Tuesday, 31 October 2017

This is Halloween

Yayy! It's officially my favourite day of the year! And so, I thought that I'd share a post with you all in celebration of this wonderful occassion. I usually go to a Halloween party either on the day or the weekend before, however this year I stayed at home which to be honest, suits little introverted me just fine. Being able to dance around the house listening to my Halloween playlist in my comfy PJ's, all toasty warm and not having to deal with the anxiety of having to go out has been perfect! I've had a lot of fun creating another spooky makeup look and pumpkin carving and watching a scary movie (there will be quite a few more watched before it's bedtime too!). This post will just be one of the rambling kinds, but I hope you all enjoy reading nonetheless :) 

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The first Halloweeny activity that I did today was to finish putting up my decorations. I had planned on getting my bedroom decorated earlier in the month, however lots of things in life like to get in the way of my productivity and motivation, so I ended finally doing that today. I am going to be leaving my spooky decor up until it's Christmas time so it's gonna be on display for at least a month, if not a little longer. When I set up my decorations in my bedroom, I usually create a combination of a Halloween display and a traditional pagan Samhain alter. Samhain is basically the original Halloween, the festival marking the coming of the darker, cold months and the end of the harvest. However, this year my decor is mostly Halloween-based since almost all of my stones and willow wand are stored away ready for starting the decorating of my new bedroom. So, anyhow here are some lots of photographs of my Halloween display!

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

On top of my chest of drawers, I have added LOTS of spoopy decorative pieces, including quite a few things from Wilkos: the bat garland that I've attached to my wall underneath my art print display, an array of different halloween tinsels, and some spooky character sequins/confetti. I have collected most of the other decorations, such as the little jack-o-lantern lights, the skull mason jar (a gift from my dad), the pumpkin 'fairy' lights and the frosted glass jar that has a face reminiscent of Jack Skellington's (a gift from my mom), over the last month or so from either local Poundshops or my hometown's Quality Save store (a store owned by the same company as B&M). 

For the rest of the decor, I used various horror and halloweeny themed collectable vinyl figures from my ever-growing collection. Oh, and my Jack & Sally tsum tsums from the Disney store, both displayed sitting on top of a pumpkin and nearby an ugly green seasonal squash, both from Lidl. The adorable Halloween hello kitty plushie was a birthday present I got a few years ago from my best friend The Wednesday Addams art print is from a previous Spooky Box Club subscription, which you can read all about here if you're interested :) So, what do you guys think of my halloween display?

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This is Halloween | Halloween Blog

Before I show you guys my Halloween look, here is the Jack-O-Lantern face that I carved this evening. It's supposed to be a Cheshire Cat, but his mouth didn't quite go to plan. Can you tell what he's supposed to be though? Probably not, hahaha! I think he's very cute either way. Next to him, you can see my sister's very skillful work on her pumpkin. Can you believe this is the first one she's ever carved as well? She's super good at art unlike me but I think that's clear to see *insert embarrassed monkey emoji here*. My pumpkin looks great though with a tealight inside, on top of my drawers amongst my other Halloween decorations all lit up! I find  the soft orange flow very relaxing too so it will be nice to have them turned on whilst I'm laying in bed at night. Did you carve a pumpkin this year? If so, what pattern did you choose to carve? Carving a pumpkin is definitely one of my favourite things to do this time of year. I love the smell of fresh pumpkin too, not so much the taste though!

So finally, here's is my makeup look of the day! If you follow me on social media, you'll may have already seen it, but if not, ta-da!

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 I am now a vampire! It's official. I have red eyes and pearly-white fangs and everything! ;) I actually did a vampire look last year for Blogtober, but I wanted to up my game this year and try something that I've been wanting to for years and years... contact lenses! LOOK AT MY EYES GUYS (I love random ryhmes)!! One of the only things that was really holding me back from experimenting with contact lenses was my fear of damaging my eyes. You hear all these horror stories about people stratching the surface of their eyes or having a lens get lost somewhere which means a trip of the hospital. However, I decided to brave my nerves as I have lots of friends who wear fashion lenses and they've never had a problem, plus they look so flippin' cool! 

After watching a massive amount of contact lens related videos over on Youtube, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be; all the youtubers made it look easy and so I decided to buy some red contacts from the Terror Eyes range at Wildcat, because I'd heard it was a good brand. I was very happy with how bright they were! The fangs are from the same brand that I used for my previous vampire look, 'small sexy fangs' by Scarecrow. I wrote a review all about them last year, I love them! 

