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Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black t-shirt, distressed jeans, and pearl embellished ankle boots

I have the fondest memories of going trick-or-treating when I was a child. We lived in a small town, so there weren’t large subdivisions where you could trick or treat; instead, we went to family members’ homes. I remember driving for hours since no one lived close to each other, but you got the biggest treat bags for your effort.

Seeing my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were enough of a treat, but I also came away with candied apples, candy, and popcorn balls. I can’t recall ever having to take my treat bags and have them x-rayed, and we never worried about anyone putting something inside the candy.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black t-shirt, distressed jeans, and faux-pearl embellished ankle boots

Then, I became the parent, and I enjoyed going trick-or-treating with my children even more than when I was a child. We still went to friends’ and family’s homes, and they still came away with colossal treat bags. I think I was more upset when the time came for them to stop going out on Halloween than they were. Since we live off the beaten path, we don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters, so I’ve improvised over the years.

At the lumber company, we used to set up in the parking lot and hand out candy. We would dress in “themes,” and we would have about 300 children come to visit each time. I LOVED it, but the town started doing trunk or treat; our Law School and a church which are next to each other, began doing games, etc., and gradually, the numbers coming got smaller and smaller.

Since we have a new home in a subdivision this year, I hope we get trick-or-treaters. I can’t wait to dress up, hand out candy, and see all of the cutie-pies making memories they will remember a lifetime.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black skeleton t-shirt

I start thinking about Halloween in September and deciding if I will dress in a costume or just wear a Halloween-themed outfit. I’ve already bought a few cute t-shirts, including this Nightmare Before Christmas tee. In all honesty, I’ve never watched the Nightmare Before Christmas for a couple of reasons. I don’t like scary anything, and two, I’m not a fan of Tim Burton films. I like cutesy, but not scary when it comes to Halloween tees. I’m wearing a large, which is my usual size for t-shirts. I’ll also share some cute ones that I’ve found.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in distressed jeans and pearl embellished ankle boots

Don’t hate me for wearing distressed/holey jeans! I wore these in my Inside The Dressing Room, Vol. 3 post, and they had to come home with me. I couldn’t help myself when I saw these high-waisted O.G. straight ripped jeans. I like distressed jeans, but not the kind with giant gaping holes. These jeans are okay for me, but I don’t want any with larger holes than these.

Since these are a curvy fit, I sized down (just barely) to a size 8. If you are in-between sizes, you probably want to go with the larger size to be sure. Here are some other jeans for those of you who are not a fan of the distressed look.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is wearing pearl embellished ankle boots

You might have seen me wear these embellished faux pearl Chelsea boots before when I did the little black dress worn five different ways post. In that post, I was wearing them with a dress and moto jacket, but today, I am styling them with jeans instead. These boots are cute, fashionable, comfortable, trending, and very modern looking. If you want to be any of those things, then these are the boots for you. I am wearing my usual size 9, so these run true to size. I’ll link to a couple more styles similar to the ones that I have on.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, is wearing a black dress, a moto jacket, and pearl embellished ankle boots

little black dress // embellished faux pearl Chelsea boots // vintage, authentic moto jacket // 18Kt Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace // AVI Large Hoop Earrings // Ryder Multi-Chain Necklace // David Yurman Loop Bracelet

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween with her spooky skeleton nails

Someone asked about my Halloween nails. As I mentioned earlier, I like cute, not scary, so I picked an adorable skeleton. I thought the black tips with a white stripe were cute and elegant looking, so I went with that. These are my real nails; she paints them and then puts a gel on them for strength. SHe doesn’t file down into my real nail, so they are staying healthy.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black skeleton t-shirt, distressed jeans, and pearl embellished ankle boots

Let me share another Halloween story with you. Ashleigh and Joseph were born in October, so we celebrated with a Halloween-themed birthday party. One time, I decided to make a haunted house out of a room that we had made from a two-car garage. The room was quite large, and I covered all the windows and doors with black material, so no light came through them.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black tee, distressed jeans, and pearl embellished ankle boots

I had several stations set up through the room, such as a wicked witch (my grandmother) that cackled and had a pot she was stirring dry ice. Dracula (my brother-in-law) also made an appearance in a homemade coffin that some of the men from the lumber company made.

Plus, I had two plywood tables set up with “food” such as brains, eyeballs, etc., for the kids to see. There was also a tin cake plate that I would raise to show them the “cake” underneath. My sister-in-law was under the table and had her head poking through a hole, so when I raised the tin cake cover, she opened her eyes and screamed at them.

