Halloween Queen: HalloweenHead13 !

Halloween Queens

Name: Callie Jo
Age: 27
From : Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Callie Jo is the amazing Ghoul behind the blog HalloweenHead13 , 
where She shares the most brilliant  Halloween ideas , for every season!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I’ve always loved Halloween, even as a child. I feel like in my adult years, I’ve
embraced it even more so to be able to tap into that feeling of mystical wonder I
felt about it as a kid. I’ve also always been a bit of a weirdo and into scary
things,ghost, folklore and mystery and Halloween is a night that celebrates it all.

How did you get into Halloween ?

Looking back, I blame Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas for my
obsession. When I first saw the movie, I was about 6 years old and I watched it
constantly. I would showcase my skills and knowledge of the movie by performing
the songs from it to my family members on a grassy knoll behind my grandma’s
house (I wish there were camera phones back then to capture that!). I also had
parents that made the holidays so much fun! We kept traditions such as carving
jack-o-lanterns, decorating the house, and trick-or-treating. Even as I got too old
for trick-or-treating, I distinctly remember my dad taking me to the video rental
store on Halloween night to help me pick out something scary to watch so I could
still feel the Halloween spirit (we picked out a Twilight Zone movie which was
pretty freaky).

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

I love Halloween crafts! That is one of the reasons why I started my blog,
Halloween Head. I noticed there was an amazing Halloween community online
who would embrace some of my silly DIY’s so I decided to go for it! But I love
watching scary movies, going to Halloween concerts, and throwing parties! I wish I
could to Salem every year on Halloween though (I went in 2017), and I encourage
everyone to go experience Salem on Halloween! It’s an absolute blast.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?

Oh yes! In 2001, I was Josie McCoy from the Josie and the Pussycats movie that
featured Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson ad Tara Reid. I felt like a total
rock star in my pink leather bell bottom pants, mesh leopard blouse and cat ears
and tail. To top of my look, I had my dad’s acoustic guitar (this was before I
learned how to play the guitar) strapped to my back as I went to door-to-door
seeking candy.
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What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween is a lifestyle that celebrates the odd and unusual, the unexplainable,
life and death, beginnings and ends, childhood wonder, a time to make and create
and of course, all things spooky. It means all of these things to me!

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

Can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter – Reese’s will always be a
favorite. I also love Pay Day bars (thank goodness I’m not allergic to peanuts!).
What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?
I really enjoy baking and when Halloween comes around I love to bake with
pumpkin!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I don’t think I ever really stop!

What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

It’s also the only holiday with an emphasis on what you wear and self-expression
– and I love dressing up as a form of art!

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

It only comes once a year (so that’s why we need bloggers, YouTubers, and
content creators to keep the spirit alive all yes!)

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

Definitely my beloved blow mold scarecrow I have inherited from my parents
named, Jack!

Do you still go trick or treating?

I’m a bit too old for that now (I do hope that one day I can take my fictional child
trick-or-treating and can vicariously live through them and show them how much
fun Halloween is!) – but I do love to hand out candy and toys for trick-or-treaters at
my house.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

I remember having to dress up as a fluffy bunny (my grandma made me my
costume) and I hated it. Not the best first Halloween memory, but I remember it!

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

I officially pull out all of my Halloween decor totes on September 1 each year – but
I do keep several Halloween knick-knacks around the house all year long such as
my Johanna Parker mugs, some animal skulls and some fun signs and artwork.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I love to look for vintage and unusual items at flea markets, thrift stores and estate
sales.
But I also always check out At Home, Target, Wal-Mart, Old Time Pottery and
Kirklans every year!

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

I’d have to go with:
1. Hocus Pocus
2. Trick’r Treat
3. Rocky Horror Picture Show

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Halloween night was a big deal in my neighborhood growing up – everyone dressed up,
went trick—or-treating door to door, but lately it’s changed a lot.
It seems like most kids celebrate the event at church gatherings or carnivals and there
are less trick-or-treaters each year. I’ve also noticed less people decorate their homes for
the holiday which makes me sad.
For adults, we usually go to or host parties or go to haunted attractions or concerts!

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

I’m thankful that I’ve never had a difficult time finding decorations. I always wish
more stores kept them in stock year-round, but most stores begin stocking
items as soon as kids go back to school in the fall.
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Blog
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What made you want to start a Halloween themed Blog?

