Halloween

All Hallows' Eve - A Session at the Cemetery

Halloween is finally here (& almost over).

My favorite time of year & my favorite holiday. There’s always something special about the way October feels. In a recent Instagram post I made I stated, “there’s something about early fall mornings when the sun hasn’t quite come up yet & there’s dew on the grass, a chilly breeze, & the smell of fallen leaves in the air that puts my mind in a special place. I’ve grown up loving Halloween my entire life, the whole season of it & the way it makes me feel.”

I typically decorate for Halloween during the middle of August & spend the next couple months binge watching all my favorite Halloween kid movies & scary films.

I’ve come to find that the actual day of Halloween isn’t quite what it used to be. That tends to happen when you get older. Once you’re too old for Trick or Treating & the whole “vibe” for the holiday when you’re in your 20s is a lot different.

Which is why I love getting to take themed photos like this. The photos from this session give me the exact Halloween feeling that I always long for when the day comes around. A cool day, just a glimpse of the sun, autumn leaves, & a creepy theme to go along with it all.

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Had so much fun waking up at the crack of dawn with Pride & Reagan to bring our ideas to life.

Reagan found this dress in a vintage shop during the middle of the summer & sent me a photo of it & we knew it would be perfect for our Halloween session this year. After finding the perfect model, adding some of my mom’s vintage jewelry, & just a few details with candles & flowers, we knew this was going to be the perfect shoot.

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Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows’ Eve.

Happy Halloween everyone, I hope you had a great day & enjoyed the photos from this set.

Haunted Halloween Portraits // Friday the 13th // Son of Scarevania in Muncie, IN

In case you did not know this about me, I LOVE Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. It has been my entire life. I love dressing up, the decorations, black & orange, scary movies, the entire fall season. 

It might help that I was born right in the middle of October (the 15th), and so it has always been a big part of my birthday. I have been fortunate enough to grow up with an amazing mom that hosted THE BEST birthday parties for me. I'm not just saying that, people still talk about my birthday parties from elementary school. 

We used to deck-out our garage in cobwebs, fake spiders, straw bales, and I had a costume party every year. Don't get me wrong, all of the holidays are a big deal in my family, we love decorating for basically any event, but Halloween has just always held a special place in my heart. 

I don't know if it's the ceramic pumpkins and haunted houses that my mom made that filled the shelves at our house, or how my grandma used to sew our costumes for us to make us into anything we wanted. Either way, you get my point, Halloween is just special to me. 

I was so excited when I got asked to take photos at the Son of Scarevania haunted house at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in Downtown Muncie. I will admit, haunted houses do terrify me. If you're a local of Muncie, you'll remember that the Muncie Children's Museum used to have 'The Basement' every year. I tried going through it once, I didn't make it to the end. Yet I'm still obsessed with all things scary.

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I walked through the whole haunted house and photographed all of the characters in their element. I will admit I was scared the entire time, this haunted house is legit. I captured some awesome portraits of them all & wanted to feature them below. 

Son of Scarevania is open every Friday & Saturday night in October. Doors open at 8 p.m. and close at midnight. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds benefit Cornerstone Center for the Arts. 

Happy Haunting & Happy Friday the 13th. 

xx

Samantha Rose