Halloween Queen: The New England Ghoul!

Halloween Queens

Name: Amber

Age: 21

From : Massachusetts, USA

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

What made you love Halloween so strongly?

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

How did you get into Halloween ?

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

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

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

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?

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

What does Halloween mean to you?

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

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

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

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

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

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

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

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

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

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

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

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

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

Do you still go trick or treating?

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

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

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

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

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

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

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

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

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

How is Halloween celebrated in the US?

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

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

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

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Blog

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

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

What is important themes to you when you write posts?

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

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

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

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

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

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Clothing / style

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

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

What style of clothing do you like to buy?

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

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

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

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

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

Have you worked hard on your style?

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

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Halloween In My Town: Stavanger,Norway! With @Norwegian_Halloween_Queen!

Halloween In My Town!

I live in Stavanger. A beautiful town on the west coast of Norway.

I moved here in 2008 from Oslo. I learned about the wonders of Halloween in 2000 when visiting friends in Texas, USA.

October 31st is my birthday and it took me over 40 years before I discovered this wonderful spooky holiday.

Party

Halloween is not very big in Norway, but we are slowly getting there. Here in Stavanger there are Halloween parties at nightclubs and pubs, schools have begun to have Halloween parites for children and people have parties at home. So the adults get drunk and the kids eat candy!

Some children go Trick or Treating, but not very many. I have the same ones come to my door every year. I let them in to have a look at my decorations. Even one of the parents said it was the highlight of the year!!

Stores

We have basically 2 shops, NILLE and Europris, which sells Halloween decorations and costumes ca. 2 weeks before Halloween. But, if you take the time and go searching in other stores, you might get lucky. I actually found some great things in book stores. Like the 2 felt baskets and Tea candle holders.

NILLE and Europris basically have part items. Baloons, paper plates/cup, arms, legs and blood, and everything you might need for a spooky bloody party! I’m not too much into that and struggle to find things I like. So thanks heaven for my lovely Texas friends who have provided me with most of the decorations I got.

And then there is internet……. So much Halloween stuff, so little time!! (read money!) We have to pay toll and taxes for purchases over ca. $ 35/£ 35. EEEEEEK!! If that isn’t spooky…….

Pumpkins

What is Halloween without carved pumpkins. I buy mine at our main grocery store, Meny. They only start selling a week before Halloween. As far as I know, the grocery stores are the only place you can get big ones for carving. I also buy small ones from flowershops for Fall decorations.

Decorations

So far there are not much outdoor decorating here in Stavanger and as far as I know, people only decorate for that one Halloween party they’re having. I have always shed a little tear every year when I have to put my decorations in storage. This year I caved in, and decided to do a bit of Halloween all year. Do what makes you happy I say. And pumpkins, witches, Fall colours and spooky things make me VERY happy!! YAAAAY!!!!

Finger crossed. Let’s hope this wonderful spooky celebration will only grow bigger and bigger each year……

Gro.

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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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Halloween In My Town! With : The Haunted Bat !

Halloween In My Town!

Halloween in England – The Haunted Bat
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Hallow Guys and Ghouls,

I was asked by the awesome Norwegian Halloween to tell you a little about Halloweeeen where I live (in England!). So here we go:

As a Primary School teacher, I look forward to the Summer holidays – not just because I can have some time away from work – BUT because during the Summer holidays IT BEGINS. In England, around July we begin to see a few trickles of Autumn appear within the high street stores; and by August the Jack-o-lanterns and Ghosts begin to appear on the shelves.

Currently, in June 2018, I have seen some Instagram posts which revealed that a couple of shops in America have already started stocking their Halloween goodies; so fingers crossed it will start earlier in England too!

Halloween Decorations

In England Halloween is ever growing. My advice, to any Halloween lover in the UK, is to frequently stalk your local Homesence; as they are usually the first stores to stock anything Spooky.

But, if you don’t live too close to one, there are loads of Facebook pages devoted to sharing knowledge of Halloween sightings: such as Halloween Décor UK and Halloween Watch UK. Unfortunately, in the Homesence stores they have limited stock; so you have to buy it as soon as you see it!Usually they swap over to Christmas stock in the first few weeks of October (BOOO!).

Other stores, such as B&M, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Primark, all begin stocking Halloween items around September, but saying that, they are starting earlier each year (WOO!).

