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October 9, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

When fashion worlds collide

Usually there’s sensitivity about cultural appropriation around Halloween, but they don’t seem to care a fig.

Some feel that anything and everything is up for grabs for costumes.

And it’s ok to steal Halloween costume ideas from other species.

Leaf it to this bunch to ignore the resulting chill of cold shoulders.

 Can can dancer (Toulouse-lautrec: USPD.reprod of PD art, artist life/

Yes, those snowy white petticoats are cute – but a historic signature of the French. USPD/

plant. snowy white Bracket/shelf fungi on dark Spanish dagger trunk (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Completely understand the desire to be flirty, but Spanish Dagger, you do not understand how the French might be annoyed? The two countries have had their sticking points.(© Image)

Portrait of Elizabeth I of England in puffy rounded sleeves with orange accents, round lace collar, and lots of jewels. (USPD, artist life, rerod. of PD art/

Elizabeth I of England knew the effect of rounded puffiness and bejeweled appearance with fashionable bright accents. (USPD/

Plant. Scheffliera bush wearing tree fall crepe myrtle leaves of orange and red. (© Image all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Scheffliera Plant, also the Dowager of her Realm, was gifted jewel toned accessories by her Lady-in-waiting-for-fall Crepe Myrtle. Royal choice for a Halloween masquerade.(© Image)

2 children facing each other. The little girl wears a giant bow in her hair.. lithograph from Iconic Collections, Wellcome Trust (

A little costume preview for approval is always good idea. Nothing is as youthful and perky as a disheveled, Campbell’s kid look.(WellcomeTrust/

Plant. Potted palm holding a bright autumn leaf. ( Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Last winter’s killing frost forgotten and after weeks of rain, Palm is feeling young again. Ready to party in a colorful barrett or little bow to fit her festive mood (© Image)

 assorted children of various sizes and shapes lined up sitting. Our Gang from Motion Picture News, 1929 (USPD., artist life?

“Our Gang” was all about laughing, fun and embracing life together as a group. No matter their age, shape, size, or species, they all were valued and worthy of friendship Of course it was Hollywood and they were mini-movie stars. (USPD/

A thoughtful mob is their spirited choice. Practicing by embracing an aging Autumn leaf. Their selected personal not to unexpected as this is St. Augustine grass. (© image All rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

A thoughtful, well-grounded mob is the blades’ spirited choice. Practicing by embracing an aging Autumn leaf. Their selected persona not unexpected as this is St. Augustine grass.(©image)

What you don’t think plants get ideas and communicate?

Note that very last phrase about their young, their kids…

You don’t think Halloween costumes don’t enter the picture?

“Scary Organics”

Let that grow on you.

Phil, the philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Bracket fungi with a curled lip on side trunk of Spanish Dagger (© Image: all rights reserved. Copyrighted, No permissions granted)

Do not sneer and curl your lip at me. I have shears and know how to use them.(© Image)

Plants. Monkey grass hiding bracket fungi (© Image all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Quit that. I see you trying to hide. You and your folly of foliage friends collaborating and in cahoots. Won’t make any difference: your mom will say “Those roots aren’t make for walking.”(© Image)



  1. sustainabilitea / Oct 9 2018 6:36 am

    Ha!! The whole cultural appropriation movement makes me furious, as if there’s a copyright on beads in the hair or braids or certain types of earrings or whatever else. Whatever happened to “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and who took out the copyright on these and other practices? There are a lot bigger issues that need to be addressed thoughtfully (although “thoughtfully” is the sticking point). OK, that’s all. I think I need some breakfast. 🙂


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 3:46 pm

      Like Paul Simon shouldn’t sing/play/produce “Rhythm of the Saints” and Sting and Shaggy shouldn’t be collaborate with Jamaican/dancehall/reggae ( . I guess Elvis better hand over a good part of his blues/rock and roll, and spiritual music.And the blue jean demand of Japan is totally wrong…
      Not only “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” what about “share and share alike?” Ditto with me.
      Somehow all the snarking reminds me of 5th grade (I have that outfit, so you can’t)…and people who often have problems they don’t want to face in their own live, but would rather go out and find someone to tell them “You are a victim” and “I’ll defend you”. Bah. Don’t go looking for trouble and don’t cry if you’re not hurt.
      Orange juice, tomato juice, coffee or margarita? Cheers
      Thanks for jeering

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  2. easyweimaraner / Oct 9 2018 6:40 am

    our gang was a masterpiece… and apart from the fun, it did something good because all wanted to be in this gang… the first step to do something together… a little one, but a step ;L)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 3:47 pm

      That was such a lovely show. Truth, silliness, and sweet. All for one and one for all!
      Thanks for joining this gang


  3. Kate Crimmins / Oct 9 2018 7:37 am

    One must be PC at Halloween these days. My favorite costume was a nun costume. When driving the car, people were really nice to me! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 3:52 pm

      HAHA That’s funny. (Do today’s kids even recognize a real nun’s outfit? They went to casual dress code around here) I had a good friend when I was in Display who wistfully said he loved Halloween because it was the only time he could dress up as a woman, wear makeup and not have to worry about getting pulled over by police. Sweet guy (6 foot) who was gay and wary in those years. Halloween took a whole different meaning after he said that.
      Halloween is a party for the soul in so many ways.
      Thanks for adding a haunting comment

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      • Kate Crimmins / Oct 9 2018 4:52 pm

        Nuns went casual? What next?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 6:08 pm

          Sigh. A few years ago the church sold the an old Catholic convent of the solid old architectural style. Somehow that seemed like an era gone. There are some others, but that one was – well, stone with iron gates – and what you would expect from a movie set.

