I know things have been quiet on the blog lately. After a whirlwind trip to Italy last month, work has consumed practically every waking moment since. And since I consider Halloween the start of the holiday season (no, I don’t relish hearing Christmas carols on September 1st in the wee hours of dawn), I know I am seriously behind schedule when I just barely get my act together with hours to spare… But I managed a decent set of goody bags for kids of staff, visitors to our home and assorted other trick or treating VIP’s… I got the plastic skulls in Divisoria last week (went twice in two weeks, that’s serious commitment to catching up on holiday prep) for roughly PHP8 each, and in a bag with local and imported goodies they make a nice grab bag of treats.
We always fret that we don’t have enough candy for the kids and many adults that rove the neighborhood on Halloween, but the fear is purely marketmania. We have never run out of candy in the 16 years we have lived in our current home. More is just, well, MORE. :) Although this year looks seriously lean compared to previous years, see here, here and here.
And egads, Puentespina farms/Waling-Waling… how could you have decided not to grow those wonderful pumpkins and unusual gourds that have been a fixture on this blog for years? I was so sad to hear there weren’t any available to purchase at all this year. And was grateful I had planned ahead, and I mean WAY AHEAD, by purchasing these pumpkin candles at 70% off at Crate & Barrel in July this year! They’ll have to do as the only halloween decor, though I do miss these old more serious attempts at Halloween holiday decor, here, here and here.
And as for the ribbon, it’s festive but a bit much. I wouldn’t normally splurge on something like this except if I bought it wholesale, near the source, at say 1/10th the retail price. More on that ribbon adventure, next. And after that, I will start the posts on the recent trip to Italy. So stay tuned. Thanks and Happy Halloween!