Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween tales...

My mother (you can read about Fawn on her blog here) asked me to post a funny story about my sister's and her favorite holiday...Halloween. Now before you all think I had a rotten sister (well she was very ornery at times), I wanted to show you a "normal" photo of her. This is taken many moons ago as you can see by the camera she is holding. Vintage perhaps? *grins* The two of us took a road trip from Maryland to Ohio when I came home to visit. I wanted to see all my relatives and talked her into taking me up. We had a blast together and took some time out to visit Amish country. I told her I wanted to take a photo of her so she pulled out her camera too and this is the result. Fawn is taking a photo of me taking a photo of her.

And now a spooky Halloween story...My sister loved to go all out for Halloween. I was visiting that year and we dressed her up as a witch. She found a mask that made her look old and sat out on her front porch on a rocking chair with her candy in a large pot she used for making jam. She put on spooky sound effects and was ready to go. She told me to sit there in regular clothes so the little children would not be so afraid to come up and grab candy. This was a selective thought which I will explain further in a moment. She told me to ask kids if they liked my mannequin and the kids would go right up and look. Some older kids would say "Hey cool! She looks so real!" and then it would happen. She would start to rock and laugh her wicked witch laugh to scare them.

At one point, her youngest daughter Mandie's little friend came up to the porch and told me "Trick or treat" and just looked at Fawn. She knew Mandie's Aunt Heidi was visiting so did not think about me sitting on the porch step. Then Fawn let out a terrible laugh on purpose to scare this little girl. The girl threw her pumpkin in the air with all the candy spilling out all over the yard and ran. My sister sat there unable to compose herself from laughing. I told her she was really wicked to do that and she said she did not like that little girl being Mandie's friend. I wonder how long that friendship lasted?

Our family has many memories that arise as Halloween comes about my sister. We will always miss her and somehow feel she might be trick or treating today...


Tammy of Lurksville said...


Hi...just dropping by to let you know that I enjoy your blog!

Have a happy and safe week-end!

Janneke said...

Dear Heidie,
What a lovely story and beautiful memory of your sister !! You must have had a great time then :)
Just visit to let you know how we enjoyed your visit last wednesday was great. Sanne thought it was "super" to be able to talk to someone about all her favourite books and writers.
Greetings to Jos and enjoy your days at the cottage.
Hugs, Janneke.

Nancy said...

well, you would never know the girl behind that mask is beautiful. She was so much fun and yes, we will always miss her.
Love you, Mom

Nancy said...

Hey, fitting song for a witch and she would love it too.
Love again, Mom

Susan in SC said...

What a hilarious memory! Thanks for sharing!!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh I LOVE this. I love to do spooky kookie things too. It's fun to surprise folks.

Happy Halloween Heidi.

Judy said...

What a neat story. I love it.. happy Halloween!! I'm glad you have such wonderful memories.

Pondside said...

That's a great holiday story and a lovely 'remember when' about your sister. Isn't it a gift - that surge of memory that a holiday or a piece of music can bring?

Tracy said...

HI, Heidi! hehehe...that is a fun story! Thanks for sharing...Hope you're having a spooky Halloween weekend! ((HUGS))

Carolien said...

O my, she was a witchy lady! Nice story, but poor child!

Hugs & have a nice weekend!

Wild Rose said...

Oh my goodness! Those poor children must have been quite terrified...hope that you had a wonderful Halloween Heidi.

Thanks for dropping by ~ I'm slower at visiting my blog friends these days because of my new work schedule.

Have a great weekend.

Marie x

Saskia said...

Pffft, your home again.
Missed you.
FUN,fun story. I wished I've been there. I would have laught so hard, it would have spooked the kids even more..
Now I know why you all celebrate Halloween in the US. So the adults can spook the children for all the 'spooky' things they do in live growing up.

Mandie said...

Hello Auny Heidi! I love this story and it is a very fond memory of mine as well. I remember that year I wore my dad's Army uniform, boots and all & went as a soldier! LOL Who'd have guessed I'd end up married to one. No Mom did NOT like that girl. Her name was Charity, and she was very snotty. But there weren't many kids on our street so we played together. That was one of my favorite Halloweens. Miss you and Love you!!!!