“October proved a riot to the senses and climaxed those giddy last weeks before Halloween.”

Today is Saturday, really bad movie day. I am watching Spaceflight IC-1 made in 1965. A spaceship with families, including children, is going to a new Earth with the original name Earth 2. The ship is enormous. The kids sleep in a huge room with bunk beds and a small classroom. They fall asleep to a holograph of Ho Ho the Clown telling them a story. The crew couples have individual rooms bigger than bedrooms in some apartments. Each crew member wears a tag designating his/her responsibility, just in case anyone forgets. They have a head in a box, an electronic crew member, and a few other members of the expedition who are being kept in stasis. Right now the doctor is telling his wife the doctor she has a pancreatic infection. Her response, “Oh!” I have little hope the rest of the movie will get any better.

The nights are cold. Last night got down to the low 40’s, and the house was chilly when I woke up. I turned on the heat. I guess we’re officially into the time of year when the sun just isn’t enough anymore. I’m wearing a sweatshirt.

Back when we were kids, we’d probably have spent this week figuring out what we’d be wearing for Halloween. Because we never had store-bought costumes, we had to rummage through our imaginations and the house for something to wear. One year my sister was a ballerina and wore a tutu she had worn at her dance recital, but it wasn’t as easy for the rest of us. My mother would sometimes buy us masks, and we’d build our costumes around them, but I never really like the full-faced masks. I couldn’t see through the eyes too well, and the masks were hot and I’d get sweaty. The Lone Ranger type mask was my favorite.

I really don’t remember many of the costumes I managed to cobble together. I know I was a ghost, a cowgirl, a monster with blood on my face and a hobo with a pack. My mother made up our faces, and I do remember hobo stubble. We usually had paper trick or treat bags but when we got older we went to pillow slips. The best part of the night was getting home, grabbing a bowl and going through my haul. The apples went into the fridge. We’d trade candy and eat as much as we wanted. We’d even stay up late as we didn’t have school the next day. It was All Saint’s Day though the saints took second fiddle. I have always associated All Saint’s Day with Hershey Bars and bubble gum.

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  1. Bob Says:

    I thought by 1965 the really bad SiFi movies were already made. I guess the premiere of Star Trek on TV instigated a new rash of bad SiFi movies. Occasionally I catch one of the original Star Trek episodes on TV late at night. I am amazed how well they stand up today considering they didn’t have any digital technology.

    We always wore store bought costumes for Halloween when I was a kid. By the end of the night the rubber band that held the mask to my face had broken and the costume was almost off my body. One year my mother bought me a skeleton costume with glow in the dark bones. Before I went out trick or treating she wanted me to wear a jacket over the costume to keep me warm. What’s the fun of a skeleton costume with glow in the dark bones if it’s covered with a jacket? Mothers have their Halloween priorities mixed up.

    In those days we could start eating the candy on our way home. Back then no one would think of inserting a razor blade inside of an apple or poisoning the candy and rewrapping it. We always inspected my kids haul before they could eat the stuff. We made sure that they only ate factory wrapped candy. We threw away fruit, unsealed cookies or suspect candies.

    Many fundamentalist churches hold non Halloween parties for the kids. They are concerned that Halloween is a celebration of Satan or something. Those people really don’t know how to have a good time.
    Question: Why do Baptists never have sex standing up?
    Answer: Someone might think they were dancing! 🙁
    Halloween is really just an excuse to enrich the candy companies and the dentists. I never thought Satan had anything to do with extorting candy from your neighbors 🙂

    Today the high is predicted for 70 degrees with showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think bad science fiction movies are still being made in color with huge budgets. Old doesn’t always translate into bad nor does new translate into good.

      I read on a news site that only two children were ever given poison in their Halloween candy and that was by their father who had taken out new insurance policies on them. Both of the kids died. Never has there been a razor blade-that is an urban myth.

      I agree-they don’t know how to have a good time!

      Funny on the Baptists!!

      Halloween has a long history. Getting candy has a similarity to Medieval times and souling: going door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for “soul cakes” and other treats. The first jack-o-lantern was made from a turnip and is of Irish origins. Wearing costumes is similar to mumming.

      Chilly night here!

