A Halloween Miscellany

Cat_243_dover by Mary Jo

This is Mary Jo, cleverly disguised as Jo because Jo has a book due tomorrow (!!!) so I’m covering for her today.  (This is the infamous nun-on-the-run and rake-on-the-make book, so I for one am looking forward to it!)  Since today is Halloween, I have a natural topic. <g>  So here are bits and pieces of Halloween history and opinionizing.

History

There’s an old saying that if you see a parade, get in front and maybe people will think you’re leading it. This analogy works for the way the Christian church co-opted pagan holidays.  If people are going to be celebrating anyhow, let’s attach a Christian holiday so eventually everyone will think they’re celebrating a Christian holiday.  Christmas attached rather nicely to the Saturnalia and other winter solstice celebrations, and Easter is good for spring frolics—eggs, bunnies and fertility, yes!

Jack_o_lantern_in_the_dark All Saints Day, honoring the spirits of the blessed departed, is November 1st, so All Hallows Evening (All-Hallows-Eve’n > Hallow-ev’n > Halloween) is October 31st.  Traditionally, it is a time when the veil between the worlds of the seen and the unseen thins, and spirits can walk the land. 

Apparently All Saints Day was once in spring, but it became attached to the Celtic pagan holiday Samhain (pronounced “Sow-on,” with the sow pronounced like the lady pig.)  Samhain actually meant “November” in the Gaelic languages, and it celebrated the end of the harvest season.  It’s still a major holiday among Wiccans and other pagans.

So All Saints Day and Samhain are both celebrations of death in their way, and it’s fitting that they’re in autumn.  In olden days, winter was the killing season, when fierce weather and starvation always loomed as threats.  Days shorten and turn cold, leaves fall and skitter eerily across the land, and birds fly south.  On a dark and stormy night, it’s easy to believe that Death walks beside you.  Dressing as a ghost or goblin when outside is a way of blending in with the other beings that walk the night.   

A lot of Halloween customs originated in Ireland, the most Celtic of countries.  A traditional cake for the holiday is barmbrack, a yeasted bread with dried fruit.  Here’s a link to a recipe:  http://www.veg-world.com/recipes/barmbrack.htm   Often the cake would contain little tokens to suggest what the upcoming year would be like: a ring for a wedding, a coin for good fortune, and so forth.  (Similar customs, often for Christmas cakes, are found in other Northern European cultures.) 

Jack_o_lantern When I lived in England, I was startled when a local friend said that yes, vegetables were carved and candles put inside, but frequently the vegetables were turnips.  Turnips!  It was a shock to my American system, though it makes sense, turnips being in good supply in the British Isles while pumpkins are natives of the Western Hemisphere. 

Carved turnips are apparently still common in Ireland, though sometimes a swede (like a turnip, only not one) or even a mangel-wurzel, is used.  The theme here is root vegetables, and they have to be a lot harder to hollow one out than pumpkins!

Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween ) has lots of information about Halloween if you want to dig further. (Their entry on Samhain is also good: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain )  I particularly liked their version of the legend of the jack-o’-Lantern

Opinions

This week’s Newsweek had an interesting piece on neurology saying that the human mind likes to fill in missing pieces of puzzles to create pictures, and this can lead to imagining ghosts and the like when there are unexplained phenomena.  Then the columnist suggested that this is why so many people believe in the unseen these days, and why Halloween had become enormously more popular as a holiday.

Vampire_costumes Well—No!  The reason why Halloween has expanded is because my generation, the Boomers, who most certainly do not intend to go gentle into that good night, didn’t want to give up the fun of wearing costumes and dressing up.  So they’ve carried costumes into adulthood.  I’m not into costumes myself, but people have a lot of fun with it, so why not?  Most of our modern Halloween practices are pretty recent, and definitely more festival than religious holiday. 

