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Trick …. or treat ?

It is that time of year, when the nights draw in, the fire goes on, we start getting in pumpkins… and put candles in the window to ward off… oh is that just me?

Now I know that many of you believe that Halloween is an American import, but originated with the Catholic Church and Soul Cake day when beggars could go and ask for food in exchange for prayers. This then became an excuse for young men to knock on doors and ask the same – if turned away, they would ‘trick’ the house with a prank.


No I am well aware that not everyone does celebrate or appreciate people coming around for a number of reasons. In recent years there has been a drive to identify if a household is participating. This is one sign that you can print and display near your door :http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/asset/33b8e5ec-16a9-43cb-9ff2-81506de11feO/Infra%20794272%20-%20Halloween%20Posters%202012%20flyer%20print%20friendly.pdf

A lot of trick & treaters only stop at houses that have some form of decoration out, which is something to bear in mind as well.But again you can also pin up a sign as I realise that decorating for Halloween is not everyone’s cup of pumpkin juice:)

If you are going to get in some treats for people knocking on your door, what do you get in? It can feel like a minefield with allergies, and tastes, and how much to offer children.

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In recent years there has been an increase in themed sweets and treats on offer – things like gummy sweets, lolly pops and chocolates repackaged for Halloween. Always make sure that they are individually packaged. I noticed this year that there are also themed bags of crisps which is of course another option for children.

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However, it is important to remember that some people do have dietary restrictions, and this will limit what they will be able to accept, but that shouldn’t exclude them.

There are a few ways you can do this, for example there are a number of different ‘free from’ ranges available now, I personally keep a stash of Nakd bars at all time. For personal consumption. But I am willing to part with some in extenuating circumstances.

You can also offer fruit as well – believe it or not, some children actually prefer fruit to sweets 🙂

But something else I do, is pick up little trinkets – the sort of thing that would would put in as a party favour. I would make sure that they are safe for younger children before handing them out.

If you are feeling organised, you can also make up bags for the children with a little of everything, which you can then give out and it will be a nice surprise for them.

It is worth checking with the adult before handing out anything, in case there are allergies etc as it is always easier to not give the child something in the first place, than take it away!

And remember :


We will be discussing Halloween, what you can do to celebrate, things going on, and more on Secklow Sounds, 31st October, 12 – 14:00 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/livethemomentradio?fref=ts

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Halloween Makeup #2

Okay this is a really quick walkthrough, basically because I forgot to actually take photos as I went along! Sorry but it is an easy one, I promise!

A couple of weeks ago, I was playing around with makeup, which I do. A lot – and I decided to refresh a Pin Up Frankie (Frankenstein’s Bride) which I had done a couple of years ago.


This evening while I was putting together the 5 min zombie look – I thought I could review Frankie as the only thing that wouldn’t necessarily be in everyone’s makeup box, is the body paint used for the green skin.

So for this experiment, I used a green mineral eyeshadow and a blusher brush to apply onto my face, and blended it in. I then picked a slightly darker green and used it on my cheekbones, nose, and temple.


I then applied a deep purple eyeshadow over the eye socket, following my eyelid around and underneath. I used another loose powder for this and the loose powder falling was blended in under the eye, so being slightly messy certainly works in this instance!

I actually set the green with a translucent powder because it was just a tiny bit glittery – which is fine if that is what you are going for 🙂

I then applied lashings of mascara and a little liner to finish my eyes off before moving onto the stitches.


For this, I just used a pen eyeliner – now I haven’t given much thought to placement of the stitches – I usually try and make sure that they won’t be covered by a wig, so I keep them more central but you may want to look at some more authentic autopsy scars for your own makeup!

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And one where I remembered to put on some lipstick 🙂


This makeup look really won’t take long to do – both this and the zombie makeup are designed to be 5 min makeup looks that can achieved without spending much money of time. I would love to see what you come up with!

Halloween Makeup Ideas #1

So a friend recently asked if I could put together a simple makeup look for her son – who currently is on the fence about whether he wants to be a vampire or a zombie – so here is my simple walk through 🙂

So to being with, we are starting with a simple zombie look, using cream colours, picked up in a store (I bought mine from a Pound shop) and some cheap velvet lipstick. You can use any, I prefer to use lipstick as it will dry and stay put whereas the more traditional fake blood will keep moving around, and this isn’t ideal especially if you are making up a child 🙂

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Start off with a bare face, but clean, you don’t want anything interfering with the makeup as it needs to dry on the skin so it doesn’t move later on.


Now i personally put a little of the cream on the back of my hand, and apply from there, I put a pea sized amount on, and it was more than enough. I use my fingers to apply, which means i am not loosing any to being absorbed into a sponge, but it really is personal preference. I will say using your fingers does lend itself to this makeup as you don’t really want an even colour for the newly risen/walking dead 🙂


This is the first layer of makeup, the lighting isn’t fantastic, i keep forgetting how quickly it gets dark so there wasn’t a lot of natural light available!

Next step is to add black – now I use this in the same as one might contour – basically I use it under the cheek bones, the side of the nose to the side of the chin, on the temples and then around the eyes for the sunken look.

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The next step is the fun one – ADDING THE RED! Now I chose to use a cream colour first as these will all dry on the skin and not budge. This is applied along the side of the mouth and chin, down and onto the neck – trying to imagine where blood would drip really. I apply a little to the eyes, and then any open wounds as well. You can really have fun with this! (see my neck)

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And lastly, I use my velvet lipstick – I would normally use a darker shade, but it was sadly unavailable to me at this time – so please just use your imagination! But all I do is apply over the red around the lower lip to add a little more depth and colour, and a tiny bit again around the eyes.

Et voila!