In Which I Discuss Halloween-Like Things

Ahhh Halloween.  Long has it been my favorite holiday.  There’s something about the sudden leap in creepy, freaky and scary things that just gets my blood going.  During this time of year, no one looks at you funny if you talk about serial killers, ghosts, monsters and random factoids about how the early Christians completely ruined a festival of the harvest.  This is the time of year when everyone wants to jump on the freaky band wagon.  People (most people) try to find the eeriest, most bizarre costumes.  Others like to dress up like hooker cops….This is the time of year when you can walk through bloodied halls of an abandoned mental institution being chased by actors who really just want their big break. Yes. I love everything about Halloween.  I have loved it since I was a kid.  I suspect that I always will.

Needless to say I was extremely excited when I moved to Brooklyn last month because I was gearing up for the Halloween parade.  I was going to go, have an amazing time.  In all the years that I lived in NJ, only a path ride away, I never went.  This was going to be the year!  So…naturally mother nature swings in and ruins that plan.  The Halloween parade, for the first time in its 39 year history, was canceled.  They are talking about rescheduling it but who knows. And believe me I understand.  The city is in total chaos right now. Subways are flooded and transportation in and out of the boroughs is all but impossible.  Half of the city is still without power, and a lot of neighborhoods are still flooded.  So. I get it.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not sad about it.

So what does one do on Halloween when all normal avenues of fun and horror are closed?  One sits at home, drinking cocoa and watches scary movies. That’s what one does.  Sure, there will be a little cleaning today. Typical household chores. But I refuse to not observe Halloween in some fashion.  So, I have a list of movies that I plan to watch. I will drink cocoa, gorge myself on candy until I am nearly in a diabetic coma and probably try to convince my other half that telling scary stories (or reading aloud from one of my many H.P. Lovecraft books) is a good idea.

Later I will walk around the neighborhood to look at the Halloween decorations that didn’t get thrashed by the storm, and avoid cable t.v. as all they are showing is storm coverage.  Yes. I will celebrate Halloween this year.  I look at it this way, with all the branches and leaves in the area, the streets nearly devoid of cars and the cold chill in the air- I can pretend I’m in a zombie wasteland for the day.  It’s something at least.  Maybe I’ll even get some writing done.

Onto the first cup of hot chocolate.  I hope you all have a safe, fun and frightening Halloween.  If anyone affected by the storm has an interesting way they’ve celebrated it (or if anyone anywhere has an interesting way to celebrate it for that matter), do send us an e-mail.  Pictures are always fun, but if you don’t have don’t worry.  If we get enough, we’ll compile them into a story to post sometime later this week.  Stories, pictures and any other fun factoids can be sent to admin@bleakreads.com

And now I leave you with this awful Halloween joke:  Why did the ghost go to the club on halloween?   Because that’s where all the ghouls were!

Corny jokes aside. Have a safe, happy and terrifying halloween.  We’ll see you all soon!

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