandghoul

And her blog ! www.thenewenglandghoul.wordpress.com

Halloween Queen: Heathers House Of Horror!

Halloween Queens

Name: Heather Leanne

Age: 31

From : Baltimore, Md. US.

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I think more than anything it takes me back to being a kid again. I love that feeling of being scared. Like going through your first haunted house, not knowing what was gonna jump out and scare you next. It’s a thrill feeling really, a fun scared. And on top of that I love a Autumn season. Cool weather, pumpkins, the trees changing colors. It’s very comforting to me.

How did you get into Halloween ?

My mother really started my love for Halloween. It was a big deal growing up in my household. My mother has always and still to this day goes all out for Halloween. The most decorated house in the neighborhood. And even when the weather was too bad for us to trick ‘r treat she made sure that we at least had a Halloween party at the house for all of us kids. It’ll always be apart of our lives.

What is your favorite things to do on/around halloween ?

I absolutely love to give candy out to the kids. I love seeing them in their costumes and I love seeing the ones too scared to walk up to the house because all the creepy things in my yard. I even get some scares and jumps out of adult sometimes. My jumping spider does a good job at that. And on top of that I love carving pumpkins. I make sure to carve different ones every year.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favortite one?

That’s a tough one. I think my favorite thing is my werewolf mask. If I could be any monster, it would definitely be a werewolf. I unfortunately don’t have a favorite from my childhood or anything.

What does Halloween mean to you?

To me Halloween is a fun, comforting time of the year. That moment between summer and winter where I feel there’s this calmness, yet excitement all at the same time. It’s a holiday that everyone can take part in and enjoy the things it has to offer.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now a days , what is your favorite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )

I love fun size Snickers and caramel apple lollipops. I miss Mr.Bones candy though. It was these candy skeleton pieces in a little plastic coffin box, and you could put him together like a puzzle. I loved that!

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

I’m that basic girl who gets excited over pumpkin spice coffee. I’m a sucker for it. I’m also pretty excited to try making my own Harry Potter’s Butter Beer this year for Halloween night. That and candy apples.

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I buy Halloween items throughout the entire year. I’m a huge fan of vintage Halloween, like Beistle co. products. I’ll buy them randomly when I need a Halloween fix.

What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

There’s nothing about Halloween that feels like an obligations. Everything about it I want to be involved in. It’s more freeing than any other.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Not at all. When it comes down to it, it’s more about fun than anything. It’s all in good spirits.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

That would have to be my three headed Cerberus animatronic. I even made a dog house and all for him. Both kids and adults love it when I set him out.

Do you still go trick or treating?

Nope, I prefer giving the candy.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

My first memory would have to be from a time in Elementary school. We had gone around the block for our Halloween parade and all the kids were dressed in costume. And I remember the principle standing in the middle of the playground with a microphone, and she would call out all types of different kinds of costumes. So if she yell “do we have any witches here?”, all the little witches would go up as group so everyone could see. Then she’d yell for vampires, Batmen, clowns, etc. And every group had multiples. Well, except for me. She yelled “How about Catwomen?”, and there I was all by myself walking up there, the only Catwoman. I remember it was one of those cheap plastic costumes with the plastic mask. I think the reason it was so memorable was because of how shy I was as a child and it was almost mortifying to be in such spotlight.

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time ?

I always keep a Jack o’ Lantern up and a few things here and there. But, my birthday is in September so I always make it a point to decorate as a gift to myself since I love it so much. I’m usually the first with anything Halloween related up.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I love ‘Spirit Halloween‘, and Target has a great selection sometimes. I also shop EBAY for certain items.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

‘Trick r’ Treat’ has become a must when watching a movie. ‘Hocus Pocus’ of course, and I absolutely love ‘The Simpsons: Tree House of Horrors’.

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Trick r’ Treating for the little of course, and haunted hay rides are really fun. Unfortunately it seems to be losing people here. In my neck of the woods anyway. I wish I had more neighbors who celebrate and decorate, but its less and less every year it seems. I keep telling myself to found that Halloween town. That town out there somewhere where it’s a big deal. I want that neighbor who would compete with me. Fight for ‘Who’s got the scariest yard?’. I’m afraid the kids will eventually stop coming around.

Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?

No really, we usually have a ‘Spirit Halloween‘ open up near by. And I’m not far at all from shopping centers.

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What made you want to start designing and selling Halloween themed items?

I started a few years ago while I was still working full time. I’m fortunate enough now to have a bit more time to create and paint more often. I love painting, it’s the one thing that feels the most natural to me. Even as a kid I was drawing up creepy cemeteries and witches. I enjoy being able to offer different items that you don’t see too often and with Halloween usually anything Horror/Scary movie is related, and that’s a genre that’s not really mainstream. There’s a community, but you could go through your entire day without bumping into someone you can relate to. I just love be able to offer that little bit of Halloween love all year round.

What is important themes to you when you design?

I love characters and their intricate details. When I decide to paint a new monster that I haven’t done before it really makes me appreciate the FX and art that went into it. I try and do my best to add those details, even if they’re subtle and you can hardly tell they’re there.

How much time do you spend of your day/week on making your items?

Depends on my work schedule. I could go days without painting, but when I do get days off I’m sitting down for hours trying to get things done. I wish I could treat like a work schedule, but I catch myself balancing out everything that needs my attention. And really I have to be in a good mental state to paint. If my mind is wondering I can’t give my work what it deserves and what my customers deserve. And I believe they deserve quality.

Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween designer?

I wouldn’t call it fame, I’m still really trying to build a good customer base. I do my best to be professional and respectful to everyone though. And everyone who meets me in person seems to like me. I’ll vend horror conventions sometimes and I get to meet a few of my existing customers and new ones as well. And it’s always a great experience. The horror/Halloweencommunity has a lot of really great people.

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

I’ll shop anywhere from thrift stores to big name retail stores. I’m not particular unless it’s for pants. I’m super short and that’s always so difficult to shop for.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I love wearing dresses, but most days I’ll throw on a t-shirt and jeans. I end up getting paint on everything anyway. So, I never get fancy.

Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us Halloween addicts?

Get creative. Hit up your local thrift stores. You’d be surprised what you’d find and what you could make out of it.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

I have a few horror tees I love wearing all year round. I’m a huge ‘True Blood’ fan, and I always have some sort of ‘True Blood’ related shirt on during the week.

Whats your favorite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc?

I love Halloween socks. I’m always wearing some type of socks with Jack o’ lanterns on them.

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really, I’m pretty laid back and it doesn’t take much effort.

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Be sure to check out her store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtByHeatherLeanne

And her Instagram! : https://www.instagram.com/heathers.house.of.horror/

Halloween Queen: Veronablack!

Halloween Queens

Name: Danielle Gonzalez

Age: 31 (Yay Halloween)

From : New York (in a suburb outside of NYC)

Danielle is the amazing Ghoul behind the Halloween fashion brand @veronablack !

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How did you get into Halloween?

Gosh it started when I was a little girl. I just loved the idea of being whoever you wanted for one night and I just loved the idea of ghost, goblins and all that fun stuff!

What is your favorite thing to do on/around Halloween?

Since giving birth to my daughter back in 2014, my husband and I have made it a tradition every October to go to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (We live 15 minutes away) and walk the beautiful grounds there. Our first stop on our stroll is Washington Irving’s grave to pay our respects to my absolutely favorite Halloween tale author, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?

I have a lot, but I would have to say my favorite one would have to be last years costume when I dressed up as Lydia Deetz!

What does Halloween mean to you?

Being able to feel normal for a night lol

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

I only buy Oreos around Halloween because I am convinced that orange filling tastes better than the regular white filling lol

When do you start shopping for Halloween?

I start shopping for Halloween as soon as I see it in the stores!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

This little witch doll on a broom. Its from the town Verona, NY where my grandparents lived and also the place that I named my business after. She hangs out in my studio all year long!

