Beetlejuice: Lydia Deetz

Here’s another not horror movie that definitely still feels attached to the Halloween season for me. Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice is another character that has a lot of similarities to my life.

-moved from a city to New England
-went to a private school with a uniform
-parents didn’t take my advice
-love to wear the color black
-strange and unusual
-made friends with people dead (inside)
-almost married a dude who was not right for me

This outfit consists of an Exquz brand strapless black lace dress with asymmetrical hem that I am using as a skirt (and have had for so long it appears Exquz doesn’t even exist anymore), Mossimo black blouse with bell sleeves that I got at a clothing swap, and the same N.Y.L.A. Laurena Black Buckle Strap Wedge Booties I wore to be Nancy Downs from The Craft.

On top of that, I also layered a Maria Gabrielle long black cardigan that my mother gave me, and I wear a lot. The back has lace panels.

For my hair, I used the same clip-on bangs piece that I did for Donnie Darko and Wendy Torrance from The Shining. On top of that, I wore a hat that I don’t remember where I obtained. What I do remember is I bought it to replace a gray one I had that fell apart in the rain at my cousin’s funeral. #ThanksBrain

For my makeup, on my eyes I used the Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony matte eyeshadow in Marriage Matt(e)rial, Shell eye shadow from the Avon For The Love of Makeup Artist Palette, blackest black glimmerstick from Avon, NYX Super Fat Eye Marker, and black mascara. For my lips, I used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo and Rimmel London Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick in 600 Scrunchie.

For my first prop, I used this Nikon camera that was a hand-me-down from my partner’s parent. It was sent out to us so both my partner and I can take pics with a dslr camera at the same time. I have future plans to photograph the moon, stars, and night sky. We will see if they ever come to fruition!

For my second prop, I have this journal that looks like the Handbook for the Recently Deceased that I bought from Hot Topic on clearance. I already filled it, so I grabbed it from my journal storage to use.

My dad, stepmom, and I just moved into this house in Connecticut after the previous owners, Barbara & Adam, died.
Even though they’re dead, they’re still hanging around. I can see them because I, myself, am strange and unusual.
Otho (my stepmom’s interior designer) thought it would be a good idea to have a séance to try to get rid of Barbara & Adam. For the record, I think this is a terrible idea.
In a moment of desperation, I reached out to this guy for help, and everything spiraled out afterwards.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Beetlejuice: Lydia Deetz Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Erin Hardesty

Some of the character outfits I’ve presented I’ve specifically mentioned they would work for cold weather events or any Halloween party where you need to keep warm. Today’s character outfit is a recreation of Jessica Biel’s portrayal of Erin Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that came out in 2003 and definitely not one to choose during a chilly Halloween in a colder climate. However, if you’re going to a bar like Coyote Ugly or going to be entering into a wet T-shirt contest, this ensemble might just help you score big!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Erin Hardesty Outfit

This outfit consists of a tagless white tank top and a pair of Levi’s 518 Superlow Bootcut Blue Jeans that I’ve owned both for so long that I have no recollection of how they came into my life. I didn’t have any squared toed brown boots a la 2003, so I chose these Keen Bern Baby Bern Boots that I bought literally yesterday at a thrift store for $19.99.

For my hair, I just wore it down. Some of the pictures I also had a paper straw cowhand hat on that I think might have come from Avon or Mark. I’ve actually tried to get rid of this hat at least twice since it is very far from my day-to-day aesthetic. After this photoshoot though, I’m thinking about trying some new outfits around it, so please let me know if you have any tips on how to shape it properly! There’s wire in the outer rim, and I have no idea what I’m doing.

For makeup, I only have lip balm on my lips and maybe a little eyeliner/mascara residue that didn’t scrub off completely.

For my accessory, I’m wearing a Relic by Fossil belt that I inherited from my spouse after they outgrew it.

For my prop, I have this bloody meat cleaver that I also purchased yesterday at a thrift store for $1.99. The universe was smiling on me yesterday. Everything was coming up Milhouse!

My friends and I were on our way back from Mexico where I thought my boyfriend Kemper was going to put something sparkly on my finger, but no, the actual reason for the trip was to bring back 2lbs of marijuana.
We met a hitchhiker who changed our life forever.
When we talked to the locals they suggested we wait for the sheriff at the mill.
Some of us went to the nearby house for help. I won’t spoil what happens, but there is definitely an appearance from both a chainsaw and a meat cleaver!

