And I just let it.
Not a fan anymore.
I still like some of the old Horror movies from Hammer like Christopher Lee’s Dracula, but I’ve never been a fan of horror films. I used to love Trick or Treating & getting the biggest haul I could.
Our culture is very different from the 50’s & 60’s. If I had children or grandchildren I don’t know if I would allow them to “beg” at the homes of strangers.
I live way out in the country in a secure apartment building now that does not allow trick or treaters, though I stopped giving out candy many years before simply because of the late hours I worked. Once my kids grew up & moved out, no more “beggars.”
I hope everyone had a safe Holiday time for those that celebrate this or Dia de los Muertos.
I’m not very happy. I am sicker today and so are some of my family members, one actually in the hospital as of this morning. This is a devilish time of year for us for sure.
I’m sharing various Halloween pictures and images of days gone by. I never made many of my children’s Halloween Parades due to work but I did try to schedule this off as many years as I could. You have to be fair to the other mothers you work with.I really miss when kids ran around with fake weapons and no one batted an eyelash until evil started spreading like wildfire. Also, boys actually could be boys.
One year I took my kids & their friends to a really fun family themed haunted forest in a park nearby. You walked part of the way and then enjoyed a Hayride back for warm apple cider and donuts! This was the only picture I took of a Zombie Elvis & his band. Yes that is a mannequin directly behind him.
These are some wax horror figures from the Niagara Falls, Canada Louis Tussaud’s Wax Museum from many years ago.
Halloween display in an antique shop in Marshall, Mi.
I woke extremely ill and ended up in the ER of all days, “Devil’s Day.” Indeed it was for me body “tricking” me and no treats to boot. Praying & believing that everything has a blessed from God outcome.
I am posting this old work from 2001 from a site I used to have.
Memories from the Halloween’s I remember growing up. So sad my relatives never took one picture of this fun time in our lives.
Please click on each page to enlarge to read.
Enjoy the fun little Halloween Song I wrote as a young mother for my first-born who absolutely loves this holiday. It really has something when it’s placed to music. Not so much when you just read it so I made it a little more interesting.
Personally I no longer celebrate it for various reasons. I still like pumpkin and harvest decor though. Love this time of year, normally.
Black & white photography really does give a certain “mood” to prints.
It especially gives a cemetery that added “cold as stone” feel.
My best friend took this picture of me many years ago pretending to be “Angelique Collins” from the old Dark Shadows series. We loved that show. Ironically I find I have a number of grandmothers on my French side by that very name, “Angelique!” Had I known this sooner I would have insisted my parents change my name. As you can see I lightened my hair so I could resemble her. (the picture is badly deteriorating and yes, that is a crystal ball!)
Some of my ancestors were burned as witches and I inherited it.
Both will pertain to the autumn and Halloween that some celebrate.
I love to decorate for fall adding a few old time Halloween touches throughout, as cheaply as possible of course. I wait to get my pieces in sales, sometimes from clearance the year before.
We will start out with emphasis on curves such as the altered glass plate from Ikea I hang in front of the lighted trellis. The roundness of pumpkins, gourds & squash prevalent this time of year and various decorative items.
Now we come to the “good stuff.” The ghoulish or macabre. Not my cup of tea but many like this stuff, especially around Halloween.
One of my sons LOVES Halloween and really goes all out each year. This is him as the crow and that is his own hair, no wig. The other videos are some of the special effects that he uses. Enjoy this very “ghoulish” display if you dare!
Enjoy my PhotoDraw animated slide show for Halloween fun!
Halloween used to be one of my Favorite Holidays when I was young, after Christmas of course. Halloween is my oldest son’s favorite and he goes all out in decorating each year. Sometimes including his own costumes, fave being Brandon Lee’s “The Crow.“
As a child I lived near one of the oldest graveyards in the area with stones from the 1700’s at least. A few of us used to go up there to read them. Thanks to the television program I watched as a young teen, Dark Shadows, I thought cemeteries were very cool. Ghosts anyone?
I had a very cool Halloween song that I might have shared before. Starts with:
Jack ‘O Lanterns big black cats and witches that fly in the sky!
Halloween also led us straight into the other holidays later on. Used to be we kept the Halloween harvesty feeling way past Thanksgiving and I loved that. I remember when Christmas didn’t really start til a week or two before Christmas. Again, that was over 50 years ago and I don’t think that stores were even open on Sundays. I think they started doing that in the late 60’s, some of them. I love autumn! It’s just a great time of year for so many reasons.
Less than a month until Thanksgiving if anyone cares and coming soon to a super market near you, GMO enhanced poultry, also known as
POULTRY OF THE DAMNED!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween to those that celebrate.
If you enjoy being frightened, this will be a real treat because there’s no trick about it.
Below is a reprint of a true story I posted for Halloween in 2013. Hope you enjoy it.
Things That Go “Blink” in the Night!
I was really not upset, it was only a coincidence. A very strange and disturbing coincidence. That’s all it was. What else could it be? That’s what I told myself when “it” happened.
After my divorce I had been living in an apartment raising my sons that were almost grown at the time. I’d been feeling that I wanted to buy my own home again and thought that taking care of a home might help with the coming “empty nest syndrome” I was about to experience. Of course that was before the housing bubble burst. I began looking for something cozy and affordable and decided a small, older home in need of some TLC would be right up my ally. A fixer-upper I could repair on weekends for my therapy instead of shopping would hopefully save me from being on a future episode of Hoarders.
I mentioned this idea to my oldest son who was a fan of shows that delve into paranormal activities whose response was “You’ll probably end up buying some haunted house.” To which I just laughed and forgot about it, for the time being. Within a few nights his words came back to haunt me, literally!
I dreamed I had bought a rather oddly shaped house that resembled a barn. Very distinctive looking. I kept looking at the house trying to decide where to place the garden in the front yard. The dream began very nicely and I remember feeling so happy and excited as we were moving belongings and unpacking things inside the home with my two sons. Then the dream changed. It suddenly felt as if the entire aura of the home was different and not in a good way. I was standing in one of the rooms by myself when all of a sudden the light went out for a few seconds then on again for a few more seconds then off again by itself. As the light show continued I remember thinking “My son was right! I had indeed purchased a haunted house!”
I awoke with a start!
The next morning I told my son about the disturbing dream I had that I felt was due to his off the cuff comment. Then I forgot about it, or so I thought.
Months later going over yet another real estate magazine before going to sleep, my blood ran cold! There before my very eyes looked to be the haunted house of my dreams! At the exact moment I came to this realization, the lamp in my room suddenly went out. I thought our power went out, but found the digital clock still showing the time. I was about to get up to check the bulb when it came right back on again only to go out again in the same continued pattern of the haunted room of my dreams! The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end and I broke out in goosebumps on that warm evening made worse because I knew I was home alone and the clock showed it was almost midnight, the witching hour! It continued in this pattern til I pulled myself together and unplugged the lamp thinking rationally that it must be a short or a loose bulb, but what a coincidence that it started when it did. After a while I managed to fall asleep.
The next morning I told my son what had happened so we got the lamp to test it out after I found that the bulb was not loose. The light turned on immediately and stayed on. There was nothing wrong that we could see. No short that could be found. I began to feel very unnerved again. That light had worked perfectly before that evening and has continued to be problem free ever since.
How or why this happened, I do not know. A mere coincidence? A playful poltergeist? You be the judge!