As for the makeup that I used:

- My usual base makeup, Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation & Concealer (in Ivory)
- My new Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder, applied on top of my base
- Another new Makeup Revolution product, Ghost Highlight (this was actually the first highlight I've ever used!)
- For my eyes: white eyeshadow from my Makeup Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow 'Acid Brights' palette, Rimmel London black kohl pencil liner, Collection Extreme 24hr felt tip liner and Rimmel London Volume Flash mascara
- From my lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Mattes 'Divine Wine' Lipstick, and a tube of fake blood (applied using a cotton bud). 

Other than the vampire-esque accessories that I bought, I decided to keep the makeup look very simple. Partly because I didn't want to add too much eye makeup that might irritate my eyes since this was my first time wearing the lenses, and also because I wanted the attention to be on my red eyes and the blood effect around my mouth. I am really really happy with how my completed vampire makeup looked! I actually felt good about myself, confident and in the mood to take selfies, which doesn't happen very often :) Let me know what you all think in the comments. 

Now that my post is all done, it's time to go watch some horror movies. I'm thinking a classic one from the 80's, when most of my favourite horrors were released or maybe a Rob Zombie one because I absolutely adore his work! Horror fans, what's your favourite movie? If you don't like horrors, I'd still love to hear what your favourite non-scary movie to watch at Halloween time. Next time I blog it will be November... how is the year going by this quickly!! I hope you all had a lovely day, whether you celebrate Halloween or not :)

Thankyou for reading!


How did you spend this Halloween? 

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Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween Look #5

Hey everyone! Another Halloween, Another Spooky Look :) At the moment, I'm pretty obsessed with the new version of Stephen King's IT, with the gorgeous Bill Skarsgard playing Pennywise the Clown. I've watched it three times now, and I'd happily watch it again and again! They've done such a great job with this movie; have you watched it yet? If not, you seriously need to! Because of my current obsession, I have been really wanting to create my own Creepy Clown look, and if you follow me over on Pinterest you may have noticed my regular pinning of inspiration for this. Today, I had a lot of fun creating my look and so I thought I'd share it with you all. 

Halloween Look: Clown

If you're a new reader of my blog, you may be wondering why today's post is titled as number 5... last year I took part in Blogtober, where bloggers challenge themselves to share a post everyday of October. During this time, I shared four different Halloween make up looks: a Vampire, Wednesday Addams, a Zombie and my version of Regan from the Exorcist. I was determined to create at least one new costume look this year, and I'm really glad that I managed to. So, what products did I use?

Halloween Look: Clown

Today was my first time playing around with liquid latex, and it was definitely interesting. It was my intention to create a SFX (Special Effects) make up look, but silly me forgot to get some scar wax! I tried following a tutorial recipe to make some wax-like material myself using flour and vaseline, but it just didn't want to stay stuck to my face! But nevermind, I used my new Makeup Revolution SFX face paint palette, and some other cosmetics and things to make a look I was happy with :) 

Products that I used to create my Creepy Clown look

- Makeup Revolution 'Mermaids VS Unicorns' Redemption Eyeshadow Palette  
- Makeup Revolution 'Acid Brights' Redemption Eyeshadow Palette
- Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder
- Makeup Revolution Spectre SFX Palette Face Paint
- Makeup Revolution Liquid Latex
- Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (Ivory)
- Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer (Ivory)
- Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Eyeshadow Palette 'Brixton Brown'
- Rimmel London Black Kohl Pencil Eyeliner
- Collection Extreme 24Hr Felt Tip Liner 
- Loreal Paris Super Liner Blackbuster Liquid Eyeliner
- Maybelline Color Sensational Mattes 'Divine Wine' Lipstick
- Tube of Blood (from a local Pound Store)

Halloween Look: Clown

(1) To start off, I applied my usual everyday concealer & foundation. Then I applied the Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder on top, adding as much as was necessary to make my face the shade of white that I wanted. 

(2) Because clowns are associated with colourful makeup, I decided to go for a bright purple and blue eyeshadow look, mixing together the two blue shades from the 'Acid Brights' palette by Makeup Revolution, and then applying the glittery purple eyeshadow from the 'Mermaid VS Unicorns' palette. Afterwards I put on my eyeliner, a line on top of my eyelid with a wing at the end using the Collection liquid eyeliner and using kohl pencil liner on my waterlines as well as under each of my eyes. I also used a thin makeup brush to add a little of the eye shadow colours under my eyes, to match with my eyelids.

