RedRum. The Shining inspired outfit.

Sometimes, horror stories come in the form of a bad winter cold on your birthday. I am almost a child of Halloween (born on October 29th and forever wishing as a teen it was October 31st so I could pretend I was a witch) and this month’s frightful situation came with two of the scariest words you’ll ever muster as a freelancer… “I need to take a sick day”.

So, to cut a long and very boring story short, I didn’t manage to post this Halloween inspired look in time for Halloween. But, sniffly noses aside, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining will prevail, as will I, and so hopefully you can still enjoy this long after the pumpkins have collapsed and you’ve scoffed all the candy.

This was the first Kubrick film I noticed as a teenager. It isn’t just a scary Halloween movie, it’s a masterpiece. There are oodles of satisfyingly symmetrical shots, stellar performances (I have a huge love for Scatman Crothers and I’m forever entranced by Jack Nicholson, especially for his scene on the stairs) and a whole host of outfits I wanted to copy. Wendy is definitely a London hipster with a collection of dresses that would give Ganni a run for their money. Son Danny sports a stellar wardrobe of knitted jumpers, I particularly love the one with the Apollo 11 space shuttle – I might take up knitting just to grow my own.

If you’ve seen the film, hopefully you’ll recognise my The Shining inspired look. It is, of course, based on those two creepy sisters that plague Danny on his tricycle ride in the hallway. I wanted a blue frothy dress but without a Halloween dress up feel, so I found this luxurious lace number by the glorious Pins & Needles at Asos. I also needed a suitably creepy hotel hallway, so the boy and I went for a drink and a wander at Pendley Manor in Tring, just outside of London. It’s a little Shining-esque, especially on a crisp frosty morning.

My mum said I looked creepy. I was rather pleased. I’m also rather excited that the sequel to The Shining is coming to our screens in 2020, with Ewan McGregor taking up the role of adult Danny. It’s called Doctor Sleep. I wonder if he’ll be sporting any knitwear…

Let me know what you think!


  1. 5 November 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Love the outfit. Great idea for a costume. I went as the dark knight.

    • 5 November 2018 / 3:31 pm

      I love how specific that is. You didn’t go as Batman. You went as the Dark Knight. ????

      • 5 November 2018 / 3:55 pm

        I’m wondering whether to put my photo up. Your post has got me thinking.

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