[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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[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!

[Photos] I Always Feel Like Some House’s Watching Me

I always feel like some houses are watching me...
Yup. Taken near Castro/Lower Haight.

Also, I think this is Halloween appropriate! And, kinda underrated. I mean, I totally get that creepy feeling in the shower, and it probably IS because showers remind me of “Psycho” too much!

[Entertainment] Dead Man’s Party Revival! But Not Really… But Close Enough!

 

When I was a young girl, my father told me stories of how every Halloween, a magical event would happen. People would gather from all over southern California, some from across the country!, just to witness the most wonderful of happenings. Oingo Boingo’s Halloween show. By the time I was old enough to attend, they had stopped. No prayers to the Great Pumpkin seemed to work, until now. And granted it wasn’t exactly what I prayed for, it’s more like when you tell your parents you want the Buster Bunny plush doll that is clearly BLUE, but they get you Babs because she’s pink and has bows in her ears, which are pretty pointless when you think about it. And also, I’m pretty sure I never got a Babs! I think my dad just says that to make himself feel better, because I only remember the Plucky he bought his girlfriend at the time and I obviously remember A LOT. DAD. Ahem, anyway…

See the difference?!
See the difference?!
This one I clearly remember belonging to my step-mother.
This one I clearly remember belonging to my step-mother.

 

I digress. The monumental occasion that is coming to Los Angeles this Halloween is that Danny Elfman will be singing, live, on a stage, for a concert. For reals! I’m not even joking! Unless that link is joking. Is it joking?! Okay, so the bummer is that it’s Tim Burton soundtracks, which is kinda actually cool if you’ve ever wanted to hear Jack Skelington in concert (I have! and thanks dad, for the Jack stuff you get me for Christmas every year). So, still no Oingo Boingo, but maybe this will lead to that! I’m so tempted to sell all my stuff and buy tickets for this, but I fear tickets might be impossible to get at this point. Fingers crossed and more prayers to the Pumpkin that I can go and report back!