Monday, October 29, 2012

"Please God, let no one give out Mary Janes"

That was my prayer as a child. Who eats those things? They could yank a tooth out faster than you can say "dental insurance."  (note to self: ask dentist sister-in-law to save teeth for attaching to chiffon dress and glitter crown for demented Tooth Fairy outfit).
If you're stumped for a costume, Abe Books has some good literary suggestions, including Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat ("Matching red jumpsuits [or long johns?], blue wigs, and white face paint.") Their comments section has some wicked supplementary material.
What were your favorite candies/costumes as a kid?

By Kim Murton, here's the runner-up from the "Blown Covers" website's Halloween illustration contest. Quite dramatic!


  1. gioconda cabinfeverOctober 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Only once did I engage in this barbarous proceeding--going door-to-door dressed up like the Scream. I stopped because some of our neighbors are scarier than a Stephen King circus.
    It is a well-known fact that the local kids prefer Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
    So I give out the little Italian fruit candies so sour they will turn their faces inside out in a giant pucker.

  2. The Scream - pucker-inducing Italian candies? you are a gal after my own heart. The Scream was in the news the other day but my feeble brain has forgotten why. Something about a different version/study discovered?

    1. gioconda cabinfeverOctober 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      I wasn't aware of the fact that Munch made four versions of The Scream--two paintings and two pastels-- and one of these was auctioned off for something like the GNP of France.
      He even made lithographs of The Scream, but production was stopped after a few were made.
      He knew a profitable thing when he saw it.
      BTW, that tooth fairy outfit would be quite a scream, too.

  3. I've always enjoyed the superhero costumes...Catwoman, Batgirl and Storm. My favorite candies were reeses peanut butter cups and kit kat bars.