Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The last dark Halloween

As I mentioned 365 days ago, this is the final year that Daylight Savings Time will end before Halloween. Read last year's post for my grumpy thoughts on that.

Today I began my Halloween celebration by rewriting the final scene of Voice of Crow. It's dark, and triumphant. Darkly triumphant, one might say. A fitting end for the second volume of a trilogy.

Tonight we'll spend the evening with our friends in the suburbs, people who live in a trick-or-treater-friendly neighborhood. We've hung out on Halloween with this couple for nine years in a row. Originally my friend Jason (in his pre-spousal days), who lived in an apartment, would come to our house in the 'burbs to share the joy of giving out candy and emotionally scarring young children for life.

When we were younger and less overworked, we dressed up for the trick-or-treaters. One year Jason wore a Batman costume, which all the kids loved, except one:

A young boy, maybe five or six, arrived alone at our door, dressed as the Joker. When it opened, and he was confronted with his nemesis, the tyke narrowed his eyes and murmured, "Batman..."

Then they fought to the death. I, as Catwoman, looked on with amusement.

Sigh...I miss the old Halloween traditions. This year it's pizza and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." We are so old.

So how are you celebrating this wonderful holiday?

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I kinda like a dark Halloween. Makes it spookier.

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2006 5:19 PM

Me, too!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/31/2006 5:34 PM

I am celbrating it with pizza--healthy choice -and a glass of wine whle giving candy to the liitle ones--happy halloween--remember the cat costume I made you?MOM

Posted by: Anonymous MOM at 10/31/2006 6:33 PM

Your Mom made a cat costume for you? I thought I was the only mom who did that for her daughter. Did she ever make a Paul Stanley of Kiss fame costume for you? Oh, maybe not. Your not a guy.

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 10/31/2006 9:23 PM

Sigh...

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 10/31/2006 10:17 PM

I don't know if Dark Halloween is gone -- I think it's just as likely that trick-or-treaters will just arrive later in the day.

We had kids coming around until sometime after 8, well into darkness this year or next.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 11/01/2006 9:54 AM

Each person in the family carves jack-o-lantern (or, in the kids' case, design one). Sharon covers the porch in spider webs and spiders (fake ones, mind you). I construct a ghose from a cotten sheet and a black light, and I place it in our picture window to stare out at approaching trick-or-treaters. We also added one of those battery operated bats that fly in a circle with glowing red eyes.

Finally (and this is my favorite part), I connect speakers to the motion sensing floodlights so that when the light goes on, so do the speakers. Playing through the speakers is Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a PictSeveral Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" in continuous loop, which sounds pretty creepy and cool.

Sharon and I take turns staying home to hand out candy or trick-or-treating with the kids. This year I stayed home while she went out.

Halloween is also my Mom's birthday, so my folks come over for dinner (though Dad didn't make it as he's still fighting off a cold).

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 11/01/2006 12:15 PM

Andrew, that is so weird. My brother and I played that same song out the window for trick or treaters one year when I was a teenager (obviously when our parents weren't home). We didn't have motion-sensing speakers, though.

This is one of the few days of the year when we miss living in the 'burbs. There's not much point in decorating for just ourselves (though we do it for Christmas every year).

Oh, and we ended up watching Invisible Man with Claude Rains last night instead of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. My friend pointed out that the guy would've gone blind because his retina wouldn't be reflecting incoming light. Something I probably should've known before creating a character who could become invisible. But hey, it's magic, right?

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 11/01/2006 2:30 PM

It was my turn to go out, and this year most of my street went out en masse- aged 1 1/2 to 10. It was a beautiful night to be strolling up the street with the kids.

BTW, Andrew's mother borrowed Eyes of Crow from us. I'll still buy a copy to give her for Christmas, however.

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 11/02/2006 1:24 PM

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