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All Saints’ Day

Today is All Saints’ Day which means that Halloween is over. I know little about this particular holiday other than it’s a day to celebrate the Catholic Saints. Is there a Saint of Halloween Candy Hangover? That’s the one I’d be celebrating today!

At the last minute I changed my mind about my costume and decided that I wouldn’t be a Dust Bunny. A few years ago I had my mind set on being something-or-other, gave up and purchased a cheap costume. I never wore that however, because I ended up finding something I liked even better. This year as I was digging through old costumes, I found the unused costume and decided to wear it. I never would have thought, but I actually liked it WAY better than the Dust Bunny one.

Every year we add a new decoration to my Aunt and Uncle’s house. This

year they put a mannequin in a vintage werewolf costume and propped him up on a stool. He has made all of us jump a little at one point or another over the past two weeks.

And of course, what Halloween would be complete without a traditional frightened black cat complete with “orb.”


Desk Decorations

For some reason, it just now struck me as odd that I purposely have rotting food sitting on my desk and am calling it a decoration…

UPDATE: I also decorated a pumpkin for an office contest…

Giraffe Hugs

Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. For a while I thought it was in the top 3 but when I got super-giddy about this great Martha Stewart pumpkin carving project I found online (hopefully pictures to come!) it pretty much cemented itself as my favorite holiday.

Every year my family also goes to Goebbert’s Farm to pick out pumpkins. The Goebbert’s Farm in Barrington, IL has lots of family-fun activities, but our favorite is always the petting zoo. This year they had two giraffes when they usually only have one. Knowing little about giraffe behavior we had a hard time trying to determine if they two were leaning against each other for warmth, companionship or if they were trying to establish dominance. I personally am going to go with hugging because it’s WAY cuter.

This year I chose not to bring my camera but I couldn’t help but take a couple of pictures with my phone of some of my favorite petting zoo animals. I also wanted a picture taken of me

and my new donkey friend. Upon approaching his pen, I simply held out my arms and said, “Donkey!” like he was a long-lost friend. As if he missed me, Donkey wandered right up to me and let me pet him for a long while considering I’d offered him no food.

After choosing my pumpkin I also picked up a couple of little bags of candy corn which I’ll probably never finish. Should have stuck with just the one, they’re SO sweet!

This weekend is pumpkin carving. I’m a little nervous about my Goebbert’s pumpkin because while in line to buy it, I noticed a soft spot that I hope won’t rot out before Halloween…luckily I have that Martha Stewart project just in case!

2011 Heritage Fest

This past weekend was the West Dundee, IL Heritage Fest and we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend! As always on Saturday, there was the car show, antique fair and craft fair. I love craft fairs because I love unique jewelry and this year I was on the prowl for more SteamPunk accessories for my Halloween costume.

While I did find a new SteamPunkish necklace at a booth owned by Scissor Sisters which I LOVE, it likely won’t be used for my costume since I have a more obviously SteamPunk necklace from a different craft fair.

After the craft fair and some music, my family and I wandered over to this boutique called Romantica in downtown West Dundee. (We had stopped at their booth and instead of really shopping ended up taking a lot of pictures of this beautiful dragonfly which we later learned is an endangered species!) Generally, the things in this store are a little out of my budget, I did find a cute skirt on clearance that will be perfect for my costume! And BONUS it’s not too out of my style and comfort zone so I wore it to work today! The above picture is a glimpse of what it looks like.

After Romantica, we went to Around the Corner Candy and I added another item (which my mommy bought me) to my rapidly growing Hello Kitty collection!

Halloween Gaga

Usually I’m so excited about Halloween that I go back and forth in a crazy indecisive whirlwind trying to decide what I’m going to go as. This has become even more difficult since my aunt moved to West Dundee and our little party has become epic! See video.

This year it is my goal to be Lady Gaga. Unfortunately with the BILLIONS of costumes it’s hard to pick one. Plus, some of the costumes are so outrageous that they would be impossible to pull off. Costume shops are actually going to be selling Lady Gaga costumes this year, but those are always so crappy and overpriced that I’d just rather not spend the money.

I took my first stab at a costume when I went to her show in Milwaukee which I think turned out great but was a little too “The Terminator” for me so I was hoping to improve upon it. 

UPDATE: Check out my finished Halloween 2010 Lady Gaga Costume!