Saturday, October 31, 2015

Hallow E'en

B o o !
Tonight is Halloween here in the U.S.

It's such a fun night for kids, going outside in the spooky dark to visit the neighbors in a disguise and see if they can guess who is behind the mask, freezing in your costume but always game for "just one more house", returning home to spread your candy out on the floor and trade with your siblings for the stuff you like best. My oldest daughter just texted me to ask if I remember her two favorite costumes: a bride and a cowgirl.

Of course I do!

"From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties

and things that go bump in the night,

good Lord deliver us."

...Scottish prayer

Black cats are supposed to be frightening and portend bad luck.

This friendly guy was greeting people on the street in Charleston yesterday. There were cars whizzing by, lots of big feet stepping all around him, but he didn't seem to notice.

All he wanted was a scratch and a rub.

Nothing scary about him!

If black cats are supposed to bring bad luck, do white ones bring good luck? This cat lives in a liquor store in our small town. Because he guards the place from marauding mice when the store is closed, he gets his sleep during business hours. You can see his assistant in the background.

Now this is spooky!

There are horses in a paddock and a vegetable garden all surrounded by old oak trees draped with Spanish moss. There sits a wheelchair.

It's been there so long it, too, is draped with moss.

Who sat there? Was its owner the gardener? What happened to him?

I wouldn't want to walk here on Halloween night!

My children and then my grandboys have always sweetly handed over to me the Almond Joys from their trick-or-treat bags.

Guess I'll have to buy my own this year


  1. Cynthia, great post in Poland Halloween is becoming more nad more popular..

  2. That sure is a "spooky" location.
    I'm bloody sure I wouldn't go wandering around that place after dark.
    Busily studying the form for the big day here - Tuesday - the Melbourne
    Cup. Am studying very diligently the form guide for my annual bet of the
    year - a first four past the post.
    One starter is called "The United States" - bred in Europe though.
    Cheers and back to studying

  3. I love the moss on the tree! The moss on the wheelchair is disconcerting. Good thing you have those generous grandboys! I'm certain GN would not hand over her favorite candy . . . Almond Joys. Happy Halloween!

  4. Happy Halloween, we just got home ahead of the first Trick or Treaters.

  5. Cynthia, I love this post!! It gives me shivers to think of being there alone with the moss and that wheelchair. The kitties are so sweet. Happy Halloween! Great post!! By the way, it doesn't seem much like Halloween around here. We need some children too.

  6. Happy Halloween! I bought Almond Joys as the back up candy:) That is some interesting looking Moonshine! I bet those cats earn their keep. Yes that wheel chair is a tad spooky:(

  7. Good memories of past Halloweens. I have some similar memories of Halloween with my kids.

  8. That wheelchair is sure spooky - the kitties not so much. I wish you many almond joys.

  9. I didn't know moonshine would still come in jars - we don't get that here. Reminds me of some songs. We don't get trick or treaters at our place - we are too far out of the way so didn't need to have a stash of lollies. Those Almond Joys sound popular though.

  10. A great post Cynthia; lots of memories of Halloweens past! :-) I'm intrigued by the abandoned wheelchair...what stories could it tell I wonder?

  11. That wheelchair looks really spooky, who would leave it outside so long, is there a body somewhere too?

  12. I do like black cats, they seem to have shinier coat.
    You miss your family...xx

  13. That last picture is perfect for Halloween. We did really enjoy Halloween in Chicago and Pennsylvania. We had 80 trick-or-treaters in Hershey. I can't believe we ran out of candy. On the other hand, mom says there weren't any trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood in Hawaii. Halloween is so much more festive on the mainland.