This family's incredible yearly Halloween photo shoot is going viral.

Julie Peveto has taken a lot of photographs, but her two favorite subjects are her husband and adorable 7-year-old daughter.

All photos by Julie Peveto, used with permission

In 2014, when her husband dressed up as the Baron Samedi for a trip to New Orleans with friends, Julie saw a great opportunity for a Day-of-the-Dead-themed photo shoot.

She dressed her daughter in similarly spooky attire and staged an awesome shoot near their home.

Friends and family couldn't get enough of the ghoulish pics, so the family decided to start a Halloween tradition.

The next year, Julie dressed dad and daughter as blood-sucking vampires.

The pair lurked around an old castle in Oklahoma as mom snapped photos.

This year, they dressed as ghostly spirits, restlessly roaming about a graveyard.

Julie's preparation was more elaborate than ever this year, too, with her daughter wearing a vintage nightgown and her husband an old, shredded, powdery suit.

"It's usually too much work to think about me also dressing up," Julie said with a laugh. "Right now it's just something special between dad and daughter."

"He's very involved, picks her up from school every day. They have a really great relationship."

Along with amazing costumes and impeccable camera work, Julie's photos capture two parents willing to go to great lengths to build amazing memories with their daughter.

Since she started the project, Julie's photos have gone viral several times.

"People say, 'Oh, what a fun memory to have,'" she said. "Just the togetherness of the family going out and doing something fun together."


The family plans on keeping the tradition going as long as possible, too.

"Until my daughter doesn't want to do it anymore," Julie joked.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

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Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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