Mad Like Alyce


It’s been another fantastic year of 31 Days of Halloween, and one that was full of firsts! I hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend… I myself enjoyed Halloween on the couch with a glass of hard pumpkin cider and completed the tradition of watching  The Nightmare Before Christmas, then went to bed before 11 p.m. for the first time in well over a month.

31 Days of Halloween


Halloween Firsts

As I said, this was a month of firsts for me!

  • I decided to tackle my first race with a Zombie 5K, which fit neatly into my Zombie themeDeadwood Zombie 5K Survivor Medal
  • I stayed the night in a Haunted Hotel room!haunted-hotel-alex johnson hotel haunted room
  • I was ironically eaten alive by mosquitos while shooting my Missing Jaw Zombie.zombie-selfie
  • I made a Brain Cake you guys!!!!! It turned out so awesome!!!!!zombie-brain-cake-
  • It was also my first Halloween with the new theme, and it was great seeing the interaction this year!

diy beetle-juice costume

More Halloween Costume DIY to come!

I also started shooting my costumes over Labor Day weekend, which allowed me to complete and shoot 6 costumes, 6 makeup tutorials, and 38 total posts for this year! The worst part is… I still have 6 or 7 costumes that are in various stages of completion (and one completed that I didn’t manage to shoot in time). While I’m going to give myself a bit of a break (I have been so lazy since Monday, it’s been fabulous!) I’m looking forward to finishing them in the coming weeks… with plenty of time to spare before next year.


Planning for Halloween 2017

Not going to lie, I have already started planning for next year… and really started when I realized there was no humanly possible way to complete all of the costumes I had started/planned without taking time off work. I have some really great ideas in mind for next year, but I think I might not wait to post some of them that fit into my already existing themes, such as Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, or Zombie.


What’s next?

Last year I felt completely stuck in a rut and burned out after Halloween. This year, I am so proud of how well I balanced myself. Giving myself an extra month to complete and photograph these projects really helped, and I made sure never to stay up later than midnight, and never more than 2 days in a row. I focused on trying to eat as healthy as possible (hard cider excluded) and made it to Farrells at least 3 days a week (time to ramp back up).

With fall well under way, I plan on focusing more on posts for healthy eating, recipes, and of course PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. So keep an eye out for more posts shortly.

shock costume from nightmare before christmas

What would you like to see for Halloween 2017?

With my 2017 planning under way, what costume theme would you love to see next year? Are there any costumes for my existing themes you would like to see? Let me know in the comments!


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!


  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas
  • "Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights"
A glam interpretation of Lock from Nightmare Before Christmas! Maybe it's the devilish side of me, but Lock was alway my favorite. Do you have a favorite in the "Oogie's Boys" trio? (Yes I know Shock is a girl). #nightmarebeforechristmas #timburton #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown


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