Mad Like Alyce

Love Halloween but want to host a more adult friendly themed party? Never fear, you can still host an elegant Halloween soiree fit for the Pumpkin King himself!

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You don’t even need to purchase fancy dinnerware. Black & White striped and orange cocktail napkins dressed up plain white dinnerware with ease.


A fancy tablecloth is also not on the list, as simple decorative tissue goes  a long way!


Are you a wine aficionado? Or simply put… a fan of wine? Then you might have a few spare bottles lying around, which make a fantastic centerpiece! Cut the remaining seal from the neck, and use steel wool to scrape and clean away the labels. Then squeeze tapered orange candles into the neck for some evening ambiance.

If you would like, use a sharp knife to cut the candles into different lengths, and if you want one fairly short but it keeps slipping into the bottle, use the cork to hold it in place by forcing the cork in past the top of the neck, and setting the candle on top.

pumpkin glass

I have been known to drink wine out of many suspect vessels in my day, but these pumpkin champagne flutes are my favorite! I lucked out and found these amazing flutes at Savers for just $1 each, and they already had green glass stems. All I had to do was give them a once over with orange and glitter paint, and they were as perfect as if they came straight from the pumpkin patch. Make them for yourself!

frothing pumpkin glasses

Want to serve a ghoulish brew? Fog Juice Party Punch is a great option for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic gatherings. But really, anything you put in these is going to feel pretty fancy, not going to lie.

snake and spider stew

Dinner can be as complex or as simple as you would like to make it. Sticking with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme, I decided to serve Oogie Boogie’s specialty, Snake and Spider stew. Soups and Chili’s are great this time of year, and are even better for parties since you can make it well in advance. This particular recipe is one of my all-time favorites, Spicy Black Bean Soup! Simply add a plastic spider to your garnish and you are good to go.

Not including food/beverage, here is what I used to pull off the look. Work with what you have and sprinkle in cheaper paper goods to create a great party look!

  • Black & White striped paper cocktail napkins
  • Orange paper cocktail napkins
  • Orange tissue paper
  • 4 Green glass wine bottles (saved from before)
  • Orange tapered candles
  • Plastic spiders
  • Pumpkin Patch Champagne Flutes

Paired with my existing white dinnerware, black serving dish, and silverware.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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