Friday, October 31, 2014

Hocus Pocus Halloween Vibes

Fall is my favorite season. Halloween can be fun, but celebrating Halloween isn't what I love about the season. I love the colors, the crisp air, and the mood. I love walking through the fallen leaves. Bundling up in layers. The smell of apple cider and a cozy fire.

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I've written about autumn before: remembering the leaf pile we played in as kids, collecting leaves, and that back to school vibe.

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The past couple of weekends, Rob and I walked to different neighborhoods around DC. Here's me by a colorful red tree near the Tidal Basin. The Washington Monument just happened to be there, too :)

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We passed this old junior high building. I have no idea if kids still go here. A building this old plus those looming dark clouds made this place look like a scene out of a movie.

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It reminded me of the school from Hocus Pocus!

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Or maybe this junior high is a cross between the Hocus Pocus high school and Max Dennison's house. Either way, creepy old skool vibes. I love it. (PS: Check out real-life photos of these Hocus Pocus filming locations!)

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During one of our strolls around DC, we stopped near the Tidal Basin and I collected some leaves to decorate our apartment. I made a stack and carefully tucked them into my bag.

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Today is Halloween. I had pressed my leaves in a cookbook and was twirling one today, thinking of how to use them as decoration. I held one up to the light and it looked amazing!

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The intricate detail, the texture, the colors... Leaves are so cool.

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I took some photos with my macro iPhone lens.

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When you get close enough, it looks veiny and alive.

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This oak tree glowing in the light reminded me of the spellbook from Hocus Pocus: "it is bound in human skin."

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These leaves are prettier, though, and significantly less gross!

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The other book from Hocus Pocus: the storybook one seen in the very beginning:

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The spell book has some nice old-fashioned calligraphy in it, which you can see glimpses of a few times during the movie.
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I bought a pen & nib set several months ago - the type of pen you use with ink to do calligraphy. I'm not very good at it, but I think it makes nice-looking strokes that feel really old and important. I was practicing making some semi-calligraphic letters the other day:

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So that's it for my Halloween vibes for you today! Hope the day is sweet, chilly, and a little bit spooky. And you better be wearing black and orange! I am :)

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Related reading:
2012: Halloween Hippie
2012: Childhood Halloween Costumes
2012: Hocus Pocus Style - Allison

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