Tag Archive: Halloween


H A L L O W E E N!!! I’ve been dressing up as what I call “the candy witch” since about 2006. I have a spider theme which all started in high school and is why I call the business end of making art Wido Photo & Art. I use this spider theme on Halloween too, necklaces, earrings, clothes, makeup. Every year I take the candy with us and hand it out to trick-or-treaters as we take our kids around, hence “the candy witch.” I am revolutionizing the art. Why not? Otherwise you can’t hand it out if you’re not home and it’s no fun to leave it on the porch. Every parent says, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I don’t know, why haven’t people thought of this before? Anyway here I am all witched up and ready to head out. I heart Halloween!

“A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.” ~Lucy, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown



I wanted to continue with my Halloween series. On day seventeen I busted out the make-up and the cloak. My husband was home that day and was kind enough to let me borrow his neck. Turns out I didn’t really need to cloak or the red make-up. It ended up being all black and white, I re-added the red and you can’t really see the cloak anyway. None of the photos were strong enough on their own, but many of them were interesting. That is why I decided to go with the collage on this one. I had done a very similar photo collage to this one last year and it turned out nicely. Overall I am pretty satisfied with this image. There are a few little areas that could have used some more work, but when you are popping out one of these everyday, you can’t spend forever on every image. Never-the-less it was a fun shoot. I always enjoyed dressing up and acting like a vampire. I think I sported the vamp gear on more than a few Halloweens.

“The blood is the life!” ~Bram Stoker


On day fifteen my wonderful family and I took a trip to the pumpkin patch. An awesome place called Silo Christmas Tree Farm, whom at Halloween has pumpkins and in the spring has an Easter egg hunt. It is one of the oldest dairy farms in central Texas, although no longer used for milking cows. A very magical kind of place, where the ground is very rocky, the trees are tall and twisted and the sun always casts a flattering light. It is owned by an old couple who love it dearly and make sure that everyone on the hay ride gets to hear its story. Speaking of hay ride, day fifteen’s photo is my son and I on said ride. We have always taken photos together, just as I take them with my daughter now. He is a budding photographer himself and below is one of his photos.

 “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”  ~Honoré de Balzac

     One of the twisted trees with some of the baby Christmas trees.

My son’s photo of the 50 ft. silo.


Keeping with my Halloween spooks series, I created a ghost image on day thirteen. I put on a long black dress and set up the camera on a make-shift tripod, since I am obviously too lazy to get mine out.  Set the camera to a nice slow shutter speed, so any movement would be caught and started taking pics with the self-timer. At first I tried walking toward the camera, but I couldn’t go fast enough and many looked like I had a zombie gait instead. Then I tried standing at the end of the hall and moving my limbs. That didn’t look too great either. Then I walked from one room to the other and got a really nice blurry movement shot, that could totally pass for a shadow person. That is basically what this shot is, but it wasn’t obvious that it was a ghost. I had this other shot where I looked really creepy, but the overall image was poop, so I combined the two. The ghostly image is just me from the creepy-poop shot, on top of the nice blurry shadow person shot. It doesn’t make much sense to have the two together, but the way I was thinking about it was this: Many times when someone claims to have seen a ghost, it was one of those out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye deals. That was what I was thinking of with this image. This is what you might see as you are walking past a hallway at night and see something unexplainable out of the corner of your eye, look back and it’s gone.

 “Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.” ~J.M. Barrie


The morning of day twelve I had a literal brain-storm on the way to class. I was listening to one of my favorite Autumn-time albums, Type O Negative’s “October Rust” and my favorite song of their’s “Wolf Moon.” The wonderous sounds and lyrics of the song filled my head with imagery and all of a sudden I wanted to do a series of Halloween related photos, transforming myself into the spooky cast of typical characters. The were-wolf had to be first. When I got home the first thing I did was snap some shots of me making some scary, growly faces. The first image I put together in Photoshop was a bust. It was not working at all and was trashed without a second thought. I started working on this one. I must have spent almost two hours total on the images. I could have spent another two on just this one. I have some weaknesses when it comes to Photoshop and this type is it. There are many different ways to do any one thing in that program and although I have learned different ways to do this I can’t seem to perfect it. Practice makes perfect though. I am not completely happy with this image. I like the face, but not the face and the background together. Oh well, I spent too much time on it as it was. Call it done and walk away, better luck next time.

 “Beware the woods at night, beware the lunar light.”
~ Peter Steele