It’s impossible to ignore dire warnings about Halloween this year. Past years have brought warnings, but none like those associated with COVID. Some neighborhoods in my city of Jacksonville, FL will still host traditional trick or treating, but neighbors I’ve spoken to say they’ll take precautions with masks and distancing. Fret not!
There will be many events at brick and mortar facilities like bars and restaurants, but there will also be events brought to you online. I managed to find 4 events guaranteed to help you get your Boo on, and each event has a unique take on a holiday celebrated in my family in some version (Samhain) since my pagan ancestors stomped around Europe successfully until the Romans finally prevailed and ultimately we converted to Christianity. Anyway, here are 4 carefully selected events for young and old alike. Choose your event according to what you’re seeking on the scariest night of the year, made even spookier this year by the first Blue Moon on Halloween. Various sources including The Farmer’s Almanac say this is the first Blue Moon on Halloween in all time zones on the planet since 1944.
My first recommendation for your Halloween Boo get is The Crazy Daysies Facebook Live show. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. This recommendation is self-serving—the Daysies are my daughters and I’ll do a brief on-camera appearance to read a creepy Halloween poem I wrote for them when they were tweens/teens. I always wrote a story or poem for our Halloweens, but this poem is a more mature take than my all time favorite Halloween story, Eve Bunting’s Scary, Scary Halloween. Film and entertainment entrepreneur Jared Rush will also guest on the show, and there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to scary films and TV shows. Jenn and Rebecca will perform original songs of course. You can watch the show live or stream it at your convenience.
Yesterday’s column was about the very eclectic film enthusiast show on YouTube TTFT (That’s The Fxxking Trailer) hosted by Durden Godfrey and Taurean Royal. The duo will appropriately focus on the creepster film Us, and that focus will be the only thing appropriate about what you hear them say. Unfiltered, unrestrained, and raunchily honest, this has become one of my favorite film shows to stream because the two hosts are hilarious and I learn not only about films I wasn’t aware of, I learn tidbits of info about films I’ve seen. The show posts on Thursdays, and it will probably be a later in the day post, but you can stream this one after the fact as well. TTFT doesn’t just post weekly shows—there’s also the ever-popular list content about subjects like the best drug films and such. Highly recommend you subscribe and share. Tune in on Thursday, October 29.
On Friday October 30, visit the Nightmare on Crimson Street Virtual Halloween Party sponsored by the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Party starts at 9 p.m. on Facebook, and promises DJ Byrd and a costume contest.
There’s a free show in the sky on Halloween night, courtesy of the blue moon I mentioned at the beginning of the column. You can head outside and where skies are clear, take it in au naturel. Or drop in on Scary Astronomy hosted by the Lowell Observatory in Arizona. Show starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. Here’s the description on the Sky and Telescope website:
“The second full Moon in any month is called a Blue Moon, and it’s especially rare for one to fall on Halloween. We’re celebrating this rare event with a Scary Astronomy stream, including live views of the Halloween Blue Moon (weather permitting). Our frightfully fabulous Educators will talk about spooky celestial objects that are sure to give you chills and the possibilities for life on other worlds. Beware—there won’t be a Blue Moon on Halloween again for another 19 years, so you don’t want to miss out!”
You can also take in the Seven Sisters if you venture outside after dark. My favorite almanac, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, has an excellent overview of this magical group and the sisters’ significance throughout history. There’s even a neat tidbit about a car manufacturer’s logo related to the sisters.
If you’re wanting to watch a scary film, you can find lots of oldies on YouTube. I’d also recommend watching the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca on Netflix if you like spooky shows with humans who are creepier than ghosts.
Otherwise, happy Halloween and happy Samhain! Get your boo on safely and remember to drive carefully when little goblins are prowling.
Featured photo of carved Jack-O’Lanterns was taken by my son-in-law, attorney David Thompson, who every single year carves pumpkins with Jenn and their children.
(Kay B. Day/Oct. 28, 2020)