Do you still go trick or treating?

YES! Its been awesome the last few years taking my daughter trick or treating in my childhood neighborhood cause it means I can dress up too without being looked at strangely lol

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

Probably one of my favorite memories of Halloween when I was younger, would be decorating outside of my house. I remember one day deciding I was going to build a hangmans noose. I went into my father workshop, helped myself to wood, nails, and a hammer and started building. I’m sure when my dad was quite concerned when he found what I was doing when he got home from work lol

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time?

Iam really into witches, so there are a few witch decorations that I keep out all year long.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

I would have to say Hocus Pocus. Even though I’ve seen it 500 times its always amazing as seeing it for the first time!

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

By going to the Halloween capital of course, SALEM, MA! My absolute place in the world!

Verona Black Designs

What made you want to start designing and selling Halloween themed items?

As you can see, I’ve always been quite Halloween obsessed. When I started this business 13 years ago, it was a completely different feel. I was making things that were much more conservative for me by trying to make a product that would appeal to people in my area. As the years went on, my brand evolved and I eventually I became more comfortable in making what I was into and not caring if people in my area liked it or not. I am so much happier making and designing that with a darker side =]

How much time do you spend of your day/week on making your items?

Not enough lol I am currently a stay at home mom, while trying to run my little business. My husband does not have a normal work schedule, so whenever he is not working he is on daughter duty. I try to get in at least an hour and a half a day and when my daughter takes a nap and goes to sleep for the night.

Clothing / Style

Where do you usually buy your clothes?

Usually where ever I find things I like. Most of my clothes lately are from my absolute favorite NYC rock and roll boutique (AND currently one of the shops that stocks my items) Grit N Glory! Be sure to check them out – Gritnglory.com

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

Anything that is black haha

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Black is my Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter color

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I have allready ordered multiple items from verona black, and they are amazing!

Check out her etsy and be sure to follow her Instagram for updates!

Halloween Queen: Groovy Ghoulie 88 !

Halloween Queens

Name: Cassandra
Age: 29
From : Los Angeles, CA

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I loved the idea of dressing up and going trick or treating as a child. It was my favorite holiday and as I grew older, the fascination never stopped.
I still dress up. I still decorate (year round) and I still do spooky things.

How did you get into Halloween ? 

I have my parents to thank for that. They LOVED Halloween. A cool little story: I was born on October 10th and for Halloween, which was just a few weeks later, they carved a pumpkin, dressed me up in a cute little pumpkin outfit, and put me inside! They say that’s when my love for Halloween was born.

What is your favorite things to do on/around halloween ?

I love doing haunts! I’ve been to many of them, but I would have to say Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights is my favorite.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

Oh wow, there’s been so many!! I remember dressing up as the Pumpkin King from Nightmare Before Christmas for LA Comic con on Halloween weekend of 2016. My dad helped make the costume including the big giant paper-mache pumpkin for my head. I must have gotten hundreds of compliments and people coming up to me to take a photo.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get nowadays , what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )

I’m a sucker for Reese’s candy! Around Halloween, they come in cute little bat shapes. Last year I bought 5 bags and I tried to make them last all October.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

I really enjoy making Halloween themed foods, especially mummy wrapped hot dogs. For drinks, anything with vodka!

When do you start shopping for Halloween?

Whenever I find the opportunity. There are several year round Halloween stores in Los Angeles, so access is pretty easy There are also many Halloween/Horror conventions I attend that are nowhere near October. Two of them were in April this year and there were so many spooky goodies at every booth.

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday? 

I really like the decor. I love pumpkins, bats, coffins, witches. I have several cabinets full of Halloween snow globes, mugs, plates, trinket boxes, statues, figurines, and much more.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Some religious people might be against it. I know a few who don’t celebrate because of their religious beliefs and then I have a friend who says he’s too old for Halloween! lol Whatever! More candy and treats for us!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have? 

I would say my Johanna Parker collection of mugs, figurines, and ornaments. She has some of the CUTEST vintage Halloween designs ever. Check her IG out at @jparkerdesign

Do you still go trick or treating? 