I kept seeing other great bloggers and content creators like you (Norwegian Halloween), Spooky Little Halloween, Halloween Happy and such and it inspired me. It looked like so much fun and I wanted to share my love of Halloween as another creative outlet. I tried other blog topics in the past, but this one took off because Halloween people are the best people!

How has the journey to get where you are today been?

It has been surprising! I started my blog in June of 2018 and really didn’t expect much of it. I thought, if people look at it great and if not it was worth a try! I really did not think I would gain any followers or make friends – but I have done exactly that! It’s been such a great experience to embrace the weird and spooky with other like minded folks.

What is important themes to when writing blog posts ?

I’m still a fairly new blogger (less than a year) and I’m still testing and learning what themes are important. I think it’s definitely important to add some sort of unique theme that special to you and I think fashion is mine because I love clothes – so visitors get a taste of spooky recipes, DIYs, stories and some outfit ideas!

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

It has been different depending on the seasons. The months leading up to Halloween I was planning things in advance and drafting things for a few hours a week on my lunch breaks and on weekends. I’d say I spend 3 hours or so during the less busy times. I do hit ruts sometimes where I’m working to find inspiration and I’m trying to get better at planning a year in advance. I can’t wait to plan for my one year bloggiversary this year!

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

H&M and Maurice’s are my favorite stores but I also love to shop at thrift stores
for unique finds!

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what style of clothing do you like to buy?

feel like my style for the day is based on my mood. Sometimes it’s moody and
edgy, sometimes it’s retro and bright. My closet is literally a sea of possibilties.

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

Some of my favorite Halloween shops online are Ghoul Babe (on Shop Envy),
Creepy Co. and Cavity Colors.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

I always add a splash of spooky into an outfit every week. It might be in the
form of a creepy necklace or earrings or it’s my enamel buttons on a my coat.
The Halloween freak in me flies her flag all year!

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

I love Halloween pins and jewelry! It’s something subtle that can be worn all
year and worn in various ways!

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really – I’ve always loved clothes and fashion in general. I’ve definitely had
many phases of weird fashion I have been into throughout the years (don’t ask
me about my middle school punk-rock-spiked-collar-emo phase)…Style should
really be what makes you comfortable and feel good! And to each their own! I
really appreciate clothes and the many ways we can wear them and how
different we all are with how exactly we wear something. Your style is your art!

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A big spooky thank you to Callie Jo for this interview!

Don`t forget to check out her social medias! :

Blog: https://halloweenhead13.wordpress.com/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/halloweenhead13 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HalloweenHead13

Halloween Queen: Emma AKA Spooky Astronauts !

Halloween Queens

Name: Emma / Spookyastronauts
Age: 29
From : Australia!
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Emma is the Horror Queen from Down under!
She has a Youtube channel where she talks and reviews all the greatest horror movies to over 21000 + fans!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I’m a huge horror fan so I’ve always been interested in the idea of Halloween given it’s not really a thing in Australia.

How  did you  get into Halloween ?

From watching 90s horror films, they always show Halloween in such a glamorous way.


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

I try to watch 31 horror movies throughout October and of course carve a pumpkin!

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Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?

Last year I dressed up as Jessie from Gerald’s Game (The movie) and Mike Flanagan started following me on twitter because of it!!! It was an awesome moment for me.

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What does Halloween mean to you?

The night is very much the peak of all things spooky for the year, but for me horror is all year round. It’s nice that the rest of the world comes to the party at least once a year.

 

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

To be honest, I think American candy is awful! It’s very different to what we have in Australia. I prefer Cadbury chocolate or something fun like nerds! Not sure if any of that counts as Halloween candy!

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Pumpkin spice lattes, I am a basic white girl at the end of the day.

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I look for cool halloween costumes all year around, but I actually prefer doing some light cosplay with your own clothes. Like this one of me as Susie from Suspiria (2018)

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What about  Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

Horror movies of course! And Horror movies being released around this time.


Do you think it has any  negative sides to it?

Not really, it’s not widely celebrated in my country so we don’t have any adverse side effects.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

Possibly some of my horror movie soundtracks that are great to play around this time of year, but otherwise I don’t own any memorabilia.

Do you still go trick or treating?

Never have!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

Dressing up as an angel when I was ten-years old for a party.

