Getting Spooky With It


It’s that time of year again. Time for the Big Three. We have gone all year, training for the gauntlet, the last three months of the year. That’s right, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The holidays that make or break us every year. Usually, they break us, as our money is all gone right after we get the credit card bills to a manageable level. But that’s an excuse for wimps. We’ve trained for this. At least with the first one, we can decorate the house with a gazillion scary things. We don’t even have to sweep away the cobwebs on the porch, super realistic special effects.
Please note: the ones indoors still need to go.
Since we’re coming up on Halloween, I’ll focus on the scary stuff first. No, not politics, just spooky and creepy things. The bumps in the night, the howling during the full moon, or the sight of our reflection in the mirror when we first wake up in the morning. (That always gives me the heebie jeebies.)
Halloween is a fun time for me, and the kids. We can dress up like anything we want, and people give us candy. Okay, some people grow out of that ritual, but when I put my Spiderman costume on, you can bet I want a Snickers—full size, of course, none of this mini nonsense.
It’s just fun seeing all the kiddies running around, their eyes getting wide when they see the bouncing spiders light up and hear the spooky sound effects.
I have written articles about frightening books and horror themed stories before, so I thought I’d change this piece up a little and talk about the fun things we all can do this Halloween.
It’s not all about the pumpkins and ghosts that we’ve been seeing in advertisements since July. It’s much more.
It’s well known that the Halloween tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, as the veil between the living and the dead weakened. In the 8th Century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints.

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