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!


  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound


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