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Erin Hardesty Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Haunting: Eleanor Vance

The Hill House has been the subject of a book, two movies, a play, and a Netflix series, but a lot of people didn’t like the 1999 “The Haunting” movie starring Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Liam Neeson. While I know I probably watched this for the first time in 1999, I have no recollection of the first time I watched it. What I have a recollection of though, is that Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character, Theodora (Theo), was the first representation I had seen of a female character who was openly discussing being both bisexual and polyamorous. I probably didn’t even know the word polyamorous when I first saw this movie, but her open description of her romantic relationships was (almost) an accurate depiction of what I secretly desired.

You would think I would have chosen to be her character for this project, but unfortunately, I don’t have any of her fashionable outfits already on hand. I did, however, just invest in a black turtleneck, so I could cobble something together to be Lili Taylor’s character Eleanor “Nell” Vance. This is another outfit option if your costume shindig or Halloween event is outside somewhere cold as it includes not one, not two, but three long sleeve shirts!

The Haunting: Eleanor Vance Outfit

This outfit consists of that “long sleeve rib roll neck top” from asos that I used to be both Annie Wilkes from Misery and Dr. Miranda Grey from Gothika. These are the same Mossimo boot cut jeans I wore as Allison from Hocus Pocus, May Dove Canady from May, and Heather Donahue from The Blair Witch Project. The Freebird Hustle boots are the same ones I used to be Sidney Prescott from Scream and May Dove Canady from May. I’m getting a lot of mileage from those three base items. Layered on top, I have a vintage Levi’s plaid collared button up shirt that was probably my d**’s at one point, and on top of that, I have an Apt. 9 collared button up shirt that I borrowed from my partner. Now, technically, Eleanor is wearing a jacket in the outfit I chose, but I think this shirt pulls off the look just fine.

Just a shot of this workhorse wig from the back.

For my hair, I have on the wig we’ve all come to know and love because I have used it for so many different characters already. You’ve seen it with bangs down, bangs split and hair clipped back, hair down, parted bangs and pulled back, just bangs, and bangs and hair down. Whew! This hair is putting in work. For $16.99, I’m hella impressed.

For my makeup, I only have on some Avon Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Ripe Rose. For my accessories, I have a pair of gold hoop earrings that I wore one of when I dressed as Justine from Raw.

For my prop, I have this antique Airess Atlas of Chicago suitcase that is monogrammed E.R.W. near the handle. I borrowed it from my brother who picked it up secondhand.

Somebody called my house and invited me to participate in a sleep study at this beautiful mansion.
After being the primary caretaker for my bedridden mother the past 11 years, I thought it might be nice to do something for myself after mom’s passing since my sister and her husband decided to sell the house and kick me out without so much as a thank you.
I’m having a great time dancing in the carousel room with my new friend Theo.
A lot of weird things have been happening, but I feel like we’re all really getting to know each other.
Sure, the greenhouse might be a little creepy.
But, I feel like I could stay here forever.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Haunting: Eleanor Vance Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Craft: Nancy Downs

I went to Catholic school for a lot of my life, and was enrolled at a Catholic high school when The Craft was released. As someone who got detentions for wearing too much black eyeliner, fishnets, and combat boots with my uniform, let me be the first to tell you that most of what the girls in The Craft wear at their school would never fly in real life. I was probably more like Sarah Bailey as I moved and was the “new girl” at school a few times, but deep down I think of myself as more of a Nancy Downs in terms of aesthetic.

The Craft: Nancy Downs Outfit

Because I went to Catholic school where I had to wear a uniform including plaid skirts and white collared shirts, I intentionally built my adult wardrobe to exclude those items. Some years ago, this black sweater with sewn in white collar dickie came into my life, and I decided it was ok to include. There is no tag. (I probably ripped it off due to sensory issues.) Instead of a short plaid skirt, I chose this geometric patterned one by a brand with such stylized lettering on the tag that I couldn’t confirm what it actually says. (But I can tell it is 98% organic cotton & 2% spandex!) The shoes are N.Y.L.A. Laurena Black Buckle Strap Wedge Booties that my ex purchased for me at Nordstrom Rack. I love them, but the tongue slides down while I wear them. (Note to self: stitch them in place.) In some photos, I’m also wearing a black Zenergy by Chico’s jacket.