(3) Next, it was time to create the iconic diamond shapes that are associated with clown makeup. I simply drew the outlines of these with my Collection liquid eyeliner, a triangular shape under each of the eyes and then again, from my eyelid up over my eyebrows.  After the outline was drawn, I then filled in the shapes using my Loreal blackbuster felt liner, which I also used to add some cute little black dots to the ends of these diamonds and the wings of my eyeliner. 

(4) Now for the 'Chealsea Smile' look. For my base, I created a bruise-like effect and I did this by using some of the eyeshadows from my Revolution 'Acid Brights' palette. First, I used the burgundy shade, drawing a line where I wanted my 'cuts' to be and then smuding it. Next, I added a little of the dark brown eyeshadow from my Rimmel Glam'Eyes palette, as well as some black from the Resolution palette (smudging this too) until I was happy with the colouration of my 'bruise'.

(5) Over this line of eyeshadow, I applied the Makeup Revolution liquid latex. It is very runny so I decided to add a little to a bowl and use a makeup brush to paint it on. It tells you to apply the latex in layers, so I added a little and waited a few minutes for it to dye before then applying a second coat. The liquid latex is white when it comes out of the tube, but it dries completely clear.

Halloween Look: Clown
Here are some of the pins that I found my inspiration from :)

(6) Doing the bloody bits is my favourite part! You need special SFX fake blood to apply over the top of the liquid latex, however I just one of those £1 tubes from the Poundstore so I had to apply it around the outside of the 'cut' that I'd created (I used cotton buds to do this). I made this very messy-looking because well, wounds are messy with jagged edges, so I wanted to create that look. This is perfect for me since I'm not the best at applying makeup, haha! I made it look like droplets of blood were dripping under the wound, and also under my lip. 

(7) To colour-in the 'cut' itself, I went back to the Makeup Revolution face paint palette, which is specifically made for SFX makeup and thus it can be applied on top of the now dried latex. This palette has strong pigmented, great quality paints inside, of which shades are labelled based on the effects that they create, e.g. dried blood, bruise, fresh blood. I again used cotton buds for this part of the makeup. I added a layer of the lighter 'fresh blood' red first, then went over it with the paler brown shade, and finally opted for the 'dried blood' dark crimson red colour. 

(8) I finished up this part of my face by adding a shade of lipstick that is the closest to crimson that I own, Maybelline's 'Divine Wine'. I really liked how this looked with the blooded cut effect surrounding it.

(9) The finishing touch that I did to complete my Creepy Clown look was to add a big bruise onto one of my cheeks, because I just felt like I needed something more. I used the same eyeshadow shades that I did previously as a base for my 'cut', the burgundy, brown and black. Then I used the dark red and pale brown face paints over the top, and then ta-da! I was fully transformed into a spooky Halloween-esque clown! 

I can now finally show you what my Creepy Clown makeup looked like... 

Halloween Look: Clown
(Yes, I used this adorable starry snapchat filter because by the time, I'd played around trying to create my own homemade wax and experimented with the latex and blood look, it was evening and the lighting was crap. Ooops #BloggerProblems. I really need to invest in softbox lighting!). 

Halloween Look: Clown

What do you guys think of my Creepy Clown look? I totally should have added a red dot to my nose as this is a symbolic clown feature but I'm still really happy with how everything turned out. I now know what else I'll need to do to create an even better clown next year, and for someone who's not the best at makeup, I thought this was a great attempt (I hope!). Let me know what you think in the comments. Something that was really cool about the liquid latex is how gory it looks when you're removing it. It looks like you're peeling off layers of your skin! I decided to wear my Jack-O-Lantern dress to finalise my look, which you can read more about here. I'm so excited for tomorrow, and there will hopefully be another makeup look up for you all! Do you dress up for Halloween? What are you dressing up as this year?

Thankyou for reading!

Which Halloween look have you always wanted to create yourself?


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

Hello guys! It was one of my goals this month to make a yummy Halloween-themed treat & today, I finally did it!! I have been having a bad time lately with my mental health, which has made me really unmotivated to get things done. Even things that I was really excited about! They have all been put on a back-burner so to speak and with it almost being Halloween Day, I'm determined to check all of the things I wanted to do off of my October checklist. So, I am really happy that I've now managed to tick off 'do some Halloween baking/making'. I love making sweet treats, and I had a lot of fun once I got going!

I've been wanting to make some of these spoopy rice krispie 'cakes' for so long now! I came across a video of them on facebook either last year or the year before, and so it's about time that I had a go at making my own! They never turn out quite like the picture (or video in this case) or that might just happen to me! But nonetheless, they tasted great and I was definitely a little proud looking at them after they were all finished.  I wanted to share how I made them with you all, so that you can have a go yourself :) Enjoy! 

On the original recipe video that inspired the rice krispie treats I made today, there were three different Halloweeny 'characters' made: Frankenstein's Monster, a pumpkin and a witches cauldron. I just decided to make the first two. Here's a link to the video, so you can check out how much better her Halloween treats are compared to mine, haha! 

So, what ingredients did I use to make my Halloween Rice Krispie Treats?

600g white mini marshmallows (300g per character)
200g rice krispie breakfast cereal (100g per character)
60g butter/magarine (30g per character)
x2 tubes of gel food colouring (one green & one orange)
A packet of candy stick sweets (I used something else, but I'll explain later on)
A packet of those ice-cream shaped sweets (again, I used something else)
A pack of various coloured icing for decoration (make sure it includes black and red).

What equipment/utensils did I need?

A large pan
Electric kitchen scales
Various bowls for weighing out each ingredients
A wooden spoon
2 baking trays (to prepare my rice krispie treats on) 

When it came to buying mini marshmallows, I couldn't find a bag of just white ones. My hometown has a very small town centre with a limit amount of shops, although there is one of those small Asda stores so you'll see that most of my ingredients is from there. With the pink and white mini marshmallows, I had to pick out all of the white ones by hand and there wasn't many at all compared to the pink ones. I decided whilst out to get some big bags of those marshmallows you use to make smores (to save money), and then I just cut them up into really small pieces and mixed them together with the mini marshmallows. I recommend not doing this though, because it made my marshmallow-cereal balls very very sticky and thus super tough to handle and mold into shape. This is why my own treats don't look as good as the ones from the video, but you'll see later on! 

As for the sweets, they are used to create some of the characteristic features of the pumpkin and Frankenstein's Monster. Since our local town centre is pretty crappy, I couldn't find candy sticks anywhere or those ice-cream shaped sweets, so I had to improvise! Since the candy sticks are used in the original recipe to create the iconic bolts in Frankenstein's Monsters' neck, I had to find something else that could work for that... I used the white sweets from the Strawberries & Cream ones from the corner shop close to where I live. The ice-cream sweets were to be used to make the stalks on top of the pumpkins, so I got fizzy dummies to create those instead. Keep scrolling to find out the method...

Here's how you make the Halloween Rice Krispie Treats...

You will need to make two seperate batches, one for each character. Start by weighing out all of your ingredients, and melting 30g of butter or margarine (I used Stork margarine) in a big pan. It needs to be large enough to accomodate all those rice kripsies and marshmallows!  

1) After your butter is all melted down, you can add your first 300g of mini marshmallows. Keep stirring them so they don't stick and then burn to the bottom of your pan. Stir until all of the marshmallow is melted. This part of the process smells AMAZING in my opinion, and the melted-down marshmallow made me think of that American Marshmallow Fluff stuff *nom nom*

2) Still stirring your marshmallow mixture on top of the hob (I had mine set to 3 at the start, and once the marshmallow was liquidifying, I turned it down to 2), it's now time to add your food colouring. I wanted to get a strong colour for my characters so I literally added an entire tub of gel colouring into my mixture, adding a little bit each time and stirring it so that all the colour was thoroughly mixed in. I did this until I had ran out of the gel colouring. 

3) Now it's time to pour your 100g of rice krispies into the pan, and stir everything up. Try to completely coat all of the cereal with the melted marshmallow so that you won't have random dry pieces of rice krispie dotted throughout your Halloween treats. Once you've done this, take the pan off of the heat. 

4) Leave the mixture to cool down for a few minutes, I probably waited close to five minutes before starting this next process, which is to shape your rice krispie treats. This part can get very messy, especially for me because I used those smore marshmallows which were so gooey! Stick your hands into the pan and scoop up a handful of the mixture. 

5) To make the pumpkins, you need to roll your orange marshmallow-cereal mixture into balls and place them onto a baking tray. For your Frankenstein's Monster treats, you need to roll the mixture into longer, flatter shapes. Imagine how his head looks when doing this, like a cuboid-ish shape. 

