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Trick or Treat ~ A Sweet Memory

It was a good Halloween.  It started out with my going to my parents’ house to rake the remaining (and many) leaves in their yard in preparation for the inevitable snow.  I, along with Charlotte, Pinky and Paenney, worked hard to get Mom and Dad’s yard cleaned up as well as we could.

I went home with some aching muscles, only because I’m so out of shape.  It wasn’t a hard job, and it certainly didn’t take very long, but I got home and immediately took to my chair to rest my weary bones before the trick-or-treaters came to call.

Our house was somewhat festive with our little jack-o-lanterns adorning the front entry of our house.

We (Husby) decided that if we didn’t have enough candy for all the trick-or-treaters we would hand out some of the very many soy sauce packets we’d accumulated with our many take-out Chinese dinners.  Luckily it didn’t come to that.

Nine o’clock rolled around and we turned out the lights, blew out the candles housed in our delightfully carved pumpkins, and called it a night.  Throughout the evening we had about thirty-five little goblins visiting our house looking for treats – plenty of chocolate for the lot of them, and some left over for Husby and me.  The soy sauce will remain in the fridge until I decide to make my own Chinese food rather than ordering out.

I hope everyone had a marvelous Halloween and that you’re all ready for autumn to give in to the winter sure to follow.

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Boo!

Happy All Hallows Eve eve.  Tomorrow the goblins will be out and most of them will be as cute as buttons, at least in my neighborhood.  Oh, there will be the occasional zombie hockey player or dead salesman done up by high school kids who don’t want to put a lot of effort into a costume but still want a pillowcase full of candy – I don’t care and I’ll never tell anyone they’re too old to Trick or Treat.  In fact, I think I might go out next year.  Why not?!

This time of year is when Husby and I roll up our sleeves and dig into the pumpkins.  It’s pretty fun to carve pumpkins, especially as neither of us has any compulsion to make our jack-o-lanterns extravagant.  So we cut off the tops and plunged our hands into the slimy mess of pumpkin guts.

Husby had a plastic bag on the table for slime and a separate container for seeds.  Do you not roast your pumpkin seeds?  You totally should because they’re delicious and nutritious.  Google how to do it – it’s very easy.

By the time we were done we were both laughing at what had become of our creations.  Mine was a simple pattern, looking more like a ghost than a jack-o-lantern.  Husby’s was much more complex, including a protrusion for a nose with drilled nostrils to boot.

Last year I claimed myself to be the Scrooge of Halloween, but I had a blast carving a pumpkin this year and even look forward to greeting the Trick-or-Treaters with enthusiasm.  What’s with that?

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Bah, Humbug

OK, it’s confession time.  I’m about to say something that might cause quite a stir.  Today I’m going to admit to the entire universe that…

I AM THE SCROOGE OF HALLOWEEN

That’s right, I’m just not into it.  I talked to my friend MaryAnn today and told her about my aversion to Halloween and she simply couldn’t believe it.  “I thought you loved Halloween,” she said.  I told her that might have been the case in the past, but these days not so much.

I really want Halloween to be my favorite holiday.  I want to get into the spirit of things (no pun intended), but it’s not in me.

I’d love to make beautiful and scary Halloween treats…

So cute, but so not high on my list of priorities.

I’d love to have an eerie ambiance in my house…

So my style, but so not worth the effort.

I’d like to project an enthusiasm for the season outdoors and give the trick-or-treaters something to be wary of…

These would look so cool hanging from the tree in my front yard. Not gonna happen.

It would be cool if I could give myself a zipper face…

How much would this scare the living daylights out of the kids?

The thing is, as much as I want to put on a show for Halloween it just doesn’t seem worth it for me.  I don’t want to bake.  I don’t want to decorate.  I don’t want to dress up.  I don’t want to answer the doorbell every three minutes and hand out candy to little beggars.

I know!  I’m the Halloween Scrooge!  I’m ashamed to admit it, but it’s true.

The perfect Halloween for me would be if I were the one indulging in chocolate instead of giving it out to other people.  It would be complete bliss if I could spend the night with a really scary movie (not slasher) or to read some Poe in a dimly lit room with ambient music playing softly in the background.  Or maybe burn a single taper candle and fool around with a Ouija board.

So mystical.

I wish the spirits of All Hallows Eve would give the commercialized celebrators a run for their money, floating and moaning in the night air for all to see, forcing trick-or-treaters into their homes to huddle in the corner with fear in their eyes.

See?  That’s me, the Halloween Scrooge.

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Wishing a very haunted Halloween to you all…

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The busy season is upon me.  I know, because it’s dark before 9:00 p.m. and the blistering hot temperatures are starting to run out of steam.

I’ve been in the crafty business for a while now, and I’m still not used to the fact that I have to be ahead of the busy season.  That means thinking about Christmas in June.   That means getting seasonal products out for sale at least six weeks before the season is actually here.

This year I’m sort of getting the hang of it.  For instance, I’m going to be putting my Halloween bottle cap magnets in shops next week.  That includes my Etsy shop.  I’ll be listing them a little at a time throughout a couple of weeks.  They’re really cute!  Here’s a sample of what you’ll see:

Many of my holiday magnets are inspired by vintage post cards. Why not stop by the shop and check them out. If you’d like a bunch of them be sure to find the listing for six or twelve magnets of your choice and get a great deal.

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A classic…

Happy Halloween everyone ~ hope it’s a scary one.

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When it’s craft time at the Auntie B’s World Headquarters my favorite way to make repetitive projects more interesting is to listen to old time radio shows while I work.  And not just any old time radio, scary old time radio.  Shows like Inner Sanctum, Lights Out, and Quiet Please always keep me rivited to my project as well as to my seat.

One of my favorite sources for free scary radio shows is The Monster Club.  They have a library of five hundred free shows ready to listen to instantly or download to your computer.  When they ask you for a password simply type in “boo13.”

Instead of watching the many sequels of various slasher movies on cable this Halloween weekend why not light a few of Auntie B’s candles and listen to and episode or two of Suspense?  Let your imagination run wild!

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