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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spooky Tuesday... Halloween Odds & Ends...

I think Halloween/Samhain is my all-time favorite holiday. A new year for those in the pagan society, and a night of ghoulish fun for all! Although I'm rapidly approaching forty, I still dress up. I've been a witch the last few years, with a lovely costume, but the costume no longer fits (which is good!), so I'll be something new this year, kind of a fall nature goddess-y type. I bought a marvelous dress, which arrived yesterday and actually fits beautifully and am making a Renaissance-style headband along these lines (try to ignore the super-creepy mannequin head it sits upon in the pictures) -- simple! The Girl is going to be Pippi Longstocking, and The Boy will be a turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th) British jungle explorer. I think M is going to be a zombie!

We're also compiling books and films for the holiday season. Some are old favorites, some are new to us...

Books:
The Soup Bone
Bone Soup
It's The Great, Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
The Headless Horseman: A Retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep Tonight
and a few more short stories

For our daily reading, instead of any of the three books I mentioned before (Dragon in the Cliff, The Hobbit, Swiss Family Robinson), we settled quite happily on The Graveyard Book (then The Hobbit)!

Movies:
Both the Addams Family films
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
and a few others

We have a fall harvest festival to attend at a regional park, from which there will be pumpkins to carve. There is a skeleton to be hung, spiderwebs to wrap around the front steps, and a witch to decorate the front window.

Generally, we spend Halloween watching movies, eating pizza or pasta (is there a good recipe for a gluten-free pizza crust out there?), trick-or-treating, and finally coming home to have a fire in our backyard fire-pit, where we can think about the changing of the seasons and tides.We also have a Halloween party to attend this year, a few days in advance.

Do you have a favorite holiday? Any special plans for All Hallow's Eve?

2 comments :

  1. Halloween is our favorite holiday -- in fact, Michael and I wanted to get married on October 31st but to have our wedding on a Saturday, we would've had to wait a whole year longer...so, we got married on November 1st (All Soul's Day) and our rehearsal dinner was on Halloween!

    Every year we have a party at my mom's house--as you probably know!

    *I'll e-mail you soon...I've been tied up with some things here, but I do want to get in touch!! :)

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  2. You inspired me to compile our annual Halloween season movie list. I posted it on Google+. Most are family friendly but there are some that are just for me and the husband to watch. We really go all out decorating the exterior of our house including noises, music, fog, strobes, etc. I'm usually the one to take the kiddo trick or treating. She doesn't last long though and then we watch movies in the dark and eat junk but this year she has braces so kind of a downer in that regard.

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