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October is my favorite month by far-for many reasons:

  • My birthday, of course, plays a large role but it’s more than that.
  • It’s also the month that signifies the end of unbearable heat for us in the desert. True-this year has been warmer than usual for sure. But still! The coolness is coming.
  • Then there’s the knowledge that pretty soon, I get to break out all of my sweaters and wear tights with wedge booties!! That’s pretty much my signature fall look:)
  • And Pumpkin Porter is a must! Really, pumpkin anything.
  • My favorite color is orange, so duh, there’s that.
  • It’s the true beginning of the holiday season!
  • Phoenix Design Week

Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. I have loved it since I was a wee little one, alternating each year between a bumblebee and Minnie Mouse most often. The past few years have been pretty low-key. Just passed out candy to trick-or-treaters and stayed home. But this year, my brother and sister-in-law threw a big Halloween bash, so I knew a costume was in order. Of course, Matt and I started our search at Goodwill.

At the first store, I walked in and was immediately drawn to a large rack of vintage wedding dresses. There were about 30 and they were GORGEOUS!! I grabbed 4 that looked like they would fit and hit up the dressing room. The last one I tried on made me sooooooo happy. I felt like I was on an episode of Say Yes to the Dress!

I knew it was meant to be. I was going to be a Corpse Bride.

From there, it was pretty easy to find the rest. Got a veil at Easley’s and made a bouquet from dollar-store blooms.

But can we just take a moment to look at this dress? It was so beautiful. The brand is Bridal Orginals and after doing some research, I found out it’s from the 1960’s. Someone probably really got married in this gem. Lucky gal.


Look at this adorable BOW!


So yea, it was pretty hard for me to destroy this dress…but

dead brideI DID!!!

I took some scissors to it and cut off the long train to make it more manageable, then I just sliced and diced til it felt right.

I tried making it look dirty by having Matt run it over with his car, but it was not working at all. Apparently his car and our neighborhood roads are too well-kept lol. So I made a pot of coffee and stained the dress with a mixture of that, a glass of red wine, coffee grounds and black eyeshadow. I rather like how it turned out:) I simply let it dry overnight, hanging up, and it was ready to go!

I just did my makeup with a bunch of random Halloween makeup from Walmart, which felt so gross! I hate wearing a ton of makeup and this was literally a ton, so all night I kept itching my face and then wiping my fingers on my dress, which really only helped. I sprayed my hair with white hairspray from a Halloween store and that was it.

Surprisingly easy for a pretty cool costume overall! The dress was $17.99, the veil was a whopping $10 and all the makeup/hair stuff combined was also about $10, so FOR ONLY $40, YOU TOO COULD BE A CORPSE BRIDE!!!!

Compared to many of the cheaply made, pre-packaged costumes in the same price range, I think handmade always wins for Halloween.

halloween house

Before I go, I just have to give my dad a big shout out. He’s an insanely talented artist, but he still never ceases to impress me with his creativity and skills. He found out that my brother and his wife wanted my nephew to be a scuba diver for Halloween and my dad took that idea and ran with it, presenting them with this:


Here’s my nephew, Rex. My dad made him a scuba diver costume out of nothing more than a black onesie, some foam paper, a marker and DUCK TAPE! Complete with handmade flippers, oxygen tube and goggles! The fact that he could do this with such basic supplies is incredible. My dad needs his own DIY blog. STAT.


This is how my dad showed up to the party.

family fun

Yep. That’s the man who raised me, in his underwear. Aside from the awkwardness of seeing your dad in his skivvies, I have to say he rocked Walter White. It was a dead ringer! So naturally, my brother and I felt the need to take a nice portrait with our father.

And for me, the best part was that my dad took it a step further and passed these out:


That’s right, friends. My dad made his own meth (homemade cinnamon candy), complete with a custom label he produced in the first version of Type Styler, accented with highlighters. As a graphic designer, I’m super proud of what he did with such an OLD SCHOOL program and ZERO tech ability. Go dad!

I think it’s pretty clear where I get my love of design and creativity from.

Hope you all a fun, safe Halloween!

One thought on “Halloween

  1. That first pic is so perfectly spooky! That dress was a good find and I’m sure it was hard to rough up such a beut- but your costume turned out great! Your fam is so rad and your dad wins at costumes.

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