30 Oct2013


Sometimes, you just feel the mask. :) This one is from SM (it cost PHP249) and it scared the wits out of at least three people over the past week or so, under the veil of darkness and a lot of black clothing. Evil grin. :)


The pumpkins for this year included three Atlantic Dill’s, displayed on a side table. Yes, they are real pumpkins.


A close-up of the really unusual skin of these mutant-ish looking pumpkins.


Lot’s of candy for the neighborhood trick or treaters.


Special goody bags for the kids of crew and other young guests who come to visit.


And a bowl of foil-wrapped halloween themed chocolates for anyone who drops by and needs a chocolate pick-me-up.


But the biggest “surprise” treat was for Marketman about a week early… I got this goody box from Royce chocolates as a thank you for being a guest panelist at the annual San Miguel Corproation (SMC) Communications Conference held at the Shangrila Hotel last week. Thanks for the unexpected early Halloween goody box! :)

Previous Halloween related posts:
Halloween 2005
The Kid’s Couture Halloween Costume – complete with very minor rant in the comments section when a reader takes exception to adopting foreign holidays…
Triple Chocolate Halloween Cookies
Halloween 2006
More foil-wrapped Halloween chocolates
Happy Halloween 2007
Happy Halloween 2008
Halloween Post 2010
The Famously Hilarious “I-Scream” Halloween Post of 2011 (definitely worth viewing again)
Halloween Post 2012



  1. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    Your tablescapes never cease to amaze (and inspire) me…Happy Halloween!

    Oct 31, 2013 | 1:38 am


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  3. pixienixie says:

    Salivating (eew) over that Royce black chocolate! As for the pumpkins, they’re quite expensive here aren’t they, so we haven’t had the chance to decorate with them. :)

    Oct 31, 2013 | 5:56 am

  4. millet says:

    that mask just jumped out of the page! happy halloween, everyone!

    Oct 31, 2013 | 7:05 am

  5. odessa says:

    the pumpkins and the candies look amazing. .. hubby already bought some candies for the kids. happy Halloween everyone!

    Oct 31, 2013 | 9:37 am

  6. Clarissa says:

    I got distracted by the Royce goodie bag. This post for me is all about Royce. Hahaha :)

    Oct 31, 2013 | 9:49 am

  7. Cris J. says:

    First photo can be the poster boy for dental hygiene (or the lack of it)… lol.

    Oct 31, 2013 | 3:30 pm

  8. Suzette says:

    My 5 year old daughter(dressed as Minnie Mouse) went trick or treating in the village this afternoon and mentioned something about a person in a scary mask giving out candies. When I saw your post I showed it to her and she said it was the same mask :)

    Oct 31, 2013 | 7:10 pm

  9. Joe I. Bariring says:

    Hi MM,
    Just read your rant on Jean posted Halloween 2006 and wanted to let you know I’m with you. Analyzing her comment I can’t believe she’s still living in a place where having adapted to it feels her self worth is insulted all along. What kind of life does she have if she’s not wanted in it to begin with?
    To give her credit, I think she meant she was proud that she bowed her head and faced the shame when a Filipino baseball team was disqualified for cheating.
    She’s very proud that her language skill in English is better than her Pilipino and yet despises Filipinos for not speaking Pilipino.
    I think she’s suffering from some kind of disease KSP syndrome! or worse!
    For Europeans who DETEST Americans, I say to them…’F… you..ungrateful bastards..!! and to Jean…’buy your own freaking island!’

    Nov 1, 2013 | 1:12 am

  10. ami says:

    The i-scream from 2011 is still the best idea you’ve had for halloween.
    Royce chocolate potato chips….. yes please!

    Nov 1, 2013 | 3:57 pm

  11. MP says:

    I noticed the painting and the bowl…. I must be getting old!

    Nov 3, 2013 | 11:01 am

  12. Knifenut says:

    Hi MM, If you dont mind, could you tell us the artist of the painting on the second photo?

    Nov 4, 2013 | 8:36 am

  13. Marketman says:

    knifenut, it’s a Fernando Modesto. He is a friend from our Jakarta days. Many of the large bright abstract paintings in our living room that have come out in the background of photos on this blog are by Modesto.

    Nov 4, 2013 | 9:06 am

  14. terrey says:

    always loved the royce chocolates!

    Nov 5, 2013 | 12:10 pm

  15. Mrs Froggie says:

    As always, you put in so much fun and excitement in all that you do. The kids in the neighborhood and the kids of your crew are so lucky to be able to go trick or treating with you. Happy Halloween! :)

    Nov 10, 2013 | 10:56 am


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