Traditions

Within England it is traditional for children to ‘Trick or Treat’; however, it usually ends at around the age of 14. I don’t really have neighbours where I live; but if you go down into the village you can see the children trick or treating on Halloween. The common practice (where I live anyway) is to only knock on the door if there is a carved pumpkin outside – If there is no pumpkin, don’t go knocking! It is uncommon to decorate the outside of the house for Halloween; I probably only saw three houses decorate across the whole of Halloween season last year – apparently within England carving a singular pumpkin is enough!

Pumpkins

As for where we get our pumpkins; the majority of Brit’s would say they brought theirs from the local supermarket (Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op etc.); and I too would have said this if you had asked me a few years ago.

However, slowly but surely, I have noticed more Pumpkin Patches opening across England; wherein you can go, walk up and down the fields and pick your perfect pumpkin! It is great fun as there are also little rides, stalls and a Maize Maze.

Costume

Every year I make sure I handmake my Halloween outfit; and have enjoyed dressing-up as all my favourite spooky characters.

In today’s society there are so many ‘quick fix’ outfits on offer, and I believe it is becoming more common to just buy fully pre-made outfit – Asda do have an awesome range – most of which I would wear on the daily! Obviously, there are positives and negatives; it saves time, allows everyone to get involved; but is it as fun just buying off the rack?

Halloween Party

I love a good Halloween party; which is the natural progression once you get too old to Trick or Treat … or once people begin to THINK you are too old! I am not sure about the rest of England, but there are some specific games I love to play during my Halloween parties. Bobbing for apples is a must, and if you add some tomatoes (which sink) it creates an extra level of competitiveness for those who like a challenge.

We also play toilet paper mummies: in which we see which pair can wrap their partner up in toilet paper the quickest.

And one of my personal favourites – Pin the Cat on the Witch’s Broom!

Halloween in England is ever growing but compared to America we still have a long way to go! I look forward to seeing what this year brings… let the spooks begin!

Lizzie AKA The Haunted Bat.

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It`s Summerween!

Halloween Randomness

Happy solstice AKA Summerween everyone!

I`ll be honest , Summer is my LEAST favorite season. Ever. The sun .The heat. The pressure to go outside and “enjoy the nice weather we are having!..

But I can totally see signs of Autumn already, like this amazing dandelion !

BUT! There is always a way you can make every season into Halloween season!

For ex sample , instead of carving a Pumpkin , how about a Jack-o-melon?!

Oooor you can carve a orange paprika AKA pepper!

That’s what I did, and it turned out pretty awesome!

Hope you all will have a great Summerween!

I will be playing in the shadows and protecting myself against the sun with my pumpkin umbrella from Sweet midnight!


Second Hand Halloween Haul!

Halloween Shopping!

Hi everyone!
Hope you all are having a batastic day!

I just have an urge to show you all some photos of my first ever Second Hand Halloween Haul! That`s right ,my FIRST !

Since I discovered Halloween , it has ALWAYS been a dream of mine to find some second hand/ Thrift store items , that I could take home with me.
And let me just say , since Halloween aint that big here, finding such items at any thrift store is not easy.
But I do scan the Norwegian version of Craigslist , and I finally hit the jackpot!

I got a HUGE box with Halloween stuff , for 30 Dollars!

Some of the items where damaged due to use age , and some due to the harsh treatment by the Norwegian Postal Service…. Like the box had the word : FRAGILE and GLASS written ALLOVER it , but still Posten decided to put my box on the BOTTOM of the trolley , with loads of heavy boxes on top of it . I almost cried.

+ Posten has failed to send me my pickup notices. So a lot of my packages has almost been sent back , due to me not getting any notice to come pick them up in time.

But anyways!
Now over to the batastic Halloween haul!

The first ones I wanna show you is these cute little jacko lanterns!
These are from the pumpkin series that has run over at Nille for as long as I can remeber.
They come in different colors and finish.

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These spiders and flies was originally wrapped in a ball of used spiderweb , but I picked the mall out , and now they are as good as new!

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This cute ceramic pumpkin lantern is from Nille and had an original price of 5 dollars!
I have always looked thru this store when Halloween approches , but I have never seen this one before!

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This figureine is the prettiest one I have ever seen! Its from England , according to the sticker! Its a good size , and the paint and are super cute!
It is made of clay , and has a shiny coat finish and is a tealight holder!

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Next up is this witcheshat wearing pumpkin tealight holder!
My friend Gro AKA @Norwegian_Halloween_queen showed me this a while ago , from her collection , and I just needed to have one too!

The hat is of metal , and the pumpkin is of orange glass.

