Photographer Completely Transforms Herself into a New Character for Every Day of October

Photographer Amanda Chapman is a Christmas baby, but her favorite holiday has always been Halloween. In fact, the enthusiasm for this season has helped her and her family get through a rough period in their lives–in August 2012, Chapman's husband, Greg, was diagnosed with cancer. As a mother of two teenagers, Chapman knew she needed to remain a beacon of positivity and strength, despite feeling very scared inside.

On September 30, 2012, Chapman decided that the family needed something to take their minds off of Greg's illness. She pledged that for every day in October, she would transform herself into a character from stories that she loved, and then snap a photograph. The next day, her series 31 Days of Halloween was born.

Chapman's Halloween transformations are impressive, especially considering that she has never had any formal makeup training. “I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials,” she explained to Weekly Flickr. “And I also studied a lot of behind-the-scenes photos of the actual films that the characters are in, and seeing what techniques they used.” Chapman isn't alone in this artistic adventure though. Her 14-year-old daughter Amberlyn is an artist who provides assistance on the creative shoots.

The 31 Days of Halloween has taken place every year since 2012, and looking at Chapman's portfolio, you get a sense of what she likes to read and watch. Her instantly-recognizable characters are modeled after a variety of pop culture inspiration including Tim Burton films, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter. For 2015, she's also paid homage to Pixar's Inside Out and The Babadook.

Greg is still battling his cancer diagnosis. This year, he endured both chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, but he's now in recovery. Chapman sees this as a cause for celebration this Halloween. “He has come through this with flying colors,” she reported to Weekly Flickr. “This guy is my hero, and he is doing great.”

Above: Mad Hatter

Sadness (Inside Out)

Poison Ivy



Edward Scissorhands

The Grinch

Two Face (Batman)

White Walker (Game of Thrones)

Grandpa Munster

Maurice (Little Monsters)

The Babadook

Cheshire Cat

Blue Girl with Wine

Skull Self Portrait

The White Rabbit

Lord Voldermort

Amanda Chapman: Website | Flickr

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Esther Hallmeyer.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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