"Now We Are Six" by A.A. Milne (1927)
When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,

I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever.

Happy Sixth Birthday to my All Saints' Day baby, my future artist-ballerina-pilot-actress-singer-comedian-science teacher-accordion player-horsewoman.  (I'm probably leaving something out...)

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Halloween Night

I hope all of my dear readers who celebrate it had a wonderful All Hallows' Eve. 

October is almost over.  I'm moving on to other things now.

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Halloween Morning

It is here!  It's Halloween!  
And as of this morning, it's raining cats and dogs.  Eek!

To set the mood, here are some recent pictures of our town's two oldest cemeteries in October.  I didn't have time to take as many as I wanted, and we've had some stormy weather the last two days.  Maybe I'll make it there again next week.

Highland Cemetery is the oldest.  The first burial was in 1870, the year the city was incorporated.  It was taken over by the city 30 years ago.  It is sad to see decorative urns demolished, the occasional angel beheaded.  It is a sprawling cemetery.  Sidney Toler, the third actor to play Charlie Chan (and the actor to play him the longest), is buried here, but I haven't found his grave yet.

Grave of "Buffalo Bill" Mathewson and family.

I've posted pictures from Maple Grove Cemetery before.  It lies across the street from Highland, and was founded by A.A. Hyde, inventor of Mentholatum.  (He is buried here, too, but his grave is very unassuming and hard for me to find.)

This is the photogenic group known as the grotto mausoleums.

James R. Mead was another city founder.

We have fall parties and a costume parade at the school today.  Don't worry - I'm toning my little zombies down for school!  Let's cross our fingers that the parade can be outdoors on the track.  I have my doubts, though.  It is so wet right now!  Then tonight, we'll head to our favorite trick-or-treating destinations.  Oh please let us have nice weather by then!

And our porch?  Here is a peak at our jack o' lanterns.

And finally, I'll leave you with something Mr. B and I insist on watching every year, to the point where we actually bought it.  From many years ago, when The History Channel actually showed history stuff, I give you "The Haunted History of Halloween."

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A Few More Halloweeny Things

Tomorrow is Halloween!  I can't believe it.  It's already here.  The end of October.  How much can I throw at you at once?

The book in the picture above?  This one: 
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman,
illustrated by Dave McKean.
HarperCollins, 2008.

I loved this book.  I'm a bit behind in getting around to it, I know, but wow.  A boy raised by ghosts in a very, very old English graveyard?  Obviously my cup of tea.

Or coffee, as the case may be.  I'm getting as much mileage out of my It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown mug as I possibly can.  You can sorta see it there in my dark little picture.  I took the picture with my camcorder.  Both my camera and my phone were out of juice.  I have no patience.

Except for carving pumpkins!  I finally got our big pumpkins yesterday.  They are carved and on the porch, filled with tea lights.  Pictures tomorrow, when I have my camera going again.  I roasted the seeds after the girls went to bed.  My own recipe?  Rinse, dry, and toss the seeds with a bit of olive oil and melted butter. Spread on cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt and, in this case, garlic powder.  Roast at 350 for 10 minutes.  Stir.  Roast another 6 to 8 minutes.  Yum.

I've covered most of the picture books the girls and I have read this year.  We've also read some old favorites.  Our Roku has had a workout, as I hunt for new things to watch.  Here are a few things the girls and I loved this year.

The top row can all be streamed on Netflix right now.  "Scared Shrekless" is part of DreamWorks Spooky Stories.  We had it saved on the DVR for a very long time in our cable days.  Big Sis is my fellow Ghostbusters fan.  She would also be happy to tell that we own this DVD, but I'm lazy.  If it's streaming, I will watch it that way.  Little Sis is a longtime fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Speaking of Little Sis and Tim Burton, she is also my  Beetlejuice girl.  We found it on Amazon Prime Instant.  My oldest has become interested in old episodes of The Twilight Zone, which we prefer to watch on Amazon, as more seasons are available.  One of my very favorite old movies, the romantic comedy I Married a Witch, is still streaming via the Criterion Collection on Hulu Plus.  Finally, even the old DVD player gets its workout.  We finally bought The Birds, which the girls love to watch, especially when the birds start to gather in huge flocks in the trees as they prepare to migrate.  We have owned Coraline for a while now, but Little Sis has to psych herself up to watch it.  She loves it, but she knows she will have nightmares!  ABC will be airing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Halloween night this year.  We know we will not be home for it, but we own it as part of a Peanuts boxed set, so it's okay!  It will be watched!  Oh, and we watched this movie and the first of these movies, too.

Also watched by me (leave me alone, I've been sick):  The Addams Family movies on Amazon, Carnival of Souls (made in Lawrence, KS!), Stephen King's It, Poltergeist (for the millionth time), and Freaks (for the thousandth time).

I updated my Halloween playlist on Spotify.  It's a great mix of the usual suspects ("Thriller," "Monster Mash"), weird oldies, classical favorites, and even some kid songs we used to sing in school.  I'll leave you with a few of my favorites.

One more day!  I love Halloween.

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Halloween at Old Cowtown

This weekend, my grandmother and I took my darling zombie children to Old Cowtown Museum for a Night of Hay, Hooves & Halloween.  Old Cowtown is a living history museum, bringing the very early, Wild West days of Wichita to life.  The museum is home to a group of historic buildings, some actually from Wichita, some from other parts of the state.  The Halloween is event is always one of my favorites, and I was disappointed to miss it last year due to a dance conflict, but because they moved it to the evening this year, we were able to attend!

Zombie ballerina and zombie cheerleader, in the cemetery next to the historic Presbyterian church.

The Murdock House, home of the founder of the Wichita Eagle.

The Munger House, one of the first houses built in the town, and the oldest surviving personal residence.

Zombie shoot-out!
This zombie was on her own.  She refused to go down.  And that was only the beginning...
...  of the "Thriller" flash mob!  

We will return to Cowtown next weekend for Little Sis's birthday party.  Yeah, remember the whole fall fairy party idea?  That was scrapped in favor of Cowtown.  Well, it's less for me to plan, so I'm easy!

As far as this month goes, I'm a little disappointed to realize I will not be getting to all of the ideas I had planned for the month.  I apologize, but I have been sick for the last two weeks.  There are things that didn't happen, such as missing Little Sis's pumpkin patch trip, and things I wanted to blog about that I don't feel prepared for (the fairy tale idea).  And as much as absolutely pains me to do so, I think I'll save clowns for next year, since I did manage to get around to dolls.  Oh, life, always getting in the way...

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, and that you're having a lovely month!

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Obsessive Halloween Nostalgia Disorder: Tweety at Two

Okay, I think that old plastic Halloween masks and costumes are just a little creepy.  Don't you think? That's tiny, two-year-old me as Tweety Pie.  I love the cat on my treat bag.  In fact, I vaguely remember that guy.  I probably held on to the bag for a while.

I love old Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies so much.  They were always my daddy's favorite, and they were our favorite thing to watch on Saturday morning.  I would love to post some here for you, but Warner Bros. keeps a very close eye on its copyrighted material.  I especially love the episodes with a "scary" theme:  "Hyde and Go Tweet," the Witch Hazel cartoons, "Transylvania 6-5000," the Gossamer cartoons...

Anyway, here is what you get if you cross Tweety Pie with a teddy bear.

Here is my plastic mask post from last year.

For creepier and crazier, check out this post over at Modern Kiddo.

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