Halloween decorations have also been a major growth industry.  The amount of Stuff that can be bought Haunted_castle is staggering—the holiday is one of the biggest of the year for consumer spending.  And storing all the decorations, along with all our other Stuff, explain why there are now storage parks across America. <G>  (In this season, the cat hospital where I take my kitties has a huge inflatable black cat moored to its front lawn, bouncing in the wind.  It is roughly the size of an adult elephant.  A cat with serious attitude!) 

Personal

Like most kids, I liked Halloween because of the opportunity to go out and collect candy.  Costumes were improvised from what was around the house and were seldom elaborate—in Upstate New York, the chances are you did your trick or treating in a heavy winter coat, so fancy costumes weren’t noticed. 

No one worried about kids being fed razors or poisoned candy or such.  The biggest hazard was being hit by a car as we tromped along the shoulder of a rural state highway, but I never heard of that happening.  And if all the sugar made us hyperactive—well, this was before anyone had heard of ADD. <g>

One of my favorite Halloweens was babysitting for my ten-year niece, a most excellent young lady, quite a lot of years ago.  My brother had a business trip to Europe and his wife wanted to go, but obviously their daughter couldn’t be left alone.  I was unemployed at the time, having left my last Real Job, so I was able to move into their house for a couple of weeks—which happened to include Halloween. 

Kids_in_costumes The house was in a nice, low traffic neighborhood with lots of trees and kids, so there were masses of trick-or-treaters heading in all directions.  I went out with my niece, which was fun, while my SO manned the house and handed out candy.  A good time was had by all, and being in Northern Virginia, quilted coats and galoshes weren’t required.

I do remember one household, though, where the mother had made incredibly elaborate costumes for herself and all her kids.  The theme was pumpkins, with great round padded pumpkin globes that required serious internal structure, and little quilted caps that mimicked pumpkin stem and leaves.  I figure that they must have taken weeks of work, and privately decided that the mom was seriously underemployed and desperate for a creative outlet. <g> 

For Fun

Author Heather MacAllister has done some fun holiday decorating on her website  After the intro, it opens to a very interesting looking recipe for roast pumpkin soup:   http://www.heathermacallister.com/

Here’s a link from Jo about spiders on drugs, which seems in keeping with the holiday.  It starts out like a Canadian Broadcasting nature snippet, but soon turns very colorful indeed.  You are warned! <g> 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc 

So that’s some miscellaneous reflections on Halloween.  What about you?  Is this a holiday you enjoy, despise, or tolerate?  Do you get dressed up in costume?  Have any favorite stories?  Please share!

Halloweencrab Mary Jo, showing a picture of a Costa Rican Halloween crab that she found while Googling illustrations.  And no, that’s not a costume, it’s real!

40 thoughts on “A Halloween Miscellany”

  1. I love Halloween. I leave my honey, salt and bread out for the fairies tonight. I also loved to dress up and remember going to adult Halloween parties with wonderful costumes. I was always the one that was asked “what are you supposed to be?” I also could never be a normal witch or fairy or whatever. I was always the Witch of Endor or a Will-o-the-wisp. I’m such a nerd. Anyway, tonight we will have a neighborhood candy give out. And sample our neighbors homemade elderberry wine. The weather is great, it’s a little breezy and I’m looking forward to it

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  2. I love Halloween. I leave my honey, salt and bread out for the fairies tonight. I also loved to dress up and remember going to adult Halloween parties with wonderful costumes. I was always the one that was asked “what are you supposed to be?” I also could never be a normal witch or fairy or whatever. I was always the Witch of Endor or a Will-o-the-wisp. I’m such a nerd. Anyway, tonight we will have a neighborhood candy give out. And sample our neighbors homemade elderberry wine. The weather is great, it’s a little breezy and I’m looking forward to it

