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Yugoslav Gothic

I unashamedly, unabashedly love Halloween since it is the socially acceptable pretext for my love of dressing up in costumes and marching my child from house to house looking cute and scoring armfuls of candy (most of which is then in Communist fashion appropriated by the parents; from each according to his ability, to each according to his need indeed).

It also gives the family an excuse for pumpkin carving which is our ideal pursuit since each of us enjoys different and complementary aspects of the thing. I love to do the designs and mark out the pattern pre-carving; Z loves to take out his twenty-knife set and carve the thing and Matei loves to take out pumpkin flesh and throw it around bowls and make as much mess as possible of the kitchen table and the floor.

haunted house

So Halloween is fun and I like it a lot, even though the children are respectively ambivalent and confused by it*. Between Matei's affection for what can be seen and touched and his own set of irrational fears (wolves and the shower) the traditional 'spooky' stuff merely puzzles him and I have not gone to any great lengths to elaborate on what ghosts, monsters and ghouls are. He is quite taken with skeleton costumes though ("Why has that man put bones on his face mummy?")

So I made my family dress up for Halloween and they, good sports that they were, agreed to pose for becostumed family portraiture on the garden stairs. Z is particularly resplendent here in silk turquoise shirt from 1989 and my leopard-print scarf.

My own charming little sequinned top hat is blending too well with the dark, and I still have no idea what Matei is (some kind of skeleton pumpkin thing?) but I am still very taken with Z as pirate and shall be championing the return of this getup for private parties.


I love the picture so much that I want to print it out and frame it, but I am also very charmed by some of the outtakes, particularly this one:


Matei is trying to run away between shots and Z collars him one handed without breaking pose. Masterful, I say.

Anyway, I shall stop there although there are lots more in my flickr stream.
Finally bonus shot here of Matei, in full regalia of my fake plastic pearl necklaces, sunglasses and skeleton gloves. The only thing this getup is missing is his bicycle helmet which he normally puts on first thing in the morning and removes last thing at night.

Quite the rock star, I think.


*Though never to let up an opportunity for consumerism go untried Matei has been marching up with hope and a charming smile to Z and me the last few days and chirping "Trick of Treat?" Coming to think of it, perhaps my refusal to dish up chocolate was the reason why he ripped up my book this morning. Trick indeed.


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Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, you can really see that Z and Matei are related in that second photo, as well! Two ages, one face!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
those photos are brilliant and the carved pumpkins are amazing, what great work! I've never carved a pumpkin, I may have a go next year though.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Magnificent pumpkins, as I have observed elsewhere. Also, I must say that M looks more and more like both of you the older he gets, and is ridiculously handsome.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
i love this entry!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! Pumpkins! Fahmleee! Makes me all warm inside. x
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