Happy Homemade Halloween!

There's an article in my local paper about this charming 100 year lady who spent 50 years dressing as "Eldora the witch" to frighten neighborhood children on Halloween, all in fun. What stood out was how much of Halloween was once about making things and getting out to walk as opposed to driving to the store to buy a costume and candy and then getting driven around door-to-door, suburban style:

Roberts doesn’t practice witchcraft, but she can cast a spell of sorts by transporting listeners into the past with accounts of her childhood. The youngest of eight children, she remembers trick-or-treating with a group of children, walking by themselves in the moonlight on a country road in Winslow, covering five miles over the course of the night.

They dressed as ghosts and fairies, in homemade costumes, carrying baskets they made themselves and decorated in bright paper, asking for candy, much of which came in the form of homemade fudge, toffee, chocolate and molasses.

I'll be back next week with the promised Marilyn Monroe post!

(Unrelated to vintage, I stumbled across this funny "Healthy Halloween Treats" blog post and thought I'd share it with you.)


  1. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed that!

  2. Hallowe'en sounds so nice in that context! BTW I love your blog!

    1. I agree! I'm glad my paper gave her some press. And thank you!


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