Step Away From The Jack-O-Lantern

RDP: Hardihood

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Along with pictures of dogs and cats on adoption day, I spend a lot of time haunting Halloween pages on facebook.

Do you know why I stopped?

You know how in every neighborhood somebody handed out toothbrushes or bookmarks with bible verses on them and when those treats hit your lootbag you had to smile, be respectful and not egg their house or TP their trees because your reputation proceeded you and people who handed out toothbrushes and bible bookmarks had no sense of humor and FOR SURE they were going to show up at your door the next morning to tell your parents you belonged in reform school.

The Facebook version of that are people who are saying no Gub’mint official is going to cancel Halloween and they will be opening their doors to anyone who knocks and they will be  giving out candy no matter what some politician says, by jingo!

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in mine Halloween is scaled back. There are no big parties or haunted houses. But people are finding ways to celebrate and I’ll be leaving little treat bags at my door on a table so if any trick or treaters come by they can have a little treat and I hope I’ll see  dressed up Trick or Treaters next year.

My point is, a lot of people are trying to find ways to have fun over the Halloween weekend- why oh why would you throw a wet blanket on that and spoil their fun and start ranting about FREEDOMS!

I’m going to carve pumpkins, write, maybe I’ll dress my dog up and take a bunch of pictures and of course I’ll watch the classic versions of Dracula ( Lugosi ), The Wolfman ( Chaney ), The Mummy  (Karloff ) and  The Invisible Man ( Rains )

I am going to be celebrating Halloween this year, but it will be a challenge. There is no script to follow, no map to google, it’s uncharted territory.

It’s going to be like getting lost and ending up in front of a weird house on a rainy night- what oh what do you do?

Seriously- if you are really into the adventure of Halloween, what the heck- figure it out, have fun

and stay safe.




Word of the Day Challenges: Urges

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The pumpkin fields by my house are empty-

not a single pumpkin was grown there this year


The abandoned farmhouse,

the cemetery down the road

not a soul is haunting them this year


The masks are faceless

the costumes have no bodies

the monsters have deserted us this year.


It’s going to be

a deathly quiet Halloween

but I still look forward to it

this  year.

12 Days and Counting

There are 12 days left until Halloween and I am getting ready to do a little cooking.

I am 


Photo A.M. Moscoso


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon’s blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.