    Reply
  3. I love Halloween. I leave my honey, salt and bread out for the fairies tonight. I also loved to dress up and remember going to adult Halloween parties with wonderful costumes. I was always the one that was asked “what are you supposed to be?” I also could never be a normal witch or fairy or whatever. I was always the Witch of Endor or a Will-o-the-wisp. I’m such a nerd. Anyway, tonight we will have a neighborhood candy give out. And sample our neighbors homemade elderberry wine. The weather is great, it’s a little breezy and I’m looking forward to it

    Reply
  4. I love Halloween. I leave my honey, salt and bread out for the fairies tonight. I also loved to dress up and remember going to adult Halloween parties with wonderful costumes. I was always the one that was asked “what are you supposed to be?” I also could never be a normal witch or fairy or whatever. I was always the Witch of Endor or a Will-o-the-wisp. I’m such a nerd. Anyway, tonight we will have a neighborhood candy give out. And sample our neighbors homemade elderberry wine. The weather is great, it’s a little breezy and I’m looking forward to it

    Reply
  5. I love Halloween. I leave my honey, salt and bread out for the fairies tonight. I also loved to dress up and remember going to adult Halloween parties with wonderful costumes. I was always the one that was asked “what are you supposed to be?” I also could never be a normal witch or fairy or whatever. I was always the Witch of Endor or a Will-o-the-wisp. I’m such a nerd. Anyway, tonight we will have a neighborhood candy give out. And sample our neighbors homemade elderberry wine. The weather is great, it’s a little breezy and I’m looking forward to it

    Reply
  6. Kids and teachers at our school are dressed up today-some are really funny. One seventh grade boy used a box to create a tv- with ESPN on the screen, naturally. We have lots of witches, princesses and Dorothys in the lower grades. Four 8th grade girls are in homemade Ninja Turtles costumes, and one teacher is in a sports jersey with buttons that say “Ceilings are #1” and “Go Ceilings”. She is- are you ready?- a ” Ceiling Fan”!!! Since I needed a costume that would not be inappropriate on a woman of a certain age (and size) I went to the Salvation Army Thrift STore and got a white blouse, jacket, petticoat and long skirt, and a wide brim hat. I added a cameo pin, gloves, and a red white and blue ribbon sash and a sign that says “Give Women the Vote” and voila- I am a suffragette. It was a lot cheaper that the King Tut outfit the religion teacher is wearing, but not as cheap as the biker dude costume the science teacher has on…we are not getting much serious studying done today, as you might have guessed, but we sure are having fun!

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  7. Kids and teachers at our school are dressed up today-some are really funny. One seventh grade boy used a box to create a tv- with ESPN on the screen, naturally. We have lots of witches, princesses and Dorothys in the lower grades. Four 8th grade girls are in homemade Ninja Turtles costumes, and one teacher is in a sports jersey with buttons that say “Ceilings are #1” and “Go Ceilings”. She is- are you ready?- a ” Ceiling Fan”!!! Since I needed a costume that would not be inappropriate on a woman of a certain age (and size) I went to the Salvation Army Thrift STore and got a white blouse, jacket, petticoat and long skirt, and a wide brim hat. I added a cameo pin, gloves, and a red white and blue ribbon sash and a sign that says “Give Women the Vote” and voila- I am a suffragette. It was a lot cheaper that the King Tut outfit the religion teacher is wearing, but not as cheap as the biker dude costume the science teacher has on…we are not getting much serious studying done today, as you might have guessed, but we sure are having fun!

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  8. Kids and teachers at our school are dressed up today-some are really funny. One seventh grade boy used a box to create a tv- with ESPN on the screen, naturally. We have lots of witches, princesses and Dorothys in the lower grades. Four 8th grade girls are in homemade Ninja Turtles costumes, and one teacher is in a sports jersey with buttons that say “Ceilings are #1” and “Go Ceilings”. She is- are you ready?- a ” Ceiling Fan”!!! Since I needed a costume that would not be inappropriate on a woman of a certain age (and size) I went to the Salvation Army Thrift STore and got a white blouse, jacket, petticoat and long skirt, and a wide brim hat. I added a cameo pin, gloves, and a red white and blue ribbon sash and a sign that says “Give Women the Vote” and voila- I am a suffragette. It was a lot cheaper that the King Tut outfit the religion teacher is wearing, but not as cheap as the biker dude costume the science teacher has on…we are not getting much serious studying done today, as you might have guessed, but we sure are having fun!

