Photo- Halloween 1980 (I'm the first devil ;-)
Happy Halloween from Trusty Transcriptionists! This time of year always makes me a little bit nostalgic as this is a very popular day in Canada where I am originally from. My childhood was full of so many happy Halloweens. My mother absolutely loved Halloween as well. As a child she would always let me have a little Halloween sleepover party. Five or six of my girlfriends and I would dress in our costumes, do the rounds, come home and examine the 'loot' which was candy galore inside of pillow sacks. Let me tell you, we got the good stuff in our neighbourhood! Many people would even take the time to make little bags stuffed full of a myriad of candies and chocolate bars. We would then begin the 'trade negotiations' which would entail ditching our least favourites for the stuff we liked. My mother would then serve us dinner, usually pizza or fried chicken. The table was always set with all kinds of spooky decorations. She would then treat us to one of her amazing homemade cakes, my favourite was always the chocolate mint one. The rest of the evening involved scary movies!
When I was about six years old I got sick with a bad flu and could not go out trick or treating. My father got one of the older local kids to bring an extra bag with her and she trick or treated on my behalf. I remember the delight I felt when my father presented me with a bag full of all sorts of Halloween candy! The most perplexing treat being these red wax lips, I remember them well. The urban legend said that if you ate them they would turn into gum, but really they just tasted like and had the consistency of wax.
When my mother died and I had to clean out her apartment in Vancouver there of course was a box full of Halloween decorations amongst all of her stuff. I had them shipped back to England and have enjoy going through them and putting them out each year. They are a taste of home for me and a nice reminder of my mother and all of the fun times we had. I know that we should not attach too much sentimentality to objects but sometimes 'things' can make you happy if they evoke fond memories of a person now lost to us. I'd like to think that my mom is somehow celebrating Halloween of 2018!
If this is an enjoyable time of year for you, I hope that you have a wonderful Halloween!