Friday, October 30, 2009

The eve before Halloween Eve

Aren't these ladies perfect for the season?

My mother wasn't a fan of Halloween so I wasn't allowed to do Trick or Treat. Which is a little surprising now that I think about it because she did Halloween Trick or Treating when she was a girl. I remember her telling me that they would go house to house and shout Trick for a Treat. Then they would be invited inside and have to sing a song or in my mother's case, if they had a piano she would play a piano piece. Then they would get a penny for a treat. Remember that was in the early 1930s

I only remember one costume and that was when my parents had finished building their "rec room" in the basement and they had their first big party.
It was my job to open the door for the guests. I vaguely remember wearing a sheet or pillowcase as a costume.

Not the same for my children, of course, they had costumes, home made until that was unacceptable and it had to be store bought.
Face paint was always chosen over masks. Rubber masks got hot and sweaty. Painting your face green was much more fun.

The garage had to be prepared for Halloween. Decorations put up, the table set up and a large coffee urn, rescued from St. Vincent's, with the Logo of a Bug Killing Company, on it, held hot apple cider. A plate of home made gingersnaps were for the Trick or Treater's. Not something you can do in this day and age.
Out house was the one where kids and parents came to warm up with the cider and actually have something to eat. We didn't hand out candy.
One year, one of the boys stood on the garage roof, I think it was James, as Death.
Most people thought it was a stuffed figure, he did such a good job.
One year, not my best year, I dressed as a clown. The one from Saturday Night Live and whacked kids and parents with a large stuffed sock.
One year, John and I were the Coneheads, again SNL living large in our lives.

Our house was decorated, spooky figures and sounds coming from it. Gravestones on the lawn. Spider webs hanging from the porch railings. One year there was even a dressed skeleton lounging on the porch swing, holding a dried up bouquet of flowers.............waiting.............

Everything shut down at 9:00. Garage closed up, porch lights turned off and our kids inside eating pizza and chattering about what kinds of candy they got. Even with a relatively dark house the front doorbell would ring and one of us would answer it to find older kids, not in costume looking for handouts. That's where having a LARGE dog at your side, was handy.

Now, we live out in the country and the children do not wander the roads or up long driveways to Trick or Treat. We don't decorate for Halloween anymore.
Perhaps that will change as Riley gets older.

I think I will bake some gingersnaps and heat up some apple cider tomorrow night,
just for old times' sake. Besides it makes the house smell so good.

Enjoy your weekend, create something and don't eat too much candy. :)Bea

18 comments:

  1. Hi Bea!
    Halloween was so much fun in the wholesome days.
    I think you have inspired me for a blog post tomorrow :)
    Hugs!
    Lisa

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  2. what a bittersweet post of memories...makes me picture my brother, dressed all in black as a witch, skirts flapping in the wind as he ran to the next house! We also had to go in to each house, so the hosts could guess who we were. We loved the homemade cookies & cupcakes. those were the days!

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  3. Zeus here,

    To complete the somewhat scary picture, Bea was impersonating Homey the Clown. I think the show was "In Living Color," and Homey would repeatedly whack whoever was within reach, usually a child, with his stuffed sock, shouting "Homey don't play that." Bea did likewise until we finally had to take the sock away from her.

    She also forgot to mention the year she had me dress up as a scarecrow, complete with bib overalls and straw for hands and head, and sit motionless on the porch swing, until some polite little kid walked past me to push the doorbell. Then I groaned. It was cool.

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  4. I always dressed up and was involved in my childrens school activities. I always made their costumes also. To this day they, as grown adults, dress up for Halloween. My oldest, her husband and little boy are Barney Rubble, wife Betty and BamBam this year. She now makes their costumes. My next daughter always wins at work with her home made costumes. This year she was Rosie the Riveter. My son always likes to dress up too... went last year with his girlfriend as characters from Scooby Doo. They are always very creative in making their costumes.
    This year I'm involved in "trunk or treat" at the school.

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  5. Oh, btw, love all your day of the dead photos.

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  6. Dear Lisa,
    I am always glad to be of help. My bill will be in the mail. :)Bea

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  7. Dianne, I remember one house my kids would visit and they got FRESH candy apples. Ooooooooh, I got to have the first taste, you know safety first. :)Bea

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  8. Dear Zeus,
    I think I have that photo. Let me check on that. :)Bea

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  9. Yvonne, how wonderful their outfits sound. lolol I hope they send you pictures, what a hoot. :)Bea

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  12. Halloween was the best, we always traipsed (sp?) the whole neighborhood. There might be a post in this for me..thanks!! :)
    I loved your stories, and photos!! great stuff!

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  13. Halloween was the best, we always traipsed (sp?) the whole neighborhood. There might be a post in this for me..thanks!! :)
    I loved your stories, and photos!! great stuff!

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  14. Halloween was the best, we always traipsed (sp?) the whole neighborhood. There might be a post in this for me..thanks!! :)
    I loved your stories, and photos!! great stuff!

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  15. Halloween was the best, we always traipsed (sp?) the whole neighborhood. There might be a post in this for me..thanks!! :)
    I loved your stories, and photos!! great stuff!

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  16. Halloween was the best, we always traipsed (sp?) the whole neighborhood. There might be a post in this for me..thanks!! :)
    I loved your stories, and photos!! great stuff!

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  18. What a brilliant time your children must have had back then. And you and Zeus of course. I love his comment!! He describes you as a naughty child with that sock! We have never done that sort of thing but of course we had a great time on November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night, which you don't have. Ner ner..... lol

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