    Reply
  9. Kids and teachers at our school are dressed up today-some are really funny. One seventh grade boy used a box to create a tv- with ESPN on the screen, naturally. We have lots of witches, princesses and Dorothys in the lower grades. Four 8th grade girls are in homemade Ninja Turtles costumes, and one teacher is in a sports jersey with buttons that say “Ceilings are #1” and “Go Ceilings”. She is- are you ready?- a ” Ceiling Fan”!!! Since I needed a costume that would not be inappropriate on a woman of a certain age (and size) I went to the Salvation Army Thrift STore and got a white blouse, jacket, petticoat and long skirt, and a wide brim hat. I added a cameo pin, gloves, and a red white and blue ribbon sash and a sign that says “Give Women the Vote” and voila- I am a suffragette. It was a lot cheaper that the King Tut outfit the religion teacher is wearing, but not as cheap as the biker dude costume the science teacher has on…we are not getting much serious studying done today, as you might have guessed, but we sure are having fun!

    Reply
  10. Kids and teachers at our school are dressed up today-some are really funny. One seventh grade boy used a box to create a tv- with ESPN on the screen, naturally. We have lots of witches, princesses and Dorothys in the lower grades. Four 8th grade girls are in homemade Ninja Turtles costumes, and one teacher is in a sports jersey with buttons that say “Ceilings are #1” and “Go Ceilings”. She is- are you ready?- a ” Ceiling Fan”!!! Since I needed a costume that would not be inappropriate on a woman of a certain age (and size) I went to the Salvation Army Thrift STore and got a white blouse, jacket, petticoat and long skirt, and a wide brim hat. I added a cameo pin, gloves, and a red white and blue ribbon sash and a sign that says “Give Women the Vote” and voila- I am a suffragette. It was a lot cheaper that the King Tut outfit the religion teacher is wearing, but not as cheap as the biker dude costume the science teacher has on…we are not getting much serious studying done today, as you might have guessed, but we sure are having fun!

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  11. I haven’t been a big participant in Halloween as an adult, and it won’t change today. We can’t wear costumes at my work, because my hospital has a Very Serious Dress Code. Also Wednesday is my weekly choir rehearsal at church, and we’re starting our long rehearsals focusing on Advent and Christmas music this week, so I’ll be skipping ahead to the next holiday season.
    But my 3-year-old daughter is going to be the cutest pirate in the WORLD tonight.

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  12. I haven’t been a big participant in Halloween as an adult, and it won’t change today. We can’t wear costumes at my work, because my hospital has a Very Serious Dress Code. Also Wednesday is my weekly choir rehearsal at church, and we’re starting our long rehearsals focusing on Advent and Christmas music this week, so I’ll be skipping ahead to the next holiday season.
    But my 3-year-old daughter is going to be the cutest pirate in the WORLD tonight.

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  13. I haven’t been a big participant in Halloween as an adult, and it won’t change today. We can’t wear costumes at my work, because my hospital has a Very Serious Dress Code. Also Wednesday is my weekly choir rehearsal at church, and we’re starting our long rehearsals focusing on Advent and Christmas music this week, so I’ll be skipping ahead to the next holiday season.
    But my 3-year-old daughter is going to be the cutest pirate in the WORLD tonight.

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  14. I haven’t been a big participant in Halloween as an adult, and it won’t change today. We can’t wear costumes at my work, because my hospital has a Very Serious Dress Code. Also Wednesday is my weekly choir rehearsal at church, and we’re starting our long rehearsals focusing on Advent and Christmas music this week, so I’ll be skipping ahead to the next holiday season.
    But my 3-year-old daughter is going to be the cutest pirate in the WORLD tonight.