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

I try and get a few things around a week beforehand, but my filming room is always full of haunted items.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

Online mostly, otherwise at cheap dollar stores.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

Hocus Pocus is fun! Or A Nightmare Before Christmas!

How is Halloween celebrated  in Australia?

It isn’t really. It’s more used as a marketing tactic to get people to attend events, themed nights or parties.

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

You can always find things in cheaper stores, but we don’t have any of the well made items you see online.

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Spooky Astronauts
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I am a professional videographer and I loved both Youtube and Horror so it made sense! I just posted a review not knowing really my intention and thought i’d give it a go for a few months. It ended up being the best hobby I ever started, and now has turned into a very small business!

How has the journey to get where you are today been?

I have been making videos for four years, but i’ve been obsessed with horror my whole life!

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

The production and editing usually takes eight hours with two videos a week.
But the planning, scheduling, research and of course watching films to review takes anywhere between 10-30 hours a week!  

What do you think is the Best And worst about making Horror related Youtube videos?

Best thing is communicating with like minded people. Worst thing is when people take opinions too personally, there’s a lot of hate online and it’s over things that really aren’t that serious.

What advice do you have to other spooky people who wants to start a Youtube channel ?

Just do it! Stop waiting for the right time, the right equipment and set up… start today! You can only improve!!!
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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

Asos for my usually day to day, but for Horror merch I love Loudmouththreads and fright rags.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

Streetwear

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

Follow brands you like on Instagram, they are always asking for feedback to what they should make next!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

I wear XL black horror merch shirts daily! It’s my uniform when I’m at home.
I wear them like a dresses and I LOVE IT.
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Whats your favorite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc?

I do love wearing my fright rags socks! They are an awesome accessory, even if you are at home!
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Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really, I’m awful at dressing. I have a lot of body issues so I tend to shy away from that online.

*All photos by @spookyastronauts
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A big spooky thank you to Emma , for this interview!

Be sure to check out her spookymedias!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpookyastronautsYT

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/Spookyastronauts

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Spookyastronauts

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/astroemma

Halloween Queen: Nancy Wilke!

Halloween Queens

Name: Nancy Wilke
Age: 31
From : US


Nancy is an alternative model and horror addict!
She lives in Arizona , with her little Chihuahua , Cupcake!
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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

It’s the one time of year you can express yourself without constantly being judged, now I don’t care who judges what I wear or look like but in the beginning it was a way to express myself.

How did you get into Halloween ?

Probably from watching horror movies with my Dad and My Grandma.

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

Dress up as something different every single year because you’re never too old to dress up.
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Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?

When I was about 6 years old I was Wednesday Addams and I carried around a headless doll. That was probably my favorite so far.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween means it’s a time to have fun, be whoever you want, and not think twice about it. Enjoy every second of that night and get into character of who you are and be anyone or anything you want.

Of all the amazing Halloween candy you can get now adays , what is your favorite?

I’m going to have to probably go with Reese’s. But I love all candy.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Anything pumpkin related!
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When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

All year round. I also like to dress up for my photos for Instagram or my calendar so one can never have too many costumes. Also Halloween decorations make for amazing home décor all year round.
( If you want her calendar , contact her on her Instagram)
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What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

It’s just so much fun! Dressing up, going out, being with friends. I love all of it.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Personally, no

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

My dog Cupcakes Halloween costume from lashed year when I was Harley Quinn and she was Batman .
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Do you still go trick or treating?

No, I do not but I do go to block parties or bars and there’s plenty of candy.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

My grandma made me a ballerina costume, I may have been about 4?

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

All year!

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

Everywhere from Target to Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Spirit.

Whats your favorite Halloween movie/series?

A Nightmare on Elm Street as far as horror movies but if I’m going to watch a movie on Halloween I watch Trick R Treat.
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How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Little kids go trick or treating and as adults we tend to dress up and go bar hopping.

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

Not at all. There’s places that have them year round.

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

Cavity Colors, Amazon, Forever 21, Hot Topic.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?
Usually very fitted tees, crop tops, slouchy tanks, over sized sweaters, leggings and knee high boots.

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

Cavity Colors 100%

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Yes, the only time I can’t is when I’m at work.

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

My horror tanks mostly.

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Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really, it’s just sort of developed over the years and I finally found a style I love.
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A big spooky thank you to Nancy for the interview!

Be sure to check out her instagram: www.instagram.com/nancy.wilke

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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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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/