Oct 29, 2010
It’s hard to narrow down my favorite part of Halloween, because, just like Stella, it’s my favorite holiday. For one thing, I’m Wiccan, and Samhain (the other name for All Hallow’s Eve) is our New Year’s Eve, so to speak. It’s the night the Veil is thinnest between the here and now and the worlds beyond – the afterlife, the Fae worlds, all the unknown dimensions. If you step out on a Halloween night and inhale deeply, you can sense it. There’s just something special about that night.
Another favorite part for me is the trick-or-treaters themselves. Each year of course, fewer and fewer of them come out, as churches, schools and other youth outlets offer kids “safe” places to go for organized Halloween activities. Pfffft (Me blowing raspberry). Mom, Dad – stop being such pussies and let them go out in packs to trick or treat at total strangers’ houses, just like we used to do. 99.9% of us survived it, after all (lol).
Seriously, I love sitting on the porch and watching them. From the teeny tiny ones who come right after sundown, their legs not long enough to make the porch steps without their parents’ guiding hands, to the older kids who are vaguely embarrassed, but can’t quite bring themselves to sacrifice the magic of that night to being cool, so they still dress up and come in packs. I wish it was okay for adults to dress up and go trick or treating where we are, because I’d do it in a heartbeat! Being adult and over forty, I know my “being cool” days are loonnng over.
Finally, a favorite part of Halloween that can’t be overlooked is the implicit permission to eat up as much of your own Halloween candy as you want…after the tykes come and grab their share, of course. Which means I always buy the good stuff, the things I most want to eat. Kit Kat, Hershey’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Milk Duds, Rolos… Yes, I get a little carried away. For one thing, twenty is the biggest number of trick-or-treaters we’ve ever gotten in my neck of the woods, yet I usually buy enough candy to feed a Marine squad (now if THEY showed up at my door, I’d be the one getting the treat – woohoo!). Anyhow, I digress. So I gorge myself for a day or two, then the rest goes off with my husband for those hungry scavengers that exist in all company offices to rid you of the food you know you shouldn’t have available to you every day.
Now, JoJo said to mention a favorite Halloween recipe, movie or book. I can NOT cook. Note, I did not say: “I do not cook”. I really, really CAN’T cook. The gene responsible for that is absent, so if I gave you a Halloween recipe, it would poison you and I’d be sued. So we’ll just skip right over that. However, being a huge movie enthusiast, I can give you that favorite easily – The Lady in White, starring a very young Lukas Haas. Set in the sixties, it’s about a young boy who gets trapped one night in the coat closet at school and sees the ghost of a little girl murdered years ago. Of course, the rest of the movie is him finding out what happened to her, and though it is a PG movie, it has truly scary parts, mixed with humor, love and wonderful characters. I highly recommend it.
I’ll throw another one in as well, since I don’t have a favorite Halloween book. I do have a TV series favorite Halloween episode, and that would be the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode where everyone “becomes” the costumes they’re wearing – Buffy becomes a dainty, swooning Southern belle who doesn’t have a clue how to fight vampires; Xander becomes a Marine grunt; Willow’s a ghost, and of course the vampires and bad demon element try to take over the town, led by Spike. It’s fabulous, and features a great scene where Angel sweeps Buffy off her feet to carry her away from danger – I’m a sucker for the scooping and carrying scenes.
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All right, to conclude my holiday fun, here’s my Halloween game – creating your own monster. I was actually hoping for something that let me put together a really sexy monster – you know, along the lines of David Boreanaz as Angel, but okay, whatever. Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, and some demoness out there probably feels my monster is a real hottie. With the jean shorts, T-shirt and rabbit head, it kind of reminds me of a disturbing someone you’d see at a fetish fair…but that’s just the way my head works.
Here’s the link - http://www.scholastic.com/Goosebumps/games/monstermaker/monstermaker.html
Be sure and go create your own so everyone can vote on them on Halloween day. Email a screen shot to jojo @ jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom . (To get a screen shot, on your game window press Ctrl + print screen, go to windows paint and paste. Save and email to JoJo , but please put CREATE A MONSTER in the subject line.)
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