Happy Halloween Y'all!
Sorry, no projects to show you.... just fond memories to share.
I may be writing this so that I will have some record of past memories to refer back to, who knows. Things that I thought I would never forget, seem now to be inevitably lost to time and age.
I guess I'm feeling a bit sentimental this afternoon. I drove to my Mom's to drop off some Halloween treats for her. Mom still lives in the house I grew up in, in Austin, Texas so driving past the houses I had seen so many times before made me think of Halloweens past....
As a kidlet, Halloween was all about the candy. Trick or Treating and the candy. It wasn't slasher movies, devil worship, or whatever...simply getting all decked out in a costume and going from house to house and snagging all the candy we could.
I had two older sisters Kathy and Kim. Of course I was the baby and only boy, so I always followed orders from my sisters. WELL KINDA....They had done the Halloween thing before and knew how to score the treats! We would by this time have adorned the dining room window with our die cut full color witch, that lived in the hall closet during the rest of the year. Other artistic creations that were made by my sister's and I in school were also plastered on the dining room windows with Scotch Tape. Thinking back, I'm sure all the teachers didn't know what to do with us excited kids on Halloween, hence the need to have us make things Halloweenie to keep us quiet! LOL! All we wanted was to hear that school bell ring so we could done the costume and wait for dark.
Our costumes and paper trick-or treat bags came from a wonderful-wonderful store that is no longer around, Winn's Five and Dime. Sure miss that store. Toys, school supplies, trinkets, objects, cloth, medicine...you name it, it could be found at Winn's. I cannot tell you a single costumed character I was. I just remember the costume being some kind of silky material that went over your clothes and it came with a plastic molded full face mask that was held in place by elastic cording.
Dad was the one who walked with us, so we had to wait for dad to get home. I remember waiting for those EXCRUCIATINGLY LONG hours to pass until his arrival home from work! We would run out and grab his hand and literally drag him into the house so we could get going. I'm sure there was dinner in there somewhere, but for the life of me cannot remember eating dinner on Halloween.
Finally, we were off. There were three rules. You could only go to houses with the lights on, you had to say Trick-or-Treat and last, you had to say, Thank you after you received your treat. Now that the trick or treat bags were loaded with the mother lode of all candy and we were exhausted from the walk, the real fun came....Sorting! LOL
First off, let me say there is an unforgettable smell to a bag of Halloween candy, scents of bazooka gum mixed with aromas of sugar, mint and chocolate....Ahhhh those were the days! OK, back to the tale....Once home, the three of us would sit in totally glee on the den floor, dump out our bag of goodies and sort them into types. Each type had their own pile. Hershey bars, Mr. Goodbars, Dubble Bubble Gum, Milk Duds, Sweet Tarts, peppermints, Cracker Jacks, butterscotch, little Life Saver rolls, homemade popcorn balls, lollipops and my all time favorite mentioned above, Bazooka bubble gum. Not only was this the most delicious gum, but you got a little comic strip inside the wrapper...Remember that? For a kid, Willy Wonka had nothing on us! We were in heaven! I have no idea why we sorted the candy, to be totally honest, we just did. We filled our mouths full of candy, popping one after the other until bedtime. I have no idea again, with such a sugar high, how we even went to bed. That folks is how I remember Halloween. A candy filled fun holiday with my sisters.
I hope you have a wonderful Halloween and an awesome safe night filled with sweet memories.
The Gentleman Crafter