Thursday, October 31

Trick or Treat!

Ghosts and Goblins and Witches, oh my!  Remember how excited you used to get at least a month or more before Halloween?  We spent more time deciding what our costume would be than we did doing homework!  I remember going as a hobo one year and my mom cooked spaghetti in old coffee and then put it in a used tin can so it looked like worms.  Now, of course, I wonder why a hobo would be carrying a can of worms but back then it made perfect sense.  And our costumes were made at home from all kinds of silly things -- daddy's old tie, his socks on our hands for puppets, lots of makeup on our lips and cheeks, long skirts that belonged to an older sister, short pants from a younger brother, shoes that were waaaayyy too big - anything that looked funny and made us laugh. We were so excited about the Halloween party at school where we would get lots of candy and treats from the mom's who would bake for days just so there was enough to go around.  And the costume parade!

We never worried about what we would get from the neighbors for treats -- no one ever thought about hurtin' a child by putting razor blades in an apple or adding drugs to the candy.  But things have changed so much -- even the containers used to collect candy.  I love the vintage paper-mache pumpkins that I once used.  Now they are so expensive in the shops but they have such appeal.  The ones shown here are reproductions but they certainly bring back great memories.  And if I am old enough to remember what is now "vintage" then I guess that makes me "vintage" too.  Better than being just plain old I guess!  The photo in the center is a sap bucket that has been made to look like a Jack-O-Lantern.  For years it has burned brightly on Halloween night to welcome the kids from the neighborhood. Be safe and enjoy the time with your children -- you are making memories with them that they (and you) will remember for many years to come. Trick or Treat!


  1. I couldn't find your email address. Just wanted you to know that you've been featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post. You should be receiving visitors shortly. Welcome to our neighborhood!

    1. Brenda, I'm honored to be featured on your Welcome Wagon Friday blog post. Thanks so much for finding me. I am new to blogging but lovin' it! Finding so many friendly and talented women and getting ideas every day!

  2. Hi Melinda, I found your blog via Brenda's, Cozy Little House blog. I've read a lot that you've posted and want to read much more.. The chair that your father caned is absolutely beautiful. Caning is something that I wish I knew how to do..
    I have four high backed, pressed oak chairs that need to be caned and made sturdier in some places.. I hope to have that done one of these days.
    You have some beautiful antiques, real treasures..
    My late husband and I used to love to go to antique shows, flea markets and yard sales looking for treasures..
    I am a Maryland girl transplanted in Virginia.. I get homesick for Maryland some days but don't want to leave my home here.
    I will be a follower of your blog.. I don't have one myself but do really enjoy reading others.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Charlotte in Virginia

    1. Charlotte, Thanks for finding me! Hope you will continue to enjoy future posts. Our backgrounds sound similar with our love of the MD and VA areas and the great treasures you can find there.

  3. I guess I'm vintage too! My Halloween memories are much like yours and I still enjoy it today even though our driveway is too long, and too far out in the country, to get any brave trick-or-treaters. I saw your NC log house and loved it. I can understand that you must miss it. I'm from the NC mountains but am transplanted to TN. Part of my heart will always be in those mountains though.

    Saw you at Brenda's Cozy Little House. Welcome!

  4. Nothing wrong with vintage! Glad you found my blog and hope you will come back often. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.