Friday, October 31, 2014

On Halloween

For my family, Halloween has always been about the joy of dressing up, pretending, and trick-or-treating.

I recently came across a sweet and simple story from my childhood.  Published in 1963, A Tiger Called Thomas, is the tale of a little boy, too shy to make friends, afraid to venture off of the front porch in the new neighborhood where he had just moved. 

Thomas was sure that nobody liked him, and it wasn't until he put on his tiger costume and went out trick-or-treating that he mustered enough courage to go out and play with the other children. He discovered that friends recognized him, even with his mask on, and wanted to play with him.  And he felt wonderful.


Don't we all occasionally put on a mask and pretend? And how wonderful when friends recognize us for our true selves and like us just the way we are.  Sometimes, I feel the pull of fear and am tempted to stay on the front porch, too.  But, I really want friends to play with and the feeling of belonging, and those things are not on the porch.

I also found a spooky ghost in our heavily wooded backyard.


And, I had fun snapping a few special Halloween pictures.




I'm linking up with Kim Klassen and my Friday Finds are Halloween memories.

20 comments:

  1. I don't celebrate Halloween but I love your shots. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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  2. I love the book. We are big children's book collectors. I must be on the look out for that one. Someday when we have grandchildren we will have an endless supply of reading material.

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    1. Sarah, If you'll email me your address, I'll send this Halloween book to you. I love that you are already planning to read to your grandchildren. It's easy to see how much love you have to share.

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  3. I've read this lovely book just right after we moved from Italy to Scotland. Or better, our neighbor daughter read it to me. :) It's so wonderful, teaching that loneliness can easily be banished and it might be easier than we think to overcome our shyness. The illustration on your book are stunning! Vintage books are just the best, aren't they? And how sweet of you to send it to Sarah! You are such a kind lady, Donna. :)
    We don't have Halloween in Italy, and it's not a big thing here in Glasgow as well, but what you do at Halloween, we Italians do at "Carnevale" (in February): dressing up and trick-or-treating. :)
    I really like your Halloween images, especially those adorable witch pumpkins. Oh, and I recognize those candies from my year in the US! So cute! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post! Have a spooktacular day.

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  4. What wonderful shots! Love the illustrations in that book. Happy Halloween

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  5. I love books like this for children, and such a great message you have told here. I to suffer from shyness and feel the need to stay on the porch and love that you say you have the need to venture off the porch. You have such a wonderful way with your blog and I always enjoy coming to visit. Love the images Donna. I didn't have time to put up a Friday Find, I have been away venturing off the porch. :)

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    1. Barb, I'm glad to hear you are off the porch and hope your adventures are inspirational and restorative. Can't wait to see your next photos!

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  6. Donna that book looks great, have you ever seen The Tiger that came to Tea ? Another childrens classic. We don't do Halloween so much in the UK but more decorations are popping up..

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    1. I'll have to go searching for that one. I have a friend who checked out a re-publishing of Thomas the Tiger, but she said the illustrations were garish and not nearly as good as the originals.

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  7. delightful and whimsical...charming images for today...but with that message for both children and adults...you can stay on the porch...or venture into the wide world...its not as scary as one would think...good reminder for all...

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  8. fabulous story! It always amazes me how a 'cover' can make us come out of our shells. Your white pumpkins are adorable!

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  9. I always look forward to visiting you! I haven't heard of that book but it does sound wonderful, and I love the message behind it ... so true. Your Halloween images are wonderful - that ghost is particularly scary!!

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  10. I think we all want the feeling of belonging and fitting in. Like you said, that doesn't happen if we don't get off the porch, I find it hard to take that first step off the porch sometimes too... Great book and Halloween photos. Watch out for the ghosts in your yard. :)

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  11. Such lovely memories !
    Great photos ... and I love the story of Tiger Thomas !
    Thanks for your always kind and encouraging comments, Donna !
    Happy Halloween,
    Sylvia

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  12. Lovely photos Donna ! I haven't heard of the book, but my boys had the one that Viv mentioned....The Tiger who came to tea......I loved reading it to them ...aaaah....memories :)

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  13. What a fun post! Someone had a good time playing with candy! (While I've been eating it!). I actually saw the book A Tiger Called Thomas in the library yesterday. It's by one of my favorite writers, Charlotte Zolotow. But the one I saw must have been an updated edition because the pictures were garish and heavy-handed, nothing like the delightful wash-and-line illustrations in the original. I wonder who that is in your back yard . . .?

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  14. Such a cute post...I especially like the peeps ghost with the little pumpkins...those pumpkins are my favorite candy...well after penuche nut fudge...
    I hope your night was just lovely...but be careful of those ghosts in your backyard,

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  15. What beautifully whimsical photos and I love the open book with the little gourd, the colors are wonderful! I too am more comfortable on the front porch just observing the others at play, I usually just have to take a deep breath and jump off the porch and then I always wonder what took me so long!

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  16. The photo of the children's book and the little pumpkin is so beautiful. Yes, we all wear our masks from time to time - often out of sheer necessity, I think.
    Your Halloween photos are lovely, especially the last one!

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