Halloween Queen @ The Spooky Vegan!

Halloween Queens

Name: Sarah Jahier aka The Spooky Vegan
Age: 36
From: Southern California

Sarah is the amazing Ghoul behind the blog and Instagram: The Spooky Vegan!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I’ve always loved scary things, and I love how Halloween has developed into a holiday that celebrates all things spooky!

How did you get into Halloween?

I think it has always been in my bones, especially since I started reading horror novels and watching horror movies at a young age. Halloween is an extension of that, a time when I can share my love of spooky things with others.

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

I love visiting pumpkin patches, shopping for Halloween décor (which basically becomes my house décor year-round), going to haunts like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and checking out other haunted attractions, carving pumpkins, watching Halloween-themed horror movies, and eating pumpkin spice everything!

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?

Yes! When I was around 6 or 7 my mom made me a witch costume and bought me a little broom to go with it. I loved that costume so much! My mom put so much time and love into it too, so it made it all the more special.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween is a lifestyle and I embody it every day! I love that Halloween means celebrating everything that is spooky and embracing it all with childhood glee! It is a fun, joyful celebration of everything I love. To me, Halloween is a comforting time of year – it feels like being wrapped up in a cozy blanket while telling ghost stories in front of a roaring fire while the darkness presses in around you. Halloween feels like home and a time I can completely be my spooky self.

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

There are lots of vegan candy options out there, but I love the Sour Patch Zombie Kids!

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Pretty much everything and anything pumpkin flavored! I love the non-dairy pumpkin spice lattes (made with coconut milk) from Peet’s Coffee. I also love baking up pumpkin bread and treats! I especially adore my recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (check it out here: https://www.thespookyvegan.com/2013/10/31-days-of-halloween-vegan-pumpkin.html)!

When do you start shopping for Halloween?

When do I stop?! I keep searching for Halloween items all year-round, but generally try to curb my spending so I can go crazy when Halloween items start hitting shelves in July, August, September and October! In July and August you can find me stalking the shelves of my local Michael’s, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, and Target stores for Halloween goodies.

What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

It encompasses everything I love. I love the cozy feel of autumn (though here in Southern California it is usually still hot this time of year), and the general atmosphere of the veil getting thinner around Halloween, allowing imaginations to run wild and honoring the dark side of life.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Yes, that it doesn’t last longer!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

Hmmmm, I’m not sure I have just one but I am fond of the Halloween-themed artwork I’ve started collecting the last few years. I’m not one for sprawling collections of Halloween items that will just sit in boxes or collect dust, so I’ve tried to minimize my spending on Halloween things (though I do love shopping for home décor during Halloween season and always pick up a lot of lovely items) and instead focus on the special feeling Halloween brings.

Do you still go trick or treating?

No, but I do hand out candy to trick or treaters. Halloween is about the only time of year I can actually stand kids!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

My earliest Halloween memory is probably when my parents took me to a pumpkin patch. I remember running around and hiding in a teepee that was set up in the pumpkin patch. I also remember having Halloween parades at school, where everyone was dressed up and each class paraded around the schoolyard.

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

I do keep most of my Halloween décor up year-round, but in late August or early September I pull out the rest of my Halloween decorations and put them up.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

Online, at conventions or Halloween festivals, or at stores like Michael’s, Homegoods, Target, and so on.

What is your favorite Halloween movie/series?

Trick ‘r Treat followed closely by Hocus Pocus!

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Halloween is usually celebrated in the United States with dressing up in costumes and attending costume parties, going to pumpkin patches, trick or treating for kids or handing out candy if you’re an adult, attending haunt attractions, and celebrating everything spooky with scary stories, movies, music, and food!

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

Not at all! We have multiple year-round Halloween stores in addition to seasonal Halloween stores, not to mention that all stores here have some Halloween-themed products when September and October roll around.

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What made you want to start a Halloween blog?

I used to run a horror movie site, and when that was finished I wanted my own space to write about everything and anything I wanted, including Halloween! I adore Halloween so much and I wanted to share that love with others.

What is important themes to you when you write posts?

I only write what I want, and that basically boils down to anything Halloween, horror, or vegan-related!

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

It varies depending on the time of year, but usually I try to spend one day a week planning or writing posts. I’ve been a bit lax with this schedule this year, though, but with new Halloween events on the horizon (there is always something Halloween-related happening here in SoCal!), I’m looking forward to focusing more on writing new posts.