I don’t really anymore because in my neighborhood, not a lot of kids, so people hardly pass out candy. I rather just go buy it myself.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

I remember dressing up as a witch for my elementary school and we walked in a little parade. I had long black hair and a cute little witch hat and green face paint. Everyone else were Disney princesses or superheroes.

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time?

I usually keep mine out year round. I have a lot of stuff in cabinets though just because I ran out of room.
Where do you buy your Halloween items?

My favorite places to buy Halloween items and decor are Home Goods, Ross, TJ Maxx, and Michael’s. They get some of the BEST stuff around Sept/Oct.


Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

I really like Trick R Treat. That’s always been a favorite. I must have seen that movie dozens of times, and a few extra times too because my tattoo artist would always play that movie in his shop.


How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

We usually celebrate it by dressing up,eating, drinking, and throwing Halloween parties. It’s a very popular holiday in the U.S. You always hear Halloween themed commercials on the radio or see really cool Halloween food magazines at the Grocery store on how to make the best spooky cupcakes. There’s always something for everyone!

Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?

Not at all. A lot of the stores I mentioned in previous questions are all pretty local and within driving distance. 🙂

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Instagram

What made you want to start a horror/Halloween themed Instagram?

I started my IG a long time ago and never really posted pics of anything cool. I didn’t really understand IG at that time, but I finally started getting the hang of it and hashtagged a lot. I also met a lot of my Halloween friends through there.

What is important themes to you when you post photos?

My theme is usually Living Dead Dolls but I will post Halloween and horror stuff on there too.

How much time do you spend of your day/week on taking pictures for your insta?

At this point in my life, not too much because I go to school and work full time. So I post maybe 1 pic a week maybe. Unless it’s for an event and I have several photos I want to throw out there.

Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?

Not at all. I wouldn’t consider it fame, (I’m not famous or anything) but sometimes at cons or shows, people come up to me and say “Hey you’re Groovyghoulie right?” I think that’s really cool. I love meeting online friends in real life. 🙂

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes?

I love going thrifting. I often find really cute stuff there. Sometimes I’ll buy from Killstar, Deandri, Fright Rags, or other goth/alternative websites.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I really like black mini skirts and gothy dresses. I love wearing fishnets with over the knee stockings. That’s kind of my go-to look.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

On the daily basis like for work and school, I’m always wearing a horror tee or a band tee. For special events I’ll put more effort into my outfit. I like getting dolled up spooky cute for a night out.

Whats your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes tec?

I really love my Love Pain and Stitches bags. I own 3 of them. I always get a lot of compliments with those bags and they are very durable.

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really. I’ve had the same style for as long as I can remember. The only thing that’s hard is having to straighten my hair daily. It’s naturally wavy. Sometimes I just leave it alone and don’t do anything, and then it looks like a frizz monster lol.

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Be sure to follow Cassandra on Instagram!: https://www.instagram.com/groovyghoulie88/

Halloween Queen: Stay Creepy Ibc

Halloween Queens
Name: Dani
Age: 31
From : Long Beach, California
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Dani is the amazing ghoulie behind the Instagram @stay_creepy_lbc!
What made you love Halloween so strongly?

It started simple enough; free candy plus getting to don a costume every October. I think I’ve always loved dressing up more than most. As I got older I realized candy or not I truly loved Halloween more than any other time of year.

How did you get into Halloween ?

I noticed myself getting more excited for it every year & would always think about it during the rest of year. I also noticed myself becoming more interested in costumes.

What is your favorite things to do on/around halloween ?

I love getting dressed up & going to the pumpkin patch & picking the perfect pumpkin. I also love shopping around for Halloween goodies. I can’t forget exploring the Disneyland resort & the Mickey Pumpkin!

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Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

The first year I attended Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party at Disneyland I finally got to make an Oogie Boogie costume. It came out awesome & everybody loved it!

What does Halloween mean to you?

