A few years ago, a group of students discovered a blog in a creepy old cabin in the woods.

Of course, they read it.

They couldn’t really make head nor tail of it, though. It was just a crazy, incoherent jumble of words and images: a dress here, a pair of shoes there, a random act of stupidity here, there and everywhere…  So they shrugged, and went off to do something else.

A few minutes after they finished reading, however, the phone rang.

“One week,” said a mysterious voice on the other end.

And sure enough, one week later…

Sadako Halloween Costume

Absolutely nothing happened.

Because blogs don’t have that kind of power, stupid, only horror movies have that kind of power. Have I taught you nothing here?

So, for Halloween Part 1 I decided to pay homage to The Scariest Movie I Have Ever Seen, a.k.a. The Ring. Well, it was either Sadako/Samara from The Ring, or it was That Old Woman from Insidious . If I’d chosen to go as T.O.W., though, I would have actually have had to LOOK at That Old Woman again, in order to get inspiration for the costume, and… I’m not ever looking at That Old Woman again, and you can’t make me. Also, to be Samara, all I needed was a black wig (eBay) and a white nightgown (my mum), et voila!

Samara Halloween Costume

The Ring (and yes, I’ve seen the Japanese version, before you all start) was the first film to seriously freak me out. After watching it, I didn’t sleep properly for approximately three years, because every time I closed my eyes, I would imagine Samara standing at the bottom of the bed, and I would want to die. The movie was also responsible for making me frightened of a) televisions and b) phones. (OK, I’d ALWAYS been a bit frightened of phones, but The Ring took it to new levels.) Even now, I only have to THINK about certain sequences from that movie, and I will freak the hell out.

Samara halloween costume

So, what do you do when there’s a character from a movie who seriously scares you, folks? Why, you dress as her for Halloween, of course! And then you spend the entire evening avoiding mirrors, because every time you catch sight of yourself, you almost die of fear. Awesome!

Anyway, raging fear aside, the party was lots of fun (thanks to Nicky and Barry for being our hosts once again!) and everyone looked fantastic. And I know what you’re thinking. You’re all, “We don’t really care about your crappy outfit, Amber, we just want to see Terry’s costume!” Well, I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a while longer. You see, we have another Halloween party to attend this Saturday, and while I’m wearing something different this time (you can only get me into a shapeless white nightgown once), Terry will be wearing the same costume he wore this week. I know the hosts of the next party read this blog from time to time (Hi Steven and Lindsay!) and I don’t want to spoil the, er, impact of Terry’s outfit for them, so I’ll post his photos on Saturday, before we go. I’m sure you’ll all be on the edge of your seats.

To make up for that crushing blow, however, here is Rubin’s “costume”:

And you can deny it all you like, but if the phone rings shortly after you finish reading this, you’re going to be scared.

Samara from The Ring

And you should be.



  1. Awesome costume! Never in a million years would I have thought of that. haha.. I really can’t wait to see Terry’s costume (boo for only having one! :p )
    Glad to know that you’re having fun this Halloween. 😀
    I miss celebrating it. The only hint of Halloween I got was my iPod getting possessed and playing The Voice Within for no reason. 🙁

    1. Ah, to be fair, I think most people who go to both parties are repeating costumes this year: it can be hard to come up with two in a short space of time!

  2. Hahaha this was awesome Amber! I particularly like how Rubin decided to forgo the whole ‘scary’ thing and just went to Janice Dickinson, dog poseur extraordinaire instead.

    It’s funny, Samara has to be one of the easiest – and scariest – costumes I can think of now that you’ve put it in front of me, and yet it would never have occurred to me otherwise! Simplicity and wow factor = epic Halloween costume.

    1. Yes, it was simple yet effective! It was actually pretty strange for me – I got out of the shower, thought, “right, better do my makeup,” and then realised there was actually no point, because you couldn’t see my face easiest costume ever!

      (I did put on makeup, though: I didn’t want to scare people THAT much!)

  3. Hi Amber, I’m so relieved you’re not coming dressed as this to our fancy dress party, don’t think I could let you wander around the house creeping me out! However I love Rubin’s look here, looks a wee bit like Cher!

  4. Agree on Rubin looking like Cher, he’s fabulous in that wig hehehe. Must admit Halloween makes me nervous, a tad. Yes I am one of those people who get freaked out by others’ costumes. As in, if you’re a very credible zombie, I probably won’t talk to you for the entire evening. And if you happen to dress up like that mean clown in IT, then I probably won’t talk to you for a whole year…so I must admit I did scroll through your pictures quite fast heheheh. Haven’t watched The Ring, but had my friends tell me the entire story. I’m not brave enough, yet I am deeply curious about horror movie storylines…I’m such a freak…

  5. I wish I could have Halloween this year!

    I finally got to make the “Sally the Ragdoll”-dress (-> Nightmare before Christmas) I had been dreaming of for years. Just in time, too.
    And just this year Halloween is on a Monday, which means it’s my Square Dance evening, and the people there don’t want to celebrate. 🙁
    Sure, I could go dressed up anyway, but I don’t want to be the only one, there’s just no fun in that.
    Oh well, next year then…

  6. I loved this post. I came upon it whilst browsing awhen it caught my attention. Well done for making such an eye-catching title – and that’s proof that titles really do matter…

  7. This costume is fab – and the photos really did give me a shiver! Also that photo of Rubin in the wig might be one of the cutest things I have ever seen – his little GRIN

  8. Not sure what happened there – I managed to send the comment before being able to finish punctuating it.

    Maybe it’s a POLTERGEIST?!

    (or my work keyboard. Probably the poltergeist, though….)

  9. Snap! I was actually terrified watching The Ring, and horror movies usually have no effect on me! I was also subjected to the Japanese version AND the sequel, which were almost as scary, was not impressed. You costume is fab and terrifying! 🙂

  10. Excellent costume, what a good idea! I’m still gearing up to watch the original Japanese movie, the American version scared me stiff.

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