For my hair, I decided to go with a side part and slicked back low ponytail. Nancy Downs has a bunch of different hairstyles in the film including two little pigtails, wild curls, bangs, no bangs, and a moving part. Go with whatever one you feel confidant wearing even if it isn’t the one she had for the outfit you choose. I went the route I did to try to hide the most of my blue hair in head-on photos.

For my eye makeup, I used a blackest black glimmerstick from Avon (on my waterlines), a NYX super fat eye marker in carbon black, black mascara, and clear brow gel. I also used some coal eyeshadow from the Avon True Color For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette. For my lip makeup, I started with some Honeybee Gardens lipstick in Vintage Merlot and then added a layer of Avon Beyond Color lipstick in Revenge.

For my accessories, I used a faux nose ring, some earrings I made from cross charms from Michaels, my vintage beaded black choker necklace that I’ve been wearing since the 1990s, and a yellow faceted bead rosary.

For my first prop, I used a book called The Craft by Brittany Nightshade.

For my second prop, I used this blade that looks like a dagger (that I use as a letter opener) and got as a parting gift from one of my long-term relationship breakups.

So stoked we found our fourth when Sarah came to town, so we can call the corners now.
Don’t worry. I’ve got money this time. My stepdad dropped dead, and we got $175,000 from his insurance.
Mom. my friends came over to hang out with me, not to listen to your Connie Francis jukebox.
Mister, we are the weirdos.
I can feel Manon running through my veins.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Craft: Nancy Downs Vibes board on Pinterest.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil: Allison

Tucker and Dale vs Evil (T&DvE) is both a horror movie and a comedy. It is extra funny if you’re a horrorhead (like a sneakerhead but for horror films. I just made it up. Tell your friends.) because that way you pick up on the allusions sprinkled throughout the movie. It isn’t just a collection of clichés though, as the film does enough to feel fresh and fun!

A lot of the costumes I’ve done this month have been geared for colder weather. Dressing as Allison from T&DvE is an outfit you could wear if your costume party or Halloween event happens with warmer weather. (Side note: What’s with movies never giving characters named Allison a last name though?)

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil: Allison Outfit

This outfit consists of a Goodfellow & Co long sleeve, collared, button up shirt that I borrowed from my spouse (and twisted up the bottom and tucked up the sleeves), a white bandeau bra from Maidenform, a pair of Mossimo Supply Co long shorts that I got from a clothing swap, a pair of wool socks I borrowed from my partner (not pictured above), and the same Hi-tec hiking boots that I used for Heather Donahue from The Blair Witch Project.

I forgot to take selfies for this character. This pic is also to show you how great my butt looks in these shorts. Who knew? I didn’t!

For my hair, I used the same wig that I had on for Carrie White from Carrie. For makeup, there was maybe some leftover lipstick residue or maybe just lip balm.

For my accessory, I used a belt from a sweater I no longer own, if I ever did, and I used it in place of the fabric that Allison ties around her head after removing the gauze. You could also choose to use some gauze instead, but I didn’t want to waste any, whereas you can wash and reuse a fabric belt. #RefuseReduceReuseRewearRepurpose

For my first prop, I used some jute rope that I acquired from a shop on etsy to fix some cat furniture that my cats scratched up. (It’s still on the To-Do list.)

For my second prop, I used a bench that normally resides on the back deck with plants on it. While obviously this bench does not resemble the machinery in the sawmill, with a little cropping and/or photo editing it’ll get the job done.

My friends from college were on a trip out of town, and when we stopped for gas we ran into some locals.
The locals, Tucker & Dale, were renovating a cabin right by ours!
I got separated from my friends for a bit, so idk what they’re thinking here.
It turns out that Dale likes pancakes and trivia board games.
A bunch of shenanigans ensue, but I won’t spoil it for you!

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Tucker and Dale Vs Evil: Allison Vibes board on Pinterest.

May: May Dove Canady

I had never seen May until 2021, but it came at a perfect point in my life. The main character May Dove Canady and I have so much in common. Let’s tally it up.

