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#Halloween Edition – Vintage Masks, Treat Bags, Candy, & More #tbt

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Purrs and howdys, Kittens & Dawgs! For the next three weeks, I plan to bring to you Halloween memories from my childhood in my Throw Back Thursday series. Today, I’m reminiscing of masks, treat bags, candy, and more!

Halloween is wildly popular with adults more so than I remember it ever being as a kid.ย  I liked dressing up when my folks could afford it but usually all we got was a plastic mask and that was pretty darn neat!

Here’s just a few…


I think my best friend wore one like this.



I was Queen of the Nile one year and I not only had the mask but an inexpensive costume. I was so excited to wear a real costume, maybe too excited because I ran out the front door and tripped into a big mud puddle. Soaked to the bone, I returned home to change clothes. I was miserable for messing up my new costume and the cold, wet weather made things worse. I really wanted to wear the complete outfit because it was my first time to have a nifty costume. In the end, I had a lot of fun and getting lots of candy made me feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚


Another year, I was a Gypsy but nohave a costume. Seeing this mask reminds me of the vintage classic, “The Wolf Man”. I plan to talk about that in another installment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

To collect the hordes of candy, most of the time we used a paper bag to hold our candy loot. I almost remember us decorating our paper bags like this, except I don’t think my jack-o-lantern ever wore a patch.

Sometimes, I used a small plastic pumpkin shaped Halloween bucket sorta like one below. This is what we got our children.

DH said he used an orange heavy-duty plastic bag and believe it or not, we have his “trick or treat” bag some where in this house. All three of the kids used it at one point. I think it’s awesome that they were able to use some of the things from DH’s boyhood.

Most of our Halloween stash consisted of “penny candy” along with a few pieces of chocolate or bubblegum.

However, if we were really lucky sometimes the women in our community would go the extra mile to give us home-made popcorn ball or candy or caramel apples. Now, that was a real treat!

A fun thing we liked to buy just days before Halloween was candy waxed lips especially the fang version.

Candy implies you can eat it but these waxed lips weren’t disgestible. The best we could do was chew on the flavored wax like gum until our jaw couldn’t take it anymore. It seems like such a waste now but it was part of a fun childhood experience and one I wouldn’t give up.

I found a fun Halloween playlist of 50s and 60s tunes on YouTube, many made before I was born but know very well today and some released during my youth. So, I will sign off for now with a bit of mewsic.

  1. That Old Black Magic – Peggy Lee 1952 (0:07)
  2. The Headless Horseman – Bing Crosby 1953 (0:43)
  3. Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra 1957 (1:14)
  4. The Monster Hop – Burt Convy 1958ย  (1:50)
  5. Love Potion #9 –ย  The Searchers 1959 (2:24)
  6. Grim Grinning Ghosts – Buddy Baker 1962 (3:00)
  7. Beware – Bill Buchanan 1962 (3:37)
  8. Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharahos 1968 (4:15)
  9. Season of the Witch – Donovan 1966 (4:59)
  10. Boris the Spider – The Who 1966 (5:34)
  11. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones 1968 (6:10)
  12. Spooky – Classic IV 1969 (6:44)
  13. Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Rival CCR 1969 (7:21)


Did you dress up for Halloween? What was your favorite treat?

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Vintage “Love is…” comics #tbt

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! I presenting to you my retro post editions in a new time with a new name, Throw Back Thursday (formerly Way Back Wednesday)!

Our school sold stuff like this to raise money for football, cheerleader, or band uniforms. I remember going door-to-door peddling it. I even had one of these groovy “Love” signs hanging on my bedroom wall. I wonder whatever happened to it? I wish I had it!

Everything seemed groovy in the 70s. I don’t know why I thought of this, other than perhaps subconsciously the seed got planted by the return of blogger pal, McGuffy Ann’s Monday inspiration post she calls “Sparks” and so like that *snap* the cartoon series “Love is” popped in my mind. Do you remember this popular comic?