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          • Kate Crimmins / Oct 10 2018 7:59 am

            They tore down the convent where the nuns of my youth lived. Perhaps nuns are a thing of the past too. Church membership must be on a decline because they have also been closing schools.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 10 2018 10:27 am

            A few years ago the parochial schools were struggling, but now here they are building and having wait lists for students. So many new people moving in, and parents wanting a more controlled, stable discipline, safe environment with traditional academic curriculum for kids. the big city school district has made some weird/financially questionable choices recently. Change sometimes seems predictable?

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          • Kate Crimmins / Oct 10 2018 10:37 am

            Locally our public schools are a mix of good and tough. When I went to school the parochial schools offered a more advanced education. I switched to public high school and I was almost a year ahead.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 10 2018 11:43 am

            See – geography matter. It was exactly the opposite here when I grew up. parochial schools were known for values and religious instruction, but only a couple for academics (those 3 continue to be in high demand, and now high cost).
            Part of the problem is federal mandates for public schools. There are over 230 different languages spoken in kid’s homes here…fed guidelines say if you have 3+ kids whose home language is X, then the district must provide instruction in that language (at least part of school day) That does tend to drain money…they tried grouping kids and busing them to one location, but that’s a whole ‘other set of problems. English mandate – with language assistance maybe the last 2 periods a day with native speakers to clarify day’s concepts in a study hall situation might work(other countries are not as willing to assist non-native students)…but no one asks me…and to suggest all should become fluent in English rather than students becoming multilingual/bilingual might get you pulled in for re-education. HAHA

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          • Kate Crimmins / Oct 10 2018 1:17 pm

            That’s a lot of languages. I have some friends who are ESL teachers. One, in a more rural district, only has around 10 students, all different grades and ages, primary to high school. They are a lot more work as she has to be capable of helping them through all subjects if necessary. Most time it’s the lack of home support that seems to be an issue. Not all cultures support education.


  4. Curt Mekemson / Oct 9 2018 10:22 am

    Who’d of ‘thunk’ that Halloween would become such an adult holiday. I’ve never been into costumes but pumpkin carving is something I enjoy. I am also a great fan of pumpkin eating: pumpkin pie, pumpkin scones, pumpkin pancakes— and the list goes on. T’is the season of the pumpkin. And think of it from the pumpkin’s perspective. Millions more of them are alive today because of Halloween. Another approach to evolution. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 4:07 pm

      And we humans carry the seeds of pumpkin existence? HAHA
      Maybe Halloween evolved to adult holiday to survive – there’s always the parent who barges into the schools, announces that Halloween is evil and pagan and children shouldn’t be exposed to it, and demands all the books with even a mention or drawing of a ghost, witch, goblin, fairy, sorcerer (you can complete the list) even Harry Potter…be removed from classrooms and libraries immediately…and the stupid school caves too much and even renames the ancient traditional Halloween carnival fund raiser as “Harvest Festival”
      GAG. (Grateful my kid had already moved on to middle school – or there would have been little come to Jesus meeting about all that free speech, freedom of religion, free to take your kid elsewhere if you don’t like it…) But, whew. No need. A couple of Wiccan moms in the neighborhood stood up to protect the library and books. Seriously. We had a lovely diverse bunch. Evolution happens!
      Thanks for the treat of a comment


      • Curt Mekemson / Oct 12 2018 4:34 pm

        Peggy was an elementary school principal and got the full treatment, Phil. One time a parent came in and demanded that all books in the library on dinosaurs had to be removed because there weren’t any dinosaurs in the Bible. She told him as long as his child was in her school, he was going to learn about dinosaurs.


  5. Ally Bean / Oct 9 2018 12:31 pm

    “Plants grow their roots towards quieter regions of soil to avoid competition…”

    I find that fascinating. I didn’t know that plants talked with each other, either. I know that I talk with plants. They’re great conversationalists, quiet, tending to not compete with me when I speak.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 9 2018 4:11 pm

      They used to always say plants did better if people talked to them because of the carbon dioxide exhale. Technology gives us some uncomfortable information…veggies know what you have planned!
      It is really fascinating to me, too…they sound pretty smart.
      Thanks for planting a growth oriented comment

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  6. LordBeariOfBow / Oct 13 2018 11:51 pm

    I can recall the Our Gang movies as a boy in London, after the war. Used to get them very occasionally at the Saturday morning children’s picture club; great fun singing along to the bouncing ball, Flash Gordon Trip to Mars. Those were the days. Better life than what children have these days I believe.

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  7. ShimonZ / Oct 22 2018 10:55 pm

    Did I spy some fat boys even before MacDonalds?

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