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  15. I haven’t been a big participant in Halloween as an adult, and it won’t change today. We can’t wear costumes at my work, because my hospital has a Very Serious Dress Code. Also Wednesday is my weekly choir rehearsal at church, and we’re starting our long rehearsals focusing on Advent and Christmas music this week, so I’ll be skipping ahead to the next holiday season.
    But my 3-year-old daughter is going to be the cutest pirate in the WORLD tonight.

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  16. The spider video is seriously sick!!! My grin for the day.
    Love the Ceiling Fan idea. Must remember should I ever be coerced into dressing up. I much prefer watching the kids enjoy it. My granddaughter is at an age where she really doesn’t care what she is as long as it involves lovely frilly feathery things and candy. And make-up.
    I am sure with all the ghosts and ghoulies out on this lovely Halloween, the spirit world will leave us alone! (did you know that the costume disguise was to prevent the dead from finding the people they sought?)

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  17. The spider video is seriously sick!!! My grin for the day.
    Love the Ceiling Fan idea. Must remember should I ever be coerced into dressing up. I much prefer watching the kids enjoy it. My granddaughter is at an age where she really doesn’t care what she is as long as it involves lovely frilly feathery things and candy. And make-up.
    I am sure with all the ghosts and ghoulies out on this lovely Halloween, the spirit world will leave us alone! (did you know that the costume disguise was to prevent the dead from finding the people they sought?)

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  18. The spider video is seriously sick!!! My grin for the day.
    Love the Ceiling Fan idea. Must remember should I ever be coerced into dressing up. I much prefer watching the kids enjoy it. My granddaughter is at an age where she really doesn’t care what she is as long as it involves lovely frilly feathery things and candy. And make-up.
    I am sure with all the ghosts and ghoulies out on this lovely Halloween, the spirit world will leave us alone! (did you know that the costume disguise was to prevent the dead from finding the people they sought?)

    Reply
  19. The spider video is seriously sick!!! My grin for the day.
    Love the Ceiling Fan idea. Must remember should I ever be coerced into dressing up. I much prefer watching the kids enjoy it. My granddaughter is at an age where she really doesn’t care what she is as long as it involves lovely frilly feathery things and candy. And make-up.
    I am sure with all the ghosts and ghoulies out on this lovely Halloween, the spirit world will leave us alone! (did you know that the costume disguise was to prevent the dead from finding the people they sought?)

    Reply
  20. The spider video is seriously sick!!! My grin for the day.
    Love the Ceiling Fan idea. Must remember should I ever be coerced into dressing up. I much prefer watching the kids enjoy it. My granddaughter is at an age where she really doesn’t care what she is as long as it involves lovely frilly feathery things and candy. And make-up.
    I am sure with all the ghosts and ghoulies out on this lovely Halloween, the spirit world will leave us alone! (did you know that the costume disguise was to prevent the dead from finding the people they sought?)

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  21. From MJP:
    Elderberry wine! How perfect, Kay. Eldritch and autumnish. 🙂
    Gretchen, I LOVE the ceiling fan! And how clever to be a suffragette. Educational, fun, and even comfortable. 🙂 Sounds like your school is having a very fun day.
    Susan, I have no doubt she’ll be the world’s cutest pirate. 🙂 Johnny Depp has a done lots for pirates as a class.
    Frilly, feathery, and sparkly–ALL good!
    Mary Jo

