Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Hauntings

The wind has picked up,
And the skies have grown more gray,
On the edge of storms.

-Haiku #304 by Crysta K. Coburn

Yes, it's that time again. Halloween. October has always been my favorite month because of not only Halloween, but my birthday also falls in October, and the in-between temperatures in Michigan suit me very well. (In San Francisco, October is like summer. The chill and damp of July and August have passed and the weather is finally sunny and warm.) I also enjoy the bluster and the storms, not to mention the gorgeous colors of the leaves. 

My birthday was on the 20th, a Monday, and I decided to take the evening off since I had been working so much, thus I did not update this blog. The day after my birthday, the 21st, marked the 4th anniversary of my father's passing, and I really didn't feel up to updating then either. I decided I just needed to take care of myself and took the whole week off from updating blogs. (For me, October is definitely a time for spirits returning.)

Instead, I played video games (mostly that impossible and aggravating Vagrant Story for the original Playstation) and watched old Halloween movies with Greg. First up was Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), then  Mr. Boogedy (1986) and its sequel Bride of Boogedy (1987). I still need to watch The Worst Witch (1986), The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979), and Hocus Pocus (1993).

Do they make kids Halloween movies like these anymore? I'm not sure many of these titles would be considered appropriate for children nowadays. This makes me sad. 

I keep hearing that Halloween is a holiday for kids and that adults who continue to celebrate it are perverse and need to get over it, yet when Greg and I attended to Halloween open house at the Wyandotte Historical Society, we learned that over 100 years ago, during the Victorian era (and probably for some time after), Halloween was considered an adult holiday and festive parties were common with paper decorations, cracker toys, and party foods. I wish had a house where I could host parties again. I used to host (and co-host) parties for all occasions. Alas! Maybe next year.

Greg and I have also been watching a lot of haunted reality TV shows, and I am reading a book called Ghosts: a Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof. This latter has been very interesting! (The shows have also been interesting, but I wish they were more scientifically done.) In it, I've read a number of well-documented reports of hauntings from hundreds of years ago in Europe. The way our forbears viewed ghosts was really only a little different from how we see them today. It's an English book and focuses mainly on that region. I would like to read how other cultures have and do view ghosts. I feel like England has a monopoly on the phenomenon, followed closely by the United States. 

Well, I will stop rambling now and get back to watching Dark Shadows. Greg is gone dog-sitting for the week, so maybe I will even get some more fiction writing done! I find the Fall atmosphere very conducive to writing, especially of the supernatural.

Here's a blast from the past!

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