People Who LOVE Halloween


Gabriella Gomez, senior, plays around with a SFX makeup look.

Olivia Catelani, Reporter

Last Halloween, senior Autumn White took the Presentation community by storm in her incredibly realistic satyr costume. “Last year I reread the Narnia books and decided to go nuts,” she says.

While White’s finished costume from last year may have looked amazing, the process was not easy. “Last year was one disaster after another,” she says. “I ended up remaking the costume from the ground up three days before Halloween because the first rendition got destroyed.”

Making last year’s costume was such a disaster that White even gave it a name: The Welding Incident of 2015.

“I, uh, kinda set my costume from last year on fire,” White says. “I was trying to weld some kind of rig so that my legs would be suspended off the ground, and when I put the synthetic fur fabric over the metal skeleton I was building, the heat set the material on fire.”

Usually, White needs about six or seven weeks to complete a costume. This, however, does not include coming up with the ideas or sketching them out.

“I start making formal drafts and patterns of my top three around June, and fine-tuning the final design in July,” White says. She has whole sketchbooks full of different ideas and patterns for each costume.

To afford everything she needs for her costumes, White does some serious couponing. “Last year I got what would have been $800 in materials down to only $100 by doing this,” she says.

White also sews and constructs all year, which keeps her skills sharp. “I also just make costumes year round,” she says. “So the ones that I don’t make for Halloween will get made later in the year.”

White also likes to decorate the outside of her home and puts just as much effort into decorating as she does sewing her costumes. She draws chalk murals on the sidewalk, leaves broken plywood coffins on the lawn and hangs baby doll garlands on the porch.

“Dolls are cheap, easy to come by, and terrifying when lit from within,” she says.

As for celebrating, White likes to stay home and watch bad horror movies. “Nobody I know is that big into trick or treating,” she says. “And all my friends are wusses when it comes to watching horror movies.”

This Halloween, you can catch White as a character from the video game Bloodborne.


Junior Alice Mathew loves Halloween in a more relaxed kind of way.

While she does start thinking about costume ideas as early as the day after Halloween, she doesn’t really spend a lot of time on them.

“My costumes aren’t usually very intricate,” she says. “So I don’t spend very much effort on it.”

Mathew has made some complicated costumes in the past that have also gone a little haywire. “I was dressing up as a mermaid. I had to make a DIY skirt for my costume out of glittery tulle,” she says. “The glitter got everywhere and I realized I didn’t have enough tulle for my skirt.”

She also likes to celebrate the holiday with her friends and sister by going trick or treating and dressing up.

“I used to coordinate costumes with my friends in middle school when we used to have a class theme,” she says. “Now I don’t coordinate costumes.”

After Mathew and her friends trick or treat from anywhere between one to two hours, they go back home and look at the candy they got and trade with each other.

However, the celebration of the holiday in Mathew’s family has decreased. “My mother is very devout and started insinuating that Halloween has demonic connotations,” she says.

But that won’t stop Mathew from celebrating the season.

“We go to the pumpkin patch sometimes, and we decorate the house,” she says. “Once in awhile, we carve a pumpkin.”

Mathew decorates her front lawn with gravestones and skeletons. She also adds fake spider webs and spiders to the front porch. “My favorite Halloween decoration is the type in which people have a smoke machine set up on their lawn with skeletons strategically placed all over it,” she says.

Mathew loves Halloween candy and music, with candy corn and Superfreak, respectively, being her favorites.

While she may not put as much effort into her costumes as some, Mathew’s love for the season is still strong.


For senior Gabriella Gomez, Halloween is an important family holiday.

“Halloween is my family’s favorite holiday,” she says. “It’s the best holiday of the year.”

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, Gomez and her family turn their front yard into a super realistic graveyard.

Scary sound effects, creepy lighting, a steaming cauldron and fake spider webs are just a few of the items that bring the yard together.

“I find fake spider webs in the bushes for months after,” says Gomez.

Handing out candy, attending parties, trick or treating and dressing up are just a few of the traditions Gomez participates in. “My family always orders KFC on Halloween night. It’s a tradition my great grandma started so we still do it, even if their food isn’t that good,” she says.

The horror factor of Halloween is what Gomez and her family love, so dressing up as something that isn’t scary is frowned upon.

Horror movies and creepy pictures are what Gomez has grown up knowing. It is also where she gets her inspiration for her costumes from.

“I try to come up with something as scary as possible, which usually involves SFX makeup,” Gomez says. “I tend to play around with different ideas all through October before finally deciding on one.”

SFX makeup is also known as special effects makeup or prosthetic makeup, and is used primarily in film to create advanced cosmetic effects. It can be used to sharpen cheekbones, lengthen noses and create wounds.

Last year, Gomez used body paint to turn her face into a realistic skeleton. This year, for practice, she played with a more bloody look by using SFX to stab a pencil through her nose.

“Sometimes the makeup looks I do take me up to an hour and a half,” she says.

However, Gomez never spends more than $15 on her costume. She uses supplies that she already owns creating simple, yet creepy looks.

Surprisingly, Gomez has never won a costume contest. “When I was about five I was a bat for Halloween and my family went to a Halloween thing for kids Pres used to put on every year,” she says. “There was a costume contest that I thought I would win for sure but first place ended up going to a girl in a Snow White costume. I was so sad.”

Even though not everyone appreciates the kind of scary that Gomez brings to Halloween, she isn’t deterred from doing what she loves with her family.