Happy Hallowe’en Y’all

a11aMy daughter’s favorite
holiday is upon us
once again —

I dunno exactly why
millennials seem to
like it so much,
’cause they
don’t really do the
trick or trick thing…

but, Hallowe’en has made
a huge comeback.

whether the appeal is
the dressing up for
costume events
or the creative aspect
of decorating for it….janetleigh

When I think about it,
there were never big
store-fronts being
seasonally rented
(when I was a kid)
just to sell Halloween
costumes and stuff.

Now, you see ’em
every couple of miles.

And as just a space rental thing,
it’s bigger than fireworks here.

I’m told the places are huge,
and carry every kinda thing
youretrocostumes might need to creep out
your friends and neighbors.

And, in my daughter’s case,
I’m pretty sure
it’s the whole artistic
expression thing
the holiday gives rise to
that’s what she
particularly enjoys.veronicalake

I kinda lost some measure
of interest in the holiday
when I stopped getting
free candy and starting
having to buy it, instead.

But, I have to admit,
the potential for
skimpy costumes on
pretty ladies at
parties
and,

of course,
seasonal pin-ups –
marlow
always get me back to
feeling the spirit of
the holiday as it
approaches.

Our predecessors also
seemed quite fond
of the holiday –
-now that I think about it.

And hey ,
with the crisp feel of
fall in the air –
how could anyone not love it?

Happy Hallowe’en !!!

 

 

 

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Reflecting The Halloween Season

oukid3Tomorrow will be 
Friday the 13th.

And 17 days
until Halloween.

Interesting.

There have been many
fascinating aspects of
celebrating the Hallowe’en Holiday over the years….

Some,
like door-to-door
‘trick or treat’,
are only now
starting to wane
from popularity,
as our culture
continues to get
more dangerous
and the holiday
evolves into a
more adult
oriented one.

Other customs —

like, for instance,
the time-honored
‘midnight magic mirror’-
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— have completely lost
most of it’s relevance
and meaning to the
contemporary
observances.

Still,
it is an interesting facet
in early 20th century
Halloween folklore —

The idea that:
at midnight,
on Halloween night,
an unmarried maiden
or gentleman might,
if the candles are lit just right,
and he or she be pure of heart,
be enabled to behold their
future spouse in the reflection
of the looking glass.

Charming,
right?

And judging from the
media of the time,
something that many folks actually believed could happen.

Hey–
all kinds of strange things
go bump on the night of Halloween —
so why not ?

Superstitious or not — destiny
I’m sure it made for some spooky fun.

I imagine it had a numinous quality that was very appealing to folks.

The images of this rite abound in postcards of the time.

We all know that the folks of the early 1900’s were postcard crazy–

They sent cards
for any and all occasions.

It seems like this
was especially the
case around Halloween.oukid

It will absolutely amaze you
how many different varieties
and themes of Halloween
postcards that there
were published…
mainly between
1900 and 1930.

And of course,
before Halloween arrives,
you can certainly
expect me to revisit
this theme again.

But today,
we’ll look at just
two of the
popular motifs —

The Magic Mirror,
like you can see in cards
# 3, 4 and 7…

and another
very interesting
fancy from the time —

themed on the
‘ O U KID ‘ .

(cards #1, 6, and 8) oukid2

If you caught my post
on the whole ‘ Oh, You Kid
craze —
(of course, you did… )
you won’t be surprised
to see it appear on the
Halloween cards of the period.

And here it is.

The rather subtle sexuality inferred in the expression,
and the stranger qualities
of the vintage version of the holiday mixes surprisingly
well on these cards.

I’ve always felt that halloween
Halloween
had an inherent sexy
undertone about it,
and apparently,
so did our ancestors.

Even the magic mirror cards
invoke a mystical romanticism —

And everybody knows how
sensual candlelight is, right ???

HOY!

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Skin and Bones

My lovely friend Ret
recently suggested,
in order for me
to take my mind
off redheads
(and sex in
general, I think),
that I should ask
more questions.

And I’ve decided
to take her advice
because my hormones
do seem to be running
on high RPM’s these days…..

not, that I think
that’s a bad thing,
but I recognize that
it does rather skew
my subject choices
for posts.

So , question:  does it
make me weird that
even though there’s
another month or so
before we get to the
whole Hallowe’eny season,
and despite the fact
that I was going to hold
these things for
Vintage Pin-Up posts
for that time,
that I couldn’t help myself?

They’re what I like to call wonderfully wicked –
a description that basically
means that it turns me on
in an indescribably dark place
just to the left of my medial
orbito-frontal cortex.

Maybe it’s got to do
with my penchant for
wearing skeleton costumes
during my pre-pubescent
Halloween experiences.

Well, probably not….
but, what do you think?

Hmmm….
I can’t help thinking about
all the stuff you would see
sometimes when people
opened the door for
trick or treat, though…..

— makes one wish for all
kinds of time travel options.

In that vein, time travel
sounds like it could be
kinda fun, doesn’t it ?

It did seem like the adults
were enjoying the holiday
a bit more than us kids.

Booze?
Or something a little kickier?

I dunno – where Halloween
parties really wilder back then ?

I was just knee high to a
grasshopper and only
interested in candy —

so, what people were doing
in the background when
they weren’t shoveling
full size candy bars into
my bag was only of
passing interest.

Could it have some latent
effect that I’m only now
becoming aware of ??

Some demented
skeleto-fetishistic
mechanism at play here?

Obviously, from these pics,
generously sent to me from
one or two of my wonderful
readers who will remain
anonymous (to protect
Katie and Cyn’s reputations,
you know )
— other people also find
these freaky nudes a bit of a rush.

Is it a weird ‘beauty and the beast’ ,
or ‘the wages of sin is death’ thing?

As for me, I might be totally
ignoring the skeleton altogether
and focusing on the beautiful
woman, who knows?

Questions,
questions.

HOY !!!!!