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Thank you for finding That Old House amidst the chaos of the Internet. Yes, that is our house in the header.
This blog named itself. When I tell local people where we live, they almost always say, "Oh! You live in that old house!"
We do, and I'm glad you've come to visit -- Cass

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a BOO-tee-ful Sunday

 It is the Sunday before Halloween,
and our ground is still snow covered from yesterday's bizarre October snowfall.
Snow's falling in sheets off roofs and trees as the temperature is expected to go well into the 40s today.
I have high hopes that all the white stuff will be gone by the time Trick Or Treating begins after school tomorrow.
Otherwise, who will eat all the candy?

Meanwhile . . . I'm borrowing some old pictures, and a ratty old poem, from past Halloweens at
That Old House, just to give you a taste of the season.



"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you may spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many curious things to show when you are there."

The Spider and the Fly
Written by Mary Howitt (1799 to 1888)



And . . . That Old House's version of the famous poem:


Yes, come and see our curious things, my precious readers all.
There's a table in our parlor, O so charming, O so small.
You can rest your weary skeletons upon our chairs so black.

Do not fret about the ghosties sending shivers down your back.

Do not worry, all my pretties; you will not hear ghostly calls.
You will not hear howls or rattling chains in That Old House's walls.
For the ghosties here are kind ones, and they wish you only well.
Now sit down and have a drink; there are some stories still to tell.

Written by the Ghosts of That Old House in October 2009.
They are still waiting for you . . . .  

The Parlor in 2009.

And in 2010.

I am not going to show you the 2011 Parlor, because you might do this:

Laugh!

I love ceramic pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns.

Also in 2009, I made witch hat cookies -- Hershey kisses glued with icing
onto those thin chocolate wafers that are so good with coffee.

Rudy, our pet ghost, looks longingly at the cookies.
Sadly, his mouth is just a line of ink, and cannot open.
Sorry, Rudy.
More for us.


Watch out!  On a nearby table, some mice await their chances to snatch cookies!
Finally, a picture from 2011.

 Each year at Halloween, a few songs get stuck in my head.
Werewolves of London.
Monster Mash.
Ghostbusters.
and this one.
Listen if you dare! And have a lovely, spooky-ish, silly Halloween! -- Cass
BOO!
 



Link Parties!
Chari at Happy To Design hosts Sunday Favorites.  I hope my old pictures qualify!  -- Click here.
And The Tablescaper gives us Seasonal Sunday -- she's got wonderful stuff to see! -- Click here.

13 comments:

  1. I guess you can give out snow balls instead of pop corn balls to the trick or treaters. Please keep te snow your way. So sorry. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  2. Okay- You are almost as crazy as I am! Crazy loves Company! You did a great job on your poem AND your decorations! Poor Rudy! xo Diana

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  3. What a CUTE poem!! I love your take on Halloween. The mice are totally awesome!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. You are so clever with Halloween at TOH - Halloween is all OUTSIDE at Linderhof! Do have our pumpkin to carve and I did turn my cement pumpkins into jack o lanterns today - need to light candles in them tonight . . . I was thinking about you and wondered if you had any electric! I can't believe that it will be in the 40's . . . and that ALL of that snow will be gone! Amazing -- hopefully no more flooding!

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  5. What wonderful pictures and I loved the video. thank you for such a charming and warm post.

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  6. I wish to be in your parlor...it's so beautiful.... hugs and have a splendid Halloween, ciao Flavia

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  7. Your post a really a "treat" for each of visiting here! I promise, no "tricks"....giggle. But will you, please, pass the delicious withche's hat cookies....so yummy and so cute. The poem I have heard forever, but I did not realize when it was written.....

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  8. Love your house for Halloween! And now...Ghostbusters is stuck in my head at the mere mention of it! lol What's Dion going to be for Halloween? Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  9. Hi Cass...

    My friend, That Old House looks sooo pretty all dressed up for Halloween! I sure had fun looking back at your 2009 decor! Love all of your darling ceramic pumpkins...they have such happy faces...sooo cute! Ohhh...and your Halloween table is beautiful too! I'm so glad that you shared all of your Halloween pretties with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week! It was such a treat!

    Ohh my gosh...sounds like you had a snow like we did last week. It was the first snow of the season...a very wet, heavy 10" of the glorious white stuff! When the sun began to melt it...it slid off of our metal roof in such large sheets that you could hear it hit the ground...from inside the house! Sure do hope that your snow melts and that you can celebrate trick-or-treating tonight! Have fun, dear friend!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  10. What a fun share. Love that snow covered scarecrow ... LOVE the snow. Wasn't it fabulous?

    BOO-T-ful Halloween wishes
    TTFN ~
    Hugs & love,
    Marydon

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  11. I'm glad you showed your pictures from the past because this is my first time seeing them. You have such cute things to share, like the witches hats and the mice. Halloween must be fun at your house! ---------Shannon

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