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Behind the Scenes : Halloween Special Issue Costumes

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I had SO much fun developing the costumes for this year's Halloween Special Issue. You've seen Martha's "Motha" costume in action, but have you seen the other six B-Movie-themed costumes that accompany her? Flip through the pages of the special issue and you'll find some classic camp characters reinvented with basic supplies found at hardware stores, pharmacies, and party suppliers. Take a look behind the scenes of the "B-Movie Blowout."

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Our Tween Wolf model, getting ready to bare his fangs. His backdrop pictured a foggy full moon.

1 Our Tween Wolf model, getting ready to bare his fangs. His backdrop pictured a foggy full moon.

Tween wolf and his sister.

2 Tween wolf and his sister.

The Vanishing Man getting all dolled up.

3 The Vanishing Man getting all dolled up.

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It was hard for Vanishing Man to see with all that gauze, so we had to help him with the martini.

5 It was hard for Vanishing Man to see with all that gauze, so we had to help him with the martini.

Little Miss Monstrous getting her makeup done by the talented Clelia Bergonzoli.

6 Little Miss Monstrous getting her makeup done by the talented Clelia Bergonzoli.

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Everyone pitches in to get her camera ready.

9 Everyone pitches in to get her camera ready.

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A final touch of red lipstick and she's ready!

12 A final touch of red lipstick and she's ready!

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Stephen Johnson, an Martha Stewart Living art director, and me, getting ready for Galaxy Guy and Gal debut.

14 Stephen Johnson, an Martha Stewart Living art director, and me, getting ready for Galaxy Guy and Gal debut.

A final mist of the silver glitter spray.

15 A final mist of the silver glitter spray.

Stephen getting some fake eyelashes.

16 Stephen getting some fake eyelashes.

Documenting Tween Wolf's makeup.

17 Documenting Tween Wolf's makeup.

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Steph (a fellow crafts editor) trying on her Lagoon Lady costume.

19 Steph (a fellow crafts editor) trying on her Lagoon Lady costume.

Steph, with her hair in an amazing up-do resembling a fin, waits patiently to get her makeup done. Our amazing photographer, Henry Leutwyler, looks on.

20 Steph, with her hair in an amazing up-do resembling a fin, waits patiently to get her makeup done. Our amazing photographer, Henry Leutwyler, looks on.

A piece of fishnet stocking was used to stencil scales on Steph's face.

21 A piece of fishnet stocking was used to stencil scales on Steph's face.

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Marcie secures Steph's rubber glove collar.

24 Marcie secures Steph's rubber glove collar.

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Here are some of my favorite outtakes from the shoot.

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Little Miss Monstrous really got into character!

1 Little Miss Monstrous really got into character!

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Baxter the dog came along with the photo team for this shoot.

5 Baxter the dog came along with the photo team for this shoot.

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Stephen warms up while I'm finishing my transformation to Galaxy Gal.

7 Stephen warms up while I'm finishing my transformation to Galaxy Gal.

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Wardrobe malfunction! Stephen took a lunge we heard his spacesuit tear.

9 Wardrobe malfunction! Stephen took a lunge we heard his spacesuit tear.

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A little tape on that suit and we're back in action!

12 A little tape on that suit and we're back in action!

Lagoon Lady!

13 Lagoon Lady!

Look at those contacts glow!

14 Look at those contacts glow!

She's loving it!

15 She's loving it!

Having the time of her life!

16 Having the time of her life!

And...she's over it—get me outta this swamp!

17 And...she's over it—get me outta this swamp!

The final shots that were chosen...

18 The final shots that were chosen...

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