It shouldn’t come as a surprise that my favorite movie is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. For one, because it’s the best movie ever created. So for this year’s Halloween festivities, like Taylor, I brought it back to 1989 and went as a gender-swapped Ursula the Sea Witch.
And not only did I go as Ursula, but I smoked all the other Ursula costumes you could even think of (had this been a Best Ursula Costume Party. It wasn’t), because Andy designed my vest. A vest with tentacles. GENIUS.
Luckily, one of our best friends was able to teach us (me) a lot about design, fabric, sewing, and the fashion world as a whole – all while doing the majority of the work. And while most of my design has always been through a computer, it was refreshing to see how these two men bring their talents to fruition out in the real world. Andy and I also painstakingly constructed Ursula’s (stolen) crown and found the perfect necklace from Liebchen Jewelry’s Etsy store. Those really helped pull the outfit together. That, and the body language. Don’t underestimate the importance of body language …ha!
But I have to admit… the gender-swapped Disney Villains idea wasn’t mine – Andy came up with that on his own. And he pulled off a truly amazing Maleficent, if i must say so myself. We really outdid our costumes from last year, didn’t we?
We also tried out a recipe for Caramel Apple Sangria (a Pinterest find!) that was everything you could hope for – and more. There was a lot more attendees this year (thanks to a much larger apartment) so naturally we had more food. Candy, snacks, specialty dishes friends made – and everything had it’s own place card (housed in little vampire teeth) with spooky names.
Plus, this year I got to help with the jack-o-lanterns. Andy showed off his (probably magical?) carving skills with his Void Stiles (Teen Wolf fans, rejoice) while I attempted David Tennant as the Tenth (best) Doctor from Doctor Who. Our massive (and truly heavy) pumpkins were from when we went to Stony Hill Farms for pumpkin picking and their corn maze. They held up great on the drives from New Jersey to Staten Island to Brooklyn (minus a horrific stem-decapitation we won’t be talking about that occurred between me leaving home and going to work that Friday).
There’s nothing better than spending a night (in) with great friends. What were you dressed up as this year?