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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Present, Past, and Future



several years ago
I know the title is out of order 
There will be no Halloween decorations or Trick or Treat here. The wind is too high for me to set up my graveyard under an oak tree with dead limbs, some of which have already fallen. Plus, it is cold and windy. UPDATE: It is now Halloween day and the wind is about 3 mph, and my left shoulder is frozen, so no dragging things around!
 
I did buy candy corn three weeks ago. Why so early? I found a small bag of Brach's for $2. Those would be gone soon, so in my infinite wisdom, I bought them. Later bags were much more expensive, larger, and went fast. Now, I just have to get up the nerve to open the bag and give myself an overdose of sugar.

There probably won't be any Halloween for g-daughter in NY where trees are down. However, she did get to go out Saturday night at her father's house in PA.  She went as an 80s girl, her own idea. My daughter told her, "Good, you don't need a costume. We have all you need." I am quite sure my daughter was dreading buying an expensive costume. I know, I know. She always buys costumes. I always made costumes for my three children or put something together for them.

When my now 37-year-old daughter was still a newborn, I entered her in a costume contest, hoping to get the award for youngest in costume. She was 34-days-old. I put on her a pink, plush, terry sleeper. I had made a bonnet with bunny ears for the occasion. There were so many disappointed parents with really old babies, three-month-old babies had no chance. I sort of felt sorry for the parents who had their first babies, such young couples, when they looked over and saw her. My daughter won a monkey holding a banana. You know the kind I mean.

The son wanted to be the Fonz. At first, the Fonz wore a denim jacket on Happy Days. So, son wore his denim jacket, a t-shirt, and jeans. The best part was his slicked-back hair. Foolish me put Vaseline in his hair to make the slicked back pompadour. Oh, it looked stupendous, but it took three or four washings a day for about 3 weeks before it came out of his hair.

The same year, I made a Wonder Woman costume for my daughter. Actually, she wore her red leotard from tap. I made the golden lasso, belt, head and wrist items. She had to wear tights because of the weather and just because. Both children were ecstatic with their costumes. NOW, they buy costumes for their children. I thought modeling behavior was a good thing they would follow.

Next year, I will have all my Halloween pictures with costumes I made during the year. Maybe I will put out my graveyard.

As for me, right now, I am going to open candy corn right after I get back from purchasing a 50 cent corn dog from Sonic. Yes, I do have business down that way.

I love Halloween.

Your turn
Are you decorating? Handing out candy? Taking children out? Tell me about past Halloweens or anything to entertain us all.

9 comments:

  1. Linda, I found this recipe while searching for homemade Christmas treats. I thought you'd be interested since you already have the candy corn :-)

    Homemade Butterfingers
    Mix equal parts of peanut butter and candy corn. Microwave on high for about 1 minute, stirring until they are melted together. Let it cool just a minute or so – enough so you can handle it. Then form into bars or bite size pieces. You can dip it into chocolate but you don’t have to.

    The longer it sets and cools, the more it becomes flaky like Butterfinger candy bars.

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    1. Oh be still my heart. I have got to try this. I love the mini Butterfingers bars. Thank you so much for sharing this. You made my day!

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    2. Sue, I tried the recipe with about two Tbsp of each. I waited too long to stir. One minute in a frigid house is obviously too long. The candy corn melted by reformed in blobs. I just flattened it in the cereal bowl and tried to plop it out. It is longish and tastes delicious. I think I put too much pb. But, it's more than good!

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    3. Kathy, there's nothing like having a favourite treat you can make yourself at home...enjoy ;-)

      Oh, Linda! I'm so glad it tasted good. That's the most important thing in a recipe. Thanks for letting me know :-)

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    4. It was scrumptious! I am glad to have the recipe. This is going to be a regular Halloween recipe. I might buy some candy corn on sale and put it in the freezer for making these other times of the year.

      Thanks. I learn so much from blog friends.

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  2. Sue,
    Oh my goodness. I will try that. I like the "equal parts" measure. I love Butterfingers but rarely eat them anymore.

    Thanks!

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  3. I started eating my candy corn and thought it tasted different and had a different texture. I turned the bag over to find the calories and carbs information. No wonder it tasted funny--use by April 2010. So, I quit eating. Bummer!

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  4. I hadn't planned on decorating this year then my daughter decided to come down for a few days and I thought her children might enjoy the decorations. To tell the truth I have enjoyed them more than the kids probably did.

    I have a collection of BLACK CATS that I display behind the family room sofa. They make me smile every time I look at them.

    I made some really cute and really easy to make ghosts from stiffened cheesecloth. I picked up the cheesecloth at the 99c store and the white glue was on clearance after the back to school season. I will send you a photo if you are interested.

    I also have a small collection of "Día de los Muertos" (day of the dead, Nov 1 Today!) items. I actually have them on display all year.

    Each year we have fewer and fewer trick or treaters. This year we had 4 small groups for a total of 10 kids. I think we only have 4 or 5 kids living on our street. Our street is pretty steep and a cul-de-sac if I were a kid I probably wouldn't traipse up this hill for a candy bar!

    Let me know if you are interested in the photos. I can email them.

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  5. Janet,
    Yes, I would like to see your photos. I think it is important for people as their children leave home to keep the holidays. I don't mean going overboard, but a little reminder displayed to pay homage to the day is a good thing, imo.

    If I were a kid, I don't think I would traipse up the hill for a candy bar. That's too bad since you still want to participate. Maybe lots of lights to lure them would work. You would only have to have the lights on a couple of nights.

    I have always meant to make one of those ghosts. Send the picture to me. I enjoy seeing what my followers are doing.

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