-traumatic childhood
-spent time in isolation with little interaction with others
-wants to make new friends
-is considered too weird to have friendship reciprocated
-affinity for dolls
-inherited special doll from her mother
-obsessed over some dude’s hands
-mentally unstable
-upcycled pieces into a new whole

It feels like fate that I would find this movie right now. If you believe in that kinda thing. It did not escape my notice that I could not locate any images of May in the outfit I chose to recreate of hers though. Maybe this movie is too deep of a cut?

(Side note: a companion music piece to this blog post is Doll Parts by Hole which was also influential in my life.)

May: May Dove Canady Outfit

This outfit consists of the same Mossimo boot cut jeans I wore as Allison from Hocus Pocus and Heather Donahue from The Blair Witch Project. The Freebird Hustle boots are the same ones I used to be Sidney Prescott from Scream.

I took an off-the-shoulder shirt I acquired at a clothing swap.

Initially, I gathered the collar together with a couple of safety pins.

Then I took some scraps of red felt and black lace to make the patches.

After I pinned them to the shirt, it only took a little hand stitching to achieve the final look.

For my hair, I used the same wig I’ve used for a bunch of characters. For some of the photos it is pulled back into a pony; for others, it is worn down. I only have lip balm on my lips for makeup, and for my accessory, I have a pair of my partner’s old glasses in some shots.

For my first prop, I am using a pair of Singer scissors that I swear on my grandmother have only ever been used to cut fabric.

For more props, I added in a tiered storage display of spools of thread with one lose one. I also added in some dolls and doll parts. The doll on the right is named Cathy Ann and was my maternal grandmother’s. The doll on the left is named Arlene and was my mother’s. The doll heads I inherited when I moved into my great-grandparent’s house.

For my final prop, I used the second half of the CBD cigarette that I used to be Chris MacNeil from The Exorcist. *I am not advocating for anyone to smoke any type of cigarette here, but if you already do and have some on hand, it will definitely help elevate your May Dove Canady outfit.* You could also wear an eyepatch, those large dark glasses they give you after eye surgery, or have a box of jujubes on hand too.

Suzie is my best friend, but we never play with her.

You said you liked weird, but biting your lip is apparently where you draw the line, eh?
You know how when you meet someone and you think you like them, but then the more you talk to them you see parts that you don’t like. And sometimes you don’t end up liking any parts at all.
So, are we like best friends now that you’ve seen what’s in my freezer?
My mom always said, “If you can’t find a friend, make one.”

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the May: May Dove Canady Vibes board on Pinterest.

Donnie Darko

Technically considered a sci-fi thriller, some people might not consider Donnie Darko a horror movie. This definitely qualifies as a Halloween movie though as there is a Halloween party within the plot. I don’t know how many people own a skeleton onesie, so this might not be a great example of pulling from your wardrobe to create a costume. However, this outfit really only requires two pieces of clothing, and if you happen to be the kind of person who already owns a skeleton onesie, you’re probably also the kind of person who has seen Donnie Darko more than once.

Donnie Darko: Donnie Darko Outfit

This outfit consists of one of very few items that I purchased full price. The skeleton onesie is something I had my eye on for quite awhile. I finally pulled the trigger on this one from Old Navy, not because it has a heart, but because the bones glow-in-the-dark. On top of it is the same grey hoodie I used to be Kathy Kriticos from Thirteen Ghosts. For shoes, I chose these Puma Liga sneakers that I obtained at a clothing exchange. I normally wear them with these fat skull laces, so it seemed only fitting.

For my hair, I used the same clip-on bangs piece that I wore to be Wendy Torrance from The Shining. I just tucked the longer pieces behind my ears and kept my hood up. I did not wear any makeup or accessories. If I had any rabbit (or even Playboy bunny jewelry) I would have put it on as a nod to Frank. There are some sweet Frank-inspired jewelry items I saw on the internet, so you could always buy one of those too. This Donnie Darko necklace is my personal favorite though.

Since I didn’t have an accessory for this outfit, I made up for it by using not one, not two, but three props! I don’t own a copy of The Destructors by Graham Greene. I also don’t have The Philosophy of Time Travel by Roberta Sparrow. What I do have is a copy of A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Chapter 10 discusses wormholes and time travel, so I thought I’d hold it for a few pics.

