Photographer's Halloween makeup challenge will blow your mind

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31 Days of Halloween 2014

Oct. 1 - Wednesday Addams (with special guest "Thing")

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 2 - Norman Bates

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 3 - Annabelle

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 4 - Billy Butcherson - Hocus Pocus

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 5 - Tina Belcher - Bob's Burgers

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 6 - Mary Shaw - Dead Silence

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 7 - Lily Munster

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 8 - LunarTix The Clown

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 9 - Self Portrait

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 10 - Dr. Frank N Furter - Rocky Horror Picture Show

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 11 - Elsa - Frozen

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 12 - Walker

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 13 - Edgar Allan Poe & The Raven

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 14 - Marge Simpson

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2014

Oct. 15 - Blind Mag - Repo! The Genetic Opera

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 16 - Jared Leto

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 17 - Pepper - American Horror Story

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 18 - Lydia Deetz - Beetlejuice

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 19 - White Queen - Alice In Wonderland

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 20 - Tin Man - Wizard Of Oz

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 21 - Charlotte

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 22 - Nosferatu

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 23 - Victor Van Dort - Corpse Bride

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 24 - Pale Man - Pan's Labyrinth

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 25 - Goddess

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 26 - Rick Grimes - Walking Dead

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 27 - Alien

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 28 - Morticia Addams

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 29 - Twisty - American Horror Story Freakshow

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 30 - Jackal - Thir13en Ghosts

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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By EMILY CEGIELSKI

Two years ago, Amanda Chapman needed an outlet. It was August 2012, and her husband had just been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The bad news was taking a toll on her family, and Amanda knew she needed to find a way to take their minds off the situation.

In an effort to "focus all the negative energy into something positive," the Alabama-based photographer and self-taught makeup artist began a self-portrait series that she dubbed "31 Days of Halloween."

"Literally on a whim I started each day in October doing a different makeup and then posting it on Facebook," Amanda explained to AOL.com. "The original inspiration was to turn a bad situation into something beautiful. It gave my husband and kids something to be excited about again."

The project, which also sprung from Amanda's love of Halloween (it has always been her favorite day of the year), quickly grew into a phenomenon. Although she "didn't get into the makeup aspect of [Halloween] until October 2012," her immense talent and uncanny ability to transform into any character left everyone who saw her work in awe. It wasn't long before she had amassed a large online following.

"31 Days of Halloween - 2012"

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31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 1 - Sugar Skull

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 2 - Jigsaw

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 3 - Zombie

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 4 - Red Queen

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 5 - Comic Book Girl

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 6 - Vampire

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 7 - Regan - The Exorcist

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 8 - The Corpse Bride

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 9 - Jack Sparrow

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 10 - Ice Cream Clown - Inspired by FaceOff

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 11 - The Mad Hatter

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 12 - Harley Quinn

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 13 - The Joker - Heath Ledger Inspired

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 14 - Granny

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 15. - The Grinch

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 16 - Sally - Nightmare Before Christmas

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 17 - Effie Trinket - Hunger Games

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 18 - Pinhead - Hellraiser

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 19 - Barnabas Collins - Dark Shadows

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 20 - Beetlejuice

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 21 - Freddy Krueger - Nightmare On Elm Street

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2012

Oct. 22 - Avatar

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 23 - The Witch

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 24 - Evil Clown

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 25 - The Cat In The Hat

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 26 - Willy Wonka - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 27 - Chucky

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 28 - The Mummy

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 29 - Frankenstein

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 30 - Lord Voldemort - Harry Potter

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 31 - Zombie Scarecrow

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Going on her third year and creating her 93rd character this Halloween, Amanda continues the project for her family and fans.

"First and foremost, it now stands as a celebration that my husband continues to do remarkably well with his condition," she said. "Secondly, I receive tons of character requests even throughout the year. It makes me happy to read comments that say 'You are the reason I love Halloween!'"

As for her makeup, Tim Burton is one of her biggest inspirations, and she's known to occasionally throw an original character into the mix of zombies, cartoons and iconic faces. Each transformation generally takes two to three hours, but the more elaborate the character, the more time she spends getting each detail just right.

While Amanda's first year was definitely a spontaneous adventure ("I had no idea from day to day what character I was going to do"), nowadays there is a bit more planning involved.

"The past two years, I have compiled an ongoing list that consists of requests from Facebook, as well as my most loved characters," she said.

So which character is her favorite? So far, she says it has to be Edward Scissorhands (see the 2013 slideshow) because she loves the movie and is a huge Johnny Depp fan.

But to Amanda's discerning eye, the true test of her makeup is how it translates on her camera. And while she might "always see something" she should have done differently, everyone else is too busy ogling her Halloween perfection to notice that anything could possibly be astray.

Click through this year's slideshow at the top and last year's below to see Amanda's stunning work. Also, don't forget to check out her Facebook page to see her big 2014 Halloween character reveal!

"31 Days of Halloween - 2013"

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31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 1 - Jack Skellington - The Nightmare Before Christmas

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 2 - Miss Argentina - Beetlejuice

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 3 - The White Rabbit - Alice In Wonderland

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 4 - Charlie Chaplin

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 5 - Coraline

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 6 - Walter White/Heisenberg - Breaking Bad

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 7 - The Wicked Witch

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 8 - Jareth, the Goblin King - Labyrinth

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 9 - Zombie Snow White

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 10 - Sweeney Todd

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 11 - Mermaid

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 12 - Silent Hill Nurse

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 13 - Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 14  - Bellatrix Lestrange - Harry Potter

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 15 - Jessica Rabbit

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 16 - Little Dead Riding Hood

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 17 - Bride Of Frankenstein

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 18 - Mystique - X-Men

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 19 - Carrie

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 20 - Edward Scissorhands

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 21 - Dobby - Harry Potter

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 22 - Tonto - The Lone Ranger

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 23 - Leatherface - Texas Chainsaw Massacre

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 24 - Samara - The Ring

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 25 - Winifred Sanderson - Hocus Pocus

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

31 Days of Halloween 2013

Oct. 26 - Insidious

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 27 - Walker

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 28 - Crow, Burtonesque

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 29 - Werewolf

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 30 - Maleficent

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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Oct. 31 - Jack O'Lantern

(Amanda Chapman Photography)

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