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

I don’t consider myself famous by any means, so it is always unexpectedly delightful when someone recognizes me in real life! I love meeting fellow spookies!

Clothing/Style

Where do you usually buy your clothes?

I’m not much of a clothes shopper, so I usually get my clothes from online shops as well as in-stores.

What style of clothing do you like to buy?

Anything and everything black, bonus points if it is gothic or witchy style. I love everything with bats!

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

I love the horror movie tees that Cavity Colors (https://cavitycolors.com/) has been putting out, and there are lots of other great indie companies making fun Halloween tees. I also love perusing Sourpuss Clothing, as well as indie companies like Drklght Clothing (http://www.drklght.com/), SophiReaptress (http://www.sophireaptress.com/), and so many more I usually discover at Halloween and horror conventions.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Yes, though my style is more minimalist goth than anything else – I’m my go-to outfit is black skinny jeans, black canvas shoes, a black top, and a witchy, flowy wrap accessorized with a Halloween necklace and a skull-covered purse.

What are your favorite Halloween clothing /accessories/bags/shoes etc.?

I love accessorizing with Halloween and horror jewelry – I have lots of spooky pendants and Halloween necklaces I’ve picked up at Halloween conventions and events. I also adore Halloween bags – I have ones shaped like bats, pumpkins, and decorated with skulls, coffins, and haunted houses! Since I wear a lot of black, I like wearing jewelry and using handbags that standout! When temperatures are cooler, I also love wearing Halloween scarves; my favorite is a pumpkin orange one with black bats.

Have you worked hard on your style?

I’ve gotten lazier as I’ve gotten older, and now ease and comfort is more important to me than style! Again, I do love incorporating little Halloween and horror flourishes into my outfits, though. Even my workout gear has a touch of spookiness to it!

You can find The Spooky Vegan at http://www.thespookyvegan.com/ and also on social media via the links below:

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Halloween Queen : Hannah__Halloween!

Halloween Queens

Name: Hannah

Age: 23
From : California

Hannah is the amazing Ghoul behind the isntagram @Hannah__Halloween!
She post Halloween pictures all year round , and is such an Halloween inspiration!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

Halloween is the one thing that has always been able to put a smile on my face, regardless of what else is going on. The feeling that Halloween gives me is so strong that it can cure anything that ails me. I love everything about Halloween, it just makes me feel like myself.

How did you get into Halloween ?

I have always been into Halloween, it has always been my favorite holiday. However, when I was about 12 or 13 years old, I was trick or treating on a crisp Halloween night, happier than I ever had been, and I said to myself “I don’t want this night to ever end.” And from that point on, everyday was Halloween for me J

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

I love shopping for new Halloween décor, especially now that I have my own place to decorate. Decorating the bathroom is one of my favorite places to decorate, believe it or not. I can’t wait to have a house one day and create my own haunted house that all of the trick-or-treaters can come to on and around Halloween night. I love to dress up as well, it is always a long process to decide what I want to be each year, but looking through all of my costume options gives me such excitement. Everything Halloween related is my favorite honestly lol, picking pumpkins, carving pumpkins, going to Fall festivals, handing out candy on Halloween night, watching scary movies, going to haunted attractions, ghost walks. I love it all, and I just can’t get enough of Halloween!!

 

Can you remeber which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

One year I was “Frankie’s Girl,” which is basically the bride of Frankenstein, but for preteens. I loved this costume so much because it was the first time I was really able to pick out a costume I loved and my mom bought it for me. Before that, she always wanted me to be something like a princess or something “pretty,” while I always wanted to go the more gruesome route. My Frankie’s Girl costume was so spooky looking, I had a long white dress that was torn and dirty, as if I had been crawling out of a grave, and I had an awesome tall black and white wig. My mom even let me put on spooky makeup, I was truly in Halloween heaven that year.

What does Halloween mean to you?

To me, Halloween means that you can be anything you want, and not just for one night, but for the whole Halloween season (which is all year for me lol). Not only can you dress up, but you can create a world that is different than the one you’re living. You can essentially live in a haunted house, drive a haunted car, or even be a ghost. Halloween gives you the ability to be anything you want to be, and for us spooky people, nothing means more than that.

