All Hallows’ Eve, Hell’s Kitchen, New York. 1989

All Hallows’ Eve, Hell’s Kitchen, New York. 1989.  11″x14″, oil on canvas.  For sale on etsy.

Alternatively, this painting could be called ‘Awkward Halloween Costumes From the 1980s’.

Halloween is the time of year where I wish I had children so I could dress them up in ridiculously cumbersome Halloween costumes- the kind that would make them exhausted after only a block of trick-or-treating.  The cuteness factor would be through the roof though and they would feel better about themselves for having earned that candy.  My protestant roots are showing aren’t they?


Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Ten: Sometimes Tricks Are Better Than Treats.

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess.  Lesson Ten:  Sometimes Tricks Are Better Than Treats, oil on canvas, 10″x12″.  Sold.

And speaking of Halloween….Shocktoberfest begins tomorrow.  I think this has to be the forth or fifth year of it- possibly six?  For those who are new to this blog and wondering what the heck Shocktoberfest is- well, it’s a time honored and ridiculously sad tradition that my husband has thrust upon me.   Every evening that I don’t have something better to do during the month of October, I am subjected to watching a scary movie of his choosing.  In his defense, he does censor his cinematic offerings for me and knows that my tolerance level barely goes beyond Walt Disney’s Sleepy Hollow.   Shocktoberfest has also grown in recent years to include decorating the house in tasteful vintage Halloween ornaments (of my choosing), eating Halloween themed meals like ‘Ghoolish Goulash’ and consuming a bottle of red wine each night to drown out the nightmarish imagery so that I can sleep soundly.

Happy Shocktoberfest everyone!