Will Unwound #848: HalloweenOctober 30, 2013
I’ve noticed that Halloween at least in my neighborhood is beginning to resemble Christmas. In addition to the obligatory pumpkin on the front porch, many home owners seem to be taking delight in creating a front yard atmosphere that puts us in the spirit of the season. A house down the street from me has created an elaborate little graveyard replete with gravestones, crosses, and even a coffin being lowered into the ground. The house next to it has a massive spider web affixed to the lower branches of an old oak tree. Further down the street stands a life sized ministerial ghost reading from the King James version of the Bible. On the other side of the avenue flying witches and stationary scarecrows abound. The most arresting display of all takes advantage of a vacant lot where a scaffolding has been constructed from which a row of stuffed dummies hang with nooses around their necks.
The theme everywhere is death.
And into this world of death little children will come forth decked out in the brightest, shiniest, and most colorful costumes imaginable to fill their bags with little pieces of candy.
It’s a most interesting spectacle, which in my advancing age I am beginning to appreciate.