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

What a hard question! I am a candy fanatic, especially when it has a Halloween wrapper on it. But I’d have to say that my absolute favorite is orange Halloween Kit Kats. They are so tasty, and the orange makes it even better. I also love Reese’s cups and Take 5 bars a lot. When I was a kid trick-or-treating in my Nana’s neighborhood, there was a house that always gave out Juice boxes, and I remember loving that so much. After hours of trick-or-treating, you could finally have a nice tasty drink. I also had a neighbor who handed out Halloween shaped pretzels, those were exciting to get too. I like to pack full treat bags of Halloween goodies for the trick-or-treaters. I fill the bags with candy (of course), and other Halloween goodies that I usually buy from Party City. It is so worth it to see the huge smile on a kid’s face when they see that they are getting much more than just one piece of candy.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

I love to make new Halloween recipes every year, but my go to recipes are Halloween cookies/cupcakes, and some sort of spooky punch or cider drink!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

As soon as the stores have something!! So usually around May. However, I am lucky enough to have some stores near me that carry Halloween items all year long, so I’m always shopping!

 

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

Absolutely everything, the holiday itself is so great, even if I had no money, I could still fully enjoy the Halloween season.

 

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

NOPE!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have? 

Wow that’s another tough one, I’d have to say it’s my Wolfman animatronic, which is the first one I have ever owned.

Do you still go trick or treating?

Yes and no. I don’t go out asking for candy usually, but I do go out on a nice walk through a heavily decorated neighborhood on Halloween night with my man, which almost feels like trick-or-treating J

Can you remember your first Halloween memory? 

My very first Halloween memory was when I was probably 4 or 5 years old. My elementary school always had a Halloween parade every year. All of the kids from all grades would dress up and parade around the school, it was so much fun! My first parade was in kindergarten, and I was a pink Power Ranger

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

Out all year!!

Where do you buy your Halloween items? 

Anywhere I can. Spirit, Party City, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Walmart, the Dollar Tree, Tuesday Morning, Halloween City, Online, Target, the list could go on forever!

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

Halloween with Michael Myers of course! I also love the Halloweentown movies, Trick ‘R Treat, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and anything Halloween related!

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Trick or treating, haunted houses, apple picking, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, hay rides, telling spooky stories, watching horror movies

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

Nope! It’s everywhere lol

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Hannah__Halloween instagram

What made you want to start a Halloween related Instagram?

I wanted to be able to share my Halloween lifestyle with other like me who would actually appreciate it and not think I’m weird.

What is important themes to you when posting pictures?

Good quality, it has to be Halloween related, and spooky.

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

Probably an hour or so per day.

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

I like to shop at many places, I’ve been going to Kohl’s a lot lately, but I also shop online a lot.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

Black, black, black, black

Where do you buy your clothes?

Fright Rags!! I love them so much. There are so many places to get Halloween clothes online, and super easy to find once you start searching!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Of course

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

My Love Pain and Stitches bags, and my Michael Myers T-shirts

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really, I just make sure my clothes are black, or Halloween/horror related.

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Check out Hannah’s Instagram here! :Www.instagram.com/hannah__halloween

Halloween Queen: Hallowsevequeen!

Halloween Queens

Name: Bailey
Age: 23
From: Amarillo Texas

 Baily is the amazing ghoul behind the instagram @hallowsevequeen !
She post mostly witch related content  , but also Halloween inspired pictures!
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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

It’s hard to pinpoint the source of what made me love Halloween so strongly. There’s something about the decorating, dressing up, and Halloween crafts! I love all of it! Especially handing out candy to kiddos.

How did you get into Halloween ?

When I was younger I played dress up all the time, so being able to dress up and getting candy late at night made younger me love the holiday! Then eventually I liked other aspects of Halloween.

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

Here in Texas, we have a lot of pumpkin patches and corn mazes. That is definitely the thing to do in October! There are no festivals or parades for Halloween sadly.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favorite one?

My favorite Halloween costume would have to be the year I dressed as I pirate with my husband. That was our first Halloween together, and I got to match costumes with my soul mate.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween is a night of being goofy or scary, and just plain fun! And now that I am becoming a Wiccan, Halloween/Samhain will have even more meaning to me.

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

Oh boy. I used to like all the chocolate candy bars or sometimes if you’re lucky you will come across a house that makes their own candy (which is the best)! But now i prefer the sour candies like airheads, sourpatch kids, or lollipops. Too much chocolate for me gives me a bad tummyache, sadly.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

I am mainly excited about Halloween drinks. I love the creative alcoholic drinks that you can find on Pinterest for Halloween. They look so pretty! For the food, I haven’t come across anything that I wanted to make but I am open to suggestions!