      • Bob Says:

        I should have said that the bad SiFi movies of the 50s that were basically code for the cold war were all played out by the mid sixties. I can’t think of any bad ones with big budgets recently. You are correct that old does not always equal bad.

        I worked with a guy who was an Irish Catholic and we had a coworker who was a deacon in a branch of the Church of Christ. After a company Christmas party the Catholic guy said to me the next day, what a shame about so and so and his wife, they probably never had drunken sex. I replied what makes you think they had sex more than the two times it took to conceive their two daughters 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I’ve got some bad ones in mind like Spider Man III, John Carter, or I am Legend. Even special effects couldn’t help them. Also the one with the transformers but I forget the name. It was number 3 in a series.

        Now that’s a sad guy!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We had a frost last night. The basil is brownish and mushy-looking. The tomato plants are probably done for as well. They don’t look too good.
    It really is that time of the year. I’m wearing a long sleeved tee shirt, jeans and the fleece lined crocs for my feet.

    I thought I killed the microwave this morning but I killed the outlet instead. Great. Good thing I gave myself that frivolous but beautiful blown glass water kettle as a birthday present. I have coffee-making back up. 🙂

    My Halloween costumes came from Grants, Woolworths or J. J. Newberrys. We would pick one off a rack of costumes that would be hanging somewhere near the front of the store. Later on the costumes came folded up in plastic packs. It wasn’t as much fun picking those out because you couldn’t hold them up to you and get the full effect.

    It’s cold here and windy with a weak sun trying to shine through thin clouds. I have to go back out again and I don’t want to.
    Enjoy the cheesy sci fi movies and the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      HI Caryn,
      We escaped your frost as the flowers are all still fine. I’m wearing warm slippers with foot cozies to keep my feet warm. I can hear the heat coming on so I’m nice and warm.

      I hate plumbing or electrical problems. I can’t fix them and they are never cheap when you call in someone. When the mouse ate the wire and half of the upstairs lights didn’t work, I lived without them for a long while. Luckily they were unnecessary for me. The problem was moving the tons and tons of books and the desk for the electrician to get at the wire. I finally hired someone to move everything.

      My mother didn’t have the money for the 4 of us to get costumes, but most of my friend didn’t have them wither. I always liked the ones my mother put together so I was content.

      I didn’t go out at all. I have been reading most of the day and I took a nap.

      Have a great evening.

  3. olof1 Says:

    NO Halloween celebration for me but I’ve heard it’s rather popular in the bigger cities now days. We only have one kid here and he’s just too shy to even think of walking around here 🙂

    Windy here today and it will get worse the closer we get to Tuesday night. They predict a storm cioming our way and it might be as bad as the ones we had 2005-2006. Big parts of southern Sweden were without electricity for more than a month and more trees fell than they usually cut down in five years. But it can also be much weaker, they have problems predicting its way.

    No movies on tv today, well there’s one going on right now but I’ve already seen it and it wasn’t especially fun the first time, I would gladely have seen Your movie 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I didn’t use to have many kids but in the last two years I have had many. I don’t give candy out to the little ones but they’ll get neat stuff.

      It’s been cold at night, and I think it will stay that way. The 40’s are just fine I suppose-at least no frost as yet.

      I remember the storm last winter when my house got down to 37˚. I’d rather that never happen again.

      My movie was really bad. The captain got murdered, and the crew was glad. I never found out if they made it to Earth 2.

      Have a great evening.

  4. Bob Says:

    What an exciting game three! Have you ever seen a World Series game end on an interference call? Baseball has always been a game of dirty tricks so I am not surprised that the third baseman tried to trip up the runner. Many of the old cheats have been outlawed like the spitball, the hidden ball trick and others. A good read is Dan Gutman’s book “It Ain’t Cheatin’ If You Don’t Get Caught”. He traces the history of cheating in the game from it’s earliest days. I guess stealing signs is still allowed. Tomorrow’s game should be a good one.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That was at the edge of your seat exciting and the ending was as weird as they come as I have never heard of that happening before. Usually it is the base runners trying to stop the player like when they go cleats first into the shortstop or second baseman trying to stop a double play. A lot of times the second baseman ends up falling down from the impact.

      I think the world knows the signs. Sometimes even the announcers say the catcher is calling for such and such a pitch from the signs they saw. Not much is secret any more.

      It should be a great game-they all have been so far.


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