6) Before you put your rice krispie treats into the fridge to set for around 3o minutes, you'll need to add your sweets. For the Frankenstein's Monster heads, push your candy canes or whatever sweet you decide to use for his 'bolts' into the bottom of his face. For the pumpkins, turn your ice-cream sweets upside down so that the cone is pointing upstairs. This will create your stalks.

7) Once you've taken them out of the fridge, you can decorate them. Yay, my favourite part! I used the black tube of icing to draw on the Monsters' hair and smile. I used to black to draw on the pumpkin's faces too. I then used the red icing to draw scars onto the Monsters' face and add a little blood effect onto the end of his bolts, because I thought that would look cool :) I also had a green tube so I added blobs of green icing for his eyes. I finished this eyes off with a black icing dot for his pupils. Additionally, I used the green icing to add a little colouration to the fizzy dummy sweets that I had to use for my stalks, just because I wanted to use as much as my green icing as possible.

8) Ta-da! You'll now have some very cute little Halloween rice krispie treats! They look great and the taste even better. Mine didn't look as fabulous as the ones on the recipe video, but that's because it was such a challenge to mold my characters into shapes. The marshmallow was acting like glue, and sticking to my hands relentlessly. Oh well, at least you can tell what characters they are supposed to be, haha!

So without further ado, here are my finished treats!

As you can see, it was a lot easier to shape the Monster's and decorate them because I could do this without having to pick them up. I'm really happy for how those rice krispie treats turned on! They look so spoopy! However, look at the mess that my Pumpkins are!? I couldn't roll them into perfect ball shapes because everytime I tried to put them down, they would stick to my hands. At least their faces look cute! In a way, I like how they look because they should look spooky and ghoulish, because they are Halloween characters! No matter how distorted they look, I absolutely loved the look of my nieces' and nephew's faces when they saw them! They really enjoyed them and that's what making and baking is all about! 

Just a note, how cute is my little Grim Reaper toy!? I've had since I was 16 years old. My mom made me an alternative-style birthday cake... a purple coffin covered with glittery plastic spiders and black writing, with this adorable little guy sitting on top. I really loved that cake so I've kept the Grim Reaper, some of the plastic spiders and the glittery purple candles my mom used! 

Anyhow, I hope that you all enjoyed this Halloween baking/making post and that I've inspired you to have a go making some of these super cute rice krispie treats for yourself. I can't say enough how easy it was and how fun they were to make! I wish that I had more time to make some other Halloween goodies, as today has got me in the mood to keep making!

Thankyou for reading!


 What do you think of my attempts at making these treats? 
(It's okay, you can laugh at my pumpkins!)

Also, have you got a favourite Halloween-themed recipe? I'd love some recommendations for what to make next!

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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Halloween Tag

Hi lovelies! I did have another post planned for today, but that's gonna be up tomorrow now! I've been feeling really groggy all day, after spending two nights binge-watching shows until the sun comes up. The other night, I watched the entire series of new channel 4 coming-of-age dark comedy 'It's the End of the F***ing World. I kind of enjoyed it; it was one of those shows that isn't that great but you can't seem to stop watching it, if you get what I mean. Have any of you guys watched it yet? If so, what do you think? Yesterday was the release date for the second season of the Netflix original series, the amazing 'Stranger Things', so obviously I had to give up my sleep to watch as much as I could! I still have four episodes left to go, which as soon as this post is finished, I'll be giving my undecided attention to. I'm very excited for what's to come! Anyhow, I decided that for today's post, I would instead do a Halloweeny Tag. I hope you all enjoy reading my answers :) 

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I found this tag on a blog called Kat Bouska: Mama's Losin' It but I think it was originally created by Youtuber, Simply Kenna, so I'll tag both. It's a really awesome tag containing 30 Halloween-themed questions! Preparing my answers has got me even more giddy about the fact that it will be Halloween on Tuesday! I can't wait to finish up adding my decorations to my bedroom, carving a Jack-O-Lantern and having a go at creating some spooky make-up looks! How are you going to celebrate on the 31st? 

Okay, so here goes...

(1)  What's your favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?

I have a few! My top five are: The Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers, Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell, Marilyn Manson's version of This is Halloween (originally from The Nightmare Before Christmas), Halloween by Aqua and it's not a traditional Halloween song, but I play Rihanna's Disturbia a lot around this time of year!

