What a treat to be invited to participate in the colour collaborative this month! And Halloween! My almost-favorite 'holiday'. (Thanksgiving remains #1.) But, I digress...
When I think of Halloweens past, my most vivid 'color' memory takes me back almost 40 years to Halloween Eve. White. White bones. Hundreds Dozens of felt white bones that I had spent weeks hand sewing onto my son's costume for his very first pre-school Halloween party---and I still had dozens to go. Hand sewing because a) I stink at sewing with a machine; b) I apparently never heard of stitch-witchery back then; and c) he was determined to help me place all those body parts in the right place after he found I errantly put a leg-bone on the arm. (Yes, he was rather precocious, but did end up being a physician.)
This would have been my post if I still had the costume to show you. I'm sure it was the finest skeleton costume to ever grace that preschool. (Sadly, his sister refused to wear it the next year, when I spent far less time sequining a boo-tiful witch robe. That is--a pretty witch....she couldn't say beautiful.)
Fast forward maybe 38 of those past 40 years, and you now find me with a totally new obsession in fall color, which just happens to be Halloween color at its finest. But, it is the color that was untouched in my crayola box as a child. I despised it. I never owned a single piece of clothing in it, so it must not have been a top 10 in my mom's color palette, either. My dolls refused to wear it. And eat anything that color? BLECH.
Our American Halloween tradition hails from the Irish immigrants who brought with them the tradition of Samhain (the celebration of the summer harvest passing on to winter). In Ireland, the harvest lanterns were carved from potatoes and beets and turnips; the new world had pumpkins which proved perfect carving material.
Thank you, my Irish ancestors! Pumpkins and Halloween and ORANGE have been linked ever since; and all have become entwined with how I celebrate the season.
Whether I'm crafting...
(Russian needlepunch embroidery.)
(primitive rug hooking)
boo, boo, boo!
(I'd show you the pumpkin pie, but I ate the last piece last night)
My Halloween is full of Orange!
with one scary, white skeleton skull. How could I resist?
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Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below....
Annie at Annie Cholewa