Monthly Haiku Corner – May

Happy May! We’re halfway to Halloween. Hang in there just a few more months, my friends.

In honor of May being Cemetery Appreciation Month, this month’s theme will be cemetery life.

sunny days ahead
freshly dug forever homes
cemetery life

Monthly Haiku Corner – December

Our theme this month is December ghosts.

bells ringing
spirits are calling from beyond
December ghosts

My Favorite Vintage Halloween Ads

**This was the planned post for Throwback Thursday, but real life problems kept me away from computer. Sincerest apologies.**

Let’s visit the amazing yesteryears of Vintage Halloween advertising.

Jell-O Vintage ad circa 1920s

Jell-O has been around for a long time and was big into promoting its brand during the holidays. This is one of my favorites because it includes this awesome Hallowe’en poem.

Colgate ad circa 1920s

Another favorite from Colgate because of the Hallowe’en poem. Note the use of the old spelling of Hallowe’en, which dropped the apostrophe over the years.

Edison Phonograph ad circa 1920s

“No amusement of modern times equals it.” If makers only knew how successful their product would be. Phonographs were instrumental in helping Halloween become one of the biggest holidays in American history,, if for no more reason than their popularity at parties.

These ads reflect the dark orange and black style, which was popular back in the 1930-1940s.

Curtiss Candy Company owned Baby Ruth and Butterfinger among many others, when it was bought out by Standard in 1964, who later merged with Nabisco in 1981. Nabisco then sold off Curtiss brands to Nestlé in the 1990.

Brach’s has been making candy since 1904. They’re most famous for Candy Corn, but once upon a time, Brach’s was the go-to candy store for Halloween goodies. Their ads were simply amazingly drool-worthy, appealing to both adults and kids. Look at all that candy!

Speaking of adults, with Halloween parties all the rage well into the 1950s, beer makers made some nifty ads for Halloween.

During the 1950s, some ads featured lots of graphics and were quite wordy. What some may consider serious advertising fails today, make for some awesome vintage Halloween ads.

Crayola ad circa 1950s
Scotch Tape ad circa 1950s
7-Minit Fluffy Frosting ad circa 1950s

7-Minit was owned by 6 O’Clock Foods, Inc. and that’s about the only history we know about either.

More random vintage Halloween candy ads circa 1940s-1960s

It’s always been fashionable to make punch bowls outta pumpkins!

Sunkist Fruit Punch Halloween ads circa 1960s

Back in the day, people could trust drinking and eating right there on the front porch.

Kool Aid Halloween ad circa 1964

Okay, I’ll admit, I only love this ad because of the Headless Horseman. Is this too scary for advertising? Some might think so. People don’t like reminders of violence and disembodied heads is about as gruesome as it gets. Absolutely my favorite! BWAHAHAHAHA….

M&Ms Pumpkin Patch Mix candy ad circa 2007

Happy Halloween!

Haiku of the Week

Our theme this month is Halloween icons. The tombstone is the ultimate Halloween icon. Grave markers give us information and no matter shape and size, they are last honors of the person the dead once were. Let’s be honest, some a little creepier than others.

creaky tombstones
under the pale moon
graveyard shuffling

Haiku of the week

Our theme this month is Halloween icons and what could be scarier than the scarecrow?

Happy Caturday – October

Happy Halloween! This month we celebrate Halloween icons and the Black Cat is as synonymous with the holiday as the jack-o-lantern. Dark as night, cool, mysterious, irreverent guardians, it’s no wonder how they became so feared, blameful of calamity, and deemed witches’ familiars, cats simply appear to have their own agenda.

Witchy Black Halloween Cat by Regina Femrite

More art by Gina Femrite can be found here: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/witchy-black-halloween-cat-gina-femrite.html

3rd Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge

#HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021

Write a Halloween Icons themed haiku and yours could be chosen to win a Halloween prize pack worth over $50!*

In keeping with our monthly theme, share your most original Halloween Icons themed haiku anytime during the month of October. Contest starts October 1st and ends at midnight, the witching hour, on October 31st. Winner will be announced on November 1st here and on social media.

Three ways to share your haiku:

•           Post your haiku here in the comment section of this specific blog post. After review, I will make your haiku visible to the public.

•           Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.

•           Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @Halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.

Judging Criteria:

1) Originality. You must be the sole author of the haiku you post. No exceptions.

2) Halloween Icons. The theme of your haiku must be Halloween Icons.

3) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.

4) Style. All haiku, senryu, and zappai are eligible and should fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.

5) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.

PRIZES:

1st Prize Winner*:

Halloween Icons Prize Pack:

Copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson (unsigned) – From the biggest Halloween Icon of them all, the newly released Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark ($25)
Halloween Face Masks ($20)

Halloween Dish Towels ($5)
DEI Candy corn socks ($5)
Spooky Notes Notepad from Oct 31st Store in UK ($5)
Stay Spooky greeting card ($5
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2nd & 3rd Place Winners**:

Two runner-up poems will be chosen to win a Halloween card, a small Halloween button or pin, and some Halloween stickers.

*Sorry, US residents only.

**Thank you to Oct 31st Store for donating the small prizes in this year’s Halloween Haiku contest. Awesome merch, great customer service, and fast shipping! Check out their online shop at https://october31st.co.uk/

Disclaimer:

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For further details on contest rules, please visit:

https://halloween-haiku.com/contest-rules-eligibility-and-some-disclaimer-stuff/

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