Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Halloween: From My Family To Yours

My, now seven year old, granddaughter's first Halloween.

Halloween was so easy, when these photographs were taken.
A little bit of paint and you called it a day.
This is my oldest son as Gene Simmons, of "Kiss".

The costumes were simple and fun.
Here is my youngest son as a clown.

My youngest daughter, as "Pippi Longstocking".
Complete with a stuffed monkey.
(As in 'toy'. Don't sick PETA on me!)

My youngest son as "Dolly Parton".
(I'm sure his back hurt at the end of the night.)

My oldest daughter as a gypsy, my youngest daughter as a ghost,
and my oldest son as...
Your guess is as good as mine.

Whatever he was, it went over big in the neighborhood -
He came back with two bags of candy!
Which I rifled through, as I did everyone's, as soon as they went to bed -
helping myself to as much chocolate as humanly possible.
As they got older, they knew that the Halloween candy-bags must be hidden from Mom,
if there was to be any left for them, in the morning!
(Other than the sour, hard candies and Tootsy Rolls.)

Even I would get dressed for the occasion.
I was the Bride of Frankenstein for many years, just
the outfit would change. The hair and make-up stayed the same.
Brushing-out my hair afterwards, was quite the adventure.
Painful doesn't even begin to cover it.

Then, I decided I'd be something else one year -
And Dolly came to town again!
I generously padded my front...

My rear and my hips.
(Dolly would be proud.)

Here is my oldest daughter, the gypsy, again.

And this is her, now thirteen year old daughter, when she was little.
Wearing a fairy costume, that her mom made for her!
Such a good mom!

And here is the same little cutie-pie.
(I want to reach in there and poke her little tummy!:)

And here is her, now seventeen year old daughter,
with the same little one, her sister.
(Making a very interesting face. Was it something I said?)

My oldest granddaughter (above) used to love "The Count"!
I bet she still does.
(This one's for you, Sweetie.)

These days, the costumes are fancy.

Very fancy.

Very, very fancy!

But, even now, home-made is still good enough!
This is my, now six year old, grandson.

Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!!

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(Thank you!)

Signing off for now,


  1. that was soooo much fun!!!! love your blog!! love seeing everyone..u r fun..thanks gabe!

  2. i love it all, especially the homemade costumes and kiddies in the leaves - my favorite things this time of year!

  3. Gabriele- Love this post-It is always so much fun to take a trip down memory lane, isn't it? Hugs- Diana

  4. They are all so cute! You're right, costumes were much simpler a generation or two ago. I still don't get into Halloween in a big way, except for the candy, of which I've already eaten more than my share for the year!

  5. Since I live in Italy and don't celebrate Halloween, I appreciate your sharing of Halloween antics and fun. Thanks!

  6. Good mornning!
    How nice of you to share these grat memories. They are all really nice, the one in in the leaves, so cute. They all seem to be having a ball.

  7. Cute, cute costumes! ♥ the one of the kiddos in the leaves Ÿ

    Thanks for visiting over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving the nice comment. Hope you can stop by again sometimes.

  8. So festive. Yes, Halloween used to be so sweet and simple. It's gotten so darn fancy. But the kids love it, still, thankfully.

    I love the kids in the leaves photo. And the double appearance by Dolly! :o)

    Happy Halloween to you and yours!

  9. I love your vintage pics :) but your grandchildren are hilarious :))) especialy the six-year old with the face strips :))) and those pumpkin cats are amazing :) i want them :)))) it's too bad that we don't celebrate Halloween in my country :) i would love to dress up :)))

    p.s. and you as Dolly are smokin' hot :))))

  10. such cute pictures! I love looking at old photographs that were taken years ago of my family. It's so much fun to laugh and relive the memories. I am so sad I won't be able to dress up/go to any parties this year because of work. I can enjoy it through my younger cousins. Have a great Halloween!


  11. What wonderful pics of your grandchildren. Clearly you get into Halloween in a big way! Love your silk painting too......very happy to meet another raw fooder!

  12. Such fun costumes--hope you have a Happy Halloween! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  13. Hi Gabrielle, Thanks for visiting me. It's so nice to meet you. Love your blog, too. And your painted scarves are just beautiful.
    Adorable kids and grandkids - sounds like we have a lot in common.
    I'll be back!

  14. Wonderful blog and walk down memory lane of costumes. You are correct--they were simple! Life was also MUCH more simple! Your work is beautiful and you are quite the talented artisian. Thanks for coming by! I have you on my blogs to read link. Lora