Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trick or Treat!

I was thinking that Halloween season has come earlier than usual this year (not that I'm complaining!) when I started noticing Dollar Tree and Big Lots putting out their Halloween items the first week of August. I honestly don't ever remember them putting them out so early...

But now I KNOW Halloween season is here ahead of schedule, lol. Yesterday, our mayor posted this graphic after an apparent barrage of questions concerning what day trick-or-treat will fall on this year. (I guess I'm not the only one already planning for this year's festivities.)

Anyway, you MIGHT think that question would be silly...but here in Putnam County, West Virginia, we're not too far removed from the Bible Belt. Per local custom, trick-or-treat is never held on Sunday or Wednesday since those are church days. Also, trick-or-treat is never held on Friday or Saturday for reasons I've yet to figure out. I guess they don't want us having too much fun, lol. So, that leaves trick-or-treat narrowed down to a Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening. 

Needless to say, trick-or-treat isn't always held on Halloween night. As an adult, I've come to terms with that, and in some cases, not having trick-or-treat ON the 31st works out to an advantage---it really stretches out the celebration! Still, there's something magical, especially to a child, about trick-or-treating on Halloween night, so I'm happy with the schedule.  Just, uh...don't get me started on the stupid time restraints! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Pumpkin's Destiny

Lately, there's been a distinct, Autumn chill to the air here in the tri-state. The local stores are beginning to put out their Halloween stock, and I've been watching hours of YouTube tutorials on different Halloween crafts. Needless to say, I'm getting pretty excited about Halloween 2017!

Today's vintage image was found on the Facebook group, Vintage Halloween. I couldn't find any additional information on it, but it was too weird not to share with you all. The faces on the non-carved pumpkins are, well....horrific, especially that big guy in the middle! I can only imagine what is running through their minds as they gaze at lighted corpses of their own kind.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pumpkin Sky

I recently stumbled across this beautiful image of a Jack-o-Lantern in the clouds on the Facebook page, Halloween Hollow Haunts. I instantly fell in love with it! It is a work by artist Artem Rhads Chebokha, and is titled Witchland.  Arten doesn't seem to concentrate solely on spooky Halloween creations, but he totally nailed the spirit of the season with this beautiful piece! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Foodie Friday: Bat Cake

I could spend hours looking at Halloween cakes...and honestly, I probably have. From cute to creepy, and gross to elegant, there is such a huge variety of skillfully decorated Halloween yummies that I always have such a hard time choosing examples to feature here. However, this little gem immediately caught my eye. The best part is, Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking Company, has posted a tutorial for you to make your own! You can find it over on The Cake Blog

Thursday, June 1, 2017

12 Months of Halloween

In many ways, Halloween is already celebrated year-round in my house! My collection of vintage Halloween masks graces the mantle throughout the seasons, there's never a bad time to watch a Simpson's Tree House of Horror, and of course, I've been trying to keep up with this blog!

So, I'm totally down with this list...although I will say, the idea of celebrating "Fathersween" this month sounds a little, uh, well, inappropriate, lol. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

More Halloween Cookies

Happy Foodie Friday, Halloween lovers! I found today's beautiful photo posted over on the Facebook page, Halloween Magic - Hocus Pocus! These cookies aren't quite as fancy as the last batch I posted, but they're still quite lovely....and definitely adorable! I really enjoy the classic colors and familiar shapes, especially the lil' ghosts. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Animal Kingdom Trick-or-Treat

I love Halloween and I love sloths...so a little sloth dressed in a devil costume with a ghostly candy bag warms my heart. And yes, little anteater....raisins do NOT make good Halloween treats, lol. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Accidental Hanging Claims Boy

I was recently perusing old newspaper articles when I came upon this Associated Press story printed in the October 30, 1977 edition of the Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV). Warning: This story is pretty tragic. While I usually try to capture and share the beauty and magic of the Halloween season here on the blog, I think we sometimes all need a reminder that life isn't always perfect. 

Leslie Methodist Church, Google Images
DUNN, N.C.---A church Halloween carnival "house of horrors" became grim reality for a 13-year-old boy who apparently accidentally hanged himself, authorities said.

Keith L. Norris strangled on a fake noose which was rigged in a plywood booth and intended to scare visitors by making it look as though someone had been hanged. The boy, who had been playing the part of a hanged person, was found on his knees, suspended by his neck from an inch-wide nylon parachute strap tied to resemble a noose.

He would have been 14 on Halloween Day.

"It looks as if he was leaning into the noose and just slowly lost consciousness," said Dr. Brad B. Randall of the state medical examiner's office who performed an autopsy on the boy Friday.

The death was ruled an accidental asphyxiation.

Norris' limp body was discovered about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, shortly after the end of a Halloween carnival sponsored by the Leslie Methodist Church.

Charles C. Matthews said his 13-year-old son Marchie was the first to realize something was wrong with Norris.

"Marchie said he walked by once and the boy looked like he was playing," the father said. "Marchie was going to take out some trash, and when he came back the boy was in the same position, on his knees, so he called somebody to look at him."

G. Floyd Barefoot, who  was cleaning up after the festival, was called to look at the boy.

"I tried to revive him. I gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, trying to get air back into him. Tried to get it going, but it weren't there," Barefoot said.