They originated from Japan and I remember seeing them on cupcake tops in bakeries when I was little (in the early 60's). Money was scarce back then so a trip to the bakery was a very big deal. Then, on "top" of everything else (pun intended!), to see these darling little toppers - I admit I still remember the absolute thrill and awe of just being able to stand in front of the glass pastry cabinets and stare at them! It's a wonder I ever made up my mind which one I wanted, although the cake could have tasted like cardboard for all I cared; it was the toppers that did it for me!
I think this little devil is my favorite! I love his frowning little face!
I vaguely remember seeing a ghost topper when I was little. And these little pumpkins are simply so sweet! In particular, I find the discoloration on the bottoms of the "sticks" most charming because it tells me they were used instead of put away just to admire. I can just imagine the delight they must have caused to little boys and girls. How sweet those memories are!
Happy All Hallows Eve! Jan