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Trick or Treat!

I was sitting at work a few weeks ago thinking I had all kinds of time on some projects that were due in November and then it hit me that November was 2 weeks away! ACK! Anyway, as always happens this time of year, I have Halloween on the mind. First of all – what am I gonna wear? Which is usually followed by – do I have the time/money/both to make a new costume? And that’s usually followed by – are you crazy??

I’ve been talking with some friends about Halloween memories and wanted to share them for kicks.

Who remembers when Halloween costumes came from the grocery store and comprised of a plastic smock and a plastic mask? I was always so excited to go pick mine out! I had Bozo the clown, a witch, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby as mine. I remember my sis had a kitty one and my brother had a pirate. And then my teachers would all say ‘Don’t wear the mask cause you’ll get hit by cars!’ and of course I would be thinking with kid logic ‘But I HAVE to wear the mask! It’s part of the costume!!!’ Considering I do cosplay now and try to make my stuff as authentic to the character as possible, maybe it wasn’t just kid logic. I suspect it was more like early manifestations of the artistic perfectionist, lol!

And those masks were so awful for breathing in. By the end of the night, it was all damp inside from my breath condensing through that little slit at the mouth. I think most of us looked more like slobbering werewolves than cute little Carebears.

One of my friends had a mom who could sew so she always got those really cool homemade costumes that I was so envious of. Turns out, she was envious of the plastic smocks that all the kids in school had. We’ve been friends for YEARS. I just found this out a few weeks ago.

All our teachers would also tell us to not eat any of the candy til it had been examined by our parents or better yet, x-rayed at the local hospital to verify there were no hidden razors! As my same friend with the cool home-made costumes said – what kind of criminal would take all the time and effort to carefully unwrap the candy, insert a razor and then carefully wrap it up again to look all innocent and untampered with?

I also remember some of my friends telling me that the Zodiac Killer was going around at Halloween and I could be next. I think the Zodiac Killer was like 10 years before my time and on the other end of the country, but as a kid, you believe EVERYTHING your friends tell you, even if you have more of a chance of getting hit by a car as warned by your teacher who you didn’t listen to.

 

October 31, 2013 at 4:46 am Leave a comment

Treats without the Tricks

I know that many people are trying to reduce the use of plastic in their lives. When I was updating my Cafe Press shop, I saw that they had added canvas lunch totes. These would be perfect for kids to trick or treat with instead of the traditional plastic bag or pumpkin shaped bucket (which are also bulky to store for the rest of the year). I am in the process of updating my Halloween designs to these bags. As of writing, Zazzle does not have lunch totes, but I will update there too when/if they make them available to shopkeepers.

September 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Happy Halloween!

I think my favorite thing about Halloween is getting to dress up and go about your day in a fun costume. I had a brief period of time where I was ‘too cool’ for that sort of thing, but I got over it really fast. This year was a special Halloween that I got to celebrate early with 2 of my good friends.

Each year, Disneyland has Mickey’s Halloween Party, a special event on certain nights of the week throughout October. Usually, it is in California Adventure, but this year due to the construction in that park, they moved it to Disneyland. One of the fun parts of the celebration is that adults can wear costumes in the Disney parks, something normally limited to the children. When I found out through my Facebook newsfeed that it was being moved to Disneyland itself, I immediately got a hold of Carrie and Lisa, my 2 other Disneyland freak friends and we all agreed we HAD to go. How often can you take a picture in front of the castle or on the carousel in full costume? Close to a year ago, one of my friends had given me gift cards with enough amount to pay for admission since my plans to celebrate my birthday there fell through that year. I was so bummed because that was when they were doing the ‘get in free on your birthday’ and had all kinds of fun stuff going on that year. My friend knew how sad I was to miss something I had been looking forward to for nearly a year so gave me the gift cards so that I could go another time. I had held on to them, waiting for a time when I could go with Carrie and Lisa. It worked out perfectly for the Halloween event. Since it’s a special event with a bit of shorter hours, the price is cheaper than a full day pass to the parks so I was able to cover my ticket and half of Carrie’s. Lisa picked up her other half (we REALLY wanted her to go).

