October 31, 2012

Hallowe’en 2012 Cancelled!




               NO…oooooo…oooooooooooooo! It was cancelled last year too. Who or what is taking Hallowe’en away from us?

HALLOWE’EN’S POSTPONED, not cancelled.

              Well, that’s more like it. Extend the ghoulish times four days. HURRAH!  

Across the Northeastern United States bad weather (understated—ghoulish, freakish weather) caused Hallowe’en celebrators dismay. Parts of the Buffalo, New York, region did retain celebrating Hallowe’en on October 31, but most of the Northeastern section of the United States postponed the planned community activities until Saturday, November 3 (according to my sister, Lee). Where I live this was good, since the rains came down steadily, creating an atmosphere of poor celebration.

My son-in-law Michael, who lives just around the corner from me, considers Hallowe’en one of the best holidays. Every year he increases the graveyard scene on the front lawn home where he lives with my daughter (yes, married). His birthday falls near Hallowe’en so I have no problem finding him a birthday gift. This year it was a spooky ghost that freaked out young and old alike as they passed ghosty blowing in the breeze.

Unfortunately, the winds blowing from Hurricane Sandy (no pun intended because my daughter is named Sandy) knocked off the ghost’s head. Michael said he knows how to fix it. I hope he does, because I liked the eerie image, especially at night when the wind was blowing and my headlights lightened it up.

If Hallowe’en were cancelled Michael would freak out. We might then have to take him to a mental institution.

Other persons might feel put out at having to cancel Hallowe’en cancelled for the second consecutive year. Among them would be those whose birthdays fall on that day. How else can they celebrate? What would they do if they couldn’t celebrate due to inclement weather?

  • John Keats, born 1785, might write an Ode to the Ghoulies (he wrote Ode to a Nightingale)
  • Juliette Gordon Low, born 1860, might work on a ghostly badge. She was the founder of the Girl Scouts.
  • Dale Evans, born 1912, might croon the song she wrote (synonymous with her television show), Happy Trails, while taking a shower.
  • Michael Collins, born 1930, might seek out a witch who would fly him back to the moon, where he stopped on July 29, 1969. He was a part of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
  • Dan Rather, born 1931, and Jane Pauley, born 1950, media personalities,  might place themselves in the eye of Hurricane Sandy to report the news.
  • Michael Landon, 1936, might take his Little House on the Prairie family on a road trip, Highway to Heaven.
  • And finally, John Candy, born 1950…why, I’d know where to find him…

John Candy*

He’d be at the corner of North Redan Circle in Stone Mountain, Georgia, just three doors down from where my husband Monte and our two young children (ages 12 and 13), lived for two years while Monte attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University.It was 1985, and the opening scenes of the movie Summer Rental were being filmed those few houses away from us. We spent a couple of days watching the filming of the comedic movie about an overworked air traffic controller who takes his family on vacation to the beach.

I must make note of one more person for whom Hallowe’en was memorable—magician Harry Houdini, who died on October 31, 1926. He suffered from gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. Too bad he didn’t have the medical care I received in 1950 when my appendix ruptured three days before it was diagnosed. Fortunately, I survived.

Thus there is much to celebrate on Hallowe’en. And much to remember.

Have a creepy, eerie, ghastly, goulish, chilling Hallowe’en, whenever you may celebrate it this year, 2012.

It’s raining, it’s pouring…It’s Hallowe’en!



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