Skip to main content

Fall Adventures: Aurora Teagarden Halloween Costume

As you may have guessed, I love a good Halloween costume.  When you're 50something, you don't always have an occasion to wear one, unless you dress up for work or attend a party.  

Last year, William and I dressed up on the spur of the moment just to hand out Halloween candy, and we had a good time eating homemade pizza, drinking red wine, and loading up our neighbors with the good chocolate (by which I mean the chocolate everyone wants to get for Halloween.)

I remember one little girl who was so excited to meet "a real princess, just like me!" She was quite impressed with my crown and dress but slightly distressed that I'd already kicked off my shoes for the evening.  

This year, I thought it would be fun to be a little more deliberate about our costumes.  

We really enjoy watching the Aurora Teagarden mysteries from Hallmark Movies and have watched the entire series more than once.  

I love Aurora's sassy librarian style, and William said "yes" to going as Nick, the man who Aurora dates and eventually marries in the movie series.  I am currently in the research stage of planning our Halloween costumes and thought it would be fun to share my findings here.  I think I'll probably choose a scene from one of the movies, and we'll dress according to what Aurora and Nick are wearing in the scene to recreate the photo.  Will anyone know who we are?  I decided that it doesn't matter!  

Aurora has several "trademark" looks that are repeated throughout the series, which ran from 2015 to 2022, so I thought it would be fun to show her signature style in this blog post.  

If you're going to dress like Aurora, I suggested these "must-haves" for her look: 

  • A sweater or top with some kind of interesting detail: pearls on the collar, lacy sleeves, embroidered flowers. 
  • Pair the sweater or top with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. 
  • Add tall boots or booties. 
  • Layer on a fitted jacket. 
  • For a party, wear a fitted dress that hits above the knee.  Sleeveless dresses or very short sleeves seem to be her style of choice. 
  • And for any outfit, make sure you add a pair of dangly earrings and maybe a headband, interesting barrette, or even a hat. 
  • Aurora's color palette is all over the place, but I think she looks amazing in blue.  They also dress her in a lot of light tan, pink and peach colors which I feel are not her best options.  

Aurora's Hair 

I would say that Aurora's hair is also an important part of her look.  For a Halloween costume, I think I'd wear some kind of strawberry blonde-red wig. She's had short hair (almost a bob) to super long (extension-like) hair and even at her blondest, there's still a hint of red.  Also, I would say that a majority of time, her hair is at least shoulder length, and she tends to wear it curled or with the accessories you can see in this photo.  Another look she likes is her hair pulled back and away from her face.  

Nick's Style

Nick also has several style elements that are repeated throughout the show.  His casual looks are often a three button henley tee with a bomber jacket, either with a stand-up collar or popped collar.  And his dressed up looks usually include a navy or dark gray jacket with a dress shirt and tie.  Nick's color palette is centered on navy blue, gray and those dark brown bomber jackets.  


Popular posts from this blog

Fall Fashion: I Found Aurora's Dress on Amazon

I posted earlier this fall about our idea to be Aurora Teagarden and Nick Miller for Halloween.  We've watched a lot of the AT movies to decide on our outfits, and we finally decided to be Aurora and Nick from Heist and Seek .  It's one of the movies where they are dressed up (the other one is Reunited and It Feels So Deadly .) In going down the AT rabbit hole, I found the designer of her dresses in both of these movies, a company called Dress the Population.  And, I also found the exact dress on Amazon , but I decided that $200 was too much for a Halloween costume.  But if you want to replicate her costume exactly, you can!   For $40, I found a sleeveless sequined blue dress with a v-neck.  You'll see it in our Halloween post.  I may look for a strawberry blonde wig or I might just do a temporary pink-ish hair color.  I'll wear my hair pulled back on one side and a dangly earring like she's wearing above, plus a super pink lip color.   Fun fact: Nick's dress sh

Fall Thoughts: "98% of All Diets Fail"

There are lots of numbers associated with the idea of trying to change your body size or composition.  The obvious numbers like the number of the scale, your waist measurement, the size of your pants or your body fat percentage. There are the numbers associated with a best guess for how much of what food you should eat, i.e. 800 grams of fruits and vegetables or 13 ounces of protein (at least for a woman of my size.) And there are numbers connected to how you move your body: how many hours you should strive for per day, how many steps you should take, how many reps you should "leave in the tank" during a weight lifting session.   There are also other numbers, including "the facts."  For example: 80% of Americans aren't eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.  70% of Americans are overweight or obese.   And, my new favorite fact: "98% of all keto diets fail," which was what Dr. Robert Cywes, the Carb Addiction Doctor, who advocates for a

Fall Thoughts: A Simple Way of Eating

After sharing a few examples of extreme ways of eating, I've been thinking about some of the more simplified ways of eating that I've tried in the past. I think somewhere between the "simplicity" of the No S Diet and the "sensibility" of the 800 Gram Challenge, you probably have a lifestyle that would work for many people.   The No S Diet: "As simple as possible but not  simpler" What is it: The No S Diet is a "simple program of moderation."  It can be summed up in 14 words: No Sweets, No Seconds, No Snacks, except (sometimes) on days that start with S.   What's the science: There's really not any science; this is more of a habit-based way to moderate your eating.  Who created it?  Librarian by trade and computer programmer by accident, Reinhard Engels.   Why did I stop doing it:  I'm not sure.  I love the simplicity as I re-read about it! I'm sure I was lured away by the promise of low-carb/keto diets and then just foun