Halloween has always been, and will always be, my favorite holiday of the year. I love that my birthday is all about me and my life’s progress, I adore the eccentricities I’ve grown attached to celebrating on Flag Day, and the spirit that Christmas exudes isn’t something that can easily be replicated, but Halloween is number one in my heart. I’m also a firm believer that Halloween is a month long (ahem, year long) celebration. I can never start celebrating early enough, and November 1st is always a bittersweet changeover for me.

One of the reasons I like this holiday so much is that people allow themselves to get silly. They wear ridiculous costumes and accessories and society accepts and welcomes it. I obviously wish this was the case year-round, but regardless of the (lack of) appreciation of my behavior, I continue to adorn myself with faux mustaches and trashy wigs on dates that don’t fall in October.

Costumes bring up the idea of taking on a different persona, and becoming them. Sure, maybe you’re just throwing any old outfit together for a party, but the foundation of this concept is undergoing a transformation. And just the way you can be anything you want for Halloween, you can be anything you want in real life. Use this opportunity to think about who you want to be. What is the best version of yourself? Become it! Make the goal that by next Halloween you will be so in love with your life that there won’t be time for jealousy of anyone else. (Although you should still dress up… Loving yourself and scary masks are not mutually exclusive!)

Keeping in spirit with October being a month-long celebration, I’m going to share some of the tricks I’ve treated myself to the past few weeks.

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pumpkin picking

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making sure the pumpkins get home safely

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attending elaborate costume parties

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costumes with a sense of humor

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… a real sense of humor

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carefully coordinated + themed costumes

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becoming the king of party himself

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creative costumes, channeling their inner Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle–

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going to pumpkin carving parties

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and the drastic difference of before + after

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deciding to spray paint my pumpkin white + doodle on it instead of carving

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visiting pet cemeteries

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tons of orange + black crafts

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lifting off till next year…

Also of note:

 Halloween Street Art
 Halloween Hoopla
 Halloween Mail
 Bug’s Costume
 Trick Or Treat Playlist
Halloween Art Journal Pages
70 Ways To Celebrate Autumn

Not featured: Haunted House, apple cider, boys in dinosaur costumes, $3 orange shoes, Beetlejuice leggings, multiple viewings of Hocus Pocus + Addams Family (Values), giant box of scarecrows my great aunt sent me, + the Thriller flash mob (more on that one later)

So what are your plans tonight?! I want to know. Are you going to hand out candy? Are you going to a costume party? Are you going to stay in and eat candy while watching your favorite scary movie? I hope you have an amazing day. It’s not just Halloween, it’s the last day of the month! Make October go out with a bang, you beautiful beast.


Halloween is a good opportunity for some themed street art! I started with a simple orange and (poofy) black yarnbomb that I installed on a speed limit sign. It was the closest I’d ever been to getting stopped by a cop while doing an installation (he slowed the car down next to me, thought about it while staring at me, and drove away). I would have just told him that I was drawing attention to the speed limit. Safety third, y’all.

Halloween Yarnbomb | Uncustomary Art

Halloween Yarnbomb | Uncustomary Art

I had the idea of hollowing out some pumpkins and putting seasonal plants inside them for a guerrilla gardening installation. It was actually pretty awesome. I used the pumpkin as the planter pot, and uprooted some mums I bought at the the pumpkin farm. And in the other Cinderella-looking pumpkin, I added some dirt and a mini scarecrow decoration.

Halloween Pumpkin Guerrilla Gardening | Uncustomary Art

I brought them to the Old Town Mall in Baltimore. It’s an area that’s basically completely abandoned, save a few hardware shops. One of the buildings there is the location of a potential haunted attraction. I really support this project, but unfortunately they’re not very close to their goal. I’d really love it if you could help them out. I so desperately want this old department store to turn into a multi-floor spooky tower.

Anyway, this little installation in front of the building was kind of my offering of optimism to the project. Here’s to a scary future!

Halloween Pumpkin Guerrilla Gardening | Uncustomary Art

My friend, Charlotte, dressed up as Lydia Deetz (from Beetlejuice) this year. She even made a book for the recently deceased! I took her photo before she headed off to a party, and captured a real gem where she looks completely nuts as she reads the book. I put a creepy filter on it, blew it up into a poster, and plastered it on a wall with the quote “I myself am strange and unusual”, from Miss Deetz, herself.

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Lastly, I bagged up a giant tub of cheese puffs into baggies and labeled them at Pumpkin Poop to hand out to strangers. Delicious RAOK, eh?

Halloween Street Art: Pumpkin Poop | Uncustomary Art

Have you seen any other Halloween street art around the internet or your town? I’d love it if you linked me over.


This month’s Get Messy prompt is about gratitude. What am I grateful for?

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I thought about it, and my answer is vast. I’m grateful for thousands of things. For easy access to craft supplies. For open mouth kisses. For being alive. But today I’m grateful for my ability to be grateful. I’m grateful for having a positive disposition.

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My pages are simple. I took the alphabet and thought of a positive word for each letter. It doesn’t get more basic than that.

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But I’m happy with it. I’m happy with my life. I’m happy that I have the opportunity to make other people happy and recognize happiness. Thank you all for being a part of it.

