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Hallow-green

The final harvest is nearly upon us. It has come quickly for me this year and I have much work yet to do in the garden. Last weekend I made vat-loads of pesto using every basil we planted this year. I have unearthed the thermals, have been digging about frantically for a hat with ear flaps (wondering again why I chose to live in this clime) and folks around me everywhere are gearing up for Halloween.

I grew up loving Halloween, likely due to my artistic mother who sewed elaborate outfits for me without fail. Aside from the "Native American jute dress/roller skating party incident", every year and every costume was a delight (my mom was really into macrame at the time. It was the 1970's, cut her some slack).

Later in life, when we had our own theatre company - we would host fantastic parties for Halloween. I would pounce on anyone who did not dress up before arriving...dragging them back into my costume stores with an evil grin. I'd spend days cooking harvesty foods in preparation and would serve all the dips, etc. in scraped out squash shells and gourds (oh my over-Venus-influenced self loved that shit!). I learned a great many valuable lessons through those years of celebrations such as:

1) dry ice and in a cauldron of sangria is a bad idea unless you're planning to reproduce scenes from The Shining where blood begins to rush in and fill the halls,

2) never let anyone tell you they're going to make a pumpkin bong in your home...it's impractical, unnecessary and just not healthy, and

3) even though it's natural, a person coated in food coloring will take several days to retain their original skin tone. No amount of rabid scrubbing will change this and skin does rub off.

Ah youth.

So now that I'm older (and dull) I'm looking ahead to a quiet Samhain. Being in rehearsals, it will be one of my few free nights and I am anticipating some simple magic in the garden; something to honor my ancestors, to look at all that was culled this past year (um...wow) and to step into the New Year fully human, fully alive and grateful.

I did consider handing out candy. Despite the consumerism, over-packaging of unethical chocolates and the "HFCS-o-rama" of it all, I do love seeing kids in their get-ups. Our neighborhood looks like it might get some decent foot traffic and there seem to be a lot of families about but I'm opting for sacred garden-time instead.

I did look around and found some nice tips for a more sustainable/ethical holiday. Check out these tips for a green Halloween, as well as some ethical candy. You might also get a giggle from these creative, recycled costumes. While the Rubbermaid Samurai looks cool, my favorite was the dead mermaid...




...the Wal-mart bag is such a nice touch.

Comments

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thegreencall
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Splash II: The Beach.

Much sadder than the original. ;-)
jennlynn_green
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
*lol* Well you know that Ron Howard...he can really tug your heart strings!
tarirocks
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is really well done. And the Wal-mart bag totally made me laugh.
catbirdgirl
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I liked the pics, and I actually did that in college with a broken umbrealla (made a bat costume out of it)
jennlynn_green
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Ah see...you were well ahead of the trend.
catbirdgirl
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I've made my costumes most of my life, actually

favorites were:

7 foot tall scarecrow with my dad's old clothing and a broomstick to hang it on, nobody knew who I was

a clown with a belly out to there from a hula hoop and dad's jammies

a kabuki dancer

a ladybug, with a cardboard sandwich board

a doo-bee from romper room with a paper plate face

a medusa with an old negligee and rubber snakes in my hair

I liked halloween a LOT.
ippola
Oct. 28th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thinking of you as the moon turns new and our New Year nears. *hugs*
sandieganpagan
Oct. 30th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Green-o-ween
You Rock! Thanks again. I love reding your blog, great ideas, cool pics and funny personal stories. I'd so buy the coffee table book about your life!
jennlynn_green
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Green-o-ween
Awww...you are too sweet. A coffee table book of my life would be most amusing. ;>)

Happy Samhain to you darlin'...may your new year be blessed.

Much love ~ J
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