I always remember facing the approach of Halloween with a feeling of anticipation. My sister Ele and I would always go out with either Mom or Dad. Whoever was not on duty with trick or treating was back at the house giving treats to the other little ghosts and goblins.
The earliest evidence I’ve found of Halloween in my life is this photo.
Here I am at probably a year old. The photo’s not marked (I’ve discussed before how my family rarely noted dates and names) so I can only approximate. The actual photo is quite blurry, probably because I was wriggling around with excitement. The scan came out better than the actual photo! Don’t the slip covers and wallpaper go well together?!? 😉
There I am in all my glory, dressed as Aunt Jemima, I’m told. Perhaps since one of my first Halloween costumes involved food this may have set the tone for my entire life! 😉 I actually still have this costume. It’s at Ele’s house but I didn’t think about using it until yesterday and I didn’t have time to find it. See, my family never throws anything away!
Although our family had the inclination to dress Ele and me alike in real life, I don’t recall that they ever did that for Halloween. There are so many photos of us together. For this particular Halloween, Ele wore the dress she had worn as a flower girl in a family wedding. I remember her one time being a toy soldier and one year there’s a photo where we both look like Southern belles. Those photos are still around…I’ll have to do a search.
One of my favorite Halloween memories is helping my Grandmother prepare the treats for the little visitors. She used these…
Little bags that looked like lunch bags…
I borrowed a witch’s hand to lend perspective to the photo. They really are tiny!
We would line them up, side by side until Gram’s entire kitchen table was covered with these little things.
It looked like a tiny paper bag army! Ele and I would each be given a bag of candy…Tootsie Rolls, Mary Janes…and we put one in each bag…row after row. I think Gram also put a coin in each one. I remember a quarter but it was probably a penny or a nickel…there were lots of bags so it couldn’t have been quarters!
I don’t remember how many different kinds of candies went in there but there was quite a selection. When we were finished, the top of each bag was carefully folded over to keep every thing safely inside. We used to have so much fun doing this.
Why you may ask do I still have these little bags to show you? I live in what was my Grandparents house…remember the people who never threw anything away…Why do I still have them. I don’t have a clue! I’m just amazed that I remembered where to find them. In all of my sorting and tossing and packing passion…these are something that I will not be able to toss out. Why? I don’t think I have to explain.
So here we are…Halloween 2011. I’m no longer allowed to go door to door asking for candy…not without fear of a restraining order, anyway! 😉 In fact one of my errands today is to go out to buy the Halloween candy. I’ve learned over the years not to buy it any sooner than I have to. If it’s not here, I won’t be tempted by it. I also try to buy candy I don’t like. And, today…it’s likely to be on sale!
What will I be for Halloween. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was making food choices blindly, without much thought to new and different options. I referred to myself as the Zombie Vegetarian. Well, word to the wise, don’t say something like that around someone who likes to do cartoons…especially someone like Ralph who has a really warped sense of humor.
I present to you…The Attack of The Vegetarian Zombie…
I was going to wear something slinky and vampy, but I guess I’m stuck with this…at least he made my hips look smaller…I should be grateful…
Hope you all have a Memorable Halloween!!!