Friday, October 29, 2010
Ghosties, Goblins & Dinner? Oh, my!
I love Halloween!
It's my second favorite holiday and a big deal at my house. It has been for years. I grew up in a small town where we knew everybody and kids could safely go door-to-door on Halloween night. My mom made our costumes each year and neighbors went all out making homemade treats such as caramel apples and popcorn balls. My late husband's childhood experiences were the opposite. Growing up in a big city with a single mom who worked long hours and not having much money, he had never known the fun that could be had on Halloween. Imagine his shock when I charged into his life with the Halloween enthusiasm of your average 10 year old (though I was 24 at the time) and the complete confidence that he would be thrilled to dress up with me. Poor guy didn't know what hit him! lol!
Whenever I said anything about how much he enjoyed Halloween, he'd say to me, "I may grow old but I'll never grow up." My memories of our years together are a vivid testament to that! It's been almost ten years since he died but every year his playful, enthusiastic spirit is with me as I dress in costume, apply my make-up and prepare to greet bright-eyed, laughing little goblins at my front door. As you learned on my birthday, I have no problem sharing photographic evidence of silly life moments with the world so, with that in mind, here's a little stroll down our Halloween memory lane.
As you can see, the dh was a man secure in his masculinity. Either that, or he had a hidden fondness for short skirts and curly blonde hair! The kids who came to our door loved the costume, especially when he did a cheer for them. For months afterward, kids would ride by on their bikes while he was mowing or working in the yard and chant, "Rah! Rah! Rah! Sis! Boom! Bah!"
This was the year he was the Hunchback of Notre Dame and discovered that oatmeal tinted with green food coloring doesn't come off as easily as one might think. He sported traces of the "look" until close to Thanksgiving!
This year's costume was inspired by the late Dik Browne, who wrote the Hagar the Horrible comic strip, one of the dh's favorites.
My brother designed our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and my husband made them. I nicely thanked them both and took pictures. I know my limits. *g*
The last year that he was well enough to dress up with me was widely recognized by the 100+ people who visited our house as our best Halloween costume ever. As you can see from the photo, I was a chef and the dh was "dinner." I kept the lid over his head until the trick-or-treaters walked up to the table to take their candy from the tray. Then I'd offer them a taste of the "specialty of the house" and lift the cover. Reactions were priceless! Only one person was scared. Mostly, the kids were amused, curious or downright fascinated.
A neighbor girl refused to leave until I lifted the tablecloth to prove to her that yes, the rest of his body was still attached.
Another little girl wanted to know how long it took me to bake him.
But the cutest reaction was from one little boy who stood there staring at him for close to five minutes while his parents tried to entice him back to the street. Finally, he turned to me and in a quiet, awestruck voice asked "Does he take batteries?" I've always wondered how many Christmas lists the "dinner head" ended up on that year! lol!
I've continued the tradition of dressing up to greet the goblins who ring my doorbell on Halloween night. A couple years ago I was a gypsy fortune teller. I wish I'd thought to put out a recorder to capture some of the questions I was asked. Had me laughing for weeks!
Do you celebrate Halloween?
Do you dress up? If you do, what costume are you wearing this year? If you're not dressing up this year, tell me about your favorite Halloween costume or favorite Halloween memory.
What's your "must have" Halloween candy?
I love mini Butterfingers, Snickers and Kit Kat bars. It's the only time of year that I allow myself to eat them so I enjoy every single bite. I dump them in the bowl first so if I have any candy left over, it's my favorite kinds. *g*
I also make molded chocolates and chocolate-covered caramel apples for Halloween but they go to special people like the nurses and other volunteers at the hospital. Being safety conscious, I only hand out store bought candy at the door.
Since I'm all about having fun and giving out treats on Halloween, I'm going to randomly select one person who comments today to receive a treat from my book stash. Happy Halloween!