Well here we are! Teetering right on the edge of Oct. 1!! Time to fall in, and let the countdown begin! If you visit the Countdown to Halloween hub at midnight, you can see the full list of participants in this year's countdown.
As for me, I know I mentioned here on the blog a few months ago I had every thing plotted out. Well, I still do, although I admit I'm still scrambling to pull it all together. BUT, I am going to give you a run down of what's going to happen here this month. So here it is:
Every MONDAY & WEDNESDAY it's 'HALLOWEEN IDEALS'
Last year while looking around at a thrift store, I came across this book/magazine publication called 'Thanksgiving Ideals'. I picked it up and thumbed through it to see what it was like, since I'm a fan of Thanksgiving. It was from 1965, and it was full of photos, drawings, paintings and poems that were not just about Thanksgiving, but many autumn activities. Canning, back to school, hayrides, jack frost, harvest, etc. But most importantly, it contained a few pages about Halloween. I ended up going on Ebay, and buying a bunch of these Thanksgiving (or sometimes Autumn or Harvest) issues of Ideals from 1962 through to the early 1980's. And now I'm going to share them here with you. Every Monday & Wednesday, I'll be sharing some of the Halloween imagery that appeared in these delightful magazines. It starts with 1962 and goes up to 1972. Halloween is on a Wednesday, so look forward to some extra pages, from '72 and up. I tried to find more info about these books online, but the best I can tell is they began publishing in the 1940's or 50's and ceased publication sometime in the early 2000's.
Every TUESDAY & THURSDAY it's 'HALLOWEEN ART DAY'
I'm planning on posting 8-9 NEW Halloween art pieces that I've done this year! Eeek! Well, I'll say now that I have at least 4 done, and 2 that are almost done, so I'm not in too bad a shape here. That still leaves me with 2-3 pieces to do, and that shouldn't be too much of a hardship. So new Halloween art from me!
Every FRIDAY it's 'BOOK DAY' (with possible give-a-way)
Every Friday, I'm going to recommend a Halloween book. These are all personal favorites of mine. And there is a possibility that I will be giving away a copy of the book I post about. It may very from book to book, but I will expand on the details, when I do each post.
Every SATURDAY it's 'HALLOWEEN GRAB BAG'
I've reserved Saturday to be kind of an open day where I just post about whatever I want. I may post photos of some of my Oct. misadventures, photos of some of my Halloween purchases (past & present), videos of cartoons, etc. It really just depends on what I'm feeling that particular day.
Every SUNDAY it's 'HALLOWEEN FOODAGE'
I'm going to tell you a secret: I LOVE to cook. And here's another secret: I'm not very good at it. I guess I'm okay, but I can't tell you how many times I've spent hours working on a meal that just came out mediocre. And many times there are things I want to make, but the time involved makes my head spin. But for at least 4 days in October, I'm going to make a dish I've never made before. And they will all be a pumpkin or squash related dish. If I get recipes from online, I'll post a link to where I got them. If I'm using a cookbook, I'll post a link to Amazon, where you can probably get the book cheap. I'm going to be honest here, this post is more about me than anything. I have to make food, I want to try, in order to have something to post about. And I'm a vegetarian, and many of the recipes I'll be making are vegan. That should be of interest to any veg/vegan readers I have.
And that's it! Come back tomorrow for day one. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and happy countdowning!