Happy Halloween!

by sarahenni on October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween everyone! Lots of festivities here on the East Coast were interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, which is a bummer. (Picture above is my cat sitting at my work station during the storm. Creepy!) But there are lots of fun activities happening on-line right now, including the YA Highway pumpkin carving contest and today’s Road Trip Wednesday, which asks:

What’s your favorite scary book or movie?

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Well I know I never shut up about this book, but I have to say The Passage by Justin Cronin comes to mind. It isn’t a horror book, or something maybe more traditionally creepy,  but it gave me nightmares for sure. Futuristic, leaping zombie-vampires and a dwindling population desperate to keep the lights on? That was plenty horrifying to me.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwatz

I don’t remember much about this book, but I have the vague impression it was being read aloud in a sleepover scenario, and that I really, really didn’t enjoy it. I think easily the scariest parts of the book are the illustrations by Stephen Gammell. They’re so sparse and haunting. I got the shivers just doing a Google image search for this blog post!


As for movies, I’m most frightened by supernatural or psychological types of horror. The Blair Witch Project was scary, but The Ring kept me awake for a week—and terrified of closets for much longer than that. And at some point I dated someone who thought I could handle watching the original Japanese version of The Grudge… *shudders*

What about you?? What have you read or watched that scared the pants off you? And what will you be doing for Halloween today?



A YA Halloween: Claudia Kishi

by sarahenni on October 28, 2011

This final, and possibly most fun, YA Halloween option is dedicated to Kate Hart! Claudia Kishi, most avant garde of all the Babysitters Club members, is a freaking awesome Halloween costume because all you need is neon everything and a side pony and girl, you good.

What Claudia Wore has a great post on how to get decked out as The Artsy One, and I had way too much fun putting together this set. Some people might just think you’re an 80’s chick (and some people might guess Robin Sparkles [which, let's face it, would also be a rad option]) but get yourself a throwback painter’s palette and at least one person will squeal with delight upon your entrance. Guaranteed.

Claudia Kishi


Rebel Yell fitted shirt
$69 – shopthetrendboutique.com

Pink skinny jeans
$58 – asos.com

Kate Spade tahitian pearl necklace
$228 – couture.zappos.com

Forzieri rose earrings
$145 – forzieri.com

Juicy couture jewelry
$48 – juicycouture.com

Nylon Tricot Scrunchie
$6 – americanapparel.net

Style Hotline Phone in Teal
$70 – modcloth.com


A YA Halloween: Isabelle Lightwood

by sarahenni on October 27, 2011

This idea might be perfect for next year, when The Mortal Instruments movie is either out already, or being heavily promoted. But now it’s a fun one for those YA fans in the know that would enjoy An Evening of Goth, complete with whip. (Though technically Isabelle is more elegant/glam/goth, so I think you’d be safe adding some fancy vestements from your own wardrobe.) Also not pictured—a Henna tattoo kit to give your arms badass Shadowhunter marks.

Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments


Rachel Pally long maxi dress
$250 – shopthetrendboutique.com

Yves Saint Laurent black leather boots
$1,196 – bluefly.com

Alexander McQueen cuff bangle
$438 – theoutnet.com

Kenneth Jay Lane cocktail ring
110 – harveynichols.com

Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick
$31 – asos.com

Candle Holder
€40 – heine.de


A YA Halloween: Bella Swan

by sarahenni on October 26, 2011

Yes it’s the obvious choice, but with Breaking Dawn (Part I)’s opening weekend just a few weeks away, the timing is right for a Bella Swan costume (and I never get tired of seeing the accompanying guy outfit, ever). And the great part about dressing as Bella? She wears pretty normal stuff. In fact, the wardrobe design from the movies is—for me—one of the more positive things to come out of Twilight generally, and the movies especially. (Female gaze and all that.)

So indulge! Celebrate the silly awesomeness of Twilight and grab whatever you need to make this perfect last-minute costume work to hilarious effect. (Also I just really, really want that FORKS T-shirt.)



Long sleeve shirt
$7.99 – alloy.com

Cotton t shirt
$20 – amazon.com

Barbour jacket

Nike shoes
$48 – zappos.com

ALDO metal ring
$9.98 – aldoshoes.com

Metal ring
$9.99 – modcloth.com


Heart necklace
16 – amazon.co.uk

Ugo Cacciatori silver ring
€406 – lindestore.com

essie nail color, wicked
$8 – macys.com


A YA Halloween: Katniss

by sarahenni on October 25, 2011

This suggestion for a YA Halloween costume would be not only fun and comfortable, with the movie getting tons of early hype, there’s a decent chance of getting recognized by not-yet-YA-literate people. (And yes, there are only two kinds of people, the other being YA-obsessed.)

But does it really even need to be recognized? You’d be running around with an archery kit! All I’m saying is, I wish this had been an option when I was in high school, because the only comparable option then was Lara Croft, and that outfit barely has enough structural integrity to cover a computer animated chick.



InWear black tee
€14 – maryandpaul.com

Original Penguin hooded jacket
65 – urbanexcess.com

Superdry army pants
25 – bankfashion.co.uk

Coach long boots
$298 – bloomingdales.com

Knapsack bag
$30 – target.com


A YA Halloween: Lola Nolan

by sarahenni on October 24, 2011

Halloween is almost here! And in case you don’t have a costume already prepared, I’m going to throw out a few suggestions this week on how to go as some awesome, and distinct, YA characters! (That way you know if anyone recognizes you, you’re meant to be BFFs for life.)

The first one that popped into my mind was Lola Nolan from LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. She’d be a helluva lot of fun to dress up as—purple hair!—because she’s so funky and bright.

Lola Nolan

H M flare dress
13 – hm.com

Jonathan Aston fishnet hosiery
5.50 – houseoffraser.co.uk

TOMS sequin flat
€70 – jades24.com

Betsey Johnson crystal jewelry
$68 – betseyjohnson.com

Neon Hair Bands
$3.50 – wetseal.com