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Halloween Inspiration from Makeup Artists on Instagram

Happy Halloween! Today, Many Instagrammers from around the world will be sharing photos and videos from the spookiest day of the year. If you want to take your costume to the next level, check out these great makeup artists on Instagram for inspiration:

  • Lyle Reimer, makeup and mixed media artist — @lylexox
  • Hannah Concannon, freelance makeup artist — @dressupbox
  • Roshar, fashion makeup artist — @rosharofficial
  • Mathu Andersen, photographer and makeup artist — @mathu7

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The 2013 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

For more photos and videos from the event, check out the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze location page. Be sure to explore the #jackolantern hashtag in the coming week to see Halloween pumpkin carvings from around the world.

Set against the rolling mountains and winding waterways of the Hudson River Valley, the 2013 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze has come to upstate New York, USA. The 25-night-long Halloween event features over 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into sea monsters, spider webs, dinosaurs and a particularly photogenic tunnel where visitors can gaze at the jack o’lanterns suspended above them.

Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.

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Happy Halloween, Instagram!

Rejoice, it’s October 31st! Instagrammers have been snapping photos of their costumes for the spookiest day of the year, Halloween, and we even came across several fantastic Instagram-themed getups.

Will you be putting on an outfit for All Hallows’ Eve? Share it with us by using the hashtag #instagramcostume!