Everything. It just makes me happy. It’s the one time of year when I can truly be myself without the negativity & confusion from others.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now adays , what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for candy corn & Reese’s pumpkins. But I’m a total sweet tooth so I pretty much love all Halloween sweets.

 

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Everything! Pumpkin delights are my absolute favorite seasonal food. In fact I’ve got two boxes of them in my freezer to tide me over until September.

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When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I never stop shopping for Halloween. I happen to find myself constantly searching for Halloween items.

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

I was born in the fall so I’ve always had an affinity for that time of year. I love the traditions whether they’re silly or truly special. The smell in the air. The changes in nature.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Some people have negative connotations towards Halloween for some reason. The Halloween season isn’t long enough either.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

It’s actually something I don’t own it yet. My mom has this ceramic jack o lantern & it lights up. It’s from before I was born & has always been my favorite Halloween decoration. Last Halloween she told me one day she would pass it down to me.

Do you still go trick or treating?

Actually yes. During the Halloween party at Disneyland they have treat trails set up & I love getting to feel like a kid again & actually trick or treat!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

I remember being dressed as a little devil, walking through my childhood neighborhood crunching leaves as I collected candy.

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time ?

Up until this year I had a few items that I used to store during the non Halloween months, but I’ve decided to leave it up all year long. The decor in my kitchen & bathroom is mostly Halloween too.

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Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I have this keen ability to find Halloween items everywhere! I prefer to buy from the small shops who make Halloween items year round & through thrifting.

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Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

Halloween, HalloweenTown, The Simpson’s treehouse of horror, Hocus Pocus, & I’m sure I’m forgetting like 10 other things.

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How is Halloween celebrated where you live?

Yes, living in Southern California there’s Halloween stuff pretty much everywhere during September & October.

Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?

It’s not hard to find decorations but I really like to make my own decor!

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Instagram
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What made you want to start a horror/Halloween themed Instagram?

Halloween/Horror is life.

What is important themes to you when you post pictures?

I went to school for photography so I get really picky about photos. Background is always important to me along with the composition & the little details. I have a tendency to get a little carried away.

How much time do you spend of your day/week on Instagram?

Haha way more time than I should.

Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?

I wouldn’t really associate myself with having any fame. I just love being in a position to find others who share my way of life.

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Clothing / style
Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

Torrid, Ross, Thrift Stores

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what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I really love black lace & dresses with sleeves. Anything Halloweenie.

Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us halloween addicts?

Look everywhere! Thrift stores can often have hidden gems. eBay, Amazon, & Etsy are always a worth a look see. Especially because a lot of places discount items during non Halloween times.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Of course! I collect Halloween accessories so I can add some Halloween cheer to any outfit.

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Whats your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc?

The Halloween Disneyland hoodie from last season. Michael Myers Halloween sweater from Middle of Beyond. The orange pumpkin bag I won last year from love, pain, & stitches.

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Have you worked hard on your style?

Sometimes. It truly depends on the situation.


Be sure to check out Dani’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/stay_creepy_lbc/

Halloween Queen: Battywampus!

Halloween Queens
Name: Evelyn
Age: 29
From: Minnesota, USA

Evelyn is the amazing Ghoul behind the blog and Instagram Battywampus!

What made you love Halloween so strongly?
There’s nothing more exciting to me than seeing magic, real magic, come alive in the eyes of strangers.No other day of the year captures the same magic that Halloween has. Months of preparation culminate on a single night where both adults and children alike get to be someone else for an evening and celebrate Halloween in their own unique way.
How did you get into Halloween?
I started working at Spirit Halloween, a large Halloween retailer, when I was 19-years-old and I didn’t have many positive influences in my life at the time. My store manager is a very kind and generous person who didn’t just work for a Halloween company, he genuinely LOVES Halloween. He had this severed leg prop that he would hang from the trunk of his car and people driving on the road would call the police because they thought he had a real dead body in his trunk! His stories about his years of experience with the Halloween industry and passion for Halloween are part of the reason I fell in love with Halloween and I’ve found new reasons to continue loving it ever since.