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  22. From MJP:
    Elderberry wine! How perfect, Kay. Eldritch and autumnish. 🙂
    Gretchen, I LOVE the ceiling fan! And how clever to be a suffragette. Educational, fun, and even comfortable. 🙂 Sounds like your school is having a very fun day.
    Susan, I have no doubt she’ll be the world’s cutest pirate. 🙂 Johnny Depp has a done lots for pirates as a class.
    Frilly, feathery, and sparkly–ALL good!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  23. From MJP:
    Elderberry wine! How perfect, Kay. Eldritch and autumnish. 🙂
    Gretchen, I LOVE the ceiling fan! And how clever to be a suffragette. Educational, fun, and even comfortable. 🙂 Sounds like your school is having a very fun day.
    Susan, I have no doubt she’ll be the world’s cutest pirate. 🙂 Johnny Depp has a done lots for pirates as a class.
    Frilly, feathery, and sparkly–ALL good!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  24. From MJP:
    Elderberry wine! How perfect, Kay. Eldritch and autumnish. 🙂
    Gretchen, I LOVE the ceiling fan! And how clever to be a suffragette. Educational, fun, and even comfortable. 🙂 Sounds like your school is having a very fun day.
    Susan, I have no doubt she’ll be the world’s cutest pirate. 🙂 Johnny Depp has a done lots for pirates as a class.
    Frilly, feathery, and sparkly–ALL good!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  25. From MJP:
    Elderberry wine! How perfect, Kay. Eldritch and autumnish. 🙂
    Gretchen, I LOVE the ceiling fan! And how clever to be a suffragette. Educational, fun, and even comfortable. 🙂 Sounds like your school is having a very fun day.
    Susan, I have no doubt she’ll be the world’s cutest pirate. 🙂 Johnny Depp has a done lots for pirates as a class.
    Frilly, feathery, and sparkly–ALL good!
    Mary Jo

    Reply
  26. I always loved Hallowe’en, even when we designed our costumes more for warmth than disguise (up in frosty Canada here!). I didn’t stop trick-or-treating until I was 15! I was short so I got away with it 😀
    Even now I quite enjoy dressing up, I have a stock of costumes that I like to pick from: cute barmaid (my mom’s German dirndl), Thai boxer (a silk bathrobe with a dragon on the back and a headband, tank top and boxer shorts), or pirate (jeans, pirate hat, knife and sash, and boots). I think I enjoy Hallowe’en at least as much as I did when I was a kid – I just miss out on the candy…

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  27. I always loved Hallowe’en, even when we designed our costumes more for warmth than disguise (up in frosty Canada here!). I didn’t stop trick-or-treating until I was 15! I was short so I got away with it 😀
    Even now I quite enjoy dressing up, I have a stock of costumes that I like to pick from: cute barmaid (my mom’s German dirndl), Thai boxer (a silk bathrobe with a dragon on the back and a headband, tank top and boxer shorts), or pirate (jeans, pirate hat, knife and sash, and boots). I think I enjoy Hallowe’en at least as much as I did when I was a kid – I just miss out on the candy…

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  28. I always loved Hallowe’en, even when we designed our costumes more for warmth than disguise (up in frosty Canada here!). I didn’t stop trick-or-treating until I was 15! I was short so I got away with it 😀
    Even now I quite enjoy dressing up, I have a stock of costumes that I like to pick from: cute barmaid (my mom’s German dirndl), Thai boxer (a silk bathrobe with a dragon on the back and a headband, tank top and boxer shorts), or pirate (jeans, pirate hat, knife and sash, and boots). I think I enjoy Hallowe’en at least as much as I did when I was a kid – I just miss out on the candy…

    Reply
  29. I always loved Hallowe’en, even when we designed our costumes more for warmth than disguise (up in frosty Canada here!). I didn’t stop trick-or-treating until I was 15! I was short so I got away with it 😀
    Even now I quite enjoy dressing up, I have a stock of costumes that I like to pick from: cute barmaid (my mom’s German dirndl), Thai boxer (a silk bathrobe with a dragon on the back and a headband, tank top and boxer shorts), or pirate (jeans, pirate hat, knife and sash, and boots). I think I enjoy Hallowe’en at least as much as I did when I was a kid – I just miss out on the candy…

