Oct 2, 2011

"A-muck! Amuck, amuck, amuck!"

Our appointment hutch! Yes, we have a planner
 to tell each other when we're here.
If you know one thing about me, it's that I love Halloween. Well, that and that my nails are ALWAYS PAINTED. I will never have bare nails. I used to be one who didn't give a crap about them, and now they're at least three colors a week. #cray

(Bonus points to anyone who knows what movie the blog title is from.)

But painting my nails has nothing to do with what I have to say right now. Do you like my festive background and header? I had to revert back to my old ways and decorate ye ole blog. Don't worry -- the original, pretty (and professional) design from Leap Marketing will be back up in January, but I absolutely love decorating the house and nothing is different with this blog. 

I got bored and decided to do an impromptu photo shoot in the bathroom, then had fun with Photoshop for my header. Brushing those knots out of my hair the next morning was painful, but it was fun and I like the results! Just a small town ghoul, I suppose.

I am unbelievably excited for this month! Let me give a refresher as to why: my parents were always festive and would dress up for Halloween. Mom, a former cosmetologist, loved dressing up my dad, whether he be a clown or a werewolf. She, on the other hand, was always the Wicked Witch of the West, with the prosthetic nose, green face and hands; the whole getup. One of her favorite movies is Wizard of Oz; the other is Hocus Pocus, so it seemed fitting that she was a witch.

Side note: You know why everyone loves Hocus Pocus? Because Kenny Ortega directed it. This man single-handedly made tweens and grown women alike a little hot and bothered with Zac Efron in High School Musical; he also did the original Footloose and, most currently, he was putting on Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour. 

When I was in first grade, we had my very first Halloween party. It was when we were living with my grandmother, who had just been diagnosed with COPD; we lived upstairs while she lived in the attached apartment so we could take care of her and be by her side. I remember dressing up like Cinderella that year and looking a hot mess. I didn't only have a perm, but I had just ran into a gigantic tree and scraped up half of my face (cue the story where my teacher almost called CPS). I'll try to find a photo.

Skulls are sexy when they're dipped in glitter!
At that age, we were fragile, so Mom didn't dive into the ghost stories quite yet. Heck, we didn't even bob for apples that year. We played games like "Duck, Duck, Goose" (probably "Ghost, Ghost, Casper") and "Guess Feet" in which we all would lay under a blanket with our faces covered and one person would have to guess whose feet were whose. Then, after consuming a large amount of food and chocolate, we'd get out our sleeping bags and watch family-oriented Halloween movies before falling asleep.

This went on all the way through high school, and each year it adapted to our age range. They increased in size and became more entertaining. Bobbing for apples was introduced, then scary ghost stories; the finale year ended with us all going to The Nightmare Factory, the self-proclaimed "scariest haunted house in Central Texas." The scariest parts of the haunted house? A) It was in South Austin (scary enough) and B) it was allegedly filled with homeless people who needed to make a buck. I doubt they were even background checked. 

Needless to say, these fond memories have fueled my need to decorate the crap out of our house, the office and now my blog. Thanks, Mom and Padre, for making every holiday full of tradition and so special!

The best part of October this year, aside from Haunted Houses, decorations and Hocus Pocus? I'm headed back for TCU's Homecoming, and a week later my parentals fly out to LA to spend the holly jolly Day of the Dead with me! I haven't been back to Fort Worth in two years, and my parents have both been out separately, but never together. So it's sure to be a Johnson Family Extravaganza.

Happy October, friends!

Photos of Home Sweet Apartment!

That's a black light, folks. Let's rage!
Let me set the mood right...
I was watching Snapped, obviously
Like, I'm terrified!

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the hines fam said...


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