What is your favorite things to do on/around Halloween?
I’m almost 30-years-old and I still go trick-or-treating. It’s less about getting candy and more about the thrill of the next house. There’s nothing more exhilarating and rewarding than coming home after spending three hours walking around dressed up like a ghost while carrying a 4 pound pillow case full of candy. I host Halloween parties around Halloween but I never host parties on Halloween night. I am also pagan and Samhain is a sacred day for me so I usually spend the day creating my Samhain altar and prepping my feastbefore I go trick-or-treating.
Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?
Three years ago my friends and I dressed up as ghosts. We bought white bed sheets from the thrift store and cut eye holes out with scissors. One of my friends went as the Charlie Brown ghost, complete with a rock! People were so excited to see us and we got a lot of compliments that year. Many adults that were handing out candy told us stories of how they dressed up as bed sheet ghosts when they were younger. I definitely think those costumes contributed to us getting more candy that year.
What does Halloween mean to you?
Magic. Community. A sense of belonging. In the off season people think I’m weird and I get comments on how strange it is that I like Halloween all year long. As soon as Halloween comes along, I’m the cool one. I enjoy Halloween because weird is the new normal. People judge less and interact with their communities more.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now adays , what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )
What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?
When do you start shopping for Halloween?
I’m usually scouting stores mid-July but stores are posting their Halloween inventory online earlier every year. Michael’s is almost always the first store in the US to start selling Halloween home decor but even Hobby Lobby is putting out fall items now and it’s not even the middle of May yet.

What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?
History tells us that in the beginning, Halloween was a night to go out into town and make mischief. Be someone you don’t normally get to be. Be obnoxious. Raise hell! It may not be celebrated today in the same way that it used to be, but we still use it as a night to accept things that we wouldn’t normally accept any other night of the year. We are more willing to accept that ghosts, witches and magic are possible on Halloween. Death is normally very difficult to talk about the rest of the year, but for one night we don’t just acknowledge it- we idolize it! We wear costumes of dead people, re-animated corpses, serial killers and even death itself. I love that we can accept the unacceptable one night a year.
Do you think it has any negative sides to it?
Halloween as a gore-fest has never really been my cup of tea but I understand why people love it. It’s a day for expression and possibilities! At it’s heart I believe that Halloween is about acceptance but I think some people use Halloween as an excuse to push boundaries, be dangerous, make people feel uncomfortable and unsafe on purpose. One year I was trick-or-treating with my friends and two adults dressed as murderous clowns started following us. They followed us for several blocks in an attempt to make us feel uncomfortable on purpose. We asked them to stop but they didn’t listen and in the end it ruined the evening for us. Not everyone wants to be scared on Halloween.
What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?
A few years ago I asked my grandfather to build a pair of coffin shaped bookshelves for me. Not only are they awesome pieces but they are mementos that I get to keep after he’s gone. We painted them together so those memories are something I will always cherish.

