When Life Imitates Art

The Addams Family 1

Danny and I embrace our weirdness and dress up as Morticia and Gomez Addams every Halloween. I find it transformational when donning a wig, applying dark makeup and slipping into Morticia’s character for the night.

I remember the original drawings of The Addams Family created by Charles Samuel Addams. He had an interesting fascination of the macabre and drew over 1300 cartoons in his lifetime. He inspired and consulted for The Addams Family TV show, one of my favorites while growing up.

addams family cartoon
“Just the kind of day that makes you feel good to be alive.”


Perhaps that caption inspired Andy Grammer’s hit, “Hallelujah.”

We discovered the Boulder Dinner Theater would perform The Addams Family musical and had to go. It exceeded our expectations.

When Wednesday Addams falls in love, she trades her dark, sadistic personality and garb for sunshiny, daffodil yellow and shocks her family. Her brother, Pugsley laments the loss of her torture. She confides in her dad, Gomez, she is engaged, but makes him swear not to tell her mother, Morticia. The musical becomes a wild romp when the uptight future in-laws arrive for dinner.

It made me think about how much truth there is in judgement and secrets. I could care less about being judged. It’s no secret how different I am from everyone else. You gotta love the skin you’re in.

Gomez and Morticia in fog


Have you watched The Addams Family? Do you like dressing up in costume? Do you think you’re pretty average or ‘out there’ like me? 

This is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art.

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Cara Mia, It’s Halloween!

We’ll Be Waiting for You.

Getting into Character

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  1. I love to embrace my “weird” too, and just recently dyed my hair blue. . . and not one person who knows me was surprised, because it’s so true to my nature. Love the costumes, and now I want to see the musical, as it sounds fabulous!


  2. “Adams Family” was one of my favourites. I always thought it would be cool to be like them but never would have thought to actually do it. Even for Halloween. It’s wonderful you and your husband can do this together.
    I hadn’t even heard of the musical but now I want to see it.


  3. I loved Aadams’ artwork – also very funny.
    Realistically “average”/”normal” may be less common than people think – as society loosens rules, it all becomes more apparent.
    Question: do you tiny step across the floor like Morticia did in the series?…watch those steps! Must have tango, too!


    1. I am lucky that Danny gets into to it too!
      I’ve seen all of the episodes and movies several times. And the theme song is the BEST! Da, da, da DA! *snap, snap*
      Funny thing. Danny wanted to dress in character for the musical, but he was sick and I didn’t want to fight with my wig while eating. I have to keep my chin lifted to keep hair from flying in my mouth.
      I had a eureka moment while watching Morticia during the performance. She wore bobby pins! 🙂 Next time!


    1. Ha! That is so great that you sport her stripe, proudly! She was a tough gal, that Lily…:)
      Morticia cracked me up with her gardening and snipping the heads off roses. Both were excellent family shows. Nothing compares!

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  4. Haha! I love costumes! Tha Addams Family was one of my favorite shows while growing up, too. Yep, I sure do love to wear costumes. I’m weird through and through. Oh well, what’s a weirdo to do? 🙂


  5. Fun Post. I have to say I stopped getting in costume after I stopped appearing in community theater in Connecticut. It was so much fun and I enjoyed it. The best part I had was Humphry Bogart in “Play it Again Sam.” So many flirtations.


  6. Other than being incredibly handsome and awesome I’d say I’m just average. 😀 But I LOVE dressing up for Halloween. Funny costumes, ghoulish costumes, whatever. Kim and I usually try to do something together. Best holiday!!


  7. OMG Susie. You guys look awesome!!!! Mathair had me watching both the TV show and the movies. I used to tell her that I wanted the same kind of relationship that Gomez and Morticia have. In fact, I’ll be thirty in June and I still refuse to get married until I can find my “Gomez”. Hahaha So I would have to say that we’re pretty out there like you, Susie, and very far from normal. 😉 Great post.


    1. Thanks so much, Inion! It’s fun to dress up especially when I have a partner in costume. 🙂 I’m glad you are waiting. Your Gomez is waiting for you too!
      I’m glad we can relate.
      Thanks for the Facebook share too!


  8. I loved that TV show when I was a kid, Susie. I thought the theme song was a lot of fun and it gave me the incentive to learn how to snap my fingers. I am much more of an under the radar personality who prefers to stand on the sidelines than in the spotlight. Are you aware that Roz Chast, the New Yorker cartoonist, is a huge Charles Addams fan?


    1. I remember the finger snap being a thing too. My dad introduced me to Addams. He was an inspiration to many illustrators, like me. But how cool to illustrate for the New Yorker. I just chase my own tail or is it tale…either way, I’m still waiting for the day when I get paid for something.


