A Halloween article

Dan Weaver's picture

http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/23498.html

Its interesting how the perception of Halloween has changed. My mother was really into the holiday and we would go to great measures to make a spooky fun place for the kids and the adults. One thing we would do is put fish nets hanging from the ceiling of the dinning room and put streamers draped through the holes. This gave the room the look of a magical forest. We also always had hot chocolate and apple cider for the adults who were almost always outside and never invited into a house. Not at my mothers place, the parents were incouraged to come in and enjoy the event. We would get hundreds of visitors when some neighbors would only get a few. A fun time.

bluealgae's picture

There are some nice Halloween images here, mostly from the 60s and 70s. One of my favorites is the Bloodweister image.

For a few hears, Halloween kind of lost its charm for me. My mom isn't much of a party planner, and the same goes for me. But recently, I've begun to feel excited again about putting on a costume. If people are planning to dress up, I want to know what everyone's costumes are!

Norbert Florendo's picture

Costume suggestions:

You could fold yourself a Printer's Hat and wear a false beard so you could be Eric Gill for Halloween! (originally posted on this thread)

or

You can download this nifty mask and go as Le Count de Fontecristo!

paul d hunt's picture

i'm going as Arial for Halloween.

dezcom's picture

Arial the mermaid in the Disney film?
:-)

ChrisL

paul d hunt's picture

well the mermaid spells her name "A-r-i-E-l," but maybe i'll go as Helvetica just to stem confusion...

hrant's picture

> you could be Eric Gill

If so, don't forget to dispense with underwear.

hhp

dezcom's picture

After hearing the presentation on Gill and his proclivities at TypeCon, I don't think I want to envision him in any reincarnation.

ChrisL

amyp's picture

i may have caused jan tschichold to be rolling in his grave for this one...

vinceconnare's picture

Well in England Halloween is a pain. The trick treat knockers are usually older and scary they come a day too early. I had a girl come to my door on Oct 30 and say trick or treat. She was about 16. I looked at her and said 'you're a day early'. She said 'it's my religion.' and then I said 'go back to school, it's tomorrow' and shut the door. Other years if you were home and didn't answer the door you will get you door egged!!!! And It is very hard to get dry egg off a wood door...I now hate this commercial American crap holiday. It use to be fun.

Dan Weaver's picture

Maybe with the efforts of a few the event could be fun again. In Greenwich Village here the gay community puts up an amazing parade for the event. In general in Manhattan its a non-event for children. I hope they still tricker-treat in the burbs, much like caroling at Christmas.

Si_Daniels's picture

>Well in England Halloween is a pain.

On my recent trip back to the old country I noticed that the trashy Halloween trappings have made the leap across the Atlantic - which is a shame. It would never have happened under John Major's leadership (I moved in 1997). They also have three Starbucks in Leicester! But that's another story.

As I will never be able to afford to move back I'm stuck in Seattle where the Halloween trash and Starbucks belong - as an added bonus we have trolloween too!

Si

marian bantjes's picture

Last year at Design Camp in Washington, I went to a Hallowe'en party dressed as a lower case Cooper Black "i". It was pretty brilliant, if i do say so myself. If I have a picture of this, I don't know where it is.

Norbert Florendo's picture

> dressed as a lower case Cooper Black “i”.

Wow... and no one mistook you for a lowercase Goudy Heavyface "i"? :^D

dezcom's picture

Norbert,

Marian was wearing Cooper tires on his feet--he did not go seriftitiously:-)

ChrisL

timd's picture

John Major’s leadership he might have had a surprising sex life and worn his shirt tucked in his underwear but leadership is pushing it. Don't start me on Starbucks.
In Britain we also have a celebration of executing Catholics on 5th November to look forward to, far more 'wholesome' than a pagan festival.
Tim

vinceconnare's picture

ok then don't forget Trafalgar weekend.. On 23rd October there's a Night of the Admirals party at South London Pacific dress is: all things Nautical.

sword fights, stuffed parrots and a charity raffle.

http://www.nightoftheadmirals.com/

Norbert Florendo's picture

> sword fights, stuffed parrots and a charity raffle.

Oh oh... I sense a Monty Python parody coming up soon.

This polly is DEAD...

dezcom's picture

"Poke him in the eye with a pointed Sextant"

ChrisL

marian bantjes's picture

and no one mistook you for a lowercase Goudy Heavyface “i”?

It sparked some debate, but the rounded bottom was the dead giveaway.

Norbert Florendo's picture

> rounded bottom

I'm not going there!

kristin's picture

When I worked at Dahl & Curry, one of my co-workers took a square cardboard box, painted it black, put it on his head, and deaclared himself a 10,000-point Helvetica period.

Dan Weaver's picture

"This parrot is dead." "No it isn't its just sleeping…"

dezcom's picture

!!!Tasteless joke Warning!!!! Do Not Read the Following!!!! It is NOT politically Correct!!!

Was that coworker with a 10,000 point period a she?
:-)

End tasteless joke warning. You may resume reading now.

ChrisL

Dan Weaver's picture

"I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay I sleep all night and work all day…"

vinceconnare's picture

the parrot said **** off you ~censorship in America~ I'll find me sword and poke you off the telly.

Norbert Florendo's picture

Actually, if he put the square on his head he should have declared it a 10,000 point tittle.

Dan Weaver's picture

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

He's a lumberjack and he's OK,
He sleeps all night and works all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch,
I go to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays I go shopping,
And have buttered scones for tea.

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

He's a lumberjack and he's OK,
He sleeps all night and works all day.

He cuts down trees, eats his lunch,
Goes to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays he goes shopping,
And has buttered scones for tea.

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

He's a lumberjack and he's OK,
He sleeps all night and works all day.

I cut down trees, I skip and jump,
I like to press wild flowers,
I put on women's clothing,
And hang around in bars.

He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps,
He likes to press wild flowers,
He put on women's clothing,
And hang around in bars.

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

He's a lumberjack and he's OK,
He sleeps all night and works all day.

I cut down trees, I wear high heels,
Suspenders and a bra,
I wish I were a girlie,
Just like my dear papa.

He cuts down trees, he wears high heels,
Suspenders and a bra,
He wants to be a girlie,
Just like his dear papa????

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

He's a lumberjack and he's OK,
He sleeps all night and works all day.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Dan, Dana (bluealgae), that's for the great links!

ebensorkin's picture

Yes, nice one Dana!

whoisdan's picture

One more link, this one horn-tooting:

My Karate Kid Shower

bluealgae's picture

Haha, that's awesome, Dan. That pipe bender, though, must have done a number on your hard wood floors.

ChuckGroth's picture

In St. Louis, the tradition is for kids to tell a joke or do a trick before receiving candy. This is how I celebrated the holiday all through childhood, and would begin thinking of the perfect joke the first of October.
Years later, I moved to Lawrence, Kansas. When Hallowe'en came, I was excited to have the holiday in this new town. I got everything ready for kids to come to the door, and when the bell rang with the first trick-or-treater, I opened the door eagerly.
"Trick or treat..." the four year old said, with trepidation.
"What's your trick?" I asked, expectantly.
"Huh?" he replied.
"Do you have a joke or something?" I encouraged.
"No..."
"Well, you have to tell me a joke or it's just begging,"

The kid started to cry.

No other kids had jokes that night, either.

It wasn't until the next day that I related the story to friends and was informed that the St. Louis tradition of telling jokes or doing tricks wasn't practiced in Kansas. Or in any other city I've lived in since. Very disappointing.

ebensorkin's picture

Yes, Nice outfit Dan! And nice pages about the outfit too.

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