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I’ve been out and about this month but can’t let October pass by without a nod to All Hallow’s Eve. For that I’m returning to the Naïve Art (Primitivism) genre which began this month. Australian artist Sydney Nolan’s stylized armor as seen on Nolan’s Ned Kelly reminds me of a Halloween costume.

Here is the renowned folk artist Grandma Mosess interpretation of Halloween. Her basic sense of perspective is wildly subjective. I’m partial to the house in the forefront with no living room wall where children bob for apples while other children are at play on the roof with pumpkins and also spoked wheels. In the background a ghost with a pumpkin wand chases another ghost into a store house. It looks like a boy is hurling a pumpkin into a yellowish-brown tree.  The barn scene in the lower left corner is pretty normal.

Halloween, Grandma Moses 1955

Halloween, Grandma Moses 1955

Happy Halloween

It’s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We’re stuffed with cake and candy
And we’ve had a lot of fun,
But now it’s time to go to bed
And dream of all we’ve done.
We’ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we’ve seen,
And we’ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.


NOTE: Impromptu Halloween poem by Jack Prelutsky, the first winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate award.