We were so busy this year with so many things that we actually skipped our annual Holiday party and instead made other plans.
I did, however, face paint at my usual Halloween gig, the Bergen County Cabbage Night Festival. I love this event, and it's great for the kids.
My first model of the day was this adorable girl who wanted something scary and settled on an alien.
She was hanging around as I set up my table, and was the only one around, but once I painted her I was swamped for even longer than my scheduled three hours.
Some more girls who were into the scary faces (my personal favorites) were this zombie, vampire, and witch.
Some weren't into face painting, but were sure into the theme. A new design for me that was hugely popular this year was my haunted house scene. I did some on hands, some on faces.
And my first vampire hand painting. I'm used to turning people into vampires, more than drawing them. Still, a fair representation, I think.
And of course I had my usual butterflies, tigers, puppies, and this cute cheetah.
Plus, my first ever rocket request, which I then duplicated on this young man's brother.
This next design was a heck of a compromise. The model wanted a flower, just a simple flower. Her mom was pushing for a mardi gras mask. So I suggested a flowered mardi gras mask!
Then there were these three teens who were so cool. The first one saw the length of my line and chose to keep things moving for me, even though she'd waited for nearly two hours herself. She requested just a cat nose and whiskers. The second dubbed herself a comic book geek and requested a superhero mask, which was voted by the three as the "best superhero mask she'd ever gotten" and "sick" (a good thing in teenspeak). The third wanted nerd glasses, tape and all.
I was so crazy busy painting, that I actually handed them my phone to take photos of each other for me! I love how they all got into character with their paintings.
While that afternoon I was a Renaissance wench,
later that night, my husband Eric and I went to Forest of Fear, a haunt organized by the same group that does the NY Renaissance Festival across the street from the Faire grounds. For that, I went as a zombie Alice in Wonderland, and Eric wore this terrific mask we bought him in New Orleans, with a black velvet cloak.
Today, I went trick or treating wtih my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. My nephew, for his first Halloween, was Curious George, my brothe-in-law was the Man in the Yellow Hat, and my sister was the bunch of balloons in the sky. I was a clown.
We do have one more Halloween event - we're going to Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor next Saturday. I'll let you know how it was!