Vintage Halloween Postcard

Keep Off the Grass!

On Hallowe’en we’ll steal the gate
And kilter everything thats straight

I love the “keep off the grass” sign; it reminds me of my youth. Whilst trick-or-treating my mom was adamant that it was exceedingly rude to go from one house to the next by way of the side lawn; one must walk down the driveway, along the sidewalk, and up the next driveway. As my friends’ moms didn’t always enforce this rule with such vigor, I was often at the back of the kid-line at each house since the others had cut through the yard. I was a bit like Charlie Brown receiving the proverbial rock.

These pumpkin-headed youths taught a lesson to the homeowner that dared post this sign in front of their Thomas Kinkade-style cottage…don’t tell us what to do, or we’ll steal your sign…and your gate…and traipse across your grass!

Vintage Halloween Postcard

Halloween Hot Tub

What’s going on here? The apples approaching the washtub look gleeful, like they can’t wait to take a swim. But the apples already in the tub seem horrorstruck, sinking down beneath the surface.

I suspect that it’s the toothy jack-o-lantern controlling the scene. Is that steam wafting from his opening? Boiling the water and turning the apples into stew? Perhaps he felt that the apples were getting just a little too much attention from the kiddies this Halloween.

Vintage Halloween Postcard