Bobbing skeleton head salt and pepper shakers

Bobbing skeleton head salt and pepper shakers

Bobbing skeleton head salt and pepper shakers, eBay purchase October 2010 (just in time for Halloween!)

Here’s just another set of salt and pepper shakers that make you ask, “WTF?”  They are a pair of skulls mounted on a lovely ceramic base decorated with roses.  My theory is that these shakers belonged to Jerry Garcia’s grandmother.  When he was discussing the cover art for the Skull and Roses album, he told Alton Kelly, “My nana had the most awesome salt and pepper shakers.  Think you could put them on an album cover?”  Well, it IS just a theory.

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Flashing Witch

Flashing Witch, a four inch high figurine bought at a flea market in Northern Virginia

One could make the case for Halloween being one of the tackiest holidays.  It certainly is more so when you celebrate it as adult.  When I was young, it was sort of about having the best costume, but really all I could think of was scoring the most candy.  We would go trick or treating with paper grocery bags, and after covering as much of the neighborhood and beyond as we could, come home with our sacks half-full, at least.  For kids like me, who went to Catholic school, November 1 was a holy day of obligation, so we didn’t have to go to school.  We had all day to sort our candy, make trades with our siblings, and of course, eat it.

Now when I think of Halloween, I just wish I could come up with the coolest costume (the tackier, the better), and try to leave the candy to the kids.  We’ll be home to hand out treats, and hope for no tricks and a few leftovers.

Enjoy these Halloween flashbacks from Julie’s Tacky Treasures.

Pistol Dawn mug

Pistol Club mug

Member of the Pistol Club mug

It’s an old mug, and an even older joke: “Member of the Pistol Club – Drink Till Midnight, Pistol Dawn.” And so politically incorrect, showing two cowboys engaging in gun play while drunk. Back in the day, it was considered hilarious.

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