Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Ghosts and Other Scary Stuff

Hallowe’en is almost here.  Just another week and a few days and everybody’s going to spend a few hours pretending to be scary things they wouldn’t want to know about any other day of the year.

Now I don’t like Hallowe’en costumes that are from scary movies. I don’t like Freddy Krugers or Jasons or bad things like that because killing people should not get made into costumes I don’t think. I don’t like the Grim Reaper and you should probably figure out how come (and it has to do with killing people).

No serial killers. No crazy doctors cutting up people into parts.

Witches are okay because they’re totally make-believe. If someone is making potions and stuff to hurt people, then they aren’t witches. They’re criminals. Same thing with warlocks. Also vampires and werewolves aren’t real so they’re okay even though they’re pretty scary.

Headless horsemen like the one that’s in the Ichabod Crane story are okay, too, because they’re not real. So are skeletons because I heard everyone’s got one in their closet, so even if you don’t have one now, don’t worry because everybody gets one eventually I think.

Cartoon characters are okay as long as they aren’t super evil bad criminals.

Also any of the evil step-mothers from any of the fairy tales, woodcutters (like from Hansel and Gretel), hunters (like in Snow White), and all those costumes — they’re good for Hallowe’en.

But here are the two most worst things ever to be on Hallowe’en and I hope nobody I know is going to be one of these two things: A clown or a zombie, and the most worst thing to be would be a zombie clown.

Just no.

Don’t do that.

Also, no mummies because mummies are just really old zombies dressed in hospital supplies. So no to them because they count as zombies.

When I was a baby, I was just two months old when Hallowe’en happened. I was too little to trick-or-treat but my mom made a special costume just for me. She got some nice warm, soft white material and made a costume that looked like those little take-out boxes you can get at Chinese restaurants. She did all this great artwork in red ink on the front and when she took my brother Josh out trick-or-treating, he told everybody that I was left-overs.

I think that’s funny.

When I was older (I think I was like three or something like that), my mom took some blue plastic cups and painted two cardboard boxes the same color, and then she put the blue plastic cups on the boxes so the cups wouldn’t fall off. One box was big enough for me to wear like a dress, and the other was a hat for my head. Then I wore blue pants that were the same color blue as the boxes and the cups.

I went as two building blocks.

Anyway, if you’re going to dress up for Hallowe’en, just be sure to make fun costumes. Be creative and make your own. You don’t have to be a bad costume character and scare everyone in the whole wide world. Just make or get a fun costume, and do a bunch of pretend stuff that makes people laugh instead, and maybe with just a little bit of scaring in it.

I don’t know what I’m going as this year. I still have a whole week and a few days to figure it out.

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Sweet Success

Tuesday was the Pinwheels and Pearls Garden Tea Party at the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center and I was superly excited to find out it was sold out!  Every single ticket got sold so we had a full house and that was fantastic because the garden tea party was almost 100% like the garden tea party in my book “Pinwheels and Pearls.”

I want to thank Laurence Evans and the staff of the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center for letting us have the garden tea party in their backyard.  They set the tables up close to the center and close to the lake, and there were white linens and yellow like sunshine cloth napkins and ceramic tea pots with real flowers in them.  One other thing they had were glass plates with glass cups for tea.  It look so posh (that’s what my Grandma Barrett called it).

Also on the tables were all kinds of neat things.  Lois Worthington is in charge of the butterfly house at the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center and she made these so cute butterflies with a teeny weeny crochet hook and very delicate crochet thread.  Everybody  loved those!!!

Anyway, maybe you remember when I showed you on the Facebook Event Page a teaser of what I was making.

That sure was a good teaser because nobody guessed the right answer.  This is what they looked like when they were finished and on the table!  They held the tea packages.  There was one on the front side (that was for English Breakfast Tea that was donated by Sevierville Bargain Barn) and one on the other side (that was for Peppermint Tea).

The plate with lemon slices made the table even more pretty and plus people could put them in their tea to make tea more delicious.  We even had milk and sugar cubes, and sweetener for people that don’t use real sugar (that’s the pink envelopes in the glass dishes on the table in that picture.

Now probably you’re wondering about what was also on the table because all the pictures so far were not close-ups.  This picture shows you the beautiful crocheted butterflies by Lois Worthington.  Under that were invitation envelopes I made with little flaps that said “Read Me.”  Inside was information on the monthly Missy Barrett Tea Parties at Mom’s Vintage Kitchen at 118 Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville.  I’ll tell you more about that in a couple days when I start another Facebook Event Page.

Also there was my Missy Barrett business card with all my social media information on the back, and a rack card about Marc Hightower‘s biplane rides in his 1927 WACO Straightwing biplane (I wrote about that in the adventure book Barnstormin‘).  Mr. Hightower was dressed up in his barnstormer outfit just like he was when I met him at the airport that first time, and he told everybody about his biplane and how much fun it is to go for a ride so if you’re looking for a fun thing to do, for sure you need to go for a biplane ride with Mr. Hightower!  Here’s a picture of Mr. Hightower talking to the people at my garden tea party.

The pink card under the red envelope on the table in the picture before the picture of Mr. Hightower is probably a mystery to you, right? Don’t worry.  You don’t have to guess because this is what it was.  It was my special way of making sure everybody at the party knew who helped me with putting this garden tea party together.

Mom’s Vintage Kitchen made and donated superly delicious lemon cookies, and Harry and David donated scrumpdelee-icious (that’s my Grandpa Two River’s word for how excellent they tasted) truffles.

Pepper Palace donated a amazing door prize (a jar of Pepper Palace Apple Butter and a bottle of Pepper Palace Seasoning) so a great big huge thank you to Justin Gunnels of Pepper Palace for donating this great door prize.  Robin Kurtz from Tennessee State Bank (that’s the bank my mom banks at, and also my Grandma and Grandpa Barrett) came to the garden tea party and she drew tickets for winners of the three very cool Tennessee State Bank door prizes.  Also, Sophia Conerly (she was the leader of Relay For Life of Sevier County in 2017 and this year she’s doing lots of other stuff with Relay For Life of Sevier County) she bought a door prize and it had some excellent tea and tea biscuits and a beautiful tea cup all from Harry and David.

Will Godzson of Inov8 Studios took this picture (and he even put it up on his Facebook page so thanks Will).  He used to be with Pepper Palace (that’s where I met him when my Grandpa and me we went on the VIP tour of the Pepper Palace manufacturing facilities) and now he has his own business (that would be Inov8 Studios) and they put together special events.  He does really superly big events for grown-ups, but I think maybe soon, Will might want me to be part of one of his events so stay tuned for any updates about that (if they happen).

Some “Pinwheels and Pearls” books got sold and that’s great because a dollar from every $12 book sold gets donated to Relay For Life.  If you want to help, you can buy a book from Amazon and a dollar from that book will also get donated to Relay For Life.

In a few more days, I’m going to share some neat news about the upcoming monthly Missy Barrett Tea Parties at Mom’s Vintage Kitchen.  They’re going to be boatloads of fun because they’re themed tea parties.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises so be sure to check things out on this blog in a few days.


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