CHILD’S OWL TRICK OR TREAT CANDY CONTAINER

Painted wood owl Halloween candy container.

CHILD’S OWL TRICK OR TREAT CANDY CONTAINER
CHILD’S OWL TRICK OR TREAT CANDY CONTAINER

Maker: Unknown
Origin: Maryland/Pennsylvania.
Circa: 1920-1930.
Materials: Painted re-purposed wood   tongue and grooved box and plywood.
Size: 4 1/8” w x 8 1/4” d x 4 ¾” h. x 3 ¾” d.

“Tonight is the night when dead leaves fly like witches on switches across the sky. Tonight is the night when pumpkins stare through sheaves and leaves everywhere,” Halloween by Henry Behn (1898-1973).

It is almost Halloween. For one magical night, children don costumes and become Superman, Batman, or a perhaps a Disney princess. Trick or treaters’ all carry goodie bags or containers to collect treats.

When this owl candy container was made, Halloween was not the commercially important holiday that it has become. Today, Halloween is huge. The stores are full of decorations, candies, costumes and treat containers.

This little grey owl with big yellow eyes and feet is carried by string handles. I suspect the original handles were made of wire. It maintains the original paint and has nice patina. The maker used a light grey undercoat and delineated feathers and facial features with a darker grey. Black outlines the big yellow eyes, beak and feet on a branch. The artist’s selection of black to outline the owl’s features has a dramatic effect.

How much cooler is this wooden grey owl than a plastic pumpkin?

Painting © 2011 Eleanor Lakin

Painting © 2011 Eleanor Lakin