The Glamour and Delights of Halloween with Barbe

Posted on | October 31, 2011 | 3 Comments


Susan Lenart KazmerHappy Halloween! I’m Barbe Saint John and I am frighteningly pleased to share my favorite holiday with you!

Susan Lenart Kazmer1940s pin-up girl Dusty Anderson is
quite the glamorous witch! Makes me wonder just why the moon is smiling as she
flies by on her broom.

Costumes are a Halloween tradition and while I adore dressing up for the sake of dressing up, I think costumes allow us to explore our
alter-egos. As a child I dreamed of being a ballerina ~ those dreams were
squelched as I grew to 5’ 11”. As a teen I remember dressing as Jeanie from the
I Dream of Jeanie TV show. In college one year I dressed as a preppy ~ shocking for a punk rock girl! Most recently I created and wore and elaborate Isis costume.  Halloween is also fun because it’s my hubby’s birthday. Edward Scissorhands? Star Wars bar character anyone?

All Hallow’s Eve has a long and intriguing history that has evolved over the years into the Halloween we know and love today-carved pumpkins, trick or treating, ghost stories, etc… I could do an entire month’s worth of Halloween inspirations, but here are a few more of my favorites.

Susan Lenart Kazmer I have always had a pet cat. Now I
have two. Boris (black) and Seti (hairless) are the bonded pair of rescue babies that expanded the Saint John family by two a few weeks ago. They are hiding
during my move but I know that they can’t wait to play in my new studio.




In the first part of the 20th century, Dennison Bogie books were great sources of festive party planning. ICE ResinDennison Bogie was a party favors company and their themed books were sales pitches for their products ~ paper cut outs for the table, crepe paper, even crepe paper costumes that would put ol’ Martha Stewart to shame.

Gotta love that huge haul of Halloween candy! I think that the “treats” got added to Halloween when the
adults got tired of the “tricks”. How many of us as children used candy corn to make quick fangs on our teeth? Susan Lenart KazmerBrach’s was THE candy neighbors handed out in the 1970s. If it says candy on the wrapper it’s my favorite.

My Halloween inspiration would not be complete without “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry. This song was a mantra to Goth kids in the 1980s.



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3 Responses to “The Glamour and Delights of Halloween with Barbe”

  1. mary jane dodd
    October 31st, 2011 @ 05:02

    this was terrific barbe! i think that besides the background music to ‘it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown’, my favorite halloween film hands down is burton’s ‘nightmare before christmas’… happy halloween!

  2. Barbe Saint John
    October 31st, 2011 @ 18:16

    Thanks Mary Jane!!! The NB4X music says Halloween to me too!


  3. Jen Crossley
    November 1st, 2011 @ 15:39

    This was awesome Barbe,I wish we celebrated Halloween down under :{


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