Plans for Halloween

I have always loved Halloween. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, et cetera, et cetera. Perhaps that’s because I would watch Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS over and over and over again as an impressionable 6-year-old.

I believe my all-time best Halloween costume as a child was The Patchwork Girl of Oz. I read L. Frank Baum’s book that summer — I think I was most impressed by the idea of the “Square Meal Tablet.” For the costume, I just remember my mom helping me stitch “doll seams” into pink stockings — a bit like Sally from Nightmare.

I love Halloween so much that, in high school, I wrote a graphic novel called Every Day Should Be Halloween. The basic premise was about a high schooler plagued not only metaphorically but literally by a monkey on his back. I never finished the series… But I completed the written script, the character designs, the costume designs, and a rough sketch outline (see above) of every last page (a little over a hundred in total).

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Now, my default costume is Daria Morgendorffer, as in MTV’s animated series Daria (see above). I label this “default” since I just pull from my closet a number of articles from my high school days and voilà!!! This year, it’s a particularly fortunate costume since Wes told me his very first crush was on Daria (´∀`)♡ (okay, I admit it — I totally had a crush on Trent; and Wes does an uncanny impression of the Mystik Spiral vocalist).

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of my costume…


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About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

13 responses to “Plans for Halloween

  • killkaties

    I wrote a similarly huge Halloween horror story at high school, filling two entire exercise books with my tightly packed adolescent script. Sadly, I was only supposed to write a 300 word essay. Everyone loved it, including my English teacher. He held onto the story but failed me on that piece of work.

    • gegallas

      Ugh, what’s up with these high school English teachers? You pour your heart and soul into an assignment, and then they fail you for creativity!! My senior year, last semester Honors English teacher was just like that — saying I would fail college if I continued to write like I did. But the joke’s on her — I graduated NYU cum laude (and I never changed my writing style). –G. E.

  • hangargallery

    I love halloween, I always demand to have the 3 days around halloween off from work: before, during: after.
    btw would be awesome if you put up the graphic novel of everyday being halloween as a collection of series building up to halloween.

  • korpolfr

    I quite enjoy the costume choice, it will be pretty neat to see how it turns out! I think I’m going as a giant house centipede again, but post-apocalyptic warrior is in close contention.

  • tokyohamster

    I love Halloween too! Daria – it’s such a great idea! I don’t think I could pull it off, but your costume looks perfect!

  • geerap

    Thank you for following! Your art for the Poet and the Flea is beautiful.

    I totally support the daria costume! I dressed up as daria a few years a go and then randomly ran into a Trent at halloween party; it was magical.

    *P.S* i read through your “more about me” – fair warning, i LOVE christmas, so I hope i dont gross you out!

    cheers! – rachel

    • gegallas

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so excited that you like “The Flea”!!

      Wow, a fellow Daria — that makes my day. 🙂 Ha ha ha, that does sound magical!!

      I think I’ll be okay for Christmas this year… It’s supposedly not as crazy here in San Francisco.

      Best regards,

      G. E.

  • Peety Draws

    Love the Daria costume idea! Still love the show. Looks like your costume is definitely working out – can’t wait to see what everything looks like altogether.

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