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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Hallowe'en and Sister Cruella!

Hallowe'en is over for another year. I've noticed that in town here over the years, people get decorated almost as much as they do for Christmas. All we ever had was ONE pumpkin with triangle eyes/nose and the square teeth carved at 6:00 p.m. in freezing temperatures when my dad got home from work!

My husband's secretary's kids came to show us their princess and monster costumes. She and her husband were dressed up too, to take them around to a few houses. They looked great. My sister used to do that and get my mom and dad to give out the candy while they went out. What fun and fabulous memories these kids will all have!
My sister is a hoot! (She taught me well!) When you teach school, there are all kinds of opportunities to dress up as different characters on various occasions. I think this pic was when "Cruella" came out during an assembly advertising a Hallowe'en Dance-a-thon. All the kids in her class couldn't believe it! To them, she rocked! I can't imagine one of my Gr. 4 teachers ever doing this in 1963.

I have always loved doing this sort of thing; my years at summer camp make it a natural response. It is so much fun, especially if you can find a partner-in-crime. That is sometimes difficult because not all teachers are hams. I wish I had taught at my sister's school!
Here's to dressing up and having fun!

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Blogger Richard said...

I remember cold Halloweens, when there would be snowstorms even.

Actually, those worked out quite well, because my mom would just share the chocolates she had bought among us. This meant we actually got a better haul and selection. Later we just would just forgo trick-or-treating in lieu of getting sweets instead.

Now is the time to rush out and bush all the chocolates and costumes 1/2 price. I always pick some costumes for the kids, but Sofia says we have enough and asked me not to. I was also tempted to buy boxes of chocolate at 1/2 price, but, for some reason, I have lost my taste for sweet these past few weeks. Last Thursday I had a few chocolates and didn't feel well afterward.

For the last many years, when I dress up, it is as a hippie - easy and low cost.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blogger Barbara said...

The perfect Cruella costume. What a hoot!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard: I can't resist a 1/2 price deal either! I buy it and freeze it sometimes and give it away. Last night was perfect here....really windy cloudy with the moon peeking through and just nicely cool.
Now today, seems like true dreary November!

Barbara: I'd love to borrow it!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blogger GEWELS said...

Too funny- my son was carving our pumpkin last night at 6pm too- when He got home from work.

Love the Cruella costume. It's so fun when people actually get into the spirit of things.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blogger twilite said...

Hi MOI! You've put smiles on my face as I read! Great picture of you(?) in Cruella costume? Charming!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Gewells:I love getting dressed up!

twilite: Isn't it great?!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Beth said...

You look Cruella-y divine!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Akelamalu said...

I thought my boss had got dressed up for halloween then realised it wasn't a mask!

That's a great Cruella costume - actually Cruella is my boss's nickname!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Beth: Thanks! (It's my sister actually)

Akelamalu: A boss with that nickname can't be good!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Anonymous RennyBA said...

We are starting to obtain a and adjust to this tradition in Norway too - wish you where here to help me with the costumes though - the last pic was smashing good :-)

Wishing you a wonderful end to your week!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Coffee-Drinking Woman said...

I decorate MORE for Halloween than I do for Christmas....

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Diana said...

Now THAT is a fabulous costume!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger Annelisa said...

Aye to that! It's so much more fun when the teachers become human sometimes!

My old neighbours up in London used to 'dress' their house in spiders webs and goulies and ghosties from top to bottom, then they'd invite the neighbours' kids over a few at the time, and give them candy etc. It was pretty magical, I have to say.

I wish I still did stuff like that. I was a real wimp this year. I had candy, as I always do, but because nobody had come for any for the last few years, I didn't bother about putting the pumpkin out and putting orange and black decorations up... I used to do so much and now I do so little... that's not so good. Maybe I'll make more of an effort next year! :-)

Your puddy cats are lovely as ever (last post)!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Blogger GrizzBabe said...

Your sister seems like she was a really fun teacher! Where was she when I was growing up. Oh well, happy belated Halloween!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

renny: I'll love helping you with costumes!

CDW: I have tons of decs for my classroom and home..not quite as much as Christmas though.

Diana: She's a nutbar but a cool sister and teacher!

Annelisa: Thanks, I love me black cats! We don't do much at my house except decorate for fall and out a few Hallowe'en things up in the office. I'll help you next year! We'll get dressed up!

grizz: Thanks! She'll be glad to hear that. She retires in 1 year.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Blogger Lynette said...

Hehehe oh I love the Cruella outfit and the pose is perfect with that long cig holder, awesome costume! I cheat, I have a pumpkin that looks real but it's just made out of some plastic stuff. I did used to carve real ones when my daughter was growing up though. LOL my word verification is "burfy"

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynette: Great eh? I'd love to dress and play her part! We just did the little wee one in the picture.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Anonymous colleen said...

Looks like my white streak. These days it's spreading.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Anonymous Coll said...

Decorating for halloween has seemed to increase over the years. Just walking down our street was fun with so many yards covered with pumpkins, ghosts and goblins.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Colleen: Well, it is building character as it spreads!

Coll: At least people get excited about something before the long dreary month of November!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007


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