It’s That Time of Year…
By Anna Hessel
All About Pumpkin Spice
Happy Halloween, everyone! The pandemic has changed how we celebrate, but it’s fun to remember Halloweens gone by, while dreaming up ways to make new memories. The crisp fall air, bright and vivid autumn colors, and everything, from facial wash to floor polish, going all pumpkin spice, makes me think of Halloween. Chocolate, candy apples, and costumes, every child’s dream. The crowning of our newest Miss America made me recall a particular Halloween costume of my youth.
A Mask of a Different Kind
Unlike the very cool Halloween ensembles we now see displayed in retail establishments, when I was child, costumes were different. They came in a square box with a cellophane window and consisted of a one-piece garment made of a flimsy, shiny nylon, and a full face, molded plastic mask with cutouts for eyes, nostrils, and mouth. Those masks were quite like a sauna for the face – those of us that have reached a certain age can remember that sweaty-faced feeling that came with wearing one of those frightful false faces.