|This oldie Moon face is from 1st Floor Flat, isn't it grand?|
So many of you were kind enough to share info on your own life experiences with Trick or Treating and Halloween celebrations in general. Especially after I shared my info on Beggars night, Mischief night etc. from the History Channel.
I also have a feeling that Halloween will continue to be an ever changing and shifting holiday in it's emphasis. Another bloggie buddy and I were chatting and both of us agreed that so much more "Halloween stuff" is out there, just in the last, let's say 5 years. To me it feels like it is much more geared for adults now. You know the ones that would like to repeat the magic of childhood and one's who love to party. Nothing wrong with either one of those things. But the kids part is fading.....at least to me it appears that way.
When my 80+ year old friend was a kid. They didn't go out because of the bands of kids roaming and doing damage. They did have parties or family gatherings with pretend seances and dunked for apples and jumped over candlesticks.
When my brother and sister were young, during WWII they didn't have all that many options for dressing up but when they did it was home made things and they weren't the horror or scary things. We have a picture, somewhere of my brother as Popeye and my sister as Olive Oyl. They also had a community carnival in Tenn. where they were. My mother still had some of the old cake decos and plastic handouts stuck in an envelope. They are marvelous.
|A little treat dearie??????????|
When Shelley, my daughter, was little, I made all her costumes and revelled in the doing of it. She was Betsy Ross, the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio (that's the year I broke off the needle in my foot) and the most adorable fortuneteller in the world. She loved the Halloween Parade at school and the carnival and then of course, trick or treating. The haunted houses we put on for the neighbor kids and her class mates were always such a kick.
Now with Ry and GK, they are so excited to be carving pumpkins and making ready for being the skeleton cheerleader....changed our minds again and Grumete the cabin boy (at least he was happy with his costume). But they can't wear them to school, haven't brought home one paper with ghosts, pumpkins, and goodness forbid a witch from school. Of course, we also have winter holiday break and spring days off from school. (It's like let's change the names to protect the ruse). They will be having a fall carnival at school though. No scary or heinously frightening costumes will be allowed. And adults will not be allowed in if wearing a costume. Sad but necessary in the world. All the neighbors around here hibernate on Halloween and turn their lights off and don't participate. Curmudgeons I tell you.
Our house looks like you could see it from outer space, we have so many blow mold lights and magical happiness....but I bet just like last year and the year before, we will have less than 20 kids come to the door. At our old neighborhood, which was less than 2 blocks from an evangelical church, the kids would come in droves after their hallelujah carnival expounding the evils of Halloween, to trick or treat at the heathen house with all the lights. The big malls have trick or treating...uh not the same. There are no bushes, no tingle in your tummy, no HALLOWEEN, just candy (which is not the point).
So you make your own magic. We do. That's why we have been celebrating and decorating and story telling and enjoying the season all month long. Because this Olde Bagg just can't get enough of the fun.
I'll post the completed pumpkins and the lights this weekend. Happy Halloween my lovelies.