(2) Name something you wouldn't want to run into in a dark forest or adandoned building.

Ooo there's a lot of creepy ghouls that come to mind, but I'd have to say that the one that I'd hate to encounter the most is the Pale Man from Pan's Labyrinth.. you know the freaky naked wrinkled thing who eats children and bites fairies heads off and has gory eyes on his hands instead of on his face! He's one of the only monsters that really gives me the creeps. Have you seen Pan's Labyrinth? If not, I seriously recommend it! It's one of my favourite movies.

(3) Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

I have never played with an actual Ouija Board but me and my friends when I was young used to try and make our own out of paper and cardboard. We were convinced that they actually worked, haha! 

(4) Favourite horror monster or villain? 

My all-time favourite horror villains are Otis B. Driftwood from Rob Zombie's The House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, and Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Monsters? I'd have to say the cenobites from the Hellraiser movies. I love them! Oh, and the 'Demogorgon' from Stranger Things is awesome too.

(5) What's the creepiest thing that's ever happened while you were alone? 

When I was around 13/14 years old, I was convinced that I saw a ghost running down the stairs into the vaults under my hometown's old library building, and it scared the hell out of me at the time! It was more scary because I couldn't explain what I'd seen or think of a rational reason for it.

(6) If you were dared to spend the night in a 'haunted house', would you do it?

If someone paid me, yes :D Although I think it would actually be pretty awesome to stay at a haunted house to be honest!

(7) Are you superstitous?

Nope, I don't believe in ghosts in the traditional sense. I don't think that the spirits of those passed are running around wreaking havoc only at night and throwing things around people's houses, tapping on walls, moving objects and all those little things we see in paranormal movies!

(8) Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

I have experienced this so many times, and it's usually when my anxiety is really heightened or I'm exposed to my phobias. I know that it's my mind playing tricks on me because of how much I'm freaking out at the time, but it's not any less terrifying. Who else has had tis happen before?

(9) Which urban legend scares you the most?

I don't really know any urban legends, but I used to be creeped out by the idea of the Bogeyman when I was a kid. I was petrified about having my foot hanging out of the covers in case he was hiding under my bed and would grab my foot. This fear has followed me into adulthood, because I am still a little uncomfortable by the idea of my foot or arm hanging out of the bed! 

(10) Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

I absolutely love a good slasher movie with lots of cheesy gore and blood, but I prefer psychological thriller movies. They are my favourite of the horror/thriller genre. 

(11) Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

I don't, although the idea of them is very cool! I am fascinated by the Upside Down in Stranger Things and the thought of having another self living in a parallel universe. 

(12) Ever made a potion of any sort? 

I am a pagan, a white witch, a wiccan, there's many ways of saying it, and in my teens when I first started experimenting with the pagan faith, I made a few potions. One for my love life, one for good luck, one for health. Other than that, me and my sister used to make 'potions' in the bathroom, haha! We'd mix all sorts of bath products together: toothpaste, shampoo, hand wash. It was really fun, and a massive part of that was probably because we knew that we weren't supposed to be doing it! Who else did this as a kid?

(13) Do you get scared easily?

Well, I have anxiety disorder so I get scared by many situations and things, but when it comes to scary movies or books or things like that, I don't. I absolutely love all that spooky stuff!

(14) Have you ever played Bloody Mary? 

Is that the childhood myth where you turn all of the lights off and stand in front of mirror, then say Bloody Mary three times? If so, then yes I went home and did this when I was in my first couple of years of high school, when everyone was talking about doing it. Also the Candyman version. I wanted to prove a point that they was no truth in the myth, because I was tired of listening to silly people in my class joking about how they'd really seen the ghosts/ghouls! Children are weird!

(15) Do you believe in demons/the devil?

I do not. Apologies for the super short answer!

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(16) You're home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?

Whenever I'm home alone, even when it's during the day, I keep the doors locked. So if I heard footsteps, I'd know that it wasn't a family member. The first thing I'd do is not go and act like the person who dies first in a horror movie and walk around saying 'who's there?' XD I'd make a beeline for my bathroom and lock myself in there. I'd keep quiet and make sure that I didn't bring any attention to myself whilst I thought of a way to get out of my house, then if it seemed like I was in immediate danger, I'd be straight out of my bathroom window! 

