Get your Boo on for days with Halloween streams

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! Continue reading “Get your Boo on for days with Halloween streams”

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”

Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?

Halloween ghost bride photo Indie Art South
image: Indie Art South

Do you go all out for Halloween? We do it up in measured fashion, with some decorations and lots of candy for the goblins who show up at our door. Now Google is getting in on the holiday close to my heart for a number of reasons—you can use your Nest Hello to freak out those goblins in a big way. I’m not the only one wondering if this could backfire. Continue reading “Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?”

Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight

Hunter’s Moon image by Indie Art South.

From the time I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with the moon. My parents and I lived with my grandmother and her brother when I was small, and in those days, security wasn’t a big issue. You could see through the lace panels on my bedroom windows—the windows were a single sheet of glass. I loved to look at the moon on nights when it was visible. I still do. Last night I walked outside and found a view, but it was a view with a twist. Continue reading “Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight”

Clown bans, cultural appropriation, and imagination mark Halloween

Pumpkins at Kelp’s Pumpkin Patch near Nashville in Brown County, Indiana. Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. US Library of Congress.
Pumpkins at Kelp’s Pumpkin Patch near Nashville in Brown County, Indiana. Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. US Library of Congress.

Halloween is approaching, and the natter class is having the customary argument about which costumes are offensive because the wearer might be culturally ‘appropriating’ someone else’s heritage. Yet millions of US children and adults of all cultural persuasion will dress up on October 31 and hit the streets or parties to celebrate. Halloween is traditionally silly. Taking the award for silly is a city whose officials have banned clown costumes.  Continue reading “Clown bans, cultural appropriation, and imagination mark Halloween”