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Grab your candy corn this is going to be a long post and I hope a fun one, we all love Halloween don’t we!!!! It seems that everyone now decorates for this spooky holiday and spend over 9 million dollars on it, oh my, that is scary!!!! I wonder how much of that is spent on Pumpkin Spice items…..or maybe that would be another several million!!!
CORRECTION SHOULD READ 9 BILLION $$$$$$$$
The holiday began in ancient times, the Celtics had the festival of Samhain to celebrate their New Year began on November 1. All Hallows Eve became Halloween sometime in the late 1800’s a time to go trick-or-treating, carve pumpkins, get dressed up in costumes and all in all come to the end of a season and get ready for winter. There is so much to learn about ALL the traditions that I encourage you to do a bit of research on your own and, of course, be sure to watch the Giant Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, a yearly tradition…he will appear one of these years!
Let’s begin with pumpkins…having a very talented artist as a Father I had amazingly glorious carved pumpkins and I could carve my own acorn squash, I don’t remember having the charming small pumpkins and other decorative gourds back in the day. We always had several, one was never enough and I got to help scoop out the pulp and seeds anytime I could spend with my Daddy I did so and I very happy to say he always had lots of time for me…only great memories. I now see painted pumpkins, glittered pumpkins, gilded pumpkins, and on and on…love them all. Here are some photos of some of the thousands you can find on Pinterest and Instagram…enjoy…
Do come to Randolph Street Market www.randolphstreetmarket.com this weekend, October 28 and 29 from 10 to 5 where you will find lots of vintage Halloween items. I had a huge Halloween party every year from grade school through high school. Everyone, of course, came in costume, mine, for several years, was a white fringed cowgirl outfit that Mom fashioned each year worn with handtooled white leather boots that we got each year when we spent the summer in Midland, Texas (yes, you heard that correctly!), cowgirl hat and gloves….I thought I was Dale Evans (I was crazy about Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger, what can I say!) Mom decorated every inch of our homes with crepe paper and traditional Halloween paper goods (see what you can find at RSM, I can assure you lots….) We always had a sit down meal also themed as well as games. We went trick-or-treating on Beggar’s Night as well as Halloween alternating different neighborhoods…it was the best time ever!
A couple of books on collecting Halloween items….
Here are some of the decorations we had when I was a child….
I had all of these…aren’t they super and now very collectible, see what RSM has…
We would often have these to go trick-or-treating….hard to find now but great fun to fill with goodies.
Absolutely love this, I want to go to this party…a great way to display all the collectibles you will find at Randolph Street Market.
When you are in the South Bend area please make a stop at Council Oak Antiques at 50981 S.R. 933 N. as you can see the vendors are ready not only for Halloween but for the rest of the Fall celebrations. They are open daily and I am mad for the Owner’s Instagram account patricia_mcmahon_smith, do check it out. Photo courtesy of Council Oak Antiques.
There are a zillion haunted houses to visit, parties to go to or host your own, my favorites are at The Peninsula Chicago, hurry home from the Randolph Street Market on Saturday don you costume and attend this year’s extragranza…here are the details…
And for the children, the party is Saturday morning, also at The Peninsula Chicago www.chicago.peninsula.com….Party invitation graphics courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago.
Here is our precious Odette modeling her butterfly costume exclusively for nenasnotes photo by Stephanie Lake….
Working on Halloween Haunted House….
TheFinished Halloween House…scary!!!!
The above seven photos courtesy of Stephaine Lake, firstname.lastname@example.org go to the nenasnotes archives for the week of December 12th for the series of profiles I did on Stephanie…you wont’t be disappointed!!!
After the festivities I am ready for my treats…and you!!!!!
On my way home…….
All photos from Pinterest, credits unknown, unless otherwise noted.