Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick Or Treat

All Hallows Eve

The Time when anyone can be whatever or whomever they wish. Do you remember when all it took was the addition of a simple piece of cloth, a towel perhaps, to transform you into someone else? It became the cape worn by a magician, or the cloak of a superhero, or the gown of a princess..... or anyone you could imagine! Well, if YOU can't remember, I hope you will forgive Tommy for his costume! I can remember when a costume was not always bought in a store, but was more often made from whatever was at hand at home. And when Tommy was young, ALL the clothes were made at home, so I am sure he would have had to invent his costume himself! So with the simple addition of a cloth wrapped around his shoulders he is ready to go "Trick-or Treating"!

And so are Caroline and Beatrice, his younger sisters!

The first house they come to is the Lovely Old Dollhouse.

And Pollyanna has treats ready for them! Tommy says he is a pirate! Caroline is a ghost, and Beatrice is a princess! Pollyanna is wearing a costume as well! She is dressed in the gown that was her Great-great-great grandmothers that she found in the attic. Arthur is taking her to a costume ball after the trick-or-treating is done.

The next house the children visit is way out in the countryside. In fact, these are the only houses near enough for them to visit, other than the Castle. They are not sure about visiting the Castle. Caroline thinks it MUST be haunted. Tommy says it's NOT haunted. He knows because he went there once last Midsummers Eve when his pony followed the Castle horses home. He had to go fetch him back again. He met Belle and Henry and the stable boy, so he knows it's not haunted! Caroline says he's making all that up. Beatrice says she doesn't want to go to the Castle.

But here they are at the Folly and Arthur is happy to have them visit his house!

Arthur is also dressed up for the Costume Ball. He's going as a King!

Tommy notices right away that he looks like King Arthur!

Tommy has read all about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table!

Maybe next year he will be King Arthur!

He's not afraid to go get treats. But Caroline and Beatrice are a little nervous! It IS getting a little dark now...... and they don't like the skelletons! Tommy says he will get the treats for them!

Arthur has a kindly look and Tommy is NOT afraid! He knows Arthur was a good king!

By the time they get home it is dark out. The moon has risen. Caroline is feeling braver now and dares Tommy to go to the Castle to trick or treat! She is sure he won't go and just wants to make him feel bad. But Tommy is NOT afraid and resolves that he WILL go to the Castle. But he will have to sneak out of the house later. He's determined to show Caroline that he's NOT afraid!

Meanwhile, the Costume Ball is getting under way.

Arthur's friend Ken has rented the old Castle ruins for the party.

What a perfect setting for a Halloween Costume Ball!

The Host himself is greeting the guests at the door........ if you can call that a friendly welcome!

The Hall is beginning to fill with guests...... both known and nameless......

Charles has asked Helen to dance. He thinks she looks just ravishing in that gown.... another one found in the attics that must have belonged to her Great grandmother!

And the Guard, Ian, is introducing himself to Georgiana. He hopes she will dance with him.... it has been a looooong time since he has seen anyone as pretty as she!

"You make me feel so young again, wearing that gown, it is as if you were once again the eighteen year old beauty I first met..." says Charles.

" I'm sure it is just the moonlight playing tricks on you" replies Helen with a smile....

And Arthur has found Pollyanna and swept her onto the dance floor. He is a little overwhelmed by his cloak! Pollyanna teases him "that is what you get for using old curtains to make your costume" she says! But it does make him look so kingly and the color matches her gown so perfectly!

And Pollyanna's sister Sally May is here with her husband Steve! Everybody calls him Chip. Sally May is dressed in a maid's outfit. They found this in the attics too!

Chip is not in a costume. He doesn't do that sort of thing!

But they are such a handsome couple!

Oh, and look here! Henry and Belle have joined the party too! I guess with all the noise they must have decided to come see what was afoot in the Hall!

"Would you care to dance?" he asks......

"That I would" says Belle!

Oh my, look who is arriving now! Even the Celebrities have heard about the party!

I wonder if she thinks she'll find her Prince here tonight?

And I know there are not enough gentlemen to go around tonight......

But I do wonder what Josephine SEES in HIM?

They make a most unlikely couple!

Could he be the "shadow" of the man she is looking for?

Ah, and Francesca seems to have her eye on our headless Host.....

But what have we here? Tommy? Is that really you?

The stable doors close at dusk......

The only way in is through the Great Hall Doors....

Up all those steps.....

Guard Ian meets him at the entrance......

"I'm here to see Henry and Belle" says Tommy.

"You will have to follow me" says Guard Ian.

And he leads Tommy into the Hall.

Tommy has read his Fairy Tales.

