What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Trick or Treat Smell My Feet

Or something like that.

We don't really do much for Halloween anymore.  Saturday night we went to the Haunted Battlefield out at the local Civil War Battlefield.  It's not scary BOO haunted, but more about who it was back in the Civil War and how they didn't use antiseptics when they hacked off one guys leg before they hacked another guys leg off.  And how they would just throw the amputated legs in a pile and leave them there on the street then dogs and pigs would come along and eat the amputated limbs.  Then, the dogs would get sick and the pigs would get sick and if it was a pig that someone ate, well, then, that was a whole 'nuther ball of wax.  I guess it is kind of scary now that I read what I just wrote.  All I know is thank goodness for hand sanitizer and antibiotics and all that other awesome stuff.  There are paranormal investigators that spend the weekend out there and they found all sorts of figures, smells, sounds and other paranormal activity.  I don't doubt it - that place was pure hell during the war.  

 Now that I have you properly disturbed, let's take a look at my Halloween decor, shall we?  No severed legs, I promise.

Miscellaneous Halloween goodies.  I received the SPOOKY banner in Sarah's Halloween Swap.

One of my most favorite things that I ever made.  I made the felt pumpkin and the doll and the little clay pumpkin in her hand.  That was several years ago, but I still really love her.

I cut a slice out of the pumpkin stem to hold a photo.  That's my Mom when she was little with her little brother Bob.  Isn't she cute with her bustle?  Diggin' his 'stache too.

Giant sticks (to put in a cake) in a vase, funny plate I picked up at Target last year - love the turquoise for a different *pop* of color and a Dollar Tree crow I embellished.

The top shelf consisting of the Oujia Board, the bottle of poison and The Vampire Bean photo is about as scary as I get in my decorating.   

I have coveted this box of Cooky Cutters (love the spelling) on other blogs for years.  I found these this summer at Goodwill.  They were $6.00 in the glass case and I hemmed and hawed about it for about fifteen minutes.  But, I had just scratched a lucky $50.00 lottery ticket, so I treated myself and never looked back.

Beistle Jack 'O Lanterns, a giant Witch Flash Card and some other odds and ends.  

I found this old fortune card online, so I printed it out, glued it on some scrapbooking paper, added a cloth "Happy Halloween" label and threw it in a glittery frame.  

I thrifted this "BOO" years ago in my country stage *puke*, but I still like it.  That Jack O Lantern and Skull are from the Dollar Tree and they dance when the light hits them.  I am not a Dollar Store decor buyer, but these are cute, so I decided to spring for them earlier this month.  Big shock when I unpacked the decorations and discovered that I have already bought them last year.  Whoopsie.

Giant Jack O' Lantern Flash Card.  Back when I bought that big pack of cards, I let myself keep the two Halloween cards by telling myself someone might be offended by them.  I doubt they would have offended, but I wanted them!  :D

WARING: This display may cause convulsions.  
There's a lot to see!  
Vintage blowmolds and lots of other vintage and vintage inspired things including costumes and Trick or Treat pails.  

More costumes, Gurley candles, Cupcake picks in an old Brach's candy jar, silhouettes and other goodies.

I found the tapers in the box this year.  Love the box of old Jack O' Lantern candles.  I have never seen another box of those anywhere.  I remember the exact yard sale I bought them at (went to one there this weekend again) and what I paid (10¢).  Can't remember to buy milk, but this, well, this I remember.  

Gurley candles, an old skull squirter from my childhood and some funny plates I found at T Maxx (that store looks worse that any thrift I have ever been in  - it is a huge MESS).

Black cat and witch vintage costumes.  The scarecrow and the witch were some of the very few decorations I had in my apartment in the good old days before I was married.  

My feather tree is filled with lots of fun things that I have gotten in swaps over the years and that sweet friends have made me.  The Bean won that demented pumpkin jester in the crane machine this weekend.  

The kid may be a bit old for it, but we still enjoy reading this Jerry Seinfeld book every year.  
It's a tradition and you are NEVER too old for family traditions!

I love that pumpkin wearing a hat on the stand.  I saw him at Hobby Lobby many years and LOVED him, but man, was he expensive.  I waited it out and got him for 90% off one day near Thanksgiving.  He still one of my favorites.  As you can see, I have a thing for little stuff hence all the wee pumpkins and such at the bottom.

When The Bean was six weeks old, I took him to a Fall Festival (because six week old babies LOVE Fall festivals, that's why).  A lady gave him a wee tiny trick or treat pail with some candy in it.  I kept it and every year I try to find a new tiny pail to add to my collection.  I know these are just little treat buckets, but I think they are super cute.  Plus, they remind me of my super cute baby Bean.  BOO HOO.  I put them all on my miniature hutch this year and I think it's adorable.

Now, here is my favorite Halloween decoration.  For real.  I have had this since I was about eight years old.  The Mom holding the candy is about an inch and a half tall and the little trick or treaters are about a half an inch tall.  There is a little ghost girl too that somehow didn't make it out of the box this year.  I hope she isn't lost.  :(  I'm pretty proud of the fact that I have kept track of them all these years.

It seems like I just got all this suff out and now it's almost time to box it up and throw out the turkeys.  I know everyone says it every ear, but I really cannot believe that Christmas is on the way.  I kind of lost my last year, so it really has snuck up on me this time.  


Here's Hazel in her Halloween clothes.  She has a costume too, but I doubt I will get her in it this year.  
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So, that's it - Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

If you are dressing up - who are you going to be?  And if you aren't  - who would you be if you were?  

I'll have to think on that for awhile myself!


  1. Love your displays lots of work involved getting them all organized.
    I have spent many years dressing up but for the past several I haven't best costume was black cat and my daughter very little then was the witch.

  2. That vampire photo of The Bean is AWESOME!!! And I have officially decided that I need a feather tree. I see them on blogs all the time. Wonder how hard it will be for me to thrift one?


  3. I really do enjoy seeing all your vintage decor! I'm cutting down to just a cubbie full of items and maybe another shelf of decor. Love the jack-o-lantern card and witch card! Those are so cute! I'll have to keep a look out for items like that! Enjoy your holiday!

  4. You have so much great stuff, love it all!


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