Friday, October 21, 2016

Pish Does Hallowe'en


By: Pish Lincoln
Title: Much Ado About Muffin
Series: Merry Muffin Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

I was a child of the fifties and sixties, which was an uncomfortable time to be a young fellow like me in our country. I always knew I was different. Not many boys in my all male private school were into opera and ballet, though a couple did become classical musicians. But I survived and even thrived, through a combination of good luck in my family and friends, and living in a place where being different was not so much of a sin.

I was fortunate enough to live in New York, the most exciting city in the world, and I had a mother who didn't care what my life preferences were. Since she, too, loved the opera, as did my delightful Auntie Lush, I attended many a weekend matinee at the opera, orchestra and ballet.

So for obvious reasons, mostly because I was a fairly creative lad, I didn't go for the usual in my choices of Hallowe'en costume. I am lucky enough to have an older sister who has always loved to sew when we were kids. She went on to become an award winning creator of costumes for opera and Broadway.

She now lives in Italy, but is planning to retire and come back to the US.

Anyway, while most of my friends were Roy or Buck Rogers, I was always something completely different. When I was 10, I was The Wolf Man from the Lon Chaney 1941 movie of the same name.

Another year I was Enrico Caruso as Canio, from Pagliacci. Everyone just thought I was a rather odd, sad, disheveled clown.

One memorable year in the late 80s my sister and I went to a  party as Papagena and Papageno from Die Zauberflote.

Everyone just thought we were Macaws, or a Jimmy Buffet tribute. Which was all right.

In New York I enjoyed doing duty in our condominium entry on Hallowe'en night, when we would hand out candy to visitors. I loved seeing what everyone, young and old, had dressed up as. Baby Mermaids, tiny witches, adults in bizarre and sometimes profane costumes later in the evening. New York City on Hallowe'en night can be a truly odd spectacle. But I think Merry and I may have brought a little of New York to Autumn Vale. Last year I dressed as Hugh Hefner for Merry's Wynter Castle Hallowe'en ball, but I'm not sure anyone grasped why it was funny. This year... who knows? Maybe Don Giovanni...

So tell me, dear friends... what was your most memorable costume? (Or one you created for your children or grandchildren, or whomever!) Tell me, do!

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Book Giveaway!!

Comment here to enter to win one of TWO copies of Much Ado About Muffin! AND... each book will come with a COOL skull teaspoon!

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Entries will be accepted until Midnight, Saturday October 22nd! 




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69 comments:

  1. I grew up in the 50's and 60's also and went to Country School. Costumes were things we could put together using what was available. I remember being a gypsy, a "hobo", a Martian (green top, white pants and antennae that were attached to headband) and a witch (my parents did purchase a witch hat for me). dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. My favorite one I made was for one of my daughters. She was the Pink panther.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. The favourite costume of my son's was Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. His father made it and I didn't recognize him!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  4. When my daughter was in Girl Scouts I made a Wednesday Addams costume for her. I made a dress out of burlap, and a doll with no head. My daughter braided her hair and did not smile the whole evening, just like Wednesday.

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  5. My most memorable costume was Anne of Green Gables. Anne was my heroine and I grew up in Mtl. during the 1950's and until we left Canada. This was my best costume which my mother created since she was very talented. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. i loved going thru my grandmothers closet and jewelry to make a gypsy costume!! aelinderman@sbcglobal.net

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  7. My daughter was princess peach from the Mario games. She decided that wasn't exciting enough, so she had me turn her into zombie princess peach. It was very unique.
    moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  8. Being a cowboy was a costume for my grandson who loved and treasured the thought and uniqueness of this since no one was dressed like one. He was the original cowboy since they were not trendy. I loved it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. My most memorable costume was as a hobo at a skating costume contest. The one I've really remembered from a parade was a really cute pink Hershey's kiss. I really like original costumes... They can be so cool to see the imaginations!

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  10. I don't usually dress up; just wear my black Halloween shirt and Halloween socks and give out candy. The good stuff -- chocolate! Thanks for the giveaway. jademoss17@gmail.com

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  11. I don't dress up as disabled and home bound also we get 0 treaters as driveway 1/4 mile up and windy. But i do send cards with $ to the grandkids and also nephews so they can get their candy also send cards to friends and a few authors i am friends with.I spend more money sending it then i would on candy but they love it and it makes them happy. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  12. I'm so excited to get to this book! I'm not this far in the series yet, though. But I'll get there! Thanks for the chance to win! awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  13. My favorite Halloween costume was one my daughter chose to create when she was 5 - a pirate princess. She wore a golden Disney Princess Belle gown and a long blond wig with an eye patch and carried a sword. It was one of the most precious things I have ever seen ~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  14. One year I made a ghost costume like Charlie Brown wore on It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. The one with all of the holes in it. I took a sheet and a permanent marker. And I drew and colored in circles. Then I cut out holes for the eyes, and attached the sheet to the hat. I loved that costume. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!! I would love to read the book, and that spoon is amazing!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  15. My favorite costumes were ones we made from stuff around the house. Gypsy's, hobo's, farmers....
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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  16. We didn't trick or treat very often as we lived in the country. Had a poodle skirt and saddle shoes one year.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  17. A fifties girl. I love wearing it. jenne.turner@unt.edu

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  18. I love this series! Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite costume was going as The Mummy! Wrapped tightly in strips of old bed sheets, I couldn't bend much & walking was hard, but so much fun! doward1952@yahoo.com

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  19. I grew up in the fifties and sixties, too, and would have loved to be The Wolfman or any other Creature Feature character for Halloween. Probably my most memorable costume was the one my mother made one year: Carmen Miranda, complete with fruit bowl on my head! I am sure no one would have a clue about who that is anymore.

    Love the series and thanks for the great giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  20. I don't dress up, but I really enjoy seeing all the different costumes and I love to see pets in costume. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  21. We didn't dress up for halloween much. I do remember dressing up as a hobo.
    bah195@yahoo.com

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  22. I have seen pictures of myself when I was 5 wearing a skeleton costume with jacko-lantern bag! This series is new to me but I love the title of the book. Thanks for the opportunity to be introduced to new stories. mlarkin (at) rmrgroup (dot) com.

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  23. I really don't remember dressing up as anything really interesting, just the usual witch or ghost. Costumes weren't a really big deal like they are now. Would love to read "Muffin Ado About Muffin". Really love the spoon, it so different. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I made my youngest son a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle back when they were first popular. I sewed the complete outfit including the 4 inch thick shell. My poor sewing machine. I've also sewed some pretty cool ones for my grandchildren like real looking witches, scarecrows, devils. I miss doing that.
    bobntoni@aol.com

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  25. Never really had a memorable costume, pretty much the standard stuff. Love the spoon! Thanks for the giveaway

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  26. My favorite and most memorable costume was a harlequin clown costume in gold and black satin made for me by my grandmother. We were three sisters, stair steps, and she made one for each of us. Love your giveaway. Many thanks for the opportunity to win. chettysmom@yahoo.com

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  27. I have 2 favorite costumes: Snow White & The Tin Man. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. My most memorable costume was a witch costume that my mother made. She dyed a white sheet and it came out dark gray. She also painted my face green and I had a gray wig. At the time I didn't consider my mother's time and effort in making my costume. I can now remember her sitting at the sewing machine making that outfit for me. Thanks for the chance to be entered in this great giveaway!

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  29. A vampire witch! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  30. It was a very cold October. So I bought a black mens sweatshirt that was down to my sons knees. I made satin legs like a spider and sewed them on the sweatshirt. The sweatshirt was able to go over his coat so he was warm. He wore black sweatpants and I made a matching spider hat with eyes and little legs. He was cute and warm, and was 6 years old. He is now 32.

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  31. I don't dress up anymore but my favorite costume to wear was Snow white. Snow white was one of my favorite Disney Princess. Thank you for the giveaway piogkm19@aol.com

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  32. When I was a child, we just wore the dime store costumes which were noting spectacular. I've only dressed up for Halloween one time as an adult. I wore a white Karate uniform. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. We were really poor when we were little and we had to make costumes out of whatever we could find. I can remember making one out of Hamady paper sacks and news paper. Don't remember what I was supposed to be but nobody recognized me. Halloween was fun back then. Shared this all over FB. spike5271943@aol.com

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  34. My husband and I went to a Halloween party as a Hitchcock Double Feature.
    He was The Birds with black birds all over him, even ripping through his shirt. One eye was blacked out and the bird on his head had an eye ball in its beak.
    I was Psycho, wrapped in a shower curtain with blood red hand prints dripping down the inside.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net
    We won an award.

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  35. I love Halloween and my favorite costume was the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Thanks for the chance. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  36. I love Halloween and my favorite costume was the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Thanks for the chance. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  37. we dressed up at work and I wore my husband's camouflage he uses for hunting ..topped off with face paint and toy ruffle and stuffed deer sewed across my shoulders..lol was hilarious..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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  38. That is quite the Halloween spoon. Be cool to dish out treats with it. cactuspare@cox.net

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  39. One of my favorite costumes I wore to a contest in College was "lava rising" and wore layer upon layer of an old hula string skirt in red all the way up to my head. I had to part the strings to eat. It was memorable. I absolutely love the spoon and would like to read the book. Thanks for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  40. I was in a play in grammar school & in the play I had to wear a long gown like a Pilgrims costume so I wore that for Halloween. I've also been a witch, hobo & a Princess.

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  41. My favorite costume is 1920s flapper. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  42. my sister made a big Mickey Mouse head one year when I was 9. She wore it to work and then dressed me up as Mickey for Halloween. It was awesome. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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  43. I really don't dress up for Halloween, but I love to see the different costume that people come up with. Thanks for the chance.
    steeletrukin (at) yahoo (dot) com. Monica

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  44. My favorite costume ever was one my mom made when I was a kid. It was a black cat costume. She did such a good job on that costume!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  45. because I grew up in the country and we never went out for Halloween, I made sure every year I made my children costumes. I think the favorite was a raccoon I made my son it was made out of fur. Well it looked so real the smaller kids just cried got scared when they saw him, he loved it. Love this giveaway, Georgia
    queenvictoria50@aol.com

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  46. we had those horrible plastic masks that you couldnt breathe in for a few years. my favorite costume was (often over several years and adulthood) the gypsy. it meant even more to me after i learned my family is gypsy. it became my thing. loved it. thanks for the opportunity to win such great prizes. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  47. My husband decorated the garage with a coffin, black lights,
    scary music. He would dress up in a devil's outfit and
    stand by the smoking caldron. A lot of the kids were
    scared - and some of them tried to show how brave they
    were even though they were shaking in their boots. It
    was lot of fun. Now we don't have many kids around
    and we don't go to the trouble.
    Would love to read the book. thanks.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. Nothing stands out as we had the costumes with face masks from the 5 & dime store. Those masks had a terrible smell that I can still remember 70+ years later!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  49. I've had some fun ones for my 8 children but my favorites were for the oldest 3 (passed down to the younger ones). They were orange & green dinosaur/dragon costumes complete with paws & foot covers!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I dressed as a devil a few years ago at work and some people still ask me if I'm going to wear that costume again. They're not used to me dressing up. :) Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  51. I've had some fun ones for my 8 children but my favorites were for the oldest 3 (passed down to the younger ones). They were orange & green dinosaur/dragon costumes complete with paws & foot covers!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. I had some quirky favorites growing up in the fifties and sixties...watching old British horror films with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing. At Halloween I tried my best at a wicked witch costume. The makeup was perfect, my costume was black, my hat pointed, and even the little wart on my nose.
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)come

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  53. I'll be dressing as Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds.
    Maria
    carsonsmum(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. One year my son wanted to be a yellow dinosaur. The pattern was pretty complicated. So, I figured out how to make the hood,tail and gloves. Then attached the tail to matching footie pajamas. He was thrilled. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  55. My favorite Halloween costume that I remember was the time my mother took a wedding dress she found at a yard sale and sized it down to fit me. This was in first grade. She covered my shoes with foil, made me a veil, and even made a bouquet out of the roses in her rose garden. I won first prize for the girls. Because of her loving heart, I continued to make costumes for my children. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  56. I tried to dress up as Tina Tunner . Lol.

    xzjh04 @ gmail.com

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  57. I have 6 children and 3 grandchildren so we've had lots of cute costumes over the years. My favorite was a Dorothy costume from The Wizard of Oz.
    Lori

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  58. I think my most memorable costume would have to be the bunny suit that I wore as a child. My mom made it and my sister wore it as well. Between my sister and I we have 3 children and they have all had a turn wearing it. The best part about it is we all wore it for easters too. Thanks for the fun. Love reading about everyone's costumes!

    Rlewis11797 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  59. One year I dress up as Tina Tunner.

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  60. My son as a mummy-he was just so cute!
    Mary
    mtl166(at)verizon(dot)net

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  61. We usually made our own costumes in the 50s. elainehroberson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. Yes, I also grew up in the 50s and 60s and store bought costumes were almost unheard od. One Halloween, several years later, when I was a youth leader at church, I made a costume out of a piece of tan material and edged it with off white fringe. I added a life size baby doll to a homemade carrier, put it on my back, added a headband with a feather and I was an Indian maiden with her papoose. Maybe the kids felt sorry for me but I actually won a prize!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. I dressed up one year as a pirate gal.
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  64. My favorite costume was one I made as an adult. I worked in a public library, and my whole department dressed up characters from Peter Pan... And I was Peter! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  65. My most memorable Halloween was the year I got to where a clown costume my mom had made. My older sister and brother had already worn it and I was so excited that I had finally grown enough to be able to wear it. best Halloween ever!

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  66. When I was 9 months pregnant I went as a pumpkin - parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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