Vintage Rural Halloween

Halloween embraces folk art, urban legends, and Pagan lore. When it's autumn, we think of harvest, but we also think of pumpkin patches and scarecrows, corn dollies and corn mazes. In a way, it's like walking over a freshly dug grave, this tromping around on harvest ground with the rot of the season littering the earth.

Homemade Popcorn Balls

Homemade Popcorn Ball

1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup or molasses, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon vinegar. Melt the butter in an enameled saucepan, add the sugar and syrup, and cook without stirring until a little dropped into cold water will crack.

Remove from the heat and pour the syrup over the popcorn, which should be spread in a large pan. Pour very slowly, turning the popcorn so that the kernels will be well coated. Shape in small balls, pressing well into shape, and wrap each in waxed paper to preserve freshness.