He knows he must look neither to the right nor to the left, but march bravely forward until he reaches his goal.

The Hall is shrouded in dark with monlight coming through the high window.

For just a moment, Tommy thinks he might have seen King Arthur out of the corner of his eye.... but he is determined not to look aside!

He follows Guard Ian down the dark stairs.......

Through another hall........

Tommy looks neither to the right nor the left.......

And into the kitchen......

Where at last he sees Henry and Belle!

"TRICK or TREAT!" he cries with great relief!

But then he turns and sees the figure in the corner by the fire........

They have not met before....

"Ahhhh......... Come here, my son..." she says

It is Old Meg. She has lived in the Castle for longer than anyone knows!

Everyone calls her "Bonne Maman" or "Grandmother" although no-one knows who's Grandmother she might be! There are some who think she is one of the "Ancient Ones", ageless as Time itself. She has the "Sight" but she is blind to the world around her. She rarely speaks, and never leaves the Castle. It is whispered that as long as there IS a Castle, she will be there....

"Ahhhhh.... Thomas, Eddy's son! You will go far!"

"You will SEE the LIGHT!" she said, nodding her head!

Tommy wasn't too concerned with what she said.... after all, he was still thinking about treats!

Belle offered him an apple......

And sent him home to bed!

Guard Ian gave him a ride home on one of the Castle steeds.........

He can't WAIT to tell Caroline all about his adventure....!

And because it WAS getting late, some of the other guests have gone home......

Although some of them are still dancing away the night......

Charles just can't get over how young and lovely Helen looks tonight......

What kind of spell has she cast on him...?

And the Castle Hall is still flooded with moonlight....

Oh dear, Cinderella...... are you sure THIS is your Prince?

I am afraid he is just the Pumpkin King..... and it is past midnight.......

Run, Cinderella, RUN!

Oh, too late again.....! This will NEVER Do!

But maybe it is Felicity who should wait for the last dance.....?

Has everyone else gone home....?

Wellll.......maybe not EVERYBODY......!

Who would YOU like to be?

And Where will YOU go?

The Time when Anyone can be Anyone they wish to be......!

All Hallows Eve


  1. What a Wonderful story and photos!

    Victoria ♥

  2. Ooooh, what fun! You could write childrens' books and use all of your dolls and dollhouses for the photos, just like this.
    But Chip seems like a real party pooper, not dressing up, LOL.

  3. Wow, you have really been working a lot girl!
    And the result is spectacular! I love the story, the costumes and the atmosphere and all the Halloween details in the photos! Young master Thomas is a fine-looking and obviously very brave boy and Old Meg is fabulous! (Every old castle should have a bonne maman like her living in it.) But poor Cinderella! At least she looked great while it lasted.

  4. Great story! So many dolls!:)So many characters:) Thank you!

  5. I love the pictures in the natural light, you must have had a lot of fun getting yourself carried away with the storey!

  6. Betsy, you really need to make a children's story out of all these characters. Is Old Meg new? She's marvelous. I still want to marry Henry ...
    Congratulations on another wonderful blog,

  7. Thanks Victoria! I appreciate your comments!

  8. Thanks, Kristy! I think I am thinking about writing some stories.... they seem to be happening here all on their own! Those dolls just start to take on a life of their own.... I'm just trying to keep up! And build all their houses!

  9. Thanks, Helene! It was more fun than work! Once the idea got started.... everybody had to come to the party! I did start making Old Meg a few weeks back.... she actually isn't quite finished yet.... :) But I couldn't leave her out!

  10. Thanks, Ewa! I do seem to be acquiring a lot of dolls.... and they each have their own stories! So there will be more to come!

  11. Thank you Margot! I certainly DID get carried away! (I take A TON of photos!) I always have a hard time choosing which ones to use... and then I end up posting the wrong ones.... but I LOVE to use lighting for atmosphere... so this post HAD to be spooky and dark! The hardest part was waiting for the right sunset light outside with the Folly..... but it was fun too! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Thank you Julia! (I really enjoyed the tour of Gertie's Cottage - in case I didn't comment on your blog!) Thanks for commenting!

  13. Hi Mom! Yes, Old Meg is new... and still not quite finished! But I had to include her... and I am working on the story thing..... they do seem to be becoming a bigger part of this blog lately! We'll just have to see where it goes! Love to you too!

  14. I enlarged the pic of Old Meg and sorry, old gal, you really look scarrrrrrrry! :):)

    Betsy , I swear you acquire dolls as quickly as I do :). I have stopped because you are right, they quickly have a life of their own and want to also take over yours. :)

    Kristy is funny about Chip but I agree with her that he should lighten up. I love costume parties and always dress to win the 1st prize ..hehe!