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Work | October 31, 2023 | By Monika Halsan

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I was never too big on this tradition growing up, and even though I’m still not too fussed about it – really – I love preparing for it. Getting costumes and props ready.

This year, my partner and I dressed up as Shrek and Fiona. Accompanied by a homemade Donkey, which, as my newest personal art project, I wanted to share.

Monika and her partner dressed up as Shrek and Fiona.

No Shrek without Donkey

Last year, I made the dog Zero from Nightmare before Christmas to match our Jack and Sally outfits. So this year, I figured I’d do something similar when deciding we’d be Shrek and Fiona.

Because, as a random guy said when seeing us dressed up, “is there a Donkey?!”. Can’t have Shrek without Donkey.

(On that note – all dressed up on Friday, we went to a house party. On the way home, several people asked for photos of and with us. We stopped by a pizza place, and the guys working topped our visit by playing All Star (used in the opening of Shrek); all of a sudden, even more people had their phones up and started filming. Could not help but dance a little. Good thing my boyfriend handles attention much better than me!)

Process collage of the creation of Donkey from Shrek.

I love creative projects like this. It took much longer than I thought it would, I had to get the saw out a few times, and his face went from normal Donkey face to pumpkin… but it was so much fun.

Although digital art is an absolute lifesaver in many situations, I often miss using my hands, physically. This project had me covered in flour, water and feathers (so many feathers!), but I reckon that’s just part of the fun.

Plus, people absolutely loved him. We had so many comments from strangers in the streets, and everyone at the party adored him. Some wanted to take him home, others took selfies with him. And that’s the main thing for me – seeing how much he brightened other people’s evening as well.

The rest of the costumes

In addition to Donkey, we obviously needed our own costumes as well. So after considering our options, I eventually made the ears out of clay, pipe cleaners and headbands. Painted these to match the green face paint – which was so much better than I thought it would be!

Other than that, we didn’t go too crazy with our own costumes. The green faces and ears were enough. My boyfriend did have a pillow belly, though, which resulted in some rather impressive belly dancing.

Have a spooky day!

With that, I wish you a Happy Halloween!