When do you start shopping for Halloween?

I try to start as soon as the shop starts putting items out. In Texas, Halloween isn’t as important as Christmas so most shops usually wait until October put things out (which is really annoying). But I will buy as much as I can, and then after everything is discounted I will buy more! But I usually wait for the most expensive stores to discount their items. I usually buy from dollar tree for most of my needs!

What about Halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

The overall spirit of Halloween makes it my favorite. The general sense of excitement and silliness makes it the best holiday ever!

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

In my opinion, I don’t think Halloween has anything negative sides to it. I know there’s a lot of religious people who don’t celebrate or believe that Halloween should be allowed. Living in the Bible Belt taught me that. But someone else’s religion is not my problem. You worship who you want and celebrate what you want as long as it doesn’t hurt others. And I will continue to celebrate Halloween!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

My mixing bowl/ Popcorn bowl/ candy bowl! I use that thing all year round for just about everything in the kitchen. It has a cute little owl on it.

Do you still go trick or treating?

I take my brother almost every year but I personally don’t ask for candy. I usually buy a lot of candy to hand out to trick r treaters after I take my brother out to trick r treat.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

Oh, my goodness yes. I remember I was a popcorn box for Halloween and my dad scared the crap out of me with a werewolf mask.

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

I will decorate early September, and put up decorations two weeks before Christmas. Last year I simply hung up all my decorations in my office!

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

I usually buy from Dollar Tree because you can never overspend in that store! Plus I always buy more than what I intend to buy.

Whats your favorite Halloween movie/series?


My favorite Halloween Movie is Scream. That was one of the first horror movies I watched when I was little, and I have been in love with the movie franchise since. I also really like the Scream series. I recommend that to anyone that isn’t squimmish.

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Traditionally, you would dress up and go door to door saying ” Trick or treat”, and then get candy. One time a kid came up to me, said ” Trick or Treat”. And I told him ” Trick”. He just stood there not knowing what to say or do. So I gave him candy lol.

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What made you want to start a Halloween related Instagram?

Honestly, i wanted to dedicate a page on Halloween because that is all I ever followed on my private account. So I made a Halloween account that I liked, and eventually, people started to follow. Which kinda shocked me, and I felt so grateful that I did giveaways! Now here I am, still doing giveaways, and my account has turned more witchy.

What is important themes to you when posting pictures?

I feel like that themes have to match my mood or a picture that caught my eye so I need to share this with everyone! Most of my themes are witchy with a touch of Halloween, and some random stuff.

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

I try not t spend a lot of time on Instagram, but I do spend a few hours a day on it. Posting, scrolling, adding stuff to my story, etc.

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Where do you usually buy your clothes?

I usually like t buy my clothes online. There are some days where I want to buy a new dress, so I will look on Amazon. Or maybe I will want to look for a good Dungeons and Dragons T-shirt, so I will search AC10.

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I mainly own a lot of dark colors and I wear leggings all the time! But if I leave the house I try to wear something more decent. But my color choices are still the same.

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

I usually get some cool finds at Walmart, Charlies project leggings and a thrift store! Chares project has cute Halloween leggings all year round (they are an online store). I have a good amount of leggings that are Halloween/fall related!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Yes, I do! The day after Christmas I went to Walmart with my Halloween themed poncho, with Halloween leggings!

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

I actually have a pair of ghost face tights that I am obsessed with! they are super comfy and cool to look at. I also have Halloween keychains and necklaces too!

Have you worked hard on your style?

On my style? Not really. I feel like most of my style consists of tights and over sized t shirts. I love being comfy!

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Be sure to follow Bailey for amazing spooky content ! www.instagram.com/hallowsevequeen

Halloween Queen : @halloweenxo!

Halloween Queens

Name: Venus
From : Long Beach, CA

Venus is the amazing Ghoul behind the Instagram @halloweenxo!

Her pictures are legendary, and her enchanting Instagram is addictive!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

My Mom came to the USA from Costa Rica and when she did, she embraced all of the U.S. holidays full force but Halloween was a favorite. She would sew all of our costumes by hand, throw Halloween parties with my neighbors (bobbing for apples included) and there was a certain sweet smell in the autumn air that, to this day, is the smell of Halloween to me.

