Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day 11 of the Halloween blog-athon

Halloween, Halloween,

Fires burn high,

Who shall say certainly,

Who can tell truthfully

What solemn company

Pass through the sky?

---Molly Capes

For today's Hallowe'en post I thought I'd share some old Hallowe'en graphics. Below are three images from a defunct children's magazine, Wee Wisdom. Special thanks to Van Reid.

Here's a bonus image, from a 1960s Dell Hallowe'en coloring book:

One of my favorite books as a child was a 1936 (reprinted 1964) collection of stories and poems called Ghosts And Goblins, edited by Wilhelmina Harper. Here is a Carl Sandburg poem from the anthology:

Theme in Yellow

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last in October,
When dusk is fallen,
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o'-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.

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