Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Retrospective

I loved my time as a volunteer Grandma along with all the Parents and Grandparents, during DGS's pre-school through the Primary Grades. The local Pumpkin Patch's Halloween Field Trip was always a treat. (Pictures after this project).

Project before Retrospective

Garage sale find (after repair and painting) - I added a 'grain sack stripe' in black - from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors stencils - over the white. The tin whale with that beady eye was another find.

The red wooden tote handle was broken so DH replaced it with a piece of dowel after repairing the end which was also broken. 

I painted this grade 8 school project with 2 coats of ASCP White and when dried, a coat of Fusion Satin Sealer. A handy (but heavy) container for holding stuff or seasonal decorations. The red bled through in some areas so I used Zinsser Primer-Sealer Stain Killer Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (after this photo)

So ... a retrospective of Halloween Past

In 2007  DGS's pre-school class visited the pumpkin patch. Lots to see and touch. Pumpkins covered the fields and were piled high on the hay racks and in groups on the ground. The chances for exploration, interactions, the petting animals (and the look-at-only animals too) and the space to run bring back families by the hundreds every day in October.

2008 - Kindergarten - Serious play time, gold panning was and continued to be a favourite activity each year.

This is my favourite photo - the orange ladybug on a pumpkin stem. The boys in the group stayed looking studying the bugs on the pumpkins for quite some time.

 2009 - grade 1 were lots of fun with DGS, the kids all knew the routines and were prepared for fun.

We've continued visiting the Pumpkin every year to visit, pick out pumpkins, visit the animals, gold panning, visit the small forest of imaginary scenes, find a path through the pumpkin patch maze and pick pumpkins.  

2010 ? I know 7 years old kids continued to have a great time at the Pumpkin Patch and I know I was a class volunteer and went along too - but it was pre-blogging and I can't find any pictures on my lap top and I (whoops) wiped my desktop.

2011 was a great Halloween extravaganza for an 8 year old DGS and Dad carving those Pumpkin Patch treasures.

2012 DGS and DS's Halloween Decorating contributions (my favourite picture) from that post.

This Grandma (me) really loved Halloween at the Pumpkin Patch. 

p.s. as a special treat DGS took ME to the Pumpkin patch in 2017 - the last visit trip with him. I got a bit teary and had fun walking the familiar paths and Maze and picking pumpkins. He was fairly bossy - taking the adult role I think.

Favorites  Decorations of Halloween Themed posts over the years.


A mixture of gourds and pumpkins, a folk carved and tin finned fish, peeks at special paintings. This was my 'beginning' in deliberately making vignettes. Before I just called it decorating.


First try at finding burlap (this is landscape/plant wrapping burlap). This was before close weave burlap became easier to find (not including real burlap potato sacks). Gourds, waxed leaves, burlap and a great bowl.


Big pumpkin on a finally finished painted project.

2013 - my first decorating for Halloween with a burlap banner and 'thrifted' finds. 

It was also the year the Breast Cancer Month meaning became very real.


I embraced the idea of Halloween decorating but only in small groupings (the window and outside Kid-fun Halloween decorating continued).


Didn't find a post about decorating at home but DH and I loved the long drives to our favourite Fruit and Vegetable Gardens Farm near Ashcroft - this was from a 2015 collage.


It took a few random pieces to make a Halloween fall grouping. The lantern was already rusty and worn looking, favourite faux pumpkin came out of storage (the bigger of the pumpkins here) and the front porch became the background, the pumpkins were picked up on an upcountry drive and the squash - a gift from a friend.

Another Halloween themed decoration, just bits and pieces added together.


DGS/Dad carved the pumpkins.


Our dear friends Dave and Sally who live on an edge of an island in the Pacific Ocean, off the grid

 Their blog is Our Off the Grid Home  <>

They came for curry and a visit and brought us a signed copy of their new book: Accidental Fugitives The FBI's Most Wanted Seniors (Kindle or paperback).

Sally likes to see what we have gathered since their last visit so I built a display mixing Halloween and some old favourite collectibles.

Thank you Friends for visiting today.

A mixture of topics crammed into one post.


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  1. I love all your photos! How clever to do this year by year! You are a Good Grandma!
    I am so excited hearing about Dave and Sally! So they are friends of yours? I used to follow their blog years ago and just loved them! I lost track of them for some reason but am going now to visit their blog.
    You just made my day! I’m going through my blog list a little at a time every day to weed out the commercial ones and see where some of my friends are now.
    I always enjoy seeing all the things you redeem so well! You have such a gift for seeing possibilities in just about anything! I just love that about you!

  2. Could you send me their link? I don’t think the one I found is theirs.....

      is their blog (they got hacked and had to change the name)

  3. Love your Halloween and pumpkin patch memories Joy.

  4. What sweet memories, Joy :) I still try to make it to the pumpkin patch every year, even though my kids are moved out. No grandkids, yet! I used to love gold panning as a kid at
    Knott's Berry Farm. That brought back memories for me ;)


  5. Very nice to read about your Halloween memories... happy MosaicMonday!

  6. Memories are so important. I love this time of year and hope I'm never too old to enjoy a pumpkin patch! Ha! Love your pink pumpkin -- great idea. And, I love the tin whale!

  7. You shared such beautiful Halloween memories. It was good to see how fun the kids had on the pumpkin field. Happy MM.

  8. What a great Halloween post, I really enjoyed seeing and hearing about your many projects, tours and what can I say about those amazing carved pumpkins? The local kids will be trick or treating around the village in their Halloween costumes next week and I have the candy ready to go!
    Happy MM.

  9. The pumpkin patch sure looks like fun and I've enjoyed seeing so many of your neat decorations! Oh...and I like your new banner too!

  10. What a fun time! I love your jack o'lanterns. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  11. You have inspired me to do a Halloween retrospective, but I will have to wait a few years … I love any kind of pumpkin or squash, so I really got a kick out of those photos, especially the one jack-o-lantern that seems to be vomiting its insides out … Happy Halloween to you!

  12. Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party see you next week!


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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