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Be sure to check out the link-up for the other beautiful responses to this prompt.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal

Time to continue exploring my state through roadside attractions! Last time, I shared pictures of a wrought iron bridge, neon pig, and carrot pierced through a building. Today I have six new places for you to check out in Maryland, courtesy of Roadside America. Most of them are in Silver Spring, because that place has a lot of cool things to check out, so I did a bunch at once!

Attraction: Big Acorn
Location: Silver Spring

Roadside America:

This big acorn gazebo is located in “Acorn Park”, and you have to crunch some actual acorns on your way to sit inside the giant one. There is some street parking on Kennett Street, and it’s near a lot of other cool things. It’s within a mile of the giant hand releasing birds, which you can see below. There are also some non Roadside America worthy attractions within walking distance, like a giant colorful glass wall and super tall reflective tower.

Attraction: Prayer Stop (Tiny Church)
Location: Silver Spring

Roadside America:

This adorable little attraction is on the side of a windy road. There’s a little gravel area where you can park your car, but be warned that it’s basically in front of a house in a rural neighborhood. I didn’t go inside, because I wasn’t sure what the protocol was since it appears to be on private property. But the surrounding area is great to drive through, especially in Autumn with the changing leaves.

Attraction: Big Hand Releasing Birds
Location: Silver Spring

Roadside America:

Outside a corporate building, surrounded by a bed of flowers. There are nearby garages, but you can also just park closer to the Big Acorn and take a walk over. It’s really cool how the birds look like they’re actually flying at first glance.

Attraction: Giant Earth Globe
Location: Silver Spring

Roadside America:

This is something that I added to Roadside America. I was driving down Georgia Avenue and saw it out of the corner of my eye and had to turn around. Apparently the globe can spin, although it wasn’t when I visited. It was, however, decorated with a pink ribbon to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s right outside a retirement community and shopping plaza. I’d recommend parking in the plaza parking lot, because you can’t get into the community unless you’re a resident.

Attraction: Pink Flamingo
Location: Baltimore

Roadside America:

This giant flamingo in front of the famous Cafe Hon in Hampden is a staple of that hipster neighborhood. Flamingos are very “Hon”, which is the 1960’s version of the Baltimore woman that has sustained itself over the decades. We honor it at Honfest, but also every day. Beehive hair, cat framed glasses, and a sassy attitude go a long way here in Charm City, don’tchyaknow. You’ll find plenty of parking on The Avenue (36th), and there’s tons of adorable shops to check out while you’re there.

Attraction: Longest Single Span Escalator In Western Hemisphere
Location: Silver Spring

Roadside America:

I timed the escalator ride, and without moving it takes two minutes and forty seconds one way. You have to buy a Metro ticket (minimum $3) in order to ride the escalator, but you can just ride back up to the top when you’re done. I waited for a while to see if I could get a shot with no people in it, but even in the middle of a week day, that’s hard to do.

Which one of these places would you most like to visit?


Hey! It’s Plush Animal Lovers Day! Maybe it’s time to celebrate your stuffed friends like I did back in August. Or maybe just an extra kiss on the top of their soft head will work. ;) How’s your week going? This past week has been pretty good. On Friday, after a fun photoshoot, I headed off to photograph some roadside attractions, which I will be posting more about soon. In my travels, I found some cool stuff that wasn’t on my list, like this wheel sculpture.

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Thursday night, a gaggle of gals got together to celebrate MaryAnna’s birthday. We started at Clementine in Baltimore, where Susan works. She provided a giant meal for us for free. It was incredible. I couldn’t even eat half the stuff that was brought to us. That place is delicious, though, and I even had heart for the first time! (eeep.)

Afterwards, we headed to April’s for games, drinks, and a bonfire. At one point, April just dropped a firework in the bonfire and quietly got up to back away from the scene of the crime. Erica noticed that a box had appeared with the letters “TNT” on it and we all jumped back. This is why I love April.

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Extra Sparkle:  flash mob practice for Thriller  having exact change for parking meters  an amazing package from Michelle  making an altar  getting bangs  reminiscing about 80’s/90’s glamour shots (remember those soft pink boas and giant hairstyles?)  orange Kit Kat gifts from Joe  being able to build your own burger like you’re ordering from a sushi menu at Abby Burger  Boy Meets World  the way Joe magically helped my put on my hoodie (if you’ve ever seen me try to put on a hoodie, you can understand this must have been real magic)  fun thrift store finds  sangria and cider  singing the lyrics to “Threw It On The Ground” all day  glitter falling off me all day after a photoshoot  riding the longest single span escalator in the Western Hemisphere  evading parking tickets  Autumn treescapes on backroads  Lil’ John from 2004  hilarious chalk drawings on the sides of pick up trucks  the lady at 7-11 advising us against a specific hotdog and following it up with “I’m trying to save your life going to a Hookah bar for the first time  Janice’s mummy hotdog drawing  doing a winestand  getting to a party and Holly saying, “Mary thank god. I’ve been telling these people how you can shake it better than any woman I know.”  a super sweet voicemail from Bradley

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There’s only a few days left till Halloween! Are you ready?! I’m going to be really sad when October is over, honestly. I wish that this wig shop in Old Town Mall was still open, because obviously they could help you out with your costume. ;)

Don’t forget to ask me whatever you want anonymously, join Michelle and my giveaway, and give your plushie a loving squeeze today.

Spookily yours,


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