Halloween Blog #3 Sanderson Sisters /Mark McDaniels

Hocus Pocus, the silly, over-the-top comedy, is a Halloween classic and one of our favorite movies. The three main characters – played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker – are hilarious, campy, and wickedly funny. The witchy threesome is also the inspiration for some AMAZING build-your-own costumes created by our very own Mark McDaniels.

Mark has been with arc for over 5 years. Mark’s job is to merchandise for our stores. He is responsible for the new Halloween product buy as well as a member of the new store opening team. But Halloween is his favorite! Mark and his partner in artistic endeavors, Gerta Thompson, spend months searching the country for the most amazing Halloween costumes and décor. They attend Halloween shows every year in January to find the hottest in Halloween trends. This literally takes months and a lot of devotion. But the result is that our 30 stores are literally bursting with Halloween delights!!

When Mark isn’t ensuring that our cauldrons are stocked to ghoulish perfection, he is creating amazing Halloween costumes from items found from the aisles of arc. This year he outdid himself by designing three fabulously frightful creations based on the Sanderson Sisters, the three witches from Hocus Pocus.

“I love that Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson are so off beat,” Mark said. “I love that their outfits, and their hair and their makeup are over the top and outrageous; this makes creating Halloween costumes based on them all the more fun because I get to embrace that wackiness and really run with my imagination.”

But Mark is also a stickler for detail. Each character has definite and recognizable features (such as Winifred’s red hair, the vacuum Mary carries with her, or the capes the three sisters wear) and he’s very careful to include them.

He spent hours visiting just about every arc store along the Front Range and each of the fiendish build-outs incorporated both new and donated items. And, sometimes pieces of a costume came from unexpected places. The bodice on Winifred’s costume, for instance, was actually created from a table runner Mark found in the Domestics section of a store. Her cape was made from a donated graduation gown and a segment of drape. For her amazing hair, Mark used a new wig but then teased and styled it to look just like Winifred’s crazy mane!

Here’s the breakdown of how Mark waved his magic wand to create these lovelies!

Winifred Sanderson:

  1. Striped tights (new)
  2. Dress (donated costume)
  3. Bodice (created from table runner)
  4. Gloves (cut and designed from new spiderweb tights)
  5. Cape (from a graduation gown)
  6. Hooded cape (added to cape and made from a piece of drape)
  7. Black boots (donated)
  8. Jewelry (donated)
  9. Red wig (new, but then teased and styled)
  10. Wig cap (new)
  11. Large book covered and decorated with spooky images (embellished)
  12. Makeup palette (new)

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Mary Sanderson:

  1. Striped leggings (donated)
  2. T-shirt (donated)
  3. Vest dress (donated costume then cut and redesigned)
  4. Two flowing skirts (donated)
  5. Cape with hood (donated)
  6. Black shoes (donated)
  7. Jewelry (donated)
  8. Dark wig (new, but then teased and styled and adorned with ribbon)
  9. Wig Cap (new)
  10. Vacuum (donated)
  11. Makeup palette (new)

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Sarah Sanderson:

  1. Striped tights (new)
  2. Dress (donated costume)
  3. Scarf belt with coins (piece of donated costume)
  4. Cape (donated)
  5. Black shoes (donated)
  6. Jewelry (donated)
  7. Long blonde wig (new, then teased and styled)
  8. Wig cap (new)
  9. Broom (donated)
  10. Makeup palette (new)

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