“Love is” is a single cartoon illustration designed by New Zealand artist, Kim Casali, for her then husband-to-be, Robert Casali in the 60s. The series started as love notes to Robert that were published in booklets later in the decade before breaking into the newsprint of the 70s. Her cartoons became widely syndicated around the and her most popular phrase was “Love is being able to say you’re sorry…” in 1972; appearing on cards and souveniors, which I actually remember.

After Robert became terminally ill, Kim hired Bill Asprey, a London artist, to resume her drawings under her name to spend time with her husband. No doubt the sketches I grew up enjoying Asprey drew who began in 1975 and continues to the comic now.ย  After Kim’s death in 1997, Stefano, her son took over MiniKim the company that manages the intellectual rights. What does that mean anyhow?

Kim’s sentiments began with her husband and these expressions are felt by many still. I believe we need a dose of “Love is” today, so I’m gonna share with you samples of Kim’s work that is sure to make you smile.

The “Love is” cartoon has a sentimental place in my heart because this is something I enjoyed reading during my courtship with DH. Experiencing such deep love for DH, I now know just how much Kim loved Robert. It’s obvious because the way she felt for her husband matches the way I feel for mine. Love is more than love for a partner. Love is being able to count on a friend, like you!


These good feeling, positive vibes of love begin first within each of us and it’s up to us to nuture this love, sharing it with one special person, then spreading it to others. After all Love is….



Did you read the “Love is…” comics?

Do you remember the melted plastic popcorn art?

Write your own phrase, how would you finish, Love is….?

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1977 The King Dies,The Force, 2 Crazy Guys, & More #tbt

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Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs! I presenting to you my retro post editions on a new day with a new name, Throw Back Thursday (formerly Way Back Wednesday) with a look back in time to 1977!


The year the King of Rock n’ Roll died!

ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII (Aired 04/04/73) Gary Null, Photographer

This past August 16th marked the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Do you remember this world breaking news? I do. I was sitting in the living room with then DBF (now DH) on the sofa when the report cut into our TV programming. My jaw hit the floor with the passing of this legend. He was only 42 at the time of his death.

I found supposedly this quote by Elvis just before his death after meeting Scientologists who tried to recruit him.

Elvis fumed: “The hell with those people. There’s no way I’ll ever get involved with that s.o.b. group. All they want is my money.”

Star Wars IV, New Hope, released in theatres in May of 1977 and is the second highest grossing movie in North America for which we all recognize the popular quote, “May the force be with you“. We didn’t actually see this film until after we got married in 1979.

Saturday Night Live was the popular late night TV viewing for many and became the springboard for two comedians. I didn’t watch it much because I’m not a night owl but I do remember Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd characters, mostly from watching the show after getting married.


Popular TV Shows I watched…

  1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
  2. Happy Days (ABC)
  3. Three’s Company (ABC)
  4. Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
  5. All in the Family (CBS)
  6. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
  7. Alice (CBS)
  8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
  9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
  10. 60 Minutes (CBS)

I didn’t watch MASH or 60 Minutes much in those years. I had a greater appreciation for both shows by the time I was in my early 20s and 30s, especially M*A*S*H. I only liked watching the Andy Roony segment on 60 Minutes.


I’m not sure when these individual clips originally ran on 60 Minutes but they are a lot of fun to watch. Rooney’s humorous commentaries are sure to make you smile. They do me!

This is also the year, DH graduated high school. I can’t believe it’s been 40 years! In this time, he’s lost classmates and friends.ย  It’s sad how the hands of time give one the shaft in so many ways. He started college in the fall and I began grade 10. Just look at me, aren’t I cute? lol Geez, my face is chubby! We called DD#2 “Chubby Checks” when she was little. She favors me the most but you see her daddy in her, too.ย  Anywho, those pencil eyebrows were the thing and parting one’s hair in the middle was the style. Neither really suited me. My appearance hasn’t changed a lot over the years, I don’t think, except my eyebrows aren’t this thin and I part (sorta) my a hair to one side (see me here).


Where were you and what were you doing in 1977?


I can’t close out the year without sharing some popular mewsic with you. Hit play while you read my responses to Joyce’s Wednesday Hodgepodge questions!




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