[Halloween] My Marc Davis Inspired Costume for 2014

Comparison photo of the original portrait and my costume.
Comparison photo of the original portrait and my costume.

For Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, I decided to pay tribute to my favorite Disney Legend by designing my costume after one of his original changing portraits. Unfortunately, this design was removed in the 2005 refurbishment, but never forget!

You can also see the original concept design at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco at their Marc Davis exhibit until November 3rd. I will warn you, the exhibit is very small. However, it features Marc’s most famous leading ladies and femme fatales.

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[Events] Hitchcock Week

I can't think of a better way to spend Halloween!
I can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween!

Starting last night with the classic Psycho, The Davies Symphony Hall will be accompanying timeless Hitchcock films with the SF Symphony! Might I suggest seeing The Lodger on Halloween night? The film is what Hitchcock considers his “first true Hitchcock film” and is greatly inspired by Griffith’s epics of the 1920’s. Creepy and eerie despite the absence of speech, this movie is one of my favorites! And not only because Ivor Novello is so attractive in it.

Ivor Novello is The Lodger
Ivor Novello is The Lodger

[Photos] The Great Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma, CA

At Great Peter Pumpkin Patch in Petaluma. Photo by J. Rossman.
Children playing in corn. I am displeased.

Went to my first pumpkin patch this week. Was attacked by dry, cold winds and dust. Luckily I had been listening to a lot of MCR’s Danger Days and wore my Killjoy bandanna so I was somewhat prepared. Goths in rural areas, it’s as funny as it sounds. Pumpkins were a bit more expensive than at the grocery store, but I guess you’re paying extra for the experience, which is odd. I felt like so much city girl stuck on her uncle’s farm in some Hollywood rom-com. The farmer was also very insistent on me milking one of the cows. I sternly declined.

Photo by J.Rossman
I’m the black speck among the farmland.

And the aftermath:

Mine is Maleficent as a dragon. Jacob went traditional.
Mine is Maleficent as a dragon. Jacob went traditional.

[Halloween] Hocus Pocus

There are a few things necessary in my life for Halloween to feel like it’s truly here. Definitely candy corn, pumpkins everywhere, those annoying whizzing ghosts that make that spooky “OooOooOoo” noise and are often found near grocery store registers, and the Disney classic of 1993, Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and a very young Thora Birch.

A wee little witchy Thora Birch in Hocus Pocus
A wee little witchy Thora Birch in Hocus Pocus.

For those not familiar (you should be shunned and banished from any and all Halloween festivities for like, ever), I strongly suggest you check out this cute, family oriented film if you’re into that sort of thing. Also, how much Disney stuff is associated with Halloween this year?! This blog has become mostly Disney this month, it’s a little ridiculous. Anyway, not only did I watch Hocus Pocus last night thus indicating that Halloween is in fact here, but I realized it was its 20th anniversary! I saw this movie 20 years ago?! Fuck, I’m old! And you know who else is? Thora Birch and the rest of the cast. Apparently some of the cast reunited for a screening this month held by D23. The worst part? I was in town when this happened and had NO idea. :/ Epic fail. However, this picture of Thora in her old witch hat cheers me up a bit:

Same hat! How cute!
Same hat! How cute!

[Halloween] Disney Princesses Dressed for Halloween And A Small Rant on Costumes

Princess Aurora as Daenerys Targaryen
Princess Aurora as Daenerys Targaryen

 

Princess Jasmine as Chun Li
Princess Jasmine as Chun Li

I know that this blog has been heavily Disney orientated , and I guess I could apologize about that, but there is a goth following, albeit maybe not the first following you’d think of in regards to Disney, that exists and it is flourishing this Halloween.  As you can see from the picture posted above, a talented and creative artist by the name of Isaiah Stephens dressed Disney princesses into some fantastic Halloween costumes.

The one thing that I noticed about these pieces was how appropriate their costumes were for their characters. Princess Aurora, most commonly known as Sleeping Beauty, as Daenerys from Game of Thrones is oddly fitting because of the “Mother of Dragons” and well, granted Aurora didn’t do much but sleep in the presence of the dragon, she’s still associated with them. Perhaps a better example is Princess Jasmine as Street Fighter’s Chun Li: Both strong female characters that break the damsel in distress stereotype and fight for their own fate. It adds this exciting other dimension to these characters we already love by imagining what inspires them and who they would choose to be for Halloween.

Tiana as Korra
Tiana as Korra

I noticed that in these pictures, there wasn’t so much skin revealed and yet a lot of sex appeal. It’s good for that to be recognized, because there are days when I don’t want to wear the high heels and short dress, but still want to feel attractive. A few years ago I wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. You would not believe what a struggle it was to not find a “slutty” version of this costume. I ended up having to buy a deluxe version (with no regrets) that came with a velvet blue corset and a long yellow skirt for over $100. I am in no way shaming the “slutty” versions of anything, because I don’t think for a second that short skirts and low cut tops really announce a person’s sexual morality. But there is a bit of pressure to be sexy on Halloween.

On the other hand, what makes a costume “slutty” anyway? Just because it’s short? In fact, this year when I went out looking for my Halloween costume this year, I mentioned to the lady assisting me that I needed it to be short, and before I could explain it was because my character would be in battle and needed attire appropriate for swift movement, she reminded me that the Halloween store down the street sold sexy costumes, as if they were above that type of nonsense. I get that this chick probably assumed that I wanted to skank it up and show off my goods, but that was just wrong and it made me kinda pissed. Why is a short dress automatically assumed as the slutty version of something?

 

 

[Halloween] Pumpkin Flavored/Scented Everything

Much thanks to Holly for taking a photo of my baked goods.
Much thanks to Holly for taking a photo of my baked goods.

One of the few things that bring me as much joy as the holiday season in general is the seasonal arrival of all things pumpkin. The first real hint of it for me this year was when Starbucks returned to serving the Pumpkin Spice Latte in September, and would you believe it’s 10 years old?! I know it’s a total corporate marketing ploy, but I truly feel like Fall is here as soon as the PSL is back on the menu.  I prefer it made with soy, the vanilla flavor adds a lush smoothness to it.

After fall being here was established, it was propelled with flourishing excitement by the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer! So many pumpkin options for the pantry, home and body! Just skimming the shopping list sends me into a rabid frenzy of shouting “I must have all the pumpkin things” quite literally. I have received a sampling of some of these items, including that Pumpkin Body Butter (listed at the top of the “what’s new” section) that I have psyched myself up for so much that I am planning an entire grooming ritual around it. I ate pumpkin ravioli today for lunch, and was up until 1am baking some pumpkin cupcakes with cheesecake frosting last night. Excessive? Probably.

[Halloween] Skull Pancakes

I want your skull... for breakfast.
I want your skull… for breakfast.

 

You’re not going to believe this, but today’s Halloween post is brought to you by Pee-Wee Herman’s Facebook post. Do I get extra goth cred for that? Today Pee-Wee, in all his excitement for Halloween approaching, posted skull pancake molds by Willaims- Sonoma. Kinda pricey at $20 for a set of three molds, but how great would it be to indignantly say “I eat skulls for breakfast!” and then actually do it?! Worth the price, I say!