Tickets bought, we then started the conversation about what we wanted to do for our costumes, which is harder than you think! The rides are fully operating for the most part so that ruled out large hoop skirts (there went the Glinda from ‘Wicked’ idea) and things that could fly off like wigs. I didn’t want to have to carry around accessories (goodbye anything with a want or staff or sword like Xena) and it’s a family event so the costume had to be family friendly. I’m not saying that I usually dress in something totally sexy, but I think that Chun Li from Street Fighter would have been a bit much. So I ended up with a Queen of Hearts lolita style dress design. I know that lolita style isn’t usually made with glittery fabric, but hey, this is Disneyland. I think I can be forgiven a bit of glitter there. Lisa went as Slinky Dog from Toy Story and Carrie was a pirate in a nod to one of her favorite rides there, Pirates of the Caribbean.

We had a ton of fun roaming around the park, riding the rides and trick or treating. I haven’t done that in ages. They had stations set up in different areas of the park and they had given us small bags when we entered. I thought that it was going to be a little candy here and there, but in the end, we all came home with about 2lbs each. What a haul! It was definitely a ton of fun and we are already talking about what we want to be next year. Hope it works out Β to go again!

October 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

Trick or Treat Traditions

I can’t believe that Halloween is just 2 weeks away! Where is this year going? I’ve always loved Halloween. I remember getting excited about my Halloween costume and going with mom to the grocery store to pick out my costume. Who remembers how costumes used to be back in the day? None of this fancy cloth stuff! We had the plastic, printed smocks with the plastic mask that made it hard to breath and teachers swore would ruin your night vision so badly that you would get hit by a car.

Teacher: Remember to take off your masks when trick or treating.

Me (thinking): But I HAVE to wear the mask! No one will know who I am!

Ah yes, those were the days. I can name off all my plastic costumes – Bozo the Clown, a witch, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby. After that, either I moved on to bigger and better or the teachers all banned together and got rid of those plastic masks once and for all! I had a brief period where I was ‘too old’ for dressing up, but I got over that fast. Now I sew my own costumes each year and Halloween isn’t enough so I go to anime cons and Bay to Breakers in San Francisco each year. I also remember bringing home all the candy, dumping it out on the carpet and doing the sorting (tootsie rolls were up for grabs – yuck) and then the trading with my siblings. And what did I do with my haul? Eat it in a week of sugar induced bliss?? No, I saved it and used it to bribe my brother and sister to do my chores for me! Evil sister am I. I’ve never really had a huge sweet tooth. This year, I went to the Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland and came back with about 2lbs of candy. I took some to the office and I’m taking most of it home to share. Unless, I can find a way to get my sister or brother up to my apartment to clean my dishes πŸ™‚

But what about the ghost design? Oh yeah, he’s a design I did for the shops for 2009 Halloween, but I still love him. He’s totally beaming with happiness over his bulging sack of candy!

October 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Candy Corn – Just Say No

I used to like candy corn a lot, but somewhere in there, I decided that it tasted a lot like wax with a slight vanilla flavoring. Er…yum? Maybe that’s what happens to all the previous year’s jack-o-lantern candles? They get melted down into bite sized triangular candies that we are supposed to like? I once heard or read a joke about candy corn that said that all the candy corn was made back in the 1950’s and that they are still trying to get rid of it. Nothing new has been made since. I know that’s not true, but I thought it was pretty funny still.

Despite my misgivings about the taste, I still think visually, they are fun to look at and Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without candy corn showing up somewhere. I came up with this design for the Kimchi Kawaii shops last year. I can never pass up a good (or bad) pun.

October 12, 2010 at 6:18 am Leave a comment

Not All Vampires Need to Sparkle!

Ok, first off before all the Twihards come running at me with their wooden stakes – yes, I have read the Twilight books. Yes, I own them in paper back. But no, I don’t think they are the be all of juvenile literature and I really thought the whole vampires glittering in the sun thing was a bit stupid. And maybe I’m just getting a bit grumpy with the Twilight overload (the movies were so cheesy that I couldn’t get past the first one).

Anyhooo…..

This chibi style guy is based off my vampire character Remy. He doesn’t usually go for the whole cloak and tux look, but I wanted to put this design in my shops. I didn’t want to have to explain that even though he was dressed in modern clothes he was a vampire. Thus the cape and all. I know it’s stereotypical, but it’s also easily recognizable as ‘hey, that’s a vampire’. He is also part of a new batch of Halloween related designs I’m working on for the shops. I had a quite productive lunch break today doing some sketches (normally, I am just playing Packrat on Facebook). I’ll write about the other ones later. It’s getting super late and it’s a work night! πŸ™‚

September 8, 2010 at 6:56 am Leave a comment


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