Still, in spite of the declared dislike of this (“Satan’s”) day, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Christianity has, in fact, “borrowed” a great many things from various forms of (mostly European) Paganism, and not just stuff related to Halloween. I saw a reference to tee shirts being sold at some “neo-pagan” shop with this design printed on it not long ago, which reminded me of that fact all over again.
I suppose that it’s the connection to the idea of spooks, etc. being around at this time of year that makes Halloween supposed to be “scary.” (It IS true that many of the autumnal traditions are based around the idea of honoring one’s ancestors at this time of year.) But speaking of truly scary, there’s this picture I ran across of what was labelled as “The Bathroom Floor From Hell.” What do you think?
Still, Halloween is the time of year which we associate with witches flying on brooms (or broomsticks) which reminds me of this Wizard of Id comic strip.
As I am very fond of the musical, The Little Shop of Horrors, I was highly amused when I saw this “table decoration” in the “Hyde and Eek Boutique”© at our local Target the other day. It brought back fond memories of at least two productions in Cullowhee, as well as the movie.
Our daughter, Maggi, is lucky enough to work for a company (Hyatt Hotels Corp.) which allows/ encourages their employees to have some fun at the office where she works by wearing costumes to work around Halloween time. I’m not sure they really had her in mind when they started this policy, but I understand Maggi was quite a hit with her costume a year ago. So much so that they had her pose with a display piece from the wall.
For many folks, however, the most memorable part of Halloween is the costume parties. Now, I don’t want to discourage people from having a good time, but as I turned 75 this fall, I am reminded that I’m not as young as I used to was. You’re probably not either, so take it a little easy, or you may end up feeling like the Wizard of Id, who seems to have had a rough night.
P.S. By the way, I hope you have (had) a Happy St. Crispin’s Day on Oct. 25!
If you don’t catch the reference, check out Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii, 18–67.