My daily lament is “OMG, where has the year gone?” and I know for a fact that I am not alone in this feeling because I hear it from lots of friends and readers as well. It seems like Halloween was only yesterday, yet another year has passed since my 2015 Halloween party in Charleston.
It also seems not so very long ago that I was making, along with my mother and grandmother, my Halloween costumes for the elementary school pageant. How I loved planning and preparing “my look“ for the scariest night of the year. As a little girl who adored dress up (and knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a fashion designer) it was heaven for me. I spent hours dreaming of the endless possibilities.
While I let the urge to create and make Halloween costumes wane as I grew older, Charleston reignited the idea and the fun.
I am showing you a glimpse of my last halloween in Charleston where this fun holiday seems to be a big thing. This was evidenced when we estimated that close to 300 kids came to our front door for trick or treat! In all my years of “tricker treaters” I have never experienced anything like it. Not even in the heyday of the 50’s and 60’s when a more innocent era encouraged this type of pastime.
There seem to be a plethora of Halloween stores in the south and I have had a ball visiting them, and find myself agog at how times have changed! No more little do it yourself thing where an old sheet with 2 cut outs for eyes became an instant ghost!
My first stop into a “pop up” Halloween mart and I was off and running without all of the major work of the bygone days. I decided to not do “pretty” but “silly and goofy” with rats, snakes, skulls, spiders, skeletons and haunted creatures — it was so much fun.
Fast forward to three weeks ago and the “Grim Reaper” in the guise of Hurricane Matthew blew into town. I waded into the basement after the deluge and found Halloween and Christmas decorations floating in two feet of water. We saved what we could but any goblins that moved, talked or breathed smoke were toast.
Taking what was salvaged and adding a bit this year we are back up in business and getting ready for Halloween 2016.
For those who do not know, I do not have a specific dining room in either Weatherstone nor Chisholm House . These rooms are converted upon need. The library in Charleston turns into the dining room, with the library table becoming the dinning table.
I mounded the table with all of my halloween paraphernalia, lit everything by candlelight and served a menu I thought fitting for the occasion. I am still working on this year’s menu but have discovered pumpkin cakes by mail, and will have those as well as our homemade desserts as the finale.
Last year I went as a flapper gal and this year I will be a Chinoiserie figure on the 31st and a good witch (although I shall be in black and hopefully not looking like Margaret Hamilton – the wicked witch) on the 30th. Why celebrate on one day when you can do two—right?
. Hope you have fun – and Happy Halloween! – cr
P.S. Just returned to Charleston today and found this on my gate :