We are getting into one of my favorite months out of the year, October. It’s the beginning of autumn in earnest and it also has one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. While Halloween has traditionally been about celebrating the macabre, today it is mostly about a lot of fun and children losing their minds from all of the sugared treats. It’s a chance to celebrate some good old-fashioned childhood fun. I love hearing ghost stories and ghoulish tall tales.
I believe that I also love Halloween because a side of me wishes I were a vampire. Vampires are the epitome of handsome erudition. They have unlimited power to seduce beautify women …. and suck their blood. I also generally prefer the night to the day. I like darkness for some completely cockeyed reason. I’ve always fancied Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola’s instant classic, Dracula. Here’s a being that lives forever and can pursue whatever he desires. He lives in a grand and beautiful old castle.
But I digress, I love this time of year really for the much more moderate temperatures. Well, I would say in a normal year, at any rate. Tomorrow it is expected that we will have August-like heat and humidity for one day and then the temperature is supposed to fall some 30 degrees. October is supposed to be cool and crisp with beautiful leaves and jet-blue skies – a welcome respite from the truly awful summer that we have had.
This year I think I will hand out candy to the kids. Plus, I like seeing some of the really creative costumes that the kids wear. It just harkens back to a more innocent time, a time when we were not bombarded with instant information and stimulus; a time when true joy was playing hide and go seek and building large leaf piles to play in. Alas those times seem to have come and gone. Kids today want to play on tablets and phones.