    Reply
  30. I always loved Hallowe’en, even when we designed our costumes more for warmth than disguise (up in frosty Canada here!). I didn’t stop trick-or-treating until I was 15! I was short so I got away with it 😀
    Even now I quite enjoy dressing up, I have a stock of costumes that I like to pick from: cute barmaid (my mom’s German dirndl), Thai boxer (a silk bathrobe with a dragon on the back and a headband, tank top and boxer shorts), or pirate (jeans, pirate hat, knife and sash, and boots). I think I enjoy Hallowe’en at least as much as I did when I was a kid – I just miss out on the candy…

    Reply
  31. From Sherrie:
    For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just a big kid who never grew up. *g*
    My best Halloween costume was when my teenaged friend and I dressed as characters from the 1960s TV show, “Ben Casey.” I was Dr. Casey. I dressed in white, draped a stethescope around my neck, stuck an enema bag in my pocket, and used mascara to make the hair on my arms really black, just like Vince Edwards (Dr. Casey).
    My friend donned her mother’s nurse uniform and hat and became Dr. Maggie Graham, Casey’s co-star. Yes, we were too old to trick or treat, but we just hated giving up the fun.
    Each year my sister puts out a lifesized plastic Halloween cat with arched back and fluffy raffia “fur.” The first time one of her real cats saw it on the porch, he hissed and arched his back and walked sideways up to the Halloween cat, ready for battle. When the fake cat didn’t run away, the real cat circled behind him and … sniffed his butt! Too funny!
    One year my sister borrowed my homemade bumblebee costume and carried a brown paper grocery bag with handles, as part of her costume. The bag was filled with fake flowers, and she’d written “Lunch” on the outside. *g*

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  32. From Sherrie:
    For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just a big kid who never grew up. *g*
    My best Halloween costume was when my teenaged friend and I dressed as characters from the 1960s TV show, “Ben Casey.” I was Dr. Casey. I dressed in white, draped a stethescope around my neck, stuck an enema bag in my pocket, and used mascara to make the hair on my arms really black, just like Vince Edwards (Dr. Casey).
    My friend donned her mother’s nurse uniform and hat and became Dr. Maggie Graham, Casey’s co-star. Yes, we were too old to trick or treat, but we just hated giving up the fun.
    Each year my sister puts out a lifesized plastic Halloween cat with arched back and fluffy raffia “fur.” The first time one of her real cats saw it on the porch, he hissed and arched his back and walked sideways up to the Halloween cat, ready for battle. When the fake cat didn’t run away, the real cat circled behind him and … sniffed his butt! Too funny!
    One year my sister borrowed my homemade bumblebee costume and carried a brown paper grocery bag with handles, as part of her costume. The bag was filled with fake flowers, and she’d written “Lunch” on the outside. *g*

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  33. From Sherrie:
    For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just a big kid who never grew up. *g*
    My best Halloween costume was when my teenaged friend and I dressed as characters from the 1960s TV show, “Ben Casey.” I was Dr. Casey. I dressed in white, draped a stethescope around my neck, stuck an enema bag in my pocket, and used mascara to make the hair on my arms really black, just like Vince Edwards (Dr. Casey).
    My friend donned her mother’s nurse uniform and hat and became Dr. Maggie Graham, Casey’s co-star. Yes, we were too old to trick or treat, but we just hated giving up the fun.
    Each year my sister puts out a lifesized plastic Halloween cat with arched back and fluffy raffia “fur.” The first time one of her real cats saw it on the porch, he hissed and arched his back and walked sideways up to the Halloween cat, ready for battle. When the fake cat didn’t run away, the real cat circled behind him and … sniffed his butt! Too funny!
    One year my sister borrowed my homemade bumblebee costume and carried a brown paper grocery bag with handles, as part of her costume. The bag was filled with fake flowers, and she’d written “Lunch” on the outside. *g*

