For a lot of people, fall has a lot of meanings: back to school, colder weather and football are among the most prevalent. But for people like me, it means it's Halloween season, and I couldn’t be more excited.  

 As a child, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. And as I got older, my love and passion for Halloween grew. During my sophomore year of high school, I came across a YouTuber by the name of “Glam and Gore.” Within a month, I watched every single video and started to fall in love with the art of makeup.  

 That Halloween, I took my first paycheck and bought all the makeup essentials I thought I might needfrom liquid latex and foundation to cotton balls and tissue paper. My first look I ever did was a  zombie mouth, where I made it look like skin grew over my mouth. My first few looks weren’t the best, I’ll admit, but I had a passion for it. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have the best supplies or the biggest skillset, because I loved it. 

 Over the next few years, I was able to grow my supplies and experiment a little more. I've done a “hooked mermaid” look, where I had a hook through my cheek, sewn my mouth shut, burnt my face,  and I even made it look like I didn’t have an eye. I remember going to a laundromat without an eye and getting a bunch of compliments on how good it looks, and for the first time, I actually felt confident.  

 Since then, I’ve always made a point to go out in public with the wildest looks possible. From a trip to Walmart with both my eyes missing to walking around campus with my mouth sewn shut, there's just something special about the weird looks and gasps from people.   

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