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A Witch, a Vampire, and a Skullhead

That’s what to you get when you combine good friends, a photo, and PicMonkey.  I was going to save this for Halloween, but I have to share the creepy now!

Deadly Sisters

Halfway through a scrapbooking* weekend with two of my close girlfriends, we took this picture.  I’d been dying to try out the Halloween effects on PicMonkey, which is an online picture editing tool.  (It’s free, but they have special royal effects that are free for a limited period of time.)

The site is super easy to use.  (Thanks to Kristen Lamb for telling me about it!)  Just upload your pictures and start playing.

Deadly Witch: Werewolf Fighter

The witch (Rachel) needed a gray complexion, pock marks, and witchy eyes.  (I love the eye effects!)  Black hair and a gray streak finished the look. Uh, no.  Something was missing.  In the standard editing area, we found the perfect lip color (make the color as subtle, or not as you want).  Something was still missing.  I tried a Frankenstein-type scar across her forehead, but then she suggested that this witch had a fight with a werewolf (and won, by the way).  The clawed scar over her eye was the perfect touch.

Deadly Vampire: Neck Biter

With a smile like that, Shannon had to be a vampire.  Have some fangs, sister, to go with that well-fed complexion and the brilliant eyes.  The fangs were the hardest to get right.  Nothing cutesy here. Don’t you think the veins add just the right touch?

Deadly Skullhead: Death Bringer

The Day of the Dead settings looked too fun not to use them on my own face.  I tried to make myself purple (seriously, you can pick any color!), but I didn’t look deadly at all.  Shannon nixed the purple right away because I looked cute–if a purple skullhead person can look not scary.  A pale gray complexion replaced the red one that replaced the original purple one.  I learned about layers and how the undo option works. You can’t undo an area after you move on to another area without undo-ing each step in between.  I promise that my hair isn’t really that gray.  A few pale veins on the bone complexion made the effect deeper.  Don’t you just want to smile back at me?

Happy Halloween

That’s my Halloween costume this year–right there in that picture.  It was a fun weekend with two of my close friends (I have more traveling stories about these two) and our friend Deb, who joined us briefly but left before I thought about this picture.

As I saved the photo, Rachel asked, “Is this going on your blog?”

Mwhahahahahaha!  Of course it is.  No way was I going to spend that much time on a photo and then not share it.  It was my evil plan the second we took the picture.  <evil grin>

*Scrapbooking at a fabulous crafters bed and breakfast doesn’t mean I have to scrapbook.  🙂 It’s just easier to tell people that’s where I’m going.

And now for my #ROW80 Update:

  • Need to work on the back garden beds to get ready for more planting.  It was too cold this weekend.
  • Work out and eat better.  Food does not define me, especially after two weekends away.
  • After a glorious weekend of research, I have rearranged my middle grade WIP outline and written 5k words.  Now, time to finish the draft (perhaps a mini NaNoWriMo?).
  • Blogging class and logline class are in full swing (WANA International).  Homework is progressing. 🙂

Dare to Trick-or-Treat Here

With less than two weeks to go until Halloween, some people are decorating their houses with pumpkins (some carved as jack o’lanterns), ghosts, and fake tombstones.  Others are taking their decorations to new heights.

I added a few spooky effects for fun.

I drove by this street and saw the yard, so I had to check it out.  Oh. My. Goodness.  Even the roof is decorated with spiderwebs and giant spiders.  Creepy things all over the yard.  The part that most amazes me is the walkway to the front door.  It’s a dark narrow tunnel with who-knows-what inside. The ladders in the yard tell me that they aren’t finished yet.

My younger daughter gawked at it with me.  She was a little grossed out and a little impressed with the roof.  She was relieved when I said that we would not be trick-or-treating on that street.

Often on Halloween night, parents let their children run up to doors by themselves.  I know I’ve stood back twenty feet or more with other parents as our gaggle of goslings in their cute costumes charm our neighbors.  Looking at that house though–I’m not so sure that I would let my daughter walk into that tunnel by herself.

Heck! I’m not so sure that I would let her walk into that tunnel with me!  I know with absolute knowledge that my teenager daughter wouldn’t go near the house in the first place.  I’m glad she’s beyond the whole Halloween thing anyway.  She’d rather stay and hand out candy at our house.

What about you?  Would you take your children into that tunnel?  Do you go trick-or-treating or provide the treats?  Do you decorate your house for this event?  If so, I’d love to hear what you do. Please share–that comment box is ready for stories.