For my second prop, I brought back my faithful butcher knife, but I didn’t include the viscous barrier in the bathroom when he’s talking to Frank.

For my third prop, I have an axe. While Donnie isn’t in this outfit when he is handling the axe, that weapon is an integral part of the story. Other props you could use include a Jim Cunningham self-help videotape, a dry-erase board that says “Frank was here Went to get BEER.”, a photo of Sparkle Motion on Star Search, a cellar door, a countdown timer, and/or a jet engine.

What do you mean the world ends in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds?
Destruction is a form of creation.
I’m glad the school was flooded. Otherwise, we might not have had this talk where you said you’ll go with me.
Smurfs are asexual. They don’t even have the parts under their pants. That’s what’s so illogical. What’s the point of living, if you don’t have a dick?
Grandma Death told me every living creature on Earth dies alone.
There’s more to life than fear and love. Forcibly insert the lifeline exercise card into your anus.
My friend Frank said I should burn the antichrist’s house down. #RIPPatrickSwayze

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Donnie Darko: Donnie Darko Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Addams Family: Wednesday Addams

Now The Addams Family is not a horror movie, but you would be remiss if you skipped over Wednesday Addams when you have the items necessary to become her. This is an iconic outfit, and Wednesday Addams’ character has gone through multiple iterations. If you have a black dress with a white collar or even a white collared shirt underneath a high neck little black dress you can pull off Wednesday with not much else but a specific hairstyle.

The Addams Family: Wednesday Addams Outfit

This outfit consists of a Victoria Beckham for Target Bunny Shift Dress that I bought from someone on ebay. It was a little above what I’d usually pay for a dress, but I’ve been trying to find a dress that I could use for Wednesday Addams (and want to wear again, not like a cheap costume) ever since I got the long dark hair wig. (Side note: the month of October is not the month to obtain one as everyone jacks their price up.) I added a pair of black tights and the Unlisted Mary Jane heels I wore for The Ring: Samara Morgan.

For my hair, I used the same long, dark wig that I’ve used for Samara Morgan and Jennifer Check from Jennifer’s Body, but this time I put it into two braids to get that classic Wednesday look. For my makeup, I used an L.A. Colors Matte Lipstick in an undetermined shade on my lips. The numbers on my tube don’t match anything on the internet. I also have a little black mascara on my eyelashes.

I did not use an accessory, and for my prop, I used this gold skull catchall that I borrowed from my brother. If I had more time or didn’t have a skull on hand, I would upcycle a bottle into a drinking vessel labelled Poison.

This is where I lived with my family before the restraining order.
Pugsley, we’re gonna play a game. It’s called “Is there a God?”
This is my costume. I’m a homicidal maniac. They look just like everybody else.
Great-Aunt Lavinia was beheaded by her own children. Do I win “Wake the Dead?”

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Addams Family: Wednesday Addams Vibes board on Pinterest.

Gothika: Dr. Miranda Grey

What would you do if you woke up locked in a psych ward with no recollection of the events that put you there, and not only do the people in charge tell you that your spouse has been murdered but you’re the prime suspect?! Terrifying stuff. This is the premise of the movie Gothika.

One of my spouse’s favorite movies in this October project, I initially wasn’t going to do it. Once I procured my new black roll neck shirt though, all the pieces fell into place. Plus, this might be the only time I can remotely pull off a Halle Berry character dressing as Dr. Miranda Grey.

Gothika: Dr. Miranda Grey Outfit

This outfit consists of the same “long sleeve rib roll neck top” that I used for Annie Wilkes from Misery, a gray Savion pencil skirt that I got secondhand, some sheer black stockings, and the George interview wedges I wore as Dr. Abigail Tyler from The Fourth Kind. Apparently, psychologists and psychiatrists wear sensible shoes like black wedges in my recreations.

For my hair, I’m wearing the same wig I used for Dr. Abigail Tyler, Chris MacNeil from The Exorcist, Rose Armitage from Get Out, and Sidney Prescott from Scream. Sure, it is redder than Dr. Miranda Grey’s hair color. But we’re already fooling ourselves that I can look like Halle Berry, so just stretch your imagination a little bit further. I also pulled the top half back with a claw clip.