Do you still go trick or treating?
Absolutely. Last year I went with my fiance’s younger siblings but I usually go with friends. I’ve found that I am never asked about my age if I dress up in a costume that covers my whole body. I tested this theory some years ago when I wore a costume that showed my face and I got significantly less candy than previous years when my whole body was covered. The fact that you’re supposed to stop because you’re too old once you hit an arbitrary age confuses me. The age range you’re supposed to stop trick-or-treating varies between 10-14 but there’s no clear explanation for why you have to stop other than “you’re too old.” It feels unfair to have this ritual of going trick-or-treating for the first 14 years of your life then suddenly you’re not allowed to do it anymore. I am an advocate for trick-or-treating as an adult but if someone wants to sit at home handing out candy, be my guest! I couldn’t have the trick-or-treat experience without them. I just think it should be a choice instead of being enforced based on an arbitrary obligation.
Can you remember your first Halloween memory?
I was 5-years-old and my mom made Halloween costumes for my brother and I. She made me a pink power ranger costume out of a matching pink sweater and sweatpants with cut out pieces of felt. At the time I was so mad because I wanted her to buy me a costume from the store but now I think back to how cool it was to have something handmade like that. I’m glad she made it for me instead!
Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time ?
I keep some things out all year. My coffin book shelves are hard to hide away and kitchen stuff like dishes, cookie jars, pot holders and utensils are out all year because I use them every day but my hanging items, window clings and specialty items are put away until usually August.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?
Target, Kohl’s, Tuesday Morning, Daiso, Ross, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics, Michael’s, At Home, Kirklands, TJ Maxx / Home Goods and Thrift stores
Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?
Disney’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1949)
How is Halloween celebrated in the US?
It depends on where you are in the US. In Minnesota there’s been a big push in the last several years for more elaborate yard decorations and sometimes you’ll see animated screen projections on the sides of houses. I frequently see people driving around neighborhoods to look at all of the decorations, much like people do with Christmas lights in the winter.Costume parties are still popular in the US for both kids and adults. Some parents try to get their kids to stay in on Halloween by inviting their children’s friends over to have costume parties instead of going out trick-or-treating. The number of kids going trick-or-treating has been decreasing steadily over the years as adults try to confine festivities to smaller and more controlled areas like schools and libraries. A lot of large malls actually have events where kids can walk around to different stores and get candy from people waiting at the doors. It always seems so cold and calculated though and I don’t like it.
Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?
No. I live in a fairly large city so many of the stores that I shop at are within driving distance. There are roughly four different TJ Maxx/Home Goods, Targets and Michael’s stores within a 15 mile radius of my home.
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Blog

What made you want to start a horror/Halloween themed blog?
I was an assistant store manager at Spirit Halloween in 2016 and decided to chronicle my time there. I didn’t have a clear idea in my head at the time for a blog but I found a community that I enjoyed sharing my experiences with on Tumblr. It wasn’t until I switched to Instagram as my full-time social media platform that I dove head first into blogging. It was the community that gave me the motivation to start and I just really wanted to share my Halloween finds with everyone.
What is important themes to you when you write posts?
I want to make sure people have a good understanding of the subject I’m writing about. Whether it be about drinks, style, shopping or events. Where did I get it? How much was it? Is it still available? How can you make what I just made? I want you to know all of that! I’m not just keeping it to myself. I want to share it.

How much time do you spend of your day/week writing posts?
Not enough. I think I probably spend 2-4 days writing blog posts per month. I really have to sit down and focus on a post and that can be difficult for me with my full-time job and chronic pain. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and a bulging neck disk. Sitting at a computer for any significant length of time can be strenuous on my body.
Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?
I don’t think I’m famous at all. When I start collaborating at big events like Midsummer Scream maybe then I’ll start to feel like I am!
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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes?
95% thrift stores. I currently work at Goodwill and I previously worked at Savers, both nationwide thrift store chains. I have been shopping at thrift stores since I was a kid and I think its important to know the value of a good second hand item.
what style of clothing do you like to buy?
I tend to stick to black and gray. Faux leather, lace and buckles are aplenty in my wardrobe but I also like warm neutral colors like green, brown and cream. I am obsessed with linen and I have a lot of linen dresses and shirts in my closet. “Mori Girl” is my second favorite style but I rarely dress in it.
Do you have any tips on where to find awesome Halloween clothing for the rest of us Halloween addicts?
I shop everywhere. Don’t assume a place won’t have what you’re interested in. There’s always something to find even if you don’t think there is. www.spirithalloween.com and www.partycity.comdon’t just sell costumes they also sell build-your-own pieces which include sweaters, tights, shoes, etc.
www.poshmark.com is like an online thrift store. Just search “Halloween” and see what you can find.
Seriously just check out my Halloween Fashion Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/Battywampus/halloween-fashion/
Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?
Actually, no. I dislike being stopped and asked about it all the time. Once in a while I’ll feel particularly spooky and I’ll deck myself out in bats but I generally pick up my Halloween/Horror style around August or September when the weather gets cooler. It works for me because most of the Halloween clothes that I own are sweaters and warmer clothes anyway.

