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I'm missing a good old-fashioned spooky Halloween.
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Happy NaNoWriMo. It's All Saint's Day already here on the other side of the world, and I have resigned myself to being a genuine grownup.
Have you ever read Ray Bradbury? Or at least Something Wicked This Way Comes? I think I've read nearly all of his stories and novels. One thing I really dig about Ray is his utter love of Halloween. Not Halloween where you x-ray your candy and your parents walk you to pre-designated trick-or-treating businesses in a well-lit downtown shopping area. Real Halloween. One that's dark and creepy and a little bit dangerous because of its mystery. One where kids rule the night for once, not thrust into bed before 9:30. One where we all get to go a little bit crazy and revel in our inner shadows as the year dies.
I've loved Halloween. I love the way dressing up makes you feel like you're taking on a secret persona. I love the chill of the coming autumn and how the dying year makes me feel that much more alive. Heck, I even love free candy although I haven't been trick or treating since I was in high school.
I haven't had a real Halloween in a long friggin' time.
Last year was OK, but if I had known then what I know now, I definitely would have tried harder. Oak Harbor was one of those places where everyone took their kids for a stroll down the main street at 7:00pm and got candy from the shops. In other words, it was so boring it made you want to rip your eyes out of your head. I had my friend Ryan over and we were watching Mystery Science Theater 3000. One group of kids stopped by, and they loved it because we gave them lots of treats-- what else were we going to do with all that candy? Giant grasshoppers were taking over the world in the movie and I had a couple of pumpkins. It wasn't so bad. But it was a far cry from a real one. And the years before that, I was moving or other things were happening, and during college I never had the time and...
I guess I can't blame the Aussies too much for not really getting into Halloween. For one thing, we've all just sprung forward and it doesn't get dark until about 7. The weather's been getting quite warm and everything's starting to bud and grow. The milieu just isn't right.
But I can't say it's not disappointing. There's no Halloween equivalent during the seasonal fall. So I'll have to live without my spooky holiday for a while yet. I just hope that the next time I get a chance to celebrate Halloween, I won't be too boring to appreciate it.