Before I talk about our Halloween, or the costumes I made, or the fun that we had, I have to do a little bit of bragging about how disturbingly cute my nephew is! Can he really be related to me? I question his genetic make-up because nobody, but nobody, has ever accused me of being cute and then this guy comes along and ZOWEE - off the cuteness charts!!! That's not an exaggeration; we took him to the doctor and found out that he was in the 99th percentile for height in 2 year olds but they said his cuteness is unquantifiable. They actually referred my sister and brother-in-law to a crisis counselor because they said he was at dangerous risk levels for developing an "acute cuteness complex" at any moment. If I was super hip, I would "hash tag" this - #cutepeopleproblems. I, as you are undoubtedly well aware, am woefully, tragically, painfully unhip.
|"Reach for the sky!"|
He was actually trying to smile in this one.
|Aren't I lucky?!!|
I get to hang out with this mug on a regular basis
and give him cool, vintage cowboy stuff.
But he did have to take off his boot...
there was a snake in it.
|This one reminded me of a Disney cartoon - if you|
can believe it. Have you ever seen...
"A Cowboy Needs a Horse" (1956) ???
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming (but really cute though, right?)
Particular attention has been paid to Dennison's Bogie Book this Halloween season. I guess we bloggers are following the same spiritual vibrations because the costumes I made this year are directly inspired by the beautiful, deco-era illustrations found within those books.
|That's my kind of Halloween party!|
I've always found the Halloween costumes of the 1920's and 30's to be exciting. Instead of blood and gore, the costumes make it seem like every Halloween is a Cole Porter musical. It's not only the costumes, but the decorations, the games, and even the ephemera. Papier-mache pumpkins, die-cut witches, lanterns, funny hats, cider, anything spooky from as early as the Victorian era through the 1930's - that's what Halloween means to me. Blessedly, our friends, Kevin & Jody, feel the same.
|Kevin & Jody's place|
A spooky old tree and a Victorian house being slowly
enveloped by a thick, green fog.
|I love this chandelier!!!|
It drips with lanterns, masks, ornaments, and mementos of Halloweens past.
|Yes, to all of the above!|
Amazing house. Check. Amazing hosts. Check. Player piano, cool party guests, good food. Check, check, check. The only thing left was the costumes. Oh yeah, I also made some costumes. Check.
The Edward Gorey opening theme from
the PBS series "Mystery" (a parental favorite)
the PBS series "Mystery" (a parental favorite)
See the bat lady at 0:21-0:25
My costume was a little less macabre than Mary's, but it wasn't all comic (see the tear drop on my mask?). Speaking of the mask, I just realized that I'm always wearing some kind of face furniture. Because I don't wear contacts, I just went blind all night. I have particularly horrible night vision so I spent the entire evening squinting and tripping because my depth perception was off - the ideal party guest. I'm going to have to include the necessity of glasses to my personal list of hard and fast costume rules - no face paint (messy, greasy, and easily smeared) and nothing more restrictive or less comfortable than pajamas. If you look at the old-timey ilustrations, with the exception of the giant spiderweb, all the costumes look extremely wearable. Let it be known that I love all those clever costumes thoughtfully created with moving parts, giant masks, added appendages, etc. For me, however, comfort and the ability to sit, stand, and move is paramount.
|A bit clown, a bit choir robe, a bit Mama Cass on|
the "Mike Douglas Show" - all comfortable.
I prefer to think of it as male maternity wear.
My post-pasta pigout Pagliacci costume was
topped with a diminutive, handcrafted hat.
|"Every party needs a pooper..."|
|Kevin said this photo of us looked like something from Vanity Fair.|
We just wanted to be close to the snack table...
(photo courtesy of Kevin Kidney)
I've already bragged about my nephew so I don't want to boast even further, but with the exception of missing a few parties that I know were awesome, this was a pretty perfect Halloween. It was the ultimate haunted house experience!
"The Haunted House" - Ray Noble & The New Mayfair Orchestra (1931)
I hope you groovy boos and ghouls had an awesome Halloween too. Honestly, we spent half of our night planning and preparing for next year's festivities. When I was young I liked Halloween, but the older I get, the more I LOVE Halloween! Thanksgiving, Christmas - those are a lot of work; Halloween is pure fun - just a little responsibility and a whole lot of candy!!!
Bonus photo: I made a sweet pumpkin dip (served with ginger cookies)
to take with us to the party. Like all good things, this recipe contains Cool-Whip
and I used that container to store the dip. When I removed the lid, there
was a Jack-O-Lantern staring back at me. A Halloween miracle?
I think so. You see it too, don't you?