Halloween, to my wife and me, is the entire month of October. See, the holiday itself just isn't what it used to be...at least not around here. Trick-or-treating is limited mostly to places of business because people can't be trusted (rightly so) to be allowed to simply give candy to kids. Few actual Halloween costume parties take place. We ventured to Sleepy Hollow on Halloween two years ago and found it to be sleepy, indeed, and that it had opted not to use its literary reputation to play up the holiday. Sad, sad. Alas, Halloween just isn't what it used to be.
So we spread out the holiday and make it the whole month. We'll be visiting Salem, MA again in a couple of weeks. That's a town that embraces the holiday, that hosts festivities throughout the month.
So we really try our best to enjoy the month. This year has multiple conflicts: trying to rent out one of the apartments in our building to good people (a feat in itself). My mom is doing well. Thank you to you well-wishers out there. But it's all about how the longterm is when it comes to back surgery.
Coming soon this month: a special podcast hosted by Sidedown, but curated by myself and a couple others, with a horror theme.
Finally, I leave you with the Weather Gargoyle, this website's latest staff member. He complains a lot, but he claims to be a meteorologist...of sorts. His application for a job with the Weather Channel was rejected ("racism," he claims), but we figure he spends most of his time atop buildings so he's got to have some perspective on climate and weather conditions.
As a gargoyle, I know weather and I know it well. And now that it's October, I can tell you that today's 70° just isn't cutting it. I flew to London just yesterday, and it was 10° cooler. What gives?