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This was quite the suprise , cause I did`nt know what it was at first!
But I soon relised it was a honeycomb pumpkin!
It is so beautiful , and the colors mix so well!

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This little fella was broken when it arrowed in the box. It had obviously taken the crash of how the package was handled :/
But I collected as many pieces I could , and glued it back together.
It is a tealightholder , but I will only use electric ones in it!

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This motion activated Witch candy bowl was so funny!
She has the creepiest shriek and she slaps her hands over yours when you reach inside the bowl! Super scary!
I have always wanted one of these , but they have always been so expensive here.

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Also got two cute trick or treat buckets!
I will probably use these outdoor with lighting in them!

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Spiderweb is always welcome!
Super for decorating outside. On fences , bushes, lampposts , mailboxes , trees etc!

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And then there`s this guy!
A mini skeleton made of styrofoam with moveable joints!
He will be hanged outside in my birch!

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More skeletons!
These 6 styrofoam skulls will be going on my Halloween tree!
I love the vintage style they have !

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Rubber spider with really creeeeepy legs!
This dude will look awesome hanging from my ceiling , creeping people out!
And the best part about rubber decorations is that they last for years.

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I already have one of these bats that my twin sister gave me many years ago , and now I have another one to keep it company! Twin bats!

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EEK! These silicone bodyparts is some of the coolest things ever!
I¨m used to see them in hard plastic , so these silicone ones was a real hoot to take out of the box!

And even more horrific was when I saw the all had a more gory part inside them!
And the eyeballs could be turned inside out , and was suddenly turned into this creepy looking hedgehogball!

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Also got some Halloween loving balloons.
These I will place between my staircase banisters , it gives the most amazing look!

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Bonus that the box also included some Halloween confetti!
These will be sent out with this year Halloween cards and swapboxes!

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This medium sized glow in the dark skeleton was such a funny suprise!
He will look awesome on my house wall!

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This creepy ghost will also be hung outside this year!

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Last is this meat axe!
Perfect for any scary costume!

I am so happy with this haul , so many things to such a cheap price!

Q: What item did YOU like the most?
Mine was  definitely the ghost and pumpkin tea light holder!

If you want to see the items being unboxed , you can click on the video below!
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Halloween King: October 31st!

Halloween Kings

Name: William

Age: 29 :O

From : Bournemouth, UK!

Will is the awesome ghoul behind one of Europe’s most amazing all year long Halloween store: October 31st!

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What made you love Halloween so strongly?

Everything! The pumpkins, ghosts, books, films, just everything about it is amazing. It’s the one night of the year (well more like one month a year) where everything is spooky and orange. It’s the best time of the year.

How did you get into Halloween ?

I’m not sure exactly, I just remember as a kid always liking it, pretty much every year I would dress as a ghost as my Mom would let me cut up an old sheet and I guess it kind of carried on from there.

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

I always try and plan something each year to make it extra spooky. One year I spent the night in the Edinburgh Vaults with a group of ghost hunters and we was in there the entire night until sunrise. It was so awesome! Last year i went to Disneyland Paris although it wasn’t decorated for Halloween 😦 other than that I love buying new things and just enjoying all of October. Lots of films and Halloween themed foods are a must.

Can you remember which Halloween costume was your favourite one?

Hmmmm i’m going to be honest…. as much as I LOVE Halloween, i’ve never really been into dressing up but if I had to choose I would say a pirate that i dressed up as around ten years. Only because I really went for it and had lots of accessories, rings etc.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween means a huge deal to me. I find it so fascinating, the overall history of it all and the way it has changed over the years. Running a store as well as has always been a dream of mine so right now Halloween definitely means more to me than it ever has.

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

Oooo good question! Although the UK doesn’t really have that much Halloween candy, it’s usually just the same candy that you can get everyday but in a Halloween package (I have to admit the halloween packaging does make me buy it) if I had to pick, it would have to be the classic candy corn. I still have a bag from last year that i’m trying to hold onto as long as possible… well at least until it’s easier to get again.

What Halloween food and drinks are you most excited about?

All of it! I can’t wait to see Halloween themed foods in the stores again. Every year I fill up my cupboards with as much as possible. That way I can have ghost shaped crisps in January and Spider shaped sweets in March etc

When do you start shopping for Halloween ?

I think i’m still shopping for my first ever Halloween! It never stops. The past couple of years I have definitely been buying more things throughout the year. So glad Ebay exists! Plus with the store I am always hunting for new products so i’m constantly looking at and buying things for that.

What about halloween makes it your favorite holiday?

