Hallowe’en Celebrations with Happydesigner!

Hallowe’en Celebrations with Happydesigner!

It’s that spooooooky time of year again, and we want to give you some great costume ideas, using Happydesigner characters!

This time last year we wrote a blog about Hallowe’en and helped you to carve spooooky or funny faces into your pumpkins. Well, the nights have started to draw in again (isn’t that such a funny expression?) and we look ahead to the clocks changing, Samhain approaching, and before you know it, we’ll be decorating the trees and filling stockings. BUT before we get there, we all love a bit of spooky fun at Hallowe’en.

In order to have fun you really have to have games and spooky costumes! Over the past few years of trick-or-treating we have noticed costumes have gone from “OH MY GOOD GRIEF I AM SO SCARED OF THIS TINY CHILD MONSTER” to “oh, another Elsa?” Whilst dressing up and being someone else for a few hours is super fun, it’s also fun to see how scary you can be! Worm jelly sweets creeping out of your mouth, lashings of fake blood on your white t-shirt (make sure it’s an old top!) and flaky zombie skin are all simple and easy ways to look suitably spooky. But if you are able to spend a bit of time on a costume, perhaps a few of our fave Happydesigner characters could inspire your costume this year?

Whilst not necessarily terrifying (as she’s so cute!) Sadie the Spider is a great costume inspiration. The story aims to make children less afraid of spiders, so it seems a bit naughty to take Sadie and make her scary! However, some people really aren’t fans of lots of legs, and a few carefully painted wrapping paper tubes can be great for creating lots of crawly limbs.

children's book illustration

We all know the story of vampires turning into bats, so you could take inspiration from Percy, the Pipistrelle Bat! Not only is Percy a great costume idea, if you read the book you will learn a lot about Pipistrelle Bats and you can tell everyone you meet all about bats and how they live! You can use dark bedsheets or a costume cape to make the wings and stick felt on some old shoes to make fluffy feet! Gloves will complete the look – but don’t forget your big bat ears so you can hear everything as well as a bat does!

childrens book illustrator

It’s not spooooky as such but it is scary – a dinosaur! In Up Popped a Dinosaur you can find inspiration for a scary dinosaur outfit, or you could try and make a truck outfit! Dinosaur outfits will take a bit of planning, but some scaly fabric and a shoebox for the head-shape (if you’re doing a T-Rex like in the book) and a bit more fabric for a tail and you’re getting there!

It isn’t spooky but it is about the moon and the supernatural! One of our latest, and a really beautiful book, “Mountain Hare and the Supermoon,” is about a hare who makes friends with a shadowy figure who lives in the moon. They have a great day playing, but it can’t last forever. It’s a lovely book, and gives some great costume ideas! A few old wire coat hangers and a bit of white fluffy material and ta-dah: hare ears! Pom pom tails are easy enough, and a white outfit shouldn’t be difficult (or expensive – plus you can use it again so it won’t be wasted).

So there you have it, a couple of super spooky ideas that you can get creative with! Whatever you do this Hallowe’en make sure to have fun and stay safe. Enjoy yourselves and make sure to not eat too many sweets!

A few of my previous clients

happydesigner clients

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath