I told you I wouldn't be able to resist posting a few more spooktacular October treats, Indulge me! I found all these simply amazing images from the brilliant 'Vintage Everyday' blog, they have an amazing picture for every occasion, I highly recommend a browse! I'm afraid that despite my best efforts, I have yet to collect my own Halloween postcards, they are so rare in the UK that when you do find them...they are ridiculously overpriced (normally £50+) which is not in my budget I'm afraid!
This year I've stuck to familiar territory for the Halloween theme....the garden! As I discussed in last years 'Historical Halloween' post, the carving of jack-o'lanterns comes from the souling custom (on All Souls Day, a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away) of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls of the departed that were held in purgatory. The turnip has traditionally used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin instead. The American tradition of pumpkin carving in recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
This would certainly help explain the sheer bizarre nature of the following postcards, which feature, wait for it...spooky vegetables! Of course, the celebrating of harvests also reign very strongly this time of year, which is another explanation for them I'm sure!
Sheer ghoulish genius right? I've personally never seen anything quite like them! But whilst I'm on the theme...I think this young lady has the right idea for her costume, 'The Terrifying Human Cabbage'! I think this costume comes with some wear-ability issues, but full marks for ingenuity! Let's hope she put it on the compost afterwards, reuse-recycle!
Personally, I haven't been dressing myself up as a vampire-vegetable, sorry to disappoint! I have however, been worrying the postman with my 'Autumnal Delights' front porch, as I don't think many in Aldershot indulge Autumn in such a manner...shame!
And finally, some of natures own decorations, and my attempts at pumpkins this year, well, round one of pumpkins - more to come! (I know I have an addiction...I do need to control the autumn cravings!) I went for Wicked Witch riding past the moon for the pumpkin this year, sadly couldn't fit the flying monkeys on though - next year! The squash featured above just got the classic jack-o-lantern treatment, hard to believe I didn't lose a few fingers trying to carve that fiend!!!
Happy Halloween everyone! And goodbye beautiful October, until next year! x