Dress Up with Paula Deen for Halloween!

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By Paula Deen

From the very first of October, I start thinkin’ about what I want to be for Halloween.  Now I know Halloween is mostly for the little ones, and I’m no spring chicken, but ever since my grandchildren were born, I’ve had a renewed spirit about this playful holiday.  They get such a kick outta their “Ginny” dressing up in a costume and walkin’ door-to-door with them.  And I’ll do just about anything to put smiles on their little faces.  Course, it helps that I don’t embarrass easily.  I never did understand folks who’ll show up to a costume party in plain clothes and carrying a basketball in hopes of passing as an NBA all-star.  For a costume to work, you’ve got to take some risks—and have a little fun.

This year one of my best friends Donna Foltz and I thought we’d pair up on a costume idea.  We decided that one of us would dress up like ladies of a less likable variety: witches. She chose to be a classic witch in The Wizard of Oz style, and I opted to be the Ice Queen—all cold, unapproachable and downright mean.  We took this as an opportunity to live outside the box so to speak since neither of us is “witchy” by nature.  By the time we got done with our hair and makeup, we didn’t figure anyone would recognize us.  Donna and I decided to test this theory and hide and scare my grandson, Jack.  When we jumped out at him, that little stinker looked at me for a long time and then said, “Ginny, I get that it’s makeup, but you’re acting really scary.”

It’s true; Donna and I were quite a sight together.  Costumes are always more fun when you do ‘em with someone else, like the year Michael and I dressed up like a slice of bread and a stick of butter (y’all can guess who was the butter).  Plus, we already go to Donna’s house for Halloween every year.  She lives in this small, gated community where all the families know each other and the children can play safely.  The kids and the parents gather out in the street and have a riot.  Brooke and Jamie join us with the kids and now hopefully Michelle will bring Henry, too.  It’s becoming our little family tradition.

Because they’re so busy having such a good time chasing one another with their swords and castin’ spells with their magic wands, the kids don’t get too wrapped up in candy collecting.  They fill their buckets, stuff some in their mouth and hand the rest over to their mommas who’ll ration it out over the weeks to come.  Or there’s my grandson Jack who doesn’t even like chocolate.  Imagine that, a child who doesn’t like chocolate!  His brother Matthew on the other hand, he lives to eat, so Brooke’s gonna have a time with him.  She’ll have to throw the candy away or hide it.  Yes, he’s a man after my own heart.

I know I’m weak when it comes to sweets, especially chocolate.  So not too long ago I asked myself, “How can I have my chocolate and eat it, too?”  Well, I have a little secret to share with y’all.  That weakness of mine has lead to a new venture I’m really excited about: In the next few months I’m coming out with a sugar-free chocolate that’ll blow you off the block.  Y’all had no idea sugar-free could taste so good.  It’s out of this world.

That’s no trick y’all, but it’s a downright good treat—a spell this sweet-toothed witch can get behind.

It may not be out in time for Halloween, but I don’t have to wait too much longer before I can finally “have my chocolate and eat it, too.” 

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Ice Queen:
Ice FX Pro Makeup Kit which includes Ice Gel, Medium sized Ice Cyrstals, Large sized Ice Cyrstals, Ice Powder. All found at www.silverrainstudio.com.
Ben Nye Aqua Glitter
Mehron Metallic Powder in Silver
Ben Nye Cream Foundation in White
Ben Nye Cream Foundation in Blue
Halloween Glitter lashes upper & lower
Contacts La Stat purchased from Halloween section of Lens.com


For the Green Witch:
Ben Nye Cream Foundation in Green or from Ben Nye Death Wheel
Ben Nye Cream Foundation in dark brown & Black
Black Cream Foundation in Black
Prosthetic Witch Nose & Chin from any halloween store
Black Eyelashes


1. Apply the white foundation color over the entire face and neck.
2. Apply a shimmery light blue shadow to base of eye from lash line to crease.
3. Apply a blue glitter color to eyebrows extending upwards at the end.
4. Intensify blue shadow at outer corner with a bright aqua blue color.
5. Apply lashes to upper lids. I used a strip of lashes with white & silver glitter found at a Halloween shop.
6. Apply bottom lashes.
7. Apply a thin layer of ice gel to entire forehead and up into hairline and rest of face wherever ice crystals are desired.
8. Apply multiple layers of medium & large ice crystals on top of ice gel over entire face.
9. Apply lipstick in bright blue or desired color and insert special effects contacts of choice.


1. Apply green cream foundation to entire face & neck
2. Apply dark brown cream foudnation to creases of face from forehead to neck
3. Draw black eyebrows to face
4. Apply spirit gum to face where nose prosthetic will be attached.
5. Apply spirit gum to edge of nose prosthetic where nose will attach to face.
6. Let spirit gum dry and then apply more of green cream foundation at adhesion mark.
7. Apply prosthetic chin in same manner as chin.
8. Apply green shadow or desired color to eye area from lash line to crease.
9. Apply a strip of black eyelashes.

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Paula, I enjoy your recipes and use them frequently. My comment is more of a question. What is the method you use to freeze fresh corn on the cob? I have tried a couple of ways and they seem to be water logged when defrosted. I would appreciate your input. Thanks ahead from an appreciative fan.

By Cathy Gallaway on July 18, 2014


I just love you Paula! I've used a lot of your recipes and they are all wonderful. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Kay M.

By Kay Merrell on December 20, 2013


I enjoy this website. Long may it continue!

By Carol Mixon on July 10, 2013


You are awesome. Love your personality!

By Niishtha on October 31, 2012


Dear Mrs. Paula, I really enjoy watching your show. When I watch your show, I feel right at home with my family. I have tried several of your recipes and I really enjoy them. I recently got married this year and my husband loves to cook. I am very blessed that he loves to cook, because before we got married, I told him that I love to cook sweets verses meals. He said that he can work with that, because he enjoys sweets! My grandaddy always told me, the way to a mans heart is threw his stomach! An that is so true! Before my grandaddy passed away this year, he had taught me also how to cook and bless him, he really enjoyed cooking! To him, he rather be in the kitchen and cook than anything else. He taught me some tricks or two on how to cook. My grandaddy also enjoyed watching your show. My mama has helped me cook also threw the years and still is. She and I enjoy watching your show together, she tells me that you are one of her favorites. To me, being in the kitchen with your family means so much, because you build memories that will last a life time and when you stop and think about it, being in the kitchen with your family is when all your memories start and last. Thank you so much Mrs. Paula for being you and sharing your recipes with us. Thanks, Daina Lane

By Daina Lane, the i in my name is silence on October 31, 2012


Paula, I love the costume ideas. This is probably simple that I just haven't thought of it yet but how did you get your hair that way? That really is cool.

By Mystie Dukes on October 30, 2012


just want to say I love your show and tomorrow is my birthday thanks a lot for your show wanda thomas

By wanda thomas on October 30, 2012

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
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Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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