Hmmm I’m going to say all of it again but if I had to pick one thing I would have to say pumpkins. There can be as much Halloween stuff in stores that makes me happy but the moment I see the first real pumpkin of the year, then it feels like Halloween.

Do you think it has any negative sides to it?

Not really. I know there are people who disagree with it but at the end of the day, history aside, it’s just a bit of fun that we can all enjoy once a year. Who doesn’t like lots of themed food and parties!

What is the Favorite Halloween item you have?

There are so many to choose from but if I really had to choose it would be a black cat ornament i got from Homesense a couple of years ago. It was only around £7.99 but i love it. It has a vintage style and it always makes me smile when I look at it. That and my Pumpkin mug, having my morning coffee out of a pumpkin mug each day always adds a little bit of Halloween to the start of my day.

Do you still go trick or treating?

Unfortunately not. I wish I did though. All the candy!

Can you remember your first Halloween memory?

Definitely dressing up as a ghost when I was around 6 or 7.

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

All of my more collectible decorations I keep out all year and everything else I put up around the house on the first of October, or sometimes the last day of September so I wake up on the 1st with the house fully decorated and ready to go.

Where do you buy your Halloween items?

All different places! Through the year I get them from Etsy and Ebay mainly then the closer to Halloween it gets I start to shop at Homesense and TK Maxx (A LOT) and pretty much every shop that has Halloween products.

Whats your favourite halloween movie/series?

Favourite Halloween movie would have to be Hocus Pocus!! I love it! With a close second being the entire Halloween franchise.

How is Halloween celebrated where you live?

It seems to get bigger every year here now, which is great! People still trick or treat in some areas and theres usually lots of parties.

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

Not really, as soon as September begins a lot of stores start to stock items and by October most stores have some kind of display or product. Although most stores have the same kind of things.

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October 31st

What made you want to start a Halloween theme online store?

At the time there didn’t seem to be any stores in the UK that were focused on Halloween. Theres plenty of costume and prop shops as well as pop up shops that appear in October for around 2 weeks but nothing to celebrate and buy Halloween things all year. So I decided to start one 😀

What do you look for when you order in items for your store?

It has to fit with Halloween in some way or another. Whether it be horror films, skeletons or just something that’s spooky in general as long as I can look at it and think ‘that definitely would be around during Halloween’ then I usually go for it. If theres also a pumpkin of some sort then that helps me decide even more.

How much time do you spend of your day/week running your store ,since it’s open all year round ?

Thats a tough one! If I am at home it’s always open in a tab so I can keep up with new orders and emails. I work a day job too so i’ll usually check the store when I can during work time and if im not at home or work i’m at the post office. So it’s more of a constant thing I guess.

Any plans on making it into a physical store?

I would LOVE to make it into a physical store. I have an idea of where I would open it and how it would look but right now there are no plans, it’s more of a pipe dream that is a long way off yet. I am hoping to do some markets and fairs around September and October though.

Where are your most of your customers based? (Countries)

Definitely the UK with the USA and Norway close behind 🙂

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

Haha! I love this question! Apart from a couple of friends that also run their own blogs and Youtube channels and mention me sometimes I don’t think anyone really knows who is behind October 31st. So I don’t think i’m known at all within the Halloween community, or at least i’m ‘the guy who owns October 31st’ I hope.

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Clothing / style/ Accessories

Where do you usually buy your clothes ?

All over the place I don’t really have a go to store. Recently Ive purchased a few t shirts from Creepy Co though as their latest releases are awesome!

what style of clothing do you like to buy?

I mainly go for the usual t shirt and jeans look, vans trainers and the t shirt has to have some kind of design on it be it Hocus Pocus or Trick R Treat, always spooky!

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

Creepy Co for sure! Their T shirts are awesome. The sites that make the daily designs to also offer some great designs, especially around Halloween.

Do you wear Halloween/Horror styled clothes all year?

Mostly yes, with the occasional day where I where a checkered shirt or plain tee.

Whats your favourite Halloween clothing /accessories,pins,jewelry/bags/shoes/scarfs etc?

I love pins! I have a number of Creepy Co pins as well as a bunch of pins ive got from the states and been sent to me by friends. They go with everything! A coat, shirt, jacket, on your bag, t shirt etc etc etc

Have you worked hard on your style?

I don’t think so as it’s kind of a standard look really but I always try and find t shirts that have great designs and a not seen everywhere.

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Be sure to follow him on Instagram and do a little Halloween haul at his store October 31st!