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

Halloween hunting! I live for that time of year when retail catches up with the rest of us ghouls. Stepping out into stores full decorated, houses flickering in a spooky glow – it’s as close as I am gonna get to Halloweentown! Nowadays, my favorite thing is spreading the Halloween love on my IG and my blog so other Halloween fiends can fatten their collections. I do the Halloween work so you don’t have to!

Can you remeber which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

Age 5 Little Red Riding Hood – My Mom made my dress, bonnet and basket. This is the first Halloween I fully remember and is the moment my little heart turned into a pumpkin. In homage to this, I recreated this costume 25 years later with a gory twist.

What does Halloween mean to you?

It truly is a warm feeling behind the ribs and I’ve legit teared up explaining what Halloween means to me. Maybe that’s silly but I had a rocky childhood so Halloween was magical, fun and more importantly… safe. Halloween may inspire creeps and scares but I found it to be my comfort zone.

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

No matter how full I am….I will always have a place in my belly for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin. MmmMmM!!!!

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Trader Joe’s pumpkin everything! Tied would be all the Halloween inspired food at Disneyland. OMG. Help me!!!!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

Is it horrible to say…. I never stop? LOL! The internet is a rabbit hole of Halloween treasures. Also living in Southern California, there are a lot of spooky shops: Halloweentown, Bearded Lady Vintage, Creature Features, Dark Delicacies. We also get festivals like SpookShow throughout the year – soooo basically, Halloween shopping just never ends if you don’t want it to.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

I really don’t like seeing Halloween fiends being taken advantage of by those people who go to stores, buy up all the Halloween mugs/plates/whatever and then mark them up to $85 on Ebay. I think hunting these down are the funnest part of Halloween and these people just totally ruin that. I know people still buy them at that price but it just sucks seeing a mug I bought for $3.99 at the store being sold for almost $100 online.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

The one thing that always comes to mind when I’m asked this question is: My pre-lit bat Candelabra from the 2004 Halloween collection at Target. At that time, I had just moved into my own place and was super struggling buuut I was determined to make that beauty mine and didn’t care if I was eating rice burritos for the next week! I have to say my Halloween magazine and book collection would be a close 2nd along with my Haunted Mansion items.

Do you still go trick or treating?

I don’t knock on doors anymore but I will go out with my nephew fully dressed from head to toe and live vicariously through him. LOL! The area we go to is known for their Halloween decor & good candy. I might not trick or treat but I do make it a point to dress up each year and my costumes usually require a lot of work. Recent favorites: Madame Leota, The Birds inspired, Halloween Queen and Cemetery Witch. I am really lucky that my job not only supports my Halloween spirit but they expect it! I work in a professional setting but during Halloween they let me go wild with decor and costume.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

I was 4 – My Mom was painting me blue ( I was Smurfette) and my brother green ( He was the incredible Hulk). She made my costume but I remember her putting balloons in my brothers ripped shirt to give him muscles.

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

Halloween 24/7 – ALL. YEAR. LONG. During the actual season I bring out more lights, candles, carve out jack o ‘ lanterns and hang spiderwebs to make it extra special. This year I have a special theme in mind and I cannot wait to see if I can bring it to life.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

EVERYWHERE. I seriously think I have internal Halloween radar because if it’s Halloween and I am in the vicinity, I will find it! Every road trip I go on and every country I visit, I make it a point to find pieces to add to my Halloween home.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

EEEK so many! Instead of music, I put movies on for background noise. Halloweentown is my favorite to have on while doing stuff around the house. I think a lot of Halloweenies relate to Marnie’s love for Halloween and we all wish we had Cromwell magic. I think Halloween and horror tend to go hand in hand. In recent years ‘Tales of Halloween’ has been on heavy rotation. I like the vibe it gives me, fun yet scary Halloween… Kinda like me 🙂

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

I am very fortunate to live in Southern California where I have access to everything. Halloween really is available all year long pretty much! Between Monsterpalooza, Halloween Clubs SpookShow and now Midsummer Scream just being the next block over from me…. I have to say I am grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by so many creepy treats.

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What made you want to start a Halloween Instagram?

I have a private and personal Instagram that I’ve had since the app first started. Within a few months, I noticed a big hole… HALLOWEEN posts. One day I decided to start a separate IG to share my Halloween crafts I was selling at that time and all the spooky adventures I would go on. Then that morphed into a daily Halloween countdown and now my IG is a playground of hauls, orange alerts, countdowns and Halloween eye candy.

