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Creepy and kooky, or simply: watch out for celebrating Buds!

October 25, 2010 - Taste Buds
"They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're altogether ooky, The Addams Family. Their house is a museum. When people come to see 'em They really are a screa-um. The Addams Family. Neat....Sweet....Petite So get a witch's shawl on. A broomstick you can crawl on. We're gonna pay a call on The Addams Family. "

Ahhhhh...the theme from that late 1960s show "The Addams Family" has always put a smile on our faces.

Just humming the tune can make The Buds smile. We love all the members of that creepy family that celebrated Halloween 365 days a year and made our own families look almost normal.

An American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons, the Addams Family only ran for two seasons, yet it became a classic.

A close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests, the Addamses are humans with supernatural abilities, just like The Buds!

In the 30-minute series, the wealthy and enthusiastic Gomez Addams is madly in love with his refined wife Morticia. She has an innocent way of weaving a spell on her man...just like The Buds!

The family has a hilarious culture clash with the rest of the world...also much like the ever so funny "clashing" Buds.

One of our favorite characters from the show is Uncle Fester. He is incorrigible and except for the good nature of the family and the ignorance of the police, would ordinarily be under lock and key…probably a lot more like The Buds than we would care to admit. He has those adorable pig-like, deeply embedded eyes and he likes to fish, but usually employs dynamite. Uncle Fester keeps falcons on the roof which he uses for hunting. He only wears one costume, summer and winter, a slimming black great coat with an enormous collar, again...right up our alley.

But, let's forget The Buds and get to the Addamses!

The Addamses invariably treat normal visitors with great warmth and courtesy, even though their guests often have evil intentions. They are puzzled by the horrified reactions to their good natured and what they believe to be normal behavior since they are under the impression that their tastes are shared by most of society. Accordingly they view "conventional" tastes with generally tolerant suspicion.

Ironically, many of the things that the Addams family was in favor of that seemed funny way back then have become mainsteam in today's world. For example: they homes chooled their kids! Who had ever heard of such nonsense! The family was all for protection of swamps and now we have federally protected as wetlands. As for the banning of guns and classic fairy tales in schools...all the ideas of the Addams family!

A theme in many episodes was the Addamses getting an update on the most recent visitor to their home, either via something in the newspaper or a phone call. Invariably, the visitor would be institutionalized, change professions, move out of the country, or have some other negative life-changing event after their visit to the mansion. The Addamses would always misinterpret the update and see it as good news for the "unfortunate" visitor. The Buds just love the way this family thinks: it's all about them!!!

In addition to Gomez, Morticia and Uncle Fester, other characters on the show were Lurch the household butler, Grandmama Addams, Wednesday Friday (the daughter of Gomez and Morticia), Pugsley (the couple's son), and Thing T. Thing, the disembodied hand that appeared out of boxes or other containers. Recurring characters included the covered-in-long hair from head-to-floor Cousin Itt, Morticia's sister Ophelia, the sister's mother Grandma Hester Frump and Mayor Arthur J. Hansen.

Thinking of the Addams Family and their abnormal behavior, The Buds instantly got in the holiday spirit. We found this little project you can enjoy with your family to bring a little "Addams Family" feel to your own spooky abode. The decoupage lanterns are so easy to create that the kids can even help!

Halloween Decoupage Lanterns Choose jars in various sizes, such as old pickle or mayonnaise jars. Brush a coat of decoupage glue, such as Mod Podge, available at craft stores, all over the jar. (We made our own decoupage glue by adding a small amount of water to white school glue.) Then cover the entire jar, including the neck and bottom, with a layer of tissue paper in the color of your choice. You may also tear the tissue paper into small pieces and cover the jar with a hodge podge of color.

After the tissue paper and decoupage glue has dried, add decorative faces or other designs to your lantern. (We glued photos from a recent Halloween outing to some of ours.) You may also tie ribbon or rafia around the neck of your jar for an added splash of color.

Illuminate with a tea light candle and enjoy!

 
 

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