I’m Boycotting Halloween

I’m boycotting Halloween this year. Not for any “Ba Humbug” reasons, because I completely endorse this magical holiday full of whimsy and creativity.

It’s because for the first time in 27 years, none of my children will be home to participate in the festivities. Boo Hoo!

That sad fact, combined with the prediction of rain and the fact that Halloween falls this year on a Monday, were enough to derail my decorating plans for the house and donning any kind of costume.

If there’s one thing San Franciscan love is putting on costumes and partying and Halloween is no exception.  Everyone from the very old to the very young rally for this particular holiday and often make it a week of celebrations.

When I first moved here, the number of people wearing full on Halloween costumes to work, especially to the staid financial district, surprised me.

If you live here long enough, like I have, you have costume boxes or even a costume closets in the basement.  Who knows when you’ll need to find that banana get up or a Carmen Miranda costume?

There are also a lot boxes containing Halloween decorations that I’ve been collecting over the years. They are, I must admit, pretty “Spooktacular”!

Since I already bought a caldron full of candy to give out tonight, it will be at my front door waiting for the ghouls and princesses to come calling.

After all, I certainly don’t want to consume all of it and end up with a Santa Claus’ belly by Christmas.

So follow me on this flashback to Halloween 2009, when all was right with the neighborhood.

Olivia in her creepy girl costume sitting next to Eric dressed as a giant Easter bunny

Olivia always in character!

“Trick or Treating” in the neighborhood

Eric was very popular with all ages, especially the ladies.  I think he would have worn it for a week strait if I had let him.



Mallory dressed in  a princess outfit joins in

Olivia is happy with her Halloween spoils


This is Olivia the following Halloween wearing Mallory’s costume.  She is clearly waiting for her closeup!

Happy Halloween to One and All!


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  • Jody Driscoll
    October 31, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    LOVE these pictures! Miss those days.

    October 31, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I KNOW ……….
    Been many years for me since the SONS were home.
    I did not even BUY a PUMPKIN This year!FIRST YEAR EVER!
    My neighbors up the hill however,came through and brought me two small ones carved last weekend!YOU should see them NOW!MOLD HAS GOTTEN THEM…………a bit SPOOKY!HOpe I can still get a candle inside!They will be the only ones to arrive………I did buy candy!WE live on a short street where no MORE CHILDREN live………it is VERY SAD TO ME an END to an ERA!!!
    Perhaps we need to start doing PARTIES………………..or just stay HOME and READ BLOGS!

  • Jan
    November 1, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Great photos of a past Halloween, fondly remembered! Halloween costumes for me, as a child, always came out of my very special “dress-up trunk” – the old steamer trunk brought by my Grandfather when he immigrated, through Ellis Island, from England to America. My Mother participated in local theatrics so we had many of her old costumes from which to create something.
    Then in later years, my Mother and I would shop the occasion sales held by the Pasadena Playhouse from their costume collections. All were stored in “my magic trunk”. What happy memories are stirred for each of us on this Halloween night!

  • Jennifer
    November 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Do you have any photos of you in costume? I would love to see them!

  • Jan
    November 2, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I do not have any photos of myself in costume that I can recall. Only the fond memories of the very original costumes that my Mother and I put together – which was a challenge, as neither of us really knew how to sew. But, my Mother’s tremendous creativity made up for that!

  • Jennifer
    November 3, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Yes the end of an era is right! I loved your pumpkin with all the mold coming out…really spooky. I’m sorry I missed seeing you at the SF Antique Show. We were there opening night, but on the early side. I ADORED the outfit you wore there. You really are the most stylish person I know. THE VINTAGECONTESSA.NET
    is already a must read!

  • Jennifer
    November 3, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Great to hear from you. The pictures bring back such happy memories. I miss those days too.