Whats your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc?
My Love Pain and Stitches Jack O’ Lantern bags are definitely my favorite bags, I enjoy boots with buckles and find a lot of cool ones at thrift stores, but my favorite Halloween clothing item is this shoulder cut out sweater with a Jack O’ Lantern face on it that I purchased from Spirit Halloween last year. (https://www.spirithalloween.com/product/cold-shoulder-pumpkin-sweatshirt/150471.uts?keyword=cold%20shoulder&thumbnailIndex=1&Search=Find+It)

Have you worked hard on your style?
Oh goodness, yes! If I’m going out with friends I spend a long time changing in and out of clothes before I finally decide on what I’m going to wear. Sometimes I even pick out my clothes the night before only to change my mind at the last minute the next day. I wear a uniform at work so it’s a release for me to be able to pick something out that I actually want to wear. Though if I’m by myself at home lounging around and watching TV, I like to put in as little effort as possible. Messy bun and re-runs is my motto!

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Halloween Queen: Midnite Spookshow!

Halloween Queens
Name: Jody
Age: 31
From : USA

Jody is the amazing Ghoul behind the Instagram and YouTube channel @midnite_spookshow!

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

There’s just that certain vibe that halloween gives out that has always attracted me to it, the autumn air, the dark aesthetic, the colors and smells, I just can’t get enough of it!

How did you get into Halloween ?

I honestly can’t say a specific time but it started from childhood, always playing halloween games or watching horror movies!

What is your favorite things to do on/around halloween ?

Visit local haunted houses, carve pumpkins, build and set up our yard haunt and our annual halloween party!

Can you remeber which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

When we visted Salem, MA a few years ago I made a candy demon costume and was pretty proud of it!

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween is life!

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now adays , what is your favourite? ( Old Classics/ New style candy etc )

I’m one of those weird people that actually like candy corn! lol but other than that I love snickers, dots, and peanut butter cups!

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Learned how to make wicked apple sangria that I can make look like a witch’s brew, so good!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I shop for halloween merch all year round!

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

The way it makes me feel like I am in my element, total euphoria the whole month of October!

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

That it isn’t every day!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

There are so many I don’t think I could choose anything specifically. I have an old witch in a rocking chair that I had as a child. Although, it doesn’t work anymore it reminds me of memories with my mum!

Do you still go trick or treating?

No but I totally would if I could get away with it!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

Yes, I was about 3 years old and my dad took me trick or treating and I was scared to death by some guy dressed up as a vampire hidden in a coffin on their porch!

Do you keep all your Halloween decorations out all year or do you start decorating at a certain time ?

There are certain things that stay out all year round, I save some of the more specific decorations for September/ October

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I make a lot of them myself (props) but for the home decor stuff I like to buy from TJ Maxx/ Homegoods/ Marshalls (same company), Michaels, and a few online stores

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

Trick R Treat!!!!

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

costume parties, parades, trick or treating, pumpkin patches, hayrides, haunted houses

Is it difficult finding Halloween decorations in your town/city?

Not necessarily, although if you find something you like you have to buy it right then and there because when you come back it will be gone!

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youtube

What made you want to start making halloween videos?

I wanted to share this passion with others who had the same interests, I’ve met so many great people!

What is important themes to you when you make videos?

I will be re-branding my channel to feel a little more dark and realistic!

How much time do you spend of your day/week making videos?

as of right now, none. When I am in the full swing of things easily 10-15 hours per edited video

Can it sometimes be difficult for you to handle the fame by being a known Halloween persona?

Not famous in any sort of means so nope! lol

Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

There are a few places online that I enjoy like sourpuss clothing, terror threads, cavity colors, wicked clothes, amazon, and in person I frequent old navy a bit haha

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

Black mostly, halloween and horror related

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Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

yep!

Whats your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes tec?

I have quite a few Sam from Trick R treat shirts, a bunch of Iron Fist pumps, and the clothing purchased from above websites

Have you worked hard on your style?

Nope, it seriously needs some attention

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