What is important themes to you when you post pictures?

I love photography! I’ve been lucky enough to have art houses feature my work, and it’s also part of what I do for a living now, so it’s important to me that my aesthetic comes across in the photos I post. Especially as Halloween becomes further embraced as a lifestyle, carving out a niche amongst a sea of users can be difficult but I think developing your own style is the key. I think no matter what I post – as long as my style comes across, then it’s mission accomplished for me. When people tell me they know it’s my photo without even looking at the username…. THAT makes my day.

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

I never ever, ever, EVER expected my IG to be where it is now (not that it’s a gazillion followers or anything) but I remember reaching 1,000 followers after like TWO YEARS of posting and thinking “WOO HOO! I’ve made it! ”. Now that I am getting closer to 10,000 it feels a bit more… intense? I don’t even know if that’s the right word I am looking for.

I recently spoke out about my social anxiety on IG and how that crept into my social media. I really had to take a step back, look at myself and take a breath. It’s thanks to social media I’ve had some AMAZING opportunities these past few years. I appreciate all the dreamy opportunities I’ve been given and this year I am going to give some spooky love right back. Details coming soon!

Ps: She also have a blog where where she post all her spooky ideas and pictures! She is is slowly transitioning from her old blog to a new one,but be sure to check them both out!

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Clothing / style

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I am probably the most casual ghoul on the block so it’s pretty much Halloween and Horror tees.

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

Sourpuss Clothing gets Halloween – they 100% get it. I love them. Also Modcloth has a lot of Hallween dresses and blouses that make me swoon. Sign up for mailing lists, get coupons!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Yes! Even at work I’ll pull in Halloween elements whether it’s my shoes, headband or a pin – I am repping Halloween everywhere I go.

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

My Haunted Mansion bags are my favorite. Some of them get hard to find (or expensive) so when they’re released I jump on them.

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not at all! The halloweenxo starter pack consists of: Halloween/horror tee cut to fit, skinny jeans, ballet flats or vans, headband and a light jacket with some kind of spooky pin! Give me my pumpkin purse and I am good to go.

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Be sure to follow Venus on her Instagram and her blog for amazing DIYs!

https://www.instagram.com/halloweenxo

https://www.halloweenxo.com/

https://halloweenxo.weebly.com/

Halloween Queen: @Halloweenhomemaker !

Halloween Queens
Name: Manda
Age: 30
From: Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween Queen : Ghostlyvintage!

Halloween Queens

Name: Laura
Age: 26
From : England

Laura is the amazing Ghoul behind the Instagram @ghostlyvintage!

She shares the cutest pictures of everything spooky and vintage!

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

– When I was little I always had a thing for Halloween. I used to run home from school to watch Mona the Vampire, Grizzly Tales for gruesome kids, Goosebumps and more on the TV. These were what ignited my love for Halloween / spooky things.

How did you get into Halloween ?

– I guess over the years I just started collecting bits here and there. If it was makeup, home decor, clothing ect. Of course all Halloween / Horror related!

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

– Giving sweets “candy” out to the kids who actually dress up. Not to the chavs who knock on my door, and don’t even say “Trick or Treat”

Can you remeber which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

– Yes! I dressed up as the Black Dahlia a few years back.

What does Halloween mean to you?

– Halloween means a lot to me because it’s a part of who I am. Sounds cheesy, but I can freely express myself with the whole genre.

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

– Ohh you got me there! We don’t have a huge selection of Halloween candy here in the UK, but I’d say I love “Scream Eggs” by Cadburys.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

– Hmm, I enjoy making Bat shaped sandwiches for my friends and spooky cocktails!

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

– All year round! I like to pick up bits and bobs off eBay, or from Halloween related shops like @october31st!

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

– I guess it’s a time where you can express yourself. If it’s with makeup, clothes or even just appreciating the history and culture behind the holiday.

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

– Ohhh that’s going to be a tough one as I have lots of items! I normally incorporate spooky things in my style on a daily basis, so I’d probably my backseat baby purse from @sourpussclothing! But if you mean home decor, probably my “candy corn” Yankee candle 😀

Do you still go trick or treating?

– Sadly not!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

– I remember when my mum decided to dress me up as a fairy. I hated it because it wasn’t creepy or spooky at all.