(17) If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

Probably Paranormal Activity or another ghost movie, because I don't believe in ghosts so I'm sure I'd be fine, or one of those corny horror movies where the killer makes silly decisions and only the stupid people get killed; you know which ones I mean. I'd love to know what you guys would answer for this!

(18) If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be? 

I'd be a vampire because I would just be dressed in the usual black wardrobe, but with gorgeous make-up and a pair of badass vampire fangs. I'd rock them with pride :)

(19) Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

I totally would; I'm not anymore scared of graveyards than I am scared of going anywhere at night. I wouldn't go anywhere on my own at night because I wouldn't feel safe. The fact that the destination would be a graveyard wouldn't change this.

(20) In a zombie apocalyse, what is your weapon of choice? 

I'd love to say an epic crossbrow like Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead, however I'm a weakling and so I'd definitely struggle to use one! So, I think I'd go for a huge flame thrower gun thing, also used by Daryl Dixon. Can you tell I like Mr Dixon guys? :p

(21) Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating? 

I'd rather go trick or treating! I'm so sad that it's not a very socially acceptable activity for adults to do :( I want to dress up and get given lots of sweets! 

(22) You're in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer? 

I think it would depend on the type of horror I'm in. If it was a cheesy one with all parties making silly mistakes, I'd like to think that I'd be the smart one. If the killer was super skilled or liked to chase down his/her victims... I'd be screwed! I don't know if I'd be the first to die, but I'd certainly be doomed. I can't even navigate myself safely at the best of times! I'd be the one who stereotypically trips over a log or something XD

(23) Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

I love horror movies, and even though I have a fear of the dark, watching horrors doesn't make this any worse than it usually is. I almost always watch horror movies in the dark in bed before I go to sleep, because I watch movies when I can't sleep and I have insomnia.

(24) Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

 I don't yell, but I constantly talk to all movies and tv shows when I'm watching them on my own, hahaha! Who else does that? My best friend is the one who has their eyes covered the whole time! Whenever we go to watch scary movies at the cinema, she has her hands over her face on all the suspense scenes.

(25) Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring? 

I don't get scared or do the scaring :) Although maybe I do indirectly because I get people to watch horror movies with me all the time and they sometimes get scared, oops!

(26) Favourite scary book?

I only 'scary' books I've ever read are some of the Ghostbumps stories by R.L. Stine. I am making it my mission to read as many of Stephen King's books as I can next year. I recently purchased the 'IT' novel (which is such a massive book!!) so I'm going to start that as soon as I finish the book I'm currently reading. Have you ever read any of Stephen King's books?

(27) How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I was 12 years old and I was at my friend's house. We watched Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and then Alien (1979) although we both got bored with that one and eventually started talking, leaving it playing in the background, haha! 

(28) What was your first Halloween costume?

I think my first ever costume was probably a witch. I can't really remember myself, but I've seen some old photographs of me at around six years old with a witches hat on and wearing a bin-bag cape! The classic 90's Halloween attire.

(29) What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

I'm gutted that I'm not going out anywhere for Halloween this year. One of my friends usually hosts a Halloween party but he's working so it's not happening this time around :( I have decided that I'm still going to dress up, even if I have no where to go! I'll more than likely be a vampire since I've just invested in some more custom fangs. Last year's pair got stained with cherry sourz! #HalloweenPartyProblems

(30) If you could have a spooky halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?

Am I going to Hogworts!? I'll have a Barn owl and Tawny owl and a black cat and a wolf and an adorable Flying Fox fruit bat! I'll set up a Halloween-themed petting zoo :) 

Halloween Tag | Raiin Monkey Lifestyle Blog

I hope you had fun reading through my answers, and I really hope I didn't bore you all! I love answering tag posts, and I love reading other people's answers to them even more. I just really like learning more about the person behind the blog, on topics that they may not blog about on a regular basis :) I'm in a very Halloweeny mood now, throughout writing this post I've had my Halloween spotify playlist on in the background. You can check out which songs I have on it in my Halloween playlist post from Blogtober 2016.

So finally, I'm tagging... Estelle, Natalee, Eleanor & Stacey to do the Halloween Tag! Although I know it's short notice and not long until Halloween, so don't worry if you can't do it in time :) I also tag anyone else who likes this tag and wants to answer it for themselves. Please tag me if you do, as I'd love to read your post! 

Thankyou for reading!

What are your favourite things about Halloween?

What's something that you dislike about it? For me, it's nothing! I absolutely adore it :)

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