  9. I’ve never seen one of those original drawings, I love that! I’m not particularly a dressing up person (notwithstanding my fabulous queen costume yesterday 🙂 ), but I love seeing others dressed up, and you too look wonderful! I think I’m deceptively “out there” – because I’m pretty quiet and introverted and compliant (what an awful word, but I can’t think of a better one right now!) most of the time, people assume certain things about me that aren’t necessarily true…(she says mysteriously).


    1. Thanks, Vanessa!
      Out there is good!
      I think dressing up is so much fun especially since most the time I sit and type all day in work out clothes.
      You may want to google more of Addams’ cartoons. They are super amazing. The Addams Family, as weird as they come, was welcomed into households all over the world. It sure opened the door for people like me. 🙂


  10. I loved watching the Addams Family as a kid while growing up in Australia. While I loved the storyline, the way the characters looked creeped me out a bit 😀 You two make a very convincing Morticia-Gomez pair. Very well done and classy 🙂


    1. Thanks so much, Mabel! That is so cool that you watched them too. There was just enough humor in the show to keep it from getting too uncomfortable. I remember Wednesday’s persistence in harming Pugsley did set me on edge. It was back in the day when I thought main character’s could die. Ha!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. So there is a saying that the kids these days are using on social media “#relationshipgoals.” Aka when couple is just so damn cute. You two, my dear, are #goals! You always know how to have fun!


  12. I loved the show. As I’ve gotten older I appreciate it even more now in reruns. When I was a kid I leaned more towards The Munsters, but I feel now that The Addams Family aged better. Halloween was always a hoot when we were kids because it offered a chance to be something else. No wonder i was bitten by the theater bug. Yeah, I’m out there, just hope they don’t lock the stage door while I’m out there! 😀


  13. I love the Addams Family. Who did you dress up as Cousin It? – looking good you two! I am not the costume type though. I do like to dress up and go out on date night with hubbie though.

    I have not been social accepted throughout my life, however; I am comfortable with who I am and the older I get I could care less if you like me or not. I am fun and full of life! I think part of it is not being raised in one place – I went to 7 schools in 12 years throughout MN, was home schooled as well until I was 14 in living with my grandma either in MI or FL. I have made 2 cross country moves in my adulthood. I have traveled to multiple countries. I have been told that I am a bit of an acquired taste. I did not have those friendships that started in preschool. I had to learn how to make friends at 14 in 9th grade – it either makes you or breaks you – ha!

    Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂 You are such a Wild Rider!!!


    1. I think you’re amazing! That would be hard to not have the time to develop friendships. After a while, it wouldn’t be worth the effort, right?
      Cousin It is a wooden stool on wheels. It would be funny to attach it to a remote and make him move around when kids come to the door!
      Thanks, Renee! Have a splendid weekend!


  14. I remember when you guys did that. The b&w photo is kind of creepy, btw… I love it. I have not heard of this musical. How fun that would be to stage. I’ll have to look into it. I’ll bet you went to the show in character.


  15. Love that photo. You guys must have so much fun. I’ve always liked Halloween, even though I don’t dress up anymore. But I’d say overall I am definitely more “out there”. I certainly don’t care what others think of me anymore. I have more fun that way.


  16. If you dress up as Gomez and Morticia every Halloween it seems to be a consistent enough habit not to be considered weird. Maybe that’s the real subconscious you trying to get out and dressing normal the rest of the year is the weird and unusual habit.


  17. I love this post Susie, it’s awesome I was raised by the Adams family although I am sure like the ‘Ghosts’ the Adams family would never emit it! Carolyn Jones’ she was so beautiful, like my Great late mother of my birth. Upon my Page of Favorite Quote along with Helen Keller; Herm Albright; Joan Jett; Tom Waits; Samuel Longhorne Clemens; and others. I have this Adams Family Quote I taught you might enjoy as ‘this post appropriate.’

    -Morticia Adams: Gomas…

    -Gormas Adams: Querida?

    -Morticia Adams: – Last night, you were unhinged. You were like some desperate howling demon. You frightened me. Do it again…

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  18. Not meaning here to promote my blog, but I Collect terrifying Encounter stories, a vast archive of Werewolf – (aka Dogman). Sasquatch, Wendigo; Mountain Monsters (19 feet tall four toed People eaters the local Canadian Indian tribes fear. And others. But this coming All Hallows’ Eve I will be posting a very frighten Victorian era Ghost story, It has to be one of the most frightening ghost stories / Encounters I have ever read of, it was an encounter posted in a eastern States New Paper, it’s an arm chair armrest detacher, as a pop corn tosser on a one to ten scale I rate it as a 27.

    -I recommend any whom read come to read it, to be wearing adult nappies… and an address where they can be dumped off just in case they well. Um, deceased from fright… They start to gather up here and there’s just no more empty spots in the gardens, and the neighbor’s Mausoleum is full up; with ghosts…

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