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

– They are up all year round in my crypt!

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

– I pick bits and bobs up everywhere. If it’s from local shops, eBay or Halloween related online shops.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

– Too many to choose from haha! But I’m currently watching Penny Dreadful again which is amazing.

How is Halloween celebrated in the UK?

– Sadly it’s not celebrated as much as it should be! You see the odd person dress up where I am, but the majority of the time people don’t bother anymore which is sad. Bring back proper trick or treating!!!

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

-Hmm, it depends if you like cheap and tacky. You can get things from the £1 shop or “dollar store”, but I wouldn’t say they were the best for all year decor. The best place to get them are specialist stores. But they cost a fortune.

Instagram

What made you want to start a Halloween related Instagram?

-I guess I just enjoyed sharing Halloween/ spooky related posts, and being able to share my interests with other fellow halloweenies.

What is important themes to you when posting pictures?

– I’m all for themes that’s for sure! If you’ve followed me for awhile you’ll see that I go through “phases”. Sometimes a section of my Instagram is all dark, other times bright and even the odd bit of pink! Of course most of the posts are still related to Halloween along the line.

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

– Probably too much if I’m honest! I have a love hate relationship with Instagram.

Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

– I normally buy my clothes online. I’m currently in love with Voodoo Vixen, Hell Bunny & Sourpuss Clothing!

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

– I suppose it depends on what style you go for? Killstar is good if you want more nu goth, Deadly Dames if you want classic horror pinup and Sourpuss if you want a more gothabilly alt look!

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

About 98% of the time I do, yes!

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

– I have a little Pumpkin Brooch from Luxulite which is my favourite!

Have you worked hard on your style?

– Definitely. I’ve gone through multiple styles to finally be able to find what suits me. I’ve come to terms with the fact I love vintage and spooky! I mix and match my style & Instagram with whatever mood I’m in.

Check out her Instagram here! : https://www.instagram.com/ghostlyvintage/

Halloween Queen: Cromwellwitch

Halloween Queens

Name: Bailley

Age:23

From : United States

Bailley is the amazing Ghoul behind the name cromwell witch accounts!🎃

She makes the coolest Halloween YouTube videos and her pictures are amazing 🎃🖤

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

I find everything about Halloween utterly enchanting. I tend to get really corny when I talk about how I feel about Halloween. It’s just such a magical time of year; you can really just feel something crackling in the air in October. I love the glow of Halloween lights, the decorations, the weather, the costumes, the candy, the element of the unknown. It’s all of my favorite things in one glorious holiday!

How did you get into Halloween ?

My mom is also really into Halloween, so it was always a big deal in my house growing up. Although, she’ll be the first one to admit I’ve taken it to a whole new level.

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

Going to all the stores and just taking everything in they’ve got in stock. Even if I don’t buy anything, seeing the shelves stocked with Halloween goodies is the first taste of the season. I always take time to watch old TV specials and movies that I grew up with. There’s also this really amazing corn maze and pumpkin patch that I try to hit every year.

Can you remeber which Halloween costume was your favourtite one?

Aaaah! Can I pick a couple? When I was in middle school, I was a nun with tattoos and a cigarette which was a big hit in the neighborhood. Recently, I’ve done Winifred Sanderson and a pumpkin head that I am really proud of.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween means happiness. Nothing brings me as much joy as seeing smiling jack-o-lanterns and smelling that crisp fall air. Halloween just makes me unapologetically happy, which I guess is why I try to keep Halloween with me all year.

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

I love mellowcreme pumpkins! They are quintessential Halloween fare.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

Halloween Oreos are a defining Halloween food for me. My family always saves them to eat on the actual day itself. I also love making witches’ fingers with my mom.

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

More like when do I ever stop? 🙂 Seriously, I did just find a few things the other day that I snagged. Usually, though I would say July, when most stores start stocking new Halloween pieces.

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

It’s such a cheerful holiday. You get to put up fun decorations and dress up. You don’t have to stress over gifts, you just get to enjoy a fun holiday filled with spooky goodness.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

I think it gets a bad rap from certain people because it deals with the dead and has a pagan origin, but you still see those same people celebrating Easter with pagan symbolism no problem so….

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

Oh man! Uhhh… I would say my animatronic witch and Frankenstein. They’re about 12 inches tall and I think my mom bought them in the 80’s. I love them so much. They make me smile every year. This past year when I was in Halloweentown I actually found a vampire version as well that I added to the family!

