When I was a kid I would look forward to Halloween because it gave me the perfect excuse to dress up in something pretty or have some fun with friends (even on a school night). Picking out the cutest costume was always quite an event only to be thwarted when I had to wear a jacket over it to go trick-or-treating because nature always targeted Halloween night to release it’s first snow each year in my hometown. And yes, I was one of those teenagers that trick-or-treated all the way through high school.
It was always so fun to decorate the house with my mom. I remember this one Casper-like glow-in-the-dark ghost that would hang in the bathroom year and year to greet me with a smile during my night time bathroom visits.
Carving pumpkins was an afternoon well spent and a highlight each year as my brother and I would sit at the kitchen table trying to carve the best spooky (or silly) face into the side of our carefully chosen pumpkins. To this day I have never gone a year without carving a pumpkin.
I love passing all the fun Halloween traditions on to my kids. Here’s a little sample of our fun from this year. We took a little bit of time over the weekend to decorate up the house and get their pumpkins ready to glow and welcome trick-or-treaters.
You know what I don’t remember about Halloween? Gory and overly scary things. Halloween was just always a fun holiday with a little bit of spookiness mixed in. And that the way I like to keep it. I prefer to focus on the cute, the pretty and the lighter side of Halloween. The Monster Mash, Casper the Friendly Ghost and the Adam’s Family are about as scary as I get.
So what better way to celebrate the prettier side of the holiday than with a little fun nail art … times 3. I had so much fun created these Halloween nail art looks for my mom, my daughter and myself.
My 6-year-old daughter has wholeheartedly bought into the emoji craze so I decided to go with a version of the emoji ghost for her nails. It was a little more difficult than I anticipated … I forget how tiny her nails are sometimes how tiny her fingernails are.
Products used include several Avon nail polishes and includes one of my favorite vibrant colors, Viva Pink Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel.
My mom is much more traditional and elegant when it comes to her nails and nail art (aside from occasional flower) is a stretch so I wanted to make sure to choose something simple for her. I started with Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Nudeitude then added a little bit of sparkle and just a touch of Halloween.
For my mani I was inspired by the beauty of the Dias De Los Muertos Sugar Skulls. I even told my dad one morning at the breakfast table that I was going to try a sugar skull on my nails and his reponse: “Wow, your a bit ambitious aren’t you?”
Well yes, I guess I am, but I did stick to a simpler version and I have received lots of compliments on this design for the last week.
I love being able to incorporate flowers with spider webs to complete the look. It makes me feel pretty while being a little spooky.
A few of the colors I used to create my look include Avon True Color Pro+ Nail Enamel in French Tip White and Orchid Splash.
I have to admit nail art makes me happy and I love pulling inspiration from others. Like this fun look from Word of Alicia. Be sure to stop by her blog to learn more.