Friday, October 31, 2008

And finally, Halloween

More Halloween creatures on this night of all hallows’ eve, or Samhain, the original Celtic festival Halloween came from.

The weather set just the right atmosphere for the day. As I drove to work this morning, it was dark, windy, and leaves from trees pelted the car, swirled throughout the streets, alleys, yards. Some large leaves looked like odd creatures bounding across the street.

By late afternoon, the wind had slowed, but it felt unusually warm, expectant under gray skies. And tonight, it was cloudy and dark as witches, wizards, skeletons, ghosts, black cats, fairy queens, elves, ewoks, Yodas, Darth Vaders, and others trekked through the neighborhoods in search of treats (including our house).

A few blocks from where we live is Harrison Boulevard, a major street lined with large houses and mansions, and beautiful trees in a center traffic island. The street has been a popular “treat” destination for many years, a Halloween tradition, and residents decorate to the max and buy candy by the case. Around 2,200 revelers trick-or-treat Harrison every year.

Although we have a good time handing out treats at our place, I wouldn’t want to have 2,000 revelers coming by. I like having the time and space to ask kids about their costumes -- and most them seem to like that, too.

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'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
~William Shakespeare

Eat, drink and be scary.
~Author Unknown

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