Do you still go trick or treating?

Yes! You can pry trick or treating from my cold, dead hands. For me, trick or treating is the ultimate Halloween experience. All of October is special, but being out on Halloween night, walking around spooky neighborhoods is beyond magical.

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

My earliest Halloween memory is very fuzzy and it’s of me trick or treating in my neighborhood with sandwich bags around my shoes because it was raining that night. Like that’s it, that’s all I remember.

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

I do have a lot of spooky décor. I have bats and gargoyles and tombstones up all year, but I usually save most of my Halloween decorations for the season. I’ve found that when I keep up a lot all year, I’m not as excited when October rolls around. Consequently, I moderate a bit of what I keep up. I’ve still got some Halloween goodies out though, they just make me so happy.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

All over. I really like Target’s Halloween collection, so I usually grab some items from there. But I pick up Halloween from antique stores, thrift shops, Wal-Mart, Target, and shops on Etsy. Basically, if they sell Halloween, I’m there.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

I’m going to avoid the traditional answers here and go with The Scream Team. It was a Disney Channel Original Movie from I think 2002 and it’s one of my all-time favorites.

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

Candy and hijinks abound on Halloween. Traditionally, people dress up in costumes and either go trick or treating or throw parties or go to haunted houses.

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

Nope, decorations are everywhere.

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What made you want to start making halloween videos?

I’m very passionate about Halloween and I love to talk about things relating to the holiday, so I thought that a YouTube channel would be a good outlet where I could ramble on about all of the creepy things I’m interested in.

What is important themes to you when you make videos?

I try to keep all of my videos positive. I see my channel as a space where people who love Halloween can celebrate together all year round. With how dark life can get, I want to offer as much positive Halloween cheer as I can. I’m a firm believer in escapism, so I try to keep my videos upbeat and fun so that viewers can forget about their problems and just revel in creepy cheer for a bit. I’m not necessarily a positive person, so I’ve caught myself a few times I’ll be down on something or complaining. That’s not what I want on my channel. I want people to enjoy whatever time they spend on my channel.

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

Eek! Okay, I’ve been rather inconsistent with my videos. BUT I’m working to on being more regular on my channel. So this past week, I’ve probably spend several hours filming and editing new videos. Stay Tuned!!

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

Hahahaha! I don’t think the word “fame” applies here! My YouTube channel actually has a very small audience, who I love. I really appreciate it when people take time out of their day to watch one of my videos. That’s a very flattering thing and I’m incredibly grateful if even one person watches me ramble on about Halloween. It’s so nice to be able to share something you’re passionate with others who share that passion. I was raised on Internet Stranger Danger propaganda, so I’m a bit paranoid about sharing personal info online. Consequently, I’m not sure how well I would handle it if lots of people did know who I was.

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

Again, all over! A lot of them come from thrift shops and online. I own a lot of Sourpuss clothing. I also use apps like Depop and Poshmark to score deals on clothes. I’m a bargain babe all the way, never pay full price!

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I really like vintage style clothing, although my preferred decade changes daily.

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

Sourpuss, Pinup Girl Clothing is pricey but they have cute prints (try searching on Depop or Poshmark), Sweet Midnight has adorable prints on everything from shoes to dresses, Hell Bunny, check out your local thrift stores! You have to be in the mood to dig, but I have found some great Halloween shirts and sweaters for crazy prices.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Yes! I love my creepy clothes and I wear them all the time. I’ve had several coworkers tell me they love to see what strange getup I’m wearing each day… which I’m not sure is complimentary.

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

Actually, I have this outfit that I wore while I was in Halloweentown which has all of my favorite pieces. It’s such a feel good outfit. There’s a jack-o-lantern dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, witch boots from Y.R.U, and my beautiful pumpkin purse from Love Pain and Stitches. The whole ensemble just screams Halloween and it just makes me happy when I wear it. (Plus the dress has pockets)

Have you worked hard on your style?

Not really. My style is very inconsistent. One day I’ll be in 5 inch platforms and a skeleton dress and the next I’ll look like a disheveled grandma. I like to play dress up and that comes through in my day to day clothes.

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Check out Cromwell with here! :

https://www.instagram.com/cromwellwitch/

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCKJyUl3axDta37hZQljmG5Q