That is Mr. Moe on the left, and me on the right, c. 1960-ish. Mr. Moe was made from an old pair of my dad’s pants, an old shirt, both stuffed with scrunched up newspaper, a plastic pumpkin for his head, an old hat, corncob pipe, and great-grandpa’s old bamboo cane. I don’t know where the idea of Mr. Moe came from, but he was a Halloween prop for many years, right up there with carved pumpkin, and lots of candy for trick-or-treaters.
I think I’ll make a Mr. Moe this year. I just hope the neighborhood kids don’t set him on fire or kick the stuffing out of him.