    Reply
  34. From Sherrie:
    For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just a big kid who never grew up. *g*
    My best Halloween costume was when my teenaged friend and I dressed as characters from the 1960s TV show, “Ben Casey.” I was Dr. Casey. I dressed in white, draped a stethescope around my neck, stuck an enema bag in my pocket, and used mascara to make the hair on my arms really black, just like Vince Edwards (Dr. Casey).
    My friend donned her mother’s nurse uniform and hat and became Dr. Maggie Graham, Casey’s co-star. Yes, we were too old to trick or treat, but we just hated giving up the fun.
    Each year my sister puts out a lifesized plastic Halloween cat with arched back and fluffy raffia “fur.” The first time one of her real cats saw it on the porch, he hissed and arched his back and walked sideways up to the Halloween cat, ready for battle. When the fake cat didn’t run away, the real cat circled behind him and … sniffed his butt! Too funny!
    One year my sister borrowed my homemade bumblebee costume and carried a brown paper grocery bag with handles, as part of her costume. The bag was filled with fake flowers, and she’d written “Lunch” on the outside. *g*

    Reply
  35. From Sherrie:
    For those who know me, it will come as no surprise that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’m just a big kid who never grew up. *g*
    My best Halloween costume was when my teenaged friend and I dressed as characters from the 1960s TV show, “Ben Casey.” I was Dr. Casey. I dressed in white, draped a stethescope around my neck, stuck an enema bag in my pocket, and used mascara to make the hair on my arms really black, just like Vince Edwards (Dr. Casey).
    My friend donned her mother’s nurse uniform and hat and became Dr. Maggie Graham, Casey’s co-star. Yes, we were too old to trick or treat, but we just hated giving up the fun.
    Each year my sister puts out a lifesized plastic Halloween cat with arched back and fluffy raffia “fur.” The first time one of her real cats saw it on the porch, he hissed and arched his back and walked sideways up to the Halloween cat, ready for battle. When the fake cat didn’t run away, the real cat circled behind him and … sniffed his butt! Too funny!
    One year my sister borrowed my homemade bumblebee costume and carried a brown paper grocery bag with handles, as part of her costume. The bag was filled with fake flowers, and she’d written “Lunch” on the outside. *g*

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  36. I am in the wrong corner of the woods – we do not really celebrate Halloween in Austria. Well, we are getting Americanized so some people do dress up their kids and there is some stuff in the stores, but it’s not the usual thing to do. Well, we have our own time for dress up in January/February which lasts longer than just one night 🙂 – “Fasching” (a kind of crneval, but not like in Venice or Rio de Janero!)…. we

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  37. I am in the wrong corner of the woods – we do not really celebrate Halloween in Austria. Well, we are getting Americanized so some people do dress up their kids and there is some stuff in the stores, but it’s not the usual thing to do. Well, we have our own time for dress up in January/February which lasts longer than just one night 🙂 – “Fasching” (a kind of crneval, but not like in Venice or Rio de Janero!)…. we

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  38. I am in the wrong corner of the woods – we do not really celebrate Halloween in Austria. Well, we are getting Americanized so some people do dress up their kids and there is some stuff in the stores, but it’s not the usual thing to do. Well, we have our own time for dress up in January/February which lasts longer than just one night 🙂 – “Fasching” (a kind of crneval, but not like in Venice or Rio de Janero!)…. we

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  39. I am in the wrong corner of the woods – we do not really celebrate Halloween in Austria. Well, we are getting Americanized so some people do dress up their kids and there is some stuff in the stores, but it’s not the usual thing to do. Well, we have our own time for dress up in January/February which lasts longer than just one night 🙂 – “Fasching” (a kind of crneval, but not like in Venice or Rio de Janero!)…. we

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  40. I am in the wrong corner of the woods – we do not really celebrate Halloween in Austria. Well, we are getting Americanized so some people do dress up their kids and there is some stuff in the stores, but it’s not the usual thing to do. Well, we have our own time for dress up in January/February which lasts longer than just one night 🙂 – “Fasching” (a kind of crneval, but not like in Venice or Rio de Janero!)…. we

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