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!


  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown
  • This is my level of excitement right now! The love I have gotten for Evie over the past few days have been amazing, thank you all so much! #clown #clownmakeup #clowns #hauntlife #scareactress
  • That’s not a Wiley grin, that’s me clamping my teeth together so I stopped chattering. This spring was BRUTAL in SD, and it was in the 30s when we shot this in an unheated parking garage. #clowningaround #clownmakeup #scareactor #scareactress #hauntlife
  • Evie is probably my favorite full-costume character I’ve created to date. It’s so fun to think a practice look I made for haunt last year will be a fully fledged character come haunt season next year! Also, I NEED these light bars @jibclimmer used in this shoot. If anyone has a few hundred dollars to donate to the cause just let me know. 😉 #clown #clownmakeup #hauntedhouse #hauntlife #makeupartist
  • If only @grave_digger_the_clown would learn to share, Evie wouldn’t have to steal his shovel! #justclowningaround #clown #clownmakeup #hauntlife photography credit goes to the incredibly talented @jibclimmer
  • Hey guys! It’s been a hell of last few months, but trust me, I’ve been busy! I’d like to introduce my newest character, Evie the Clown! Thanks so much to @jibclimmer for these incredible photos... more to come very shortly. #clown #clownmakeup #hauntlife


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