The kids all got the biggest kick out of the haunted house, and they talked about it for years to come. And, they loved my bird dog that ran around in the yard with a sword sticking out of his neck. It all sounds scary now, but it was actually cute, and they loved it all.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens, shows you how to celebrate Halloween in this black skeleton tee, distressed jeans, and pearl embellished ankle boots

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  1. What a fun style, I’m glad you tried holey jeans… not sure I’m ready but you make them look great and appropriate. I prefer cute over scary for Halloween too. Appreciate the link of great shirts, thanks!

  2. Don’t apologize for liking and wearing distressed jeans! You like them, and, therefore, you carry them off beautifully. Which brings me to a question that you could discuss sometime: is wearing fashion based on an age or a state of mind? If you love what you’re wearing, does it matter if you’re 70? If you love wearing a fedora hat, are you able to carry it off because you love it or because of the shape of your face? I think it’s your state of mind: if you feel comfortable and happy, that’s how you’ll look. But there are some who say you shouldn’t wear a particular style because it might look like you’re trying too hard. Discuss among yourselves…..

    1. Nancy, I always believe in wearing what makes you happy. I don’t think you should ever let age hold you back from wearing what you like. I think a fedora is super cute…on others. I can’t seem to pull of the look, and it probably has something to do with my hair style.

  3. Charlcy L Green says:

    Oh I love this outfit & your nails! Just bought a pair of boots like this. Cant tfind my Halloween sweatshirt so I need to find another. Loved the stories of your family celebrations! Thx for sharing them!

  4. Our church has trunk or treat, games, and food! We dress up and decorate our car themed with the costumes. I’m not into scary. I decorate our house for Fall. It’s my favorite season 🏈🌻🍁

  5. Hello
    I don’t really celebrate Halloween. I decorate for Fall. Did trick or treating with kids many moons ago. I work in a before and aftercare program so I will probably wear a costume. This year I will be a skittles candy package. Super easy decorate an over sized tee shirt. We currently don’t live somewhere wear anyone would come up our super long driveway.

  6. Your nails are great! Love the outfit with the Moto jacket too. It’s always a dilemma what to wear on Halloween because it stays warm here. A t-shirt and jeans seems perfect.
    It’s quiet in our neighborhood now that most of the kids are grown and moved out. We still hand out candy. Years ago ours was the “party” house. All my kids friends came over for an early dinner before heading out to trick or treat…even through high school! We used to have a parade in the neighborhood too. Sadly, things have changed and we’re lucky if we get 15 kids.
    We still decorate the house and have a fun dinner and make the most of it because this household loves Halloween like you do. Your haunted house sounds like it was awesome! Clever too.
    Have a wonderful Halloween Tania. We celebrate anything and everything whenever we can!

  7. Katherine says:

    Tania, you are so much fun, love your heart. We live in a country club in Arizona. We do not get any trick or treaters. I ask my girlfriend to bring her grandchildren over so I can get out my fun Hallmark talking box full of candy.
    The kids are precious and so much fun to watch.

  8. Love the Jack t-shirt!
    Tania you should give the movie a try.
    Jack discovers Christmas & there’s a love story between Jack and Sally.

  9. Ginger Hiller says:

    We do not have any trick or treaters 😢. But the last few years that we lived in a subdivision, we didn’t have any either due to the church’s, malls, etc., hosting things. My birthday is on the 24th, so as a child I had lots of Halloween themed birthday parties. I also have so many fond memories of trick or treating.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Love your jeans, and love following you, such an encouraging and delightful lady to view and give suggestions on styles. Such a blessing!! But we do not celebrate Halloween. The day does not honor or up lift Jesus Christ and goes against our Christian faith.

  11. Living in the country has eliminated trick or treaters. We go to our daughters, Papa and the dog go with the kids and our son-in-law(the dog has a costume) I stay and help give out candy. I always wear a Haloween t- shirt.

  12. Love the “Nightmare “ t-shirt! I’ll be wearing a Halloween face mask(want to play it safe). Hadn’t thought about a Halloween t-shirt though. Thanks for the idea! Will buy one soon. I get quite a few trick or treaters so I love to dress up just a bit. It’s such a fun night!

  13. You are rocking those distressed jeans.

  14. Marcie W. says:

    Fun story of your October birthday party. I like your nails and I am like you….I like cutesy but not scary. Always enjoy your posts.

  15. You are the most fun Halloween gal! You put so much effort and fun into everything!! Those are some great memories!

  16. I’m country so no trick or treaters. I love that you went all out so your kids could have a good time. Holidays are such fun! Cute sweater! Are those boots heavy?

  17. Christine F says:

    I love distressed jeans…unfortunately I’m 71 and about as edgy as I get is a raw hem. Dang getting old sucks 😕 cute post Tania