Halloween 2018 Final Shenanigans with Pictures!

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LadyG as Queen of Earth! She looks a bit miffed 🙂 LOL!

(Excuse any typos, we’re in the thick of it!)

So, now that we have settled on the fact that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, it seems most appropriate to share some scenes from my 2018 Halloween shenanigans.

Now…

Let’s start with a bit of charity.

Earlier today, I spent this afternoon giving candy to kids at the local children’s hospital.  It really was very humbling—it reminded me to appreciate the health and wholeness of my own children.

If you ever get the opportunity to do something like that please do. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming and the kids are always in need of good cheer.

Naturally, I could not take any pictures for privacy reasons.

And so….

After that, I came home, ordered Pizza, pulled out the six (6) carmel-nut candy apples that I got from Kroger for…..wait for it….$2.00–that’s right, I said TWO DOLLARS.

Anyway, I filled a cat-faced “cauldron” with candy for trick or treaters.

Of course, I baked some cookies; that’s a given!

Best believe, my house is a freaking mess; but we are having a ball!  BTW, my Dad is here!  He never misses Halloween at my house!

Next on the agenda was to cue up Youtube to watch an old cheesy ABC Halloween movie from 1985 called “The Midnight Hour.”  I love that movie! How many of you remember that one? if you do, please hit me up in comments because most people have never heard of it but I love it!  1985….the good old days!  Here is the link

After that, we’ll watch:

Fat Albert’s Halloween Special

Garfield Halloween

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

and finally, Ichabod Crane (Disney’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow)

And we EAT!!!!!

And so it goes…every year on Halloween!

Enjoy the scenes!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Halloween! It’s What We Do

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Halloween!  It’s what we do 😉

By ‘we’ I mean me, my son, Sir R, and my daughter, Lady J!

Warning:  If you are one of those folks that don’t do Halloween for religious purposes, I respectfully encourage you to feel free to browse and find another post that is more to your liking.

Lady G is not about being offensive.

So, with that said, please bypass!

Now, for those of you who are either covert or overt lovers of Halloween, I urge you to stick around and let me stimulate some of your fondest fall holiday memories!”

OK, as the opening line implies, I am a Halloween nut!

You see it all started back in the mid to late 1970’s when Mama would take me and Tack trick or treating.

We’d have a ball knocking on doors in order to collect and stockpile chocolates, bubblegums, and hard candies.

We trashed the candy corn–but who didn’t?

Candy corn is to Halloween as fruitcake is to Christmas!

Yuck!

Anyway, for my brother and I, October was an all around exciting month because, apart from trick or treating, we’d also get to go to the fair!

Well….that’s if we raked up all the freaking pine straw in the front yard first!

Yeeeaaaaah, that was one of Daddy’s rules.

Nevertheless, we were happy to rake the yard so that we could hurry to the fair.

The sights, the smells, the music! Talk about a good time!

Whaaaa?

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you more about the fair later in the month.

Anyway, back to Halloween.

As I am sure you can recall, during the week of Halloween, the major television networks would air old scary movies and Halloween specials!

Remember, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?”

How ’bout The classic Disney version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?”

Both of those are part of my collection!

YAAASSS!!

Back then, Tack and I lived for those cartoons!

Every time we saw the little ‘intro’ that the networks played to indicate that a “Special Presentation” would be replacing regular TV programming, we were SHOOK!!!!!

To the core!

Seriously, what kid in the ’70’s didn’t get excited knowing that “60 minutes” was being replaced with “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special?”

Now wait a minute…

Who in fresh hell was Paul Lynde?

Most of us had not a clue, but, the fact was, he had done a Halloween Special–and that’s all we needed to know 😉

THIS!!!!

Video Credit:  Genius 7277

Those were the good old days, and I simply refuse to let them go!

Therefore, I go ALL out for Halloween!

Baby, I take it much farther than my Mama ever did!

To date, my partners in crime are my kids and my Dad!

Just so you know, for Mama, Halloween was pretty cut and dry. She gave out candy and took us trick or treating.

That’s it! That’s all!

PERIOD!

As for Tack, these days, he could take it or leave it.  Although he was younger than I was, he outgrew Halloween rather early.

