Monday, October 27, 2008

Fun Monday - Halloween Memories

I wonder if I remember how to do this. I have not posted an entry since September 14, and I have not participated in Fun Monday since August 17. Although my last two entries were about our flood woes, we have not suffered dire consequences or ill effects because of the flood like some others in our county. However, I have been busy.

For this week's Fun Monday event, our friendly and not even frightful hostess, Sayre of Sayre Smiles, is requesting. "Tell us about your favorite Halloween as a kid (pictures, if you have them!), and show us your costume for this year. If you're not dressing up, show us a picture of a pumpkin carving that really tickled your fancy or how you decorated your house."



That is me middle in my nurse costume at a neighborhood Halloween Party.


I may not have a specific favorite Halloween memory, but I have many fond memories of this holiday. When I was a child, Halloween was a big event. Regardless of the Fun Monday icon borrowed (stolen) from our hostess Sayre, I did not and do not think of Halloween as a scary holiday. I remember Halloween as a community event mostly for children but also for kind and giving adults. In our city, trick-or-treating began the week before October 31st so we went door to door begging for candy not only the night of Halloween but a few days before the 31st as well.


The children portraying a scary ghost and a frightful bat.


When our children were young, trick or treating was restricted to a few hours on Halloween night. Most years, I would sew costumes for the boys. The very first costume that I created for our oldest son was a king costume. The crown was made of green poster board, and he had a black velvet cape made from his mom's torn velvet slacks. Both the cape and the crown were trimmed in gold. As our sons grew, they requested a variety of costumes including a rabbit, a bat, a ghost, and Batman's sidekick Robin. Since our sons grew up in the 70's and 80's, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were natural choices for costumes. Although these costumes were make-shift, the boys seemed to be satisfied with these creations



Our son Luke is Darth Vader and his brother Matt chose to be Luke for this Halloween.



Daddy D , the science teacher, joining in on Halloween fun in his mad scientist costume and the appropriate libation.

To read about other Halloween memories and festivities, visit Sayre Smiles. Happy Halloween

19 comments:

kitten said...

Awww! You have some great memories there! We never get into much of Halloween as far as costumes go, but we made scarecrows (not this year though) & go to the church for fun. I didn't play this fun Monday, but I am planing taking pics of all the scarecrows around our town and post it tomorrow. This is our towns 1st scarecrow contest. Sad to say we didn't play.
Glad you are doing good and all is well!
Take care and hope to see you soon!

Hootin' Anni said...

Terrorific!!!

I love Daddy D's 'science teacher'....reminds me of Dr. Jekyll---oh, don't tell him I said that tho.

My costume this year, in all my glory, is posted for Fun Monday....

::::witch's cackle::::

karisma said...

What a cute little nurse! Glad you are doing well, we have missed you! My kids always loved the ones I sew myself! I think when they see the effort that goes into it, it means more to them! Your sewing efforts look just grand!

Sayre said...

Those are great! My son is a huge Star Wars fan and has been some character from there for the last several years (Darth Vader for 2, Clone troopers in various incarnations for 3). Your nurse costume is terrific! I wish more kids dressed up as stuff like that. And Daddy D is great!

Thanks for playing!

Sayre said...

Those are great! My son is a huge Star Wars fan and has been some character from there for the last several years (Darth Vader for 2, Clone troopers in various incarnations for 3). Your nurse costume is terrific! I wish more kids dressed up as stuff like that. And Daddy D is great!

Thanks for playing!

Heather said...

I'm still a fan of homemade costumes, and try to encourtage my kids in that direction whenever possible. Your photos are wonderful! I love the Luke and Darth Vader and of course the mad scientist.

Jan said...

Great post. My Mom made costumes for us, and I made them for my kids. I don't think my kids do it for their kids. How things change.

swampy said...

Hey You ! Welcome back. Hope the folks in your area are doing well and recovering from the floods.

Love the "vintage" photograph of you in your Florence Nightingale costume...impressed that you could find it. I don't remember any photos of me in a Halloween costume.

Love Dr. Jekyll...hope he didn't imbibe in too much of the concoction in that jug.

Happy Howl-oween.

{i}Post said...

Love the last pic and the fact that Luke wasn't Luke, but Matt was!

Tiggerlane said...

Glad to see you are back to blogging! You have been missed! I think homemade costumes are the absolute best. Funny, but as soon as I saw that first photo, I knew which one you were!

Keli said...

What great memories! I too recall Halloween as a fun time, going out with lots of friends and being entertained by the neighbourhood parents. We didn't get to go out a week early though, lucky you!

Margaret said...

Those are wonderful costumes and memories. My kids loved carving pumpking, dressing up for Halloween, and getting candy. Wait, they still do!!

Pamela said...

That nurses outfit sure shows you how times have changed... and what nurses wear.

I think I really dig that mad scientist. bwaaaaa ha ha ha ha (evil bwa ha by the way)

Faye said...

Hi Molly--glad you're back. Oddly enough, I was just wandering about you recently. Glad you're getting out from under everything.

Your Halloweens are the ones that kids remember--who could forget a costume made especially for you?

My FM post is finally up--out of town all day--make it Fun Tuesday.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Great pics Molly, especially the first one. You look so cute.

Janis said...

Hi Molly, I too enjoyed a fun halloween instead of a scary one as a kid. I agree, homemade costumes are the best. Love the pic of you as a kid. Wish I could find one of me. Glad you faired well during the flood. God Bless

grace said...

I enjoyed your post, I liked the pictures. Sounds like it was so much fun

daddy d said...

Those were good times for sure. Even now the time of the year is some good fun, even if it is going by real fast. Friday will be a big day in the park. Watch out for the dark in the park.

kitten said...

I have something for you at my blog!