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Behind the Scenes : Halloween Special Issue!

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Have you seen the new Halloween Special Issue? Be sure to run out a grab a copy! It’s chock-full of festive ideas for costumes, decorations, and recipes. If you’ve already studied it front to back, you’ll notice Martha’s fabulous “Motha” costume, which graces the cover.

That said, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the unsung heroes of her costume this year—the moths! For inspiration, we headed to The Evolution Store in SoHo, home to hundreds of species of preserved moths in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and age. There the entomology department helped me choose and safely transport several moths that matched the palette of the costume. They were so delicate and beautiful. Many thanks to Alex and the entomology department at Evolution!

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The Evolution Store in SoHo.

2 The Evolution Store in SoHo.

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Spiders by the register that really, really frightened me.

4 Spiders by the register that really, really frightened me.

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So many butterflies!

6 So many butterflies!

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The beetles were also pretty amazing.

8 The beetles were also pretty amazing.

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Beginning to chose moths.

12 Beginning to chose moths.

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They were fastened securely—so they could endure a potentially bumpy cab ride!

14 They were fastened securely—so they could endure a potentially bumpy cab ride!

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The owl moths were my favorite.

16 The owl moths were my favorite.

These moths in particular, called Rothschildia jacobaeae, were the inspiration for the moths on the cover.

17 These moths in particular, called Rothschildia jacobaeae, were the inspiration for the moths on the cover.

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And, just for fun, check out more of Martha's Halloween costumes from years passed.

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