Halloween Gothic

For 11 months out of the year, they’re just normal folks. Retired from the cabinet factory, he still plows 10 acres of corn and soy beans. She likes to volunteer a couple of days each week, sometimes at church, sometimes at the elementary school. Her apple dumplings are legendary.

There are always flowers in hanging baskets on their tidy front porch, and ranks of sunflowers along the garden and around the old hand pump in the side yard. They have a barn stuffed with hay that they sell to the neighbors, but if you’re in a bind, they’ll trade for eggs or milk. Or nothing. “God bless ye’ all the same,” he’ll say, and smile as he helps load your truck.

But something tells me that these two throw a killer Halloween party. You just know that the annual “All Hallows Eve Coffin Social and Limbo Contest” is a real scream of which Gomez Addams himself would approve.

With Labor Day weekend behind us, we’re now officially into the Halloween home stretch when basement, back-room, and garage shops all kick into high gear and anything that strays too close to the workbench/card/coffe table is in danger of getting paper mache’d in the frenzy. We look at the calendar and shake our collective head. September 2!? Already!? Pass me the duct tape, and hurry!

In celebration of this period of wild freneticism, and to possibly add a little pumpkiny spice to the excitement, here is what’s soon to be framed and hanging in our living room.

Oh yeah, and the home page got a fresh re-design. Figured it was about time. I like it. Sort of reminds me of a comic book. Or a bowl of Froot Loops.

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