I didn’t apply any makeup beyond lip balm for this character. I mean for most of the movie she’s locked up without access to a Sephora.

For my accessory, I have my partner’s old badge from work to stand in for Dr. Miranda Grey’s security keycard. For my prop, I’m using a metal clipboard that has been in my office supplies stash for years.

Now this outfit might have you looking like you just came from work and didn’t have time to change before the Halloween costume party, but there are other things you could do to help people recognize your character. You could find a pal to dress as Penelope Cruz’s character Chloe Sava. Although, if you go that route, you might want to change your outfit into something more like what Miranda wears when they’re both locked up in the penitentiary. You could also write “Not Alone” on your forearm (to look like blood) to really go above and beyond this basic look.

After an average day at work, I left my work husband to head home to my real husband, but just my luck, I crashed my car in the rainstorm trying to dodge someone standing in the road.
Hey work husband, remind again why we aren’t fucking?
I guess being locked up isn’t as bad when you have a friend locked up with you.
What is going on in these solitary cells? I probably should’ve thought about this more when I worked here.
What exactly happened in this old farmhouse? I probably don’t wanna know.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out the Gothika: Dr. Miranda Grey Vibes board on Pinterest.

The Shining: Wendy Torrance

This is another one of those classic horror movies that has a personal connection to my life. I spent an entire summer when I was in college where I read exclusively Stephen King novels while I worked at a gas station. I didn’t read The Shining until after I had seen the movie which (at the time) was unusual for me. This story is one that I appreciate within both the book and film worlds, even if they don’t align with each other.

Also, multiple people have told me that my d** reminds them of Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Jack Torrance in The Shining. #CanConfirm It might seem strange that I would choose to dress as Wendy Torrance, but dressing as the Grady twins only works in a pair. What’s my other option, going naked as the woman in room 237? Maybe next year!

The Shining: Wendy Torrance Outfit

This outfit is comprised of a mock turtleneck cropped short sleeve shirt that was part of a set with matching joggers and a matching face mask. It is the only outfit I own that has a matching face mask and a pandemic splurge during lockdown. I’m thinking about cutting off the “mock neck” part to turn it into a scrunchie and remove the turtleneck part of the shirt.

Layered on top is an Authentic 44mm Legendary Workwear the Original Legendary Goods 100% Cotton Flannel that I got at a second hand store. On top of that is an unbranded Ladies Casual Plain Dungarees Dress Overalls that I obtained via ebay for $16 including shipping. I wasn’t gonna buy it, but the pockets won me over.

I also wore a pair of white tights and these unbranded, wanna-be Uggs that I inherited from a friend. I never thought I would ever wear boots like this, but now that I know how warm they keep my feet, you can pry them from my cold, dead extremities.

I gave myself Fairuza Balk in American History X Vibes with my hair in this photo. #unsettling

For my hair, I am using a clip-in bangs piece that cost around $5. I initially planned to use it in tandem with the long dark hair wig I used previously, but that ended up being too long for Wendy Torrance. As such, this outfit is not my best work and should only be viewed from the front.

Tbh, this is pretty hilarious.

I didn’t put on any makeup for Wendy Torrance, but you could do something fun making your nose and cheeks all rosy. Here is a tutorial to help!

For my accessory, I put on a simple silver band to stand in as a wedding ring. I also had an outfit change where I removed the skirtall and added a robe. (The robe is my spouse’s and was a gift.)

For my first prop, you know I was bringing back my reliable butcher knife. At the end of this project, I’ll have to tally up how many times I used it.

For my second prop, I used this wooden tee-ball bat that I found in a field more than two decades ago when I was setting off fireworks with my cousin and his friend. It has resided next to my bed through every place I’ve lived since. It fits me perfectly and feels great when I swing it.

Oh Jack, this looks like a swell place to spend the winter.
Danny, you & Tony need to wrap it up, and quit messing with those girls.
Totally get why my kid & husband are into this room. The design and decor are phenomenal.
You better stop playing with my lipstick and give me back my favorite knife.
This might not be what your bartender buddy was talking about, but this is what I mean when I say double fisting, Jack.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another “work with what you’ve got!” Halloween costume, cosplay outfit idea.

In the meantime, check out The Shining: Wendy Torrance Vibes board on Pinterest.

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