Halloween is fast approaching and with that comes the unveiling of halloween collections from many different stores. My favorite store that consistently delivers the spoopy goods is Target. For one reason or another Target has become the number 1 source for home decor during the scariest time of the year. It looks like 2019 will be another great year with the focus being on man-eating plants. I love carnivorous plants. I feel like I was one in a past life. So call Seymour and get your vats of blood brewing because Halloween 2019 is coming up!
Photographed by Amber Gray / Styled by Lexyrose Boiardo
Makeup by Kim Bower @ Tracey Mattingly / Hair by Matthew Monzon @ Tomlinson Management Group
Nails by Aki @ L’Appartement / Stylist’s Assistants: Melanie McCord and Manvi Mittl
Top photo credits: Eres Bathing Suit; Cheung Shorts; Bounkit Earrings and Bracelets; Gucci Shoes; Cape and Brooch: Stylist’s Own.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
Halloween was once intricately tied to a day when we actively engaged with death; and facing our own mortality was at the heart of the celebration.
Americans have a strange relationship with death. We love our death wrapped up and packaged for us in the guise of entertainment – dedicating hours of our lives to killing others and subsequently dying ourselves in video games, our film and television choices feature death as a constant theme in popular shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones. Even our most celebrated universal cultural observance, Halloween, is one that delights in death. We create cemeteries on our lawns, hang skeletons around the house, and snack on cookies made to look like severed fingers.
In spite of this, to speak of death and dying outside of these safe boundaries we’ve created, typically elicits a negative reaction. We surround ourselves with death and yet, we are painfully uncomfortable actually talking about it. Perhaps this is precisely why we love Halloween so much, as it allows for an acceptable place and time to explore and sate some of our curiosity and fear, surrounding the subject.
There was once a time when this uniquely American holiday was intricately tied to a day when we actively engaged with death; and facing our own mortality was at the heart of the celebration.
Many different cultures, religious beliefs, marketing and even historical events throughout the centuries have contributed to the traditions of Halloween. Most notable among them are the Roman festival of Pomona, and the church appointed observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, but none more than the Celtic festival of Samhain.
John Carpenter’s Halloween is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, a movie co-written with his longtime producing partner Debra Hill, who died in 2005 at the age of 54. Recognized in 2003 by Women In Film for the trail she blazed for female producers in all genres, Hill said, “I hope some day there won’t be a need for Women in Film—that it will be People in Film. That it will be equal pay, equal rights and equal job opportunities for everybody.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, the iconic 1978 slasher flick was shot on a $300,000 budget over 20 days in southern California. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her first major role, Halloween takes place in the fictional Haddonfield, Illinois (named for Hill’s own birthplace in New Jersey), where deranged sanatorium inmate Michael Myers (Nick Castle) goes on a babysitter killing spree in his hometown.
Carpenter gave us Michael Myers, but Hill gave us Laurie Strode. Hill claimed that she wrote the “babysitter” side of Halloween while director and composer Carpenter focused on Myers and his psychologist, Dr. Loomis, before merging their two stories together into the classic film we know today. Carpenter’s name is inextricably linked to Halloween—he even produced the upcoming 40th anniversary followup with Curtis, which debuted on Friday, October 19, and set a few records for movies led by women. (No women are credited on the 2018 screenplay).
Jamie Lee Curtis is a big supporter of gun control. Because of that, Fox News thought it would be a great idea to tweet about how she uses a gun in a fictional movie against her fictional brother Michael Myers. Just to clarify, this is all fictional. She’s an actor. Fox News, the Halloween movies aren’t real.
Jamie Lee Curtis wields firearms in new ‘Halloween’ movie despite advocating for gun control https://t.co/OL2q5nXtUx
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 10, 2018
As always, Freeform is airing Hocus Pocus multiple times during this years “31 Nights of Halloween”, including an all-day marathon on October 31st. But they’re also putting together a 25th anniversary special for the 1993 film, being described as a “spooktacular” birthday party. It’ll be filmed live in L.A., and you can snag free tickets through On Camera Audiences.
Wouldn’t ya know it, this year is also the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Freeform is celebrating both films with a Halloween House in Hollywood!
Between October 4-9 in Hollywood, California, Freeform is hosting the “run amuck experience,” with tickets now up for grabs through the official “31 Nights of Halloween” site.