The Other Side of Halloween

I see them all
from my silent dwelling
flesh and bone spirits begging.

Just ahead two pirates pillage,
orange bags in hand
in search of sugared contraband.

There goes a princess
and a giant bee.
One glimpse at me—they flee.

A dimpled witch fakes flight.
She cackles loud enough
to crack the night.

They’re all in groups
these costumed seekers.
Yet I have no fellow creatures

to share this evening
so special to me,
as no other can ever be,

This night when bogus demons
cavort with glee.
Here none of them are real

Except for me.

*Kay B. Day/2020

Our creepiest Halloween mystery ever

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Get your Boo on for days with Halloween streams

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Five horror films still haunting us after half a century

Halloween’s around the corner, and courtesy of my ancestors, it’s a very special holiday for my family. Many of the customs we observe today are based on the ancient festival of Samhain celebrated by ancestors on both sides of my family and my husband’s. Horror films are part of Halloween today and after much thought, I came up with five horror films that still haunt in various ways even after half a century. One actually dates to more than a century in the past. Continue reading “Five horror films still haunting us after half a century”

Wood smoke and pumpkin drink recipes hint at fall in N. Florida

Last night as I walked outside with our dog Bear, I welcomed the cool breezes after a brief shower. The temp was in the low 60s here in North Florida, and I detected a hint of wood smoke. Floridians will build a fire the minute the temp gets below 70 degrees. I decided to check my email and saw a promo message from Walmart. Continue reading “Wood smoke and pumpkin drink recipes hint at fall in N. Florida”