The Rest of the Year Challenge 3: Halloween
Halloween actually hasn’t been a part of Danish culture since the year 1770, when the number of national holidays was reduced by 9 days. Halloween was one of the holidays the government repealed back then.
In 1998, 228 years later, one of our national newspapers made a huge Halloween event in Copenhagen, with monster movie marathons, scary decorations, witches, spiders, ghosts and prizes for best costume. It became a yearly event, and two years later, our biggest chain of toy stores began to sell Halloween stuff, and in 2006 Tivoli began to have a yearly Halloween event with pumpkins and everything that goes hand in hand with a traditional Halloween party. Today you can’t enter a supermarket in October without facing pumpkins, horrible tasteless Halloween figures, candy and costumes. It’s a little bit weird, since it’s obvious that the shops that are only interested in Halloween because of the money that’s in it – Halloween is still not a national holiday here, and a lot of the so called traditional elements, such as ‘trick or treating’ are unknown. It’s purely a money spinning promotional exercise by, and for, the retailers!
But anyway – so much for the history; now you know why I’m not hugely interested in Halloween. But since the challenge requires it, I’m going to show you my attempt at Halloween nails.
First I painted my nails with Pastel #310. I received that in a swap with sweet Aylin, and I’m hugely impressed that she managed to find an orange that I like! I gave it two coats, even though one was actually enough.
Two coats, no top coat:
My pics aren’t colour accurate. The orange is darker and deeper than my pictures show.
First I drew a little spider on my ring finger nails and my thumbnails. Then I stamped a black web on my pinkies and my middles, and last I stamped some bats on my indexes. I used a no name black stamping polish, and the big plate K with holiday designs. I topped it all with a layer of Poshé top coat:
Poshé decided to pull a little bit on my design. I don’t know why, because it usually doesn’t do that. Fortunately it doesn’t show much, and it’s not visible in real life at all.
The last pic gives a bit of an impression of how deep the shimmer is in that Pastel polish. It’s really beautiful.
Please check out these other Danish girls’ blogs to see what they came up with for Halloween. Who knows, we might get the national holiday back at some point ;)