The two month holiday season is gearing up; fortunately, it starts with our favorite holiday, Halloween. I’m really bummed that networks aren’t showing, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this year! I’m sure I can stream it from somewhere, and if all else fails, I’ll borrow Kathy’s copy. I haven’t even asked her, but I’m 99.99% sure she has the DVD. ( Kathy: Yes, of course! ) This is just another demerit for 2020 and if this year doesn’t shape up, it’s going on double secret probation!
There may be some good news on the fire front, after today’s eruption up near Estes Park, which is right outside of Rocky Mountain Park. ( Thought you might like to see this photo of the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park featured in The Shining. That is not photoshopped, the air is really that color! Not my photo, but scary indeed. )
We have cooled off quite a bit which is helpful in fighting the fires as cool air holds more moisture. Plus, we are supposed to get snow on Sunday and possibly Monday which is what it takes to put these huge fires out once and for all. We need some good news after the expansion of the fires. It’s been a tough fall!
Well, enough of that; it’s time to get the show on the road.
I’m doing all the pumpkins and a few rando finds. These pumpkins were at Joanns, I think. They kind of reminded me of the Hellraiser movies, and not in a good way:
In case you don’t know, Hellraiser features the guy with all the pins in his face, and these pumpkins look like they’re full of upholstery tacks or something equally poky. I think they would really work for a head-banger Halloween party, especially with lots of studded dog collars and piercings. On the other hand, it would be a horror show to have these at a toddler’s party. There is no way that one of the little darlings wouldn’t pick up a poky pumpkin and wobble off unsteadily.
OMG, we weren’t impressed with this Jack Pumpkinhead at all:
Huge and ugly creepy, not scary creepy, doesn’t work for us. You can tell he is really trying with that “please love me” smile, but we know why he was donated. It turns out that it’s even worse than we thought:
He’s your candy bucket?? I think that he must have sat on a chair by the door to hold the candy being given out. If my parents had given this to me as my trick-or-treat candy container, I would have ditched it pronto for my pillowcase, or even a plain paper bag. That would have solved the problem of what to do with it years later. There wouldn’t have been much left after a Michigan winter spent in a ditch.
There are some fun pumpkins on this thrift store end cap:
I’m especially fond of the three smallish pumpkins on the top shelf. Pure silliness, not that there’s anything wrong with that! They have some charm and obviously don’t take themselves seriously at all, both pluses in our book. It’s shocking, but outside of the ugly gold skull, there isn’t anything too terrible on any of these shelves.
Wish I could say the same thing about the pumpkins on this next shelf:
I’m not sure why you would need a gold fabric pumpkin with black lace inserts. I guess it is boudoir-chic Halloween décor—if you’re running a bawdy house. I know it’s the chi-chi elegant decoration thing, but that’s a fine line that’s easy to tumble over into something a madam might choose. It’s the main offender in this lineup. I give the rest a pass, even the big fella on the right who will drop glitter all over. You can tell he’s worried about that very thing by his expression.
I rather liked this pumpkin for some reason:
Maybe he reminds me of the mayor in The Nightmare Before Christmas, which we watch every year while decorating our Christmas tree. Don’t ask, it’s complicated! Back to the conical pumpkin. He would look very cheerful on your porch on Halloween; something a little different, but not too scary for the little kiddies. Someone else must have liked him, because he found a new home.
I know the witch isn’t technically a pumpkin, but she looks like a pumpkin and hangs out with them, too:
We looked at this for a while trying to decide if it was a craft project to paint, a candle holder, or something else—chia pet witchy poo? Probably not, as there aren’t any grooves in her to hold the seeds, but goodness, she needs something to make her more interesting! Of course, if you painted her, she might end up looking even weirder, like the pumpkin with the white stripes behind and to the left.
Well, she’s not a pumpkin, but she hangs out with them:
We thought she was kind of cute in a goth/lacey kind of way. We both have a soft spot for owls, and it would take something much worse than this for us to be critical. I just don’t know what it is about the eye-let lace, but I found it pretty funny.
Well, now we’re out in left field with this scarecrow, and not a pumpkin to be seen:
He’s one of the rando pictures that don’t really fit in anywhere. He has a sweet face, but oh my, that outfit is verging into clown territory! He was handmade, and honestly, she should have thought a little harder about the scraps she used to dress him. I do really like the straw coming out of his shirt, and the cord around his trousers and sleeves.
Finally, this shirt was in with the costumes, but we aren’t sure why:
What do hot air balloons have to do with Halloween? It would be kind of a cool and scary way to float over town looking at the decorations, but not so good for trick or treating. I guess the one balloon has orange on it and the shirt is black, but that’s weak sauce. On the other hand, you could do a costume based on the kind of person who would wear this. Here’s a close-up:
With all those sequins, it would weigh a ton! Wear some crazy purple and yellow pants and sing, “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon“. That would mystify anyone under 55 years old and unacquainted with The 5th Dimension.
Well, that’s it for this week; consider it your down payment on Halloween! I’ll finish up the handbag book in November before we get started on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Stay safe everyone, please wear your masks! And while I’m nagging, go vote! It’s the patriotic thing to do and a great way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.