Halloween Costume Ideas

October, 24, 2016

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and one of the reasons is Halloween. To me, this holiday represents a time to celebrate the miracle of nature while marveling at the dramatic change of seasons. It’s a time to pause and recapture our childlike wonder, to use our imaginations and dress-up like we did regularly when we were little kids. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends at parties. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge in too much candy.


If you’re still debating what to be for Halloween, this post is for you. I’m taking a walk down my own Memory Lane of Costumes. The getups I concocted over the years ran the gamut from easy to elaborate, and each one meant just as much to me.

It’s All in The Mask. Choosing a mask-centered costume is the quick approach. I’ve often hit up Fireworks, a unique gift shop, when I was on the go and needed to put something special together fast.


Over the years, I’ve come to this place (FireworksGallery) time after time because it has unique gifts to give others. One late October, when I was in a bind and needed a present to take to a friend’s birthday party, I noticed Fireworks’ beautiful Halloween masks. I had thought I didn’t have the time to come up with a costume to wear that night. Then I realized that I could pull quickly pull something together by combining one of those masks with what was already in my closet.

For past Halloween parties, I’ve often transformed myself into a girl at a masquerade ball. It was easy. I just paired this mask and gloves from Fireworks with a dance dress that I already owned.

Other times when in a pinch, I quickly became a cat. All it took was this mask, a black, one-piece bathing suit, and black leggings. The costume was complete with cat eye makeup for all those moments when the mask comes off.


So when people invite you to their costume parties, and you think that you don’t have the time to put a costume together, get a mask, be a great guest, and add to the ambience.

The Elaborate Route. My love runs deep for Tinker Bell. So much so, that I designed this costume and had it made for a special party!


If you’d like to be Tink this year, here’s a makeup tutorial. Little kids have mistaken me for the real character in the movie, so I’ve honed the look. I’ve brought out this costume several times over the years, and it’s still one of my favorites.

Straight Off the Press

October, 17, 2016

The Bellevue Reporter asked me to write an article about the recent world premiere of my short film in Toronto. If you’d like to learn the story behind “In Memory Of,” how it came together, and my secret to pulling late-night editing sessions, read this brief memoir…

bellevue-reporter-articleIt was a privilege to be featured in the Bellevue Reporter. I have lived in many places, but to me, downtown Bellevue is home. It is an international metropolis, a magnet for young professionals, and “a city in a park.”

Guess Who Got to Meet Woody Harrelson…

October, 14, 2016

…Rooney Mara and Sarah Rafferty? That would be me!!

My Toronto trip felt like movie magic. With the Toronto International and Toronto Independent film festivals both running, the town was filled with celebrities and excited theater-goes. Incredibly, my short film, “In Memory Of,” had its world premiere to a sold-out crowd! I got to attend several other screenings, brush shoulders (literally!) with celebrities, and receive private tours of favorite haunts from locals. Just watch and see the magnetic pull of Toronto!

Fashion, with Love, from India

October, 9, 2016

You caught a glimpse of this top in my last video, but I wanted to devote a full post to it because the backstory is so much fun. On my first morning in Toronto, I decided to take a stroll around the block before getting ready for the day. Being an avid explorer and adventure-seeker, I couldn’t keep my jaunt to just a block. Pretty soon, I was thoroughly lost, but having a terrific time and making new friends.


That’s when I happened onto an adorable little market with handmade items from India. The woman running it was especially charming. I couldn’t resist trying on some of her pieces. While I did, she offered style tips and divulged little nuggets of wisdom like… “Cake is really good, but too much of it gives you a stomach ache. I would know.”


Then, even though my college days are past, she decided to give me the “college discount.” My top came in at the grand total of $10! I know, big spender! And I got two summery skirts that will be great for cruise season. Each was only $5.

Fortunately, while I was in Toronto the weather was enormously warm, so I got to trot out my new pieces.