I never did!

And so…

Today, Lady J and I will put out all of the Halloween decorations.  We should have done it sooner but we got busy over the weekend.

Here’s ONE of the boxes we’ll pull from:

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Once we get everything in place, I’ll do a post showing how it all turned out!

Anyway, along with our other Halloween festivities, Lady J and I will be watching all kinds of scary movies for the remainder of the month.

Oh yes,  I have some serious opinions about scary movies.

So does Lady J!

We will be sharing those opinions–and more with you very soon.

Until next time!  Happy Haunting!

Meet me in comments and tell me about some of your favorite memories of Halloween.

Do you still celebrate it?  If you live in another country, please tell us about your fall traditions.

 

 

 

Five Facts

 

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My Friend Charlie

I hate to admit it, but I love poking around on the internet. I usually like searching for ‘how to’ articles; best believe you can learn how to clone a wombat if you troll the interwebs long enough.

At any rate, every so often, while surfing the net, I’ll find myself landing on one of those ‘five facts’ articles.  You know the ones where the writer reveals new and intriguing tidbits about someone famous. Well I don’t know about you, but whenever I read one of those things, I have to catch myself before I start following the article’s hyperlinks to virtual web hell.

Either way, ‘five facts’ articles are usually quite interesting; therefore, I have decided to post my own version here.  As a bonus, I have also included a few applicable lessons with each fact.  Rest assured my loves, you don’t need to worry about getting lost as there are no hyperlinks to maneuver–embedded or otherwise. I simply refuse to connect you to the history of all of my years, my tears and my fears (Nod to Jerome from Martin Lawrence). Trust me; you don’t want to go there! So, without further delay, I present:

Five Facts about Me

I used to date Ernie from Sesame Street

Okay, let me explain! When I was in second grade, Ernie and his friend Bert came to our school to perform.  During the performance, Ernie revealed that his girlfriend, Gwin, was in the audience and he asked that I  stand up.  When I stood up you could hear all of the kids yell “Ooh-wee, Gwin goes with Ernie!” Yeah I was completely surprised myself.  Suffice it to say I was the envy of the playground set! Sorry, but out of respect for Ernie I cannot comment any further on our relationship.

 Lesson:  Expect good things to catch you by surprise!

I once was a budding violinist

As a youngster, I took violin lessons for about two years and I briefly played in the All County Orchestra.  However, being the wise young lady that I was, I quit playing violin so that I could be a majorette in the marching band. Who says that I didn’t have my priorities straight?

Friends, I know that there are thousands of professional violinists in this world but I got no idea how many professional majorettes there are. Imagine the doors that might have opened for me had I continued playing violin?

 Lesson: Don’t quit shit so fast; you never know where it could lead. Other lesson, there are no mistakes- so let it go Gwin!

 I am a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo

When I was in my early 30’s, my son and I became 1st Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo. Friends, from the moment that I put on the White Belt, I knew that I would become a Black Belt. You see, by now, I had learned my lesson on quitting and I was hell-bent on sticking with it!  By the way, the 1st Degree Black Belt is really just the beginning of another longer journey.  I didn’t quit, I simply opted not to continue 🙂

Lesson:  Even you can break a board if you practice and do not QUIT!

I am addicted to 1960’s and 1970’s Sitcoms and Cartoons

I can spend hours on end watching “Bewitched,” “Twilight Zone,” “The Peanuts,” and “Sanford and Son.”  Please don’t challenge my knowledge on any of these because it could get ugly!  By the way, as a die-hard Bewitched fan, I must affirm my devotion to the original Darrin, Dick York!

In addition, please note that if it is Halloween, I AM watching Linus as he waits in vain for that damn Great Pumpkin! Like Sally, I plan to wait with him until one of us dies!

As for the Twilight Zone, Mr. Garrity and the Graves is a MUST!

Lesson:  Fred G. Sanford is a freaking genius!  Listen to him carefully and learn!

I make a mean chili!

There’s no way that I can convince you that this is true so you’ll just have to come to dinner and see for yourself.  By the way, if you do come over, BRING COCKTAILS!

Lesson:  Always bring something good to the table!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading five facts about me.  Why don’t you tell me something interesting about you?