I have a thing for carving pumpkins.
It all began when I worked with a bunch of really spirited Halloween coworkers.
Costumes on Halloween were encouraged and there was always a pumpkin carving contest.
Being a Type-A overachieving woman, I prepped for the competition by planning my pumpkin weeks in advance.
No, I didn’t use a template.
But I did make some pretty decent pumpkins – one with an upside down mouth (by accident) which actually turned out pretty good, and one that was supposed to be Yoda:
Upside down mouth (oops)
I also made a pumpkin of my son’s face, dramatically lit for the sake of carving.
I made a template in Photoshop and then transferred it to my pumpkin.
It turned out okay, here’s the original image, the pumpkin, and the pumpkin all lit up:
Lit up pumpkin
Well, this week my company had a pumpkin carving contest and I won for the scariest pumpkin:
I made. Jack Skellington pumpkin and my only regret is that I was so busy carving I didn’t have time to go around and collect pumpkin seeds, which make a delicious fall treat when toasted with a little salt and garlic.
Wishing you and yours a VERY NAUGHTY HALLOWEEN!
For Halloween, I want to make a Lizzo-inspired costume
I mean OBVIOUSLY as a white chick, there’s nothing I can do about my skin tone.
But her ICONIC STYLE?
Definitely right up my alley.
This dress from the BETs is quite inspirational and I LOVE THE IDEA of getting dressed up in a wedding gown style and emulating not just Lizzo but also Madonna and Britney Spears.
I found something similar on Fashion Nova, not exactly the skirt and bustier combo I was looking for, but CLOSE:
Of course, I need to accessorize with a white lacy veil, square black sunglasses, white sneakers and FLUTE:
And there you have it – a Lizzo-inspired Halloween costume.
If I’m shinin’ everybody gonna shine. . .
It’s nearly fall y’all.
And you know what that means – Halloween!
Yes, it’s my favorite holiday of the whole year.
As a child, I remember countless costume birthday parties my family hosted for me since my birthday falls just two days after Halloween.
I’ve started brain storming for a new costume idea (despite the fact that I have enough costumes to start my own costume shop).
A few that have started to bounce around in my brain:
Uma Thurman’s Bride character in Kill Bill:
Miley Cyrus as Ashley O:
And I REALLY would like to emulate Lizzo somehow but I just don’t think that’s politically correct:
As it turns out on my ACTUAL birthday, unSCruz is planning an overnight event at the Fairgrounds called “2nd Annual Monster’s Ball: Beyond the Rabbit Hole.”
Ducking down rabbit holes is something I’m familiar with and I’m inclined to celebrate my birthday there this year, in which case I will need an Alice in Wonderland costume.
I already have a White Rabbit costume:
I also have a black burner bunny costume I could wear:
And a pink one:
So I’ve got plenty to choose from.
Or I just might put together something new.
Something no one has ever seen before.
It’s not every day I celebrate my birthday at a rave.
In retrospect, it was probably unnecessary for me to do the splits in the garage.
It was already a rager of a party.
But my splits were joined by others’ splits and before you know it, EVERYONE was doing the splits.
And by EVERYONE, I mean all two of us!
I have no clear recollection of what I drank or how much.
What I DO remember is the nasty little hangover I had the next morning.
I drove myself home, crawled into bed, and slept for the next 4 hours, pretty confident that I was dying.
As it turns out, I didn’t die, my headache went away, and I was left voraciously hungry.
Just so you know, I didn’t IMMEDIATELY remember that I did the splits.
I was walking around wondering why my legs were so sore when the memory came flooding back to me.
Falling over while doing the splits in front of Halloween party guests.
Here’s the pic to prove it. . .
For Halloween, I was officially a BAT.
A cute black bat wearing dusty playa boots.
There’s always an homage to Burning Man with me.
Then there’s SECOND HALLOWEEN, which – if you’re lucky – you get to celebrate with your burner friends.
It’s a meeting/party of sorts where guests are invited to wear their Halloween costumes.
Because you know how us burners LOVE to get dressed up and stand out. . .
So instead of being a bat (which was a fucking hot sweatshirt), I opted to be a leopard.
I wore a leopard jumpsuit, a sweater, and leopard ears.
AND I PAINTED MY FACE LIKE A LEOPARD.
Well. . . a cat.
Happy SECOND HALLOWEEN to me!
The annual Halloween party at my Aunt and Uncle’s in ON!
What to wear, what to wear, what to wear?
Of course I have a WHOLE CLOSET full of costumes, but why miss an opportunity to get ONE MORE!?
This year, I am going as a cozy black bat!
That’s right, a frigging cute ass bat.
I’ve got the costume:
I’ve got the tights:
I’ve got the furry leg warmers:
And I’ve got the black boots:
Well, the boots USED TO BE BLACK before the playa got to them.
They’ll need a little clean up.
So what do you think?
Would you mind hosting this little bat in your belfry?
Wishing you and yours a VERY NAUGHTY HALLOWEEN!
It’s almost Halloween!
And Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. Even more so than Thanksgiving/Christmas festivities.
This year, my aunt and uncle are throwing their FAMOUS Halloween party in Castro Valley.
I will be going as the Cheshire Cat.
The Cheshire Cat was my new costume for Burning Man 2016 which I never wore because I loaned out my light up purple tutu, forgetting that it was part of that costume.
Oops! My bad.
So there was no Michelle dressed as the Cheshire Cat at Burning Man.
To remedy this, I plan to whoop it up at Uncle D’s and Aunt S’s Halloween party.
There are POWERFUL forces at work in their house – like jello shots and Irish Car Bomb trains.
Check out my costume:
I want to add some dramatic makeup but seeing as how I like to eat and drink at parties I’m worried I’ll ruin the makeup – especially a HUGE Cheshire Cat grin!
It should be a very fun party, especially since I think my brother Art will be there along with my cousins Jennifer, Travis, and Bella.
So my oldest son decided at the last minute that he wanted to go to a Halloween party THEREFORE I had to opt out of going to the (adults only) Glowfest and take him to my aunt and uncle’s Halloween party in Castro Valley.
A good mixture of family and friends showed up and everyone was in costume except my son who got shamed into putting on a cape and mask to join in the festivities.
There were drinks galore and I found myself passing out Jello shots halfway through the night.
One for a party guest, one for me.
Boy, did that hit me fast!
I drank Bloody Marys all night long then switched to mudslides.
Eventually, my liver gave out and I had to tap out long enough to take a little snooze on the couch.
The grief I got!!!
My baby brother Art (the great bearded fellow) gave me tons of shit for taking a break.
In about a half an hour I was up and ready to go again.
I even took a shot for Kaitlin (the lion) who was quite loopy at the time.
In the morning she and my cousin Jennifer (Little Red Riding Hood) admitted that they maybe got a little sick the night before.
As Jennifer put it, they can still party like rockstars but they can’t recover like one.
Here’s some photos from the event. Photo credit Xondra.