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This is Halloween

October 19, 2011 - Meg Alexander
“Boys and girls of every age

Would you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see

This, our town of Halloween ...”

Ahhh, there’s something in the air, something that makes me feel like a little kid again. It’s almost Halloween, which has me reminiscing about the good ol days, going door to door trick-or-treating in the streets of Welcome, running and screaming in terror through the halls of the high school after the older students transformed it into one helluva haunted house ...

I still love Halloween, but these days, I’m looking at the holiday from a different perspective. This will be my third Halloween since moving to Fairmont, and so far, the most trick-or-treaters I've had at our doorstep in a year was ... five? Let me tell you, it’s been pretty disappointing for someone who adores seeing the kids dressed up in their costumes and hand out gobs of cavity-inducing candy.

I joked last year about staking out our little black kitty on a tie-out in the front yard to lure the kiddies in, but this year, I’m taking action. Not to worry — MY CATS ARE SAFE But I was out in the cold evening air earlier this week, tottering on a stool in our front yard to hang ghosts from a tree, and setting out pumpkins, skulls, witchy stuff and a giant spider devouring a poor innocent scarecrow. I’m planning to recruit help with the cobwebs, and the lighting and soundtrack are in the works.

Apparently, this is what people do now to draw the trick-or-treaters. The days when we just had to turn on the front light might have been cheaper and simpler, but not nearly as much fun for the grownups!

This Halloween, if you are in need of some cinematic help getting into the spirit of the season, I really enjoy "The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Sleepy Hollow,” both by the fabulous Tim Burton, and "Monster House," none of which are super scary obviously, but great fun nonetheless.

(Oh yes, and for anyone who doesn't already know, the lyrics are the beginning of this blog are taken from the song "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from "The Nightmare Before Christmas.")


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