Three signs for me that autumn is actually here!
The presence of Spiced Cider at Trader Joe’s …
The ubiquity of pumpkin as an ingredient in everything from soup to muffins to coffee…
And the appearance of Halloween decorations in the neighborhood! Front yards sprout tombstones and the occasional body part, jack-o’-lanterns and scarecrows leer from porches, and ghosts and witches dangle from trees. Here is a typical example:
Other houses–more ambitious–erect whole cemeteries, mad scientist’s labs, and dungeons in honor of All Hallows’ Eve. This house seems to be setting up as a haunted mansion in the style of Disneyland’s, with gargoyles grinning from the gateposts and tiny skull garlands festooning the iron fence.
But my personal favorite is this lighthearted, whimsical display of classic Warner Brothers characters, all set to go trick-or-treating. But then I’d like my “scary” well-laced with humor. (The one genre you’ll never catch me reading voluntarily is horror!) See how many of them you can identify beneath their “clever” disguises!
ETA: Jean LeZotte wins this week’s giveaway of A Song at Twilight! Please email me with your address, and I’ll send the book off to you as quickly as possible.