Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Throwback


Happy Halloween!  It's the second-best day of the year in most kid's lives - getting to dress up and ask for and receive free candy?  What could be better, except for that whole presents thing in December.  But you have to be good for that, while Halloween means just being a kid and still getting rewarded...ahh, fun times.

Anyway, I'm enjoying some candy corn while I blog:
I'm counting this as a victory - only two bags of candy corn purchased for the entire month of October.

I scanned in some old Halloween pictures, mostly for my amusement but you might find them entertaining, too.  First, we'll go back to the dark ages, when color pictures looked like Instagram pictures today.

The year?  1967.  The place?  Half Moon Bay, California.  I was four years old and determined to carry my own carefully chosen pumpkin:
With our next-door neighbors, Frank and one of his older sisters.  Love how she multi-tasked by carrying her pumpkin along with her pocketbook.

Now we jump ahead in time to the year 1991.  Still in California, but this was in El Toro, at our first house.  We have four and a half year old Sam here, drawing a face on his pumpkin:
I actually still have those chairs, although they've been painted many different colors.  They're in the attic, just in case we need extra seating.  Probably will let them go next time we move...

I love this picture:
Looking at pumpkin guts - cool!  Not-yet-Allie was two years old here.

I couldn't get my hands on most of my Halloween pictures - side note, I really need for my mother to come visit and help me organize my photos into albums (and by help me I mean do it for me), but I did find this cute pirate:
Yaaar, matey!  Sam, 1991.

Now we move onto where I can't quite pinpoint the year - this was in San Antonio, so somewhere between 1992 and 2000.  When did they both take karate?  This warrants further investigation, but suffice it to say that their costumes were easy that year, as they just wore their uniforms along with some nunchucks and ninja stars:
Ka-POW!  Sam and Allie-before-she-was-Allie. 

One last picture - again, why would you purposely make your pictures look like this on Instagram?  I have lots of photos colored just like this:
1974 - I was eleven and my brother was 8 years old.  He was a tramp just about every year - what could be easier than putting on one of our Dad's old shirts, stuffing it with a pillow, and dirtying up your face with a charcoal briquette?  

Too bad you can't see my costume very well - it was a full-fledged dress with a bustle, sewn by my mom.  That year, I was really into reading biographies about Dolly Madison, Abigail Adams, and other influential women, and I wanted a dress like what they wore, so she obliged me.  It was so pretty and I think I even wore it for some school plays that we put on in fifth and sixth grade.

Hope you have a great Halloween and see lots of cute trick-or-treaters at your doorway tonight.  Be sure and save a fun-sized Snickers for me!

18 comments:

  1. Great pictures! I love Halloween! Have a great day 🎃🎃

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  2. Aww how fun going down memory lane! I don't know if my parents have any old Halloween pic of us but I cantell you I know for sure there were only 2 years I've ever taken Halloween pics and one of them was back in 8th grade when I was allowed to have a Halloween party.

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  3. I have one picture of me at Halloween, dressed as a TV set! I was that weird kid with the weird costumes...

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    1. I love it! I couldn't find the picture of Sam as a robot, with a cardboard box body and dryer vent arms, all spray-painted silver, of course. It was pretty cool.

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  4. Fun photos! I have no idea where all the photos of my brother and me are - maybe at mom's in a box? One of my favorite costumes was when I was an American Indian princess. Pretty sure that wouldn't be PC nowadays lol!

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    1. I look back at some of my costumes as a teenager (parties, not trick or treating) and think "nope - they wouldn't fly in today's times" - geisha in a real Japanese kimono that was a gift from our exchange student, and yes, Indian princess (wearing a borrowed Camp Fire Girls outfit...wonder if they've changed out that one?). But it was all in innocent fun back then.

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  5. What great throwback photos! Happy Candy Corn day to you!

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    1. I saved some candy corn for today. :) But after that, it's gone for good!

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  6. Yeah, now I want to see our Halloween photos! My mom really did do a great job of sewing costumes for us. Love seeing the pics of you and your kids! And can you believe it--no candy corn for me this year! I might have to check the sale bins tomorrow...

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    1. It was nice to have a mom who could sew; she even made Power Ranger costumes for my kids when they were little!

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  7. I love your stroll down memory lane. Yeah, I'm like you -- why would anyone want to use a filter to make pictures look old?

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  8. What a fun walk down memory lane! Thanks so much for sharing! :) I love your costume in the last picture!

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  9. Mmmmm... candy corn! I remember as a kid having those costumes with the plastic masks and they never fit over the eyes LOL.

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  10. Aww, I love seeing all the pics! Costume pics are so fun. And very good point re: the instagram filters. Why do people want their pics to look that way?!

    Do you ever mix candy corn with peanuts?! OMG SO GOOD. I finally found a vegan candy corn this year and I was so excited! I forgot to get some for Halloween though.

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  11. Oh that was fun to see your kids (as kids, not kadults) again. So cute!!
    And you are so cute! Hee
    I could use your Mom's help with photos too, if she feels like Pennsylvania. Ha
    Happy Fall, Shelley
    Chrissy
    ps I can't eat candy corn without pretending they're fangs. Can you??

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