Autumn really is a bloggers paradise; pick-your-own pumpkin farms and colourful arrays of fallen leaves, yankee candles and warming stew recipes, leaf-trampling boots and snuggly jumpers. Autumn really does provide inspiration after inspiration for us bloggers.
And lets not forget Halloween. For weeks now my Instagram stream has been filled with spooky inspiration. The skills of some beauty bloggers are simply awe-inspiring as they turn themselves into vampires, witches, disney villains and zombies. Lifestyle bloggers turn their homes into spook-tacular caves and foodie bloggers create the amazing pumpkin-themed treats for kids and adult alike.
And me? Well, I don’t really buy into Halloween that much. There are many blogger cliches I buy into whole heartedly, although I have not yet purchased marbled wrapping paper to fake a marble-flat lay). Yet Halloween is just not one for me.
Firstly, I hate scary movies.
I really don’t need to watch them to give myself nightmares. I have a ridiculously overactive imagination as it is.
My husband likes to watch The Walking Dead. I love it too … but I have to check in the wardrobe, under my bed, and in the garden for zombies before I can turn off the light.
Whilst taking these photos, someone started knocking at the back of the graveyard. I couldn’t see what was causing the noise; so I legged it out of there as quick as possible rather than stick around to be found in my very own living nightmare.
If that alone doesn’t show you how whimpy I am; I’m currently reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbo on the recommendation of What Page Are You On. I’ve slept with the light on three nights in the row as my husband has been away and a Snowman might come to get me. And that book isn’t even a horror.
Secondly, dressing up seems such an effort
I mean, I’m a fashion blogger … right? So dressing up should be my thing.
Year after year I’ve tried to get excited by Halloween dress up. I have even faked excitement, making all my friends and colleagues dress up. Then I’ve started researching outfits and realise just how expensive it will be to make myself look like Maleficent. Polyester dress-ups and plastic headdresses just don’t do it for me.
Thirdly, I’m awful at make up
I’m a minimal make up girl; a flash of BB cream, some mascara and a little bit of lipstick is about as dramatic as I go. I haven’t learnt any kind of beauty skills, mostly as I’m allergic to a lot of products but also because I have very little patience to learn how to contour or perfect a winged eyeliner.
Therefore, painting my face to look like Ursula is going to turn into some kind of disaster. Plus, I’d likely stain my bed sheets.
So this Halloween, I won’t pretend. I will wear my completely adorable In The Style Curve ‘This is my Halloween Costume’ t’shirt, close my curtains, and ignore the trick-or-treaters.
Halloween falls on Tuesday this year so I’ll likely enjoy a spiced gin and ginger ale cocktail and watch an episode of The Walking Dead, or maybe The Deuce which is my other series obsessions right now.
How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? Will you be dressing up? Or hiding indoors like me?