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Cinderella Charm

As autumn nears, the world is painted in warm shades of orange and gold. The leaves turn colors and crinkle underfoot, cool breezes waft scents of pumpkin spice through the air and cozy cardigans get pulled out from the back of the closet. All this means that not only fall, but Halloween is just around the corner! This enchanting holiday brings a mix of fun, creativity and nostalgia that captivates the hearts of all ages. There’s something so magical about picking out the perfect pumpkin, cozying up with a blanket watching a classic fall film or stocking up on all things pumpkin flavored. But one of the most iconic aspects of Halloween is putting together that perfect costume! This was probably one of the funnest things to do as a kid. A chance, once a year, to transform into someone or something entirely different for one night. I mean come on, what kid didn’t have a blast doing that? And without a doubt, my absolute favorite person to dress up as was my favorite princess, Cinderella.

Disney’s Cinderella came out in 1950, becoming an instant classic. Upon its initial release, Cinderella earned over $4 million in the United States and Canada, making it a commercial success. And not only that, the film has grossed over $520 million at the domestic box office, making it one of Disney's most successful classics. Cinderella received three Academy Award nominations: Best Original Score, Best Original Song for "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," and Best Sound Recording. It won two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Post-World War II, Disney studios were struggling to survive (hard to imagine these days); however, Cinderella marked a significant milestone in the history of animation, as it reinvigorated the studio's animation department and paved the way for possible future Disney princess films!

Since its debut on the silver screen all those years ago, Cinderella continues to prove that she is still at the top of her game as many have made their attempt at telling her story. There are so many movies that carry on Cinderella’s legacy; each one creating their own renditions by adding different twists that make them fun and unique. To show you what I mean, here is just a glimpse at some of the many movies that have been made about our girl Cinderella!

Disney’s Original Cinderella (1950)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Julie Andrews (1957)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1965)

Ever After: a Cinderella Story (1989)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)

If the Shoe Fits (1990)

Ella Enchanted (2004)

(**My personal fav) A Cinderella Story (2004)

Another Cinderella Story (2008)

Disney’s Live Action Cinderella (2015)

The fall season brings with it a sense of magic and excitement that's perfectly embodied by the anticipation of Halloween. In preparation, I encourage you to find your Cinderella inspiration this Halloween through these movies that bring her to life in different ways. So don't hesitate to slip into that Cinderella dress and let the enchantment of fall and the joy of dressing up sweep you off your feet! But hold onto those shoes!

And that’s the dirt!

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