31 Days of Halloween 2022

Happy October! After starting late this Halloween season, I’m now ready to post the schedule of this year’s 31 Days of Halloween Celebration. The theme this October is dystopian Halloween. With the doomsday clock ticking down, due to savages like Russian dictator Vladamir Putin and gun-crazed trump-loving jesus-freaks, it’s probably way past time to think about how humankind plans to survive the apocalypse, in particular, how we’ll preserve our traditions and holidays, like Halloween.

Part of the month, we’ll have some fun with the dystopian Halloween-horror theme, but I have decided to mix in some good old-fashion Halloween traditional themes as well, cuz, I just love talking about those Halloween memories.

Have a safe and happy Halloween season!

31 Days of Halloween Schedule

Monday Macabre
Mondays are always dedicated to Haiku, but every Monday in October we’ll explore a dystopian Halloween.

Tuesday Terror
Every Tuesday, I’ll share my favorite scary movies that I believe make great Halloween season viewing.

Wicked Art Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, I’ll share some spooktacular Halloween art with an apocalyptic twist. I might even post some my own original Halloween pencil stencil art.

Throwback Thursdays
Preservation of Halloween traditions is important for several reasons. Every Thursday, let’s explore the origins of some Halloween traditions and muse over whether these traditions might survive the apocalypse.

Friday Fright Nightcaps
Ghosts aren’t the only ones who like to get sheet-faced on Halloween. Check back every Friday for Halloween season-inspired cocktails.

Sinister Saturdays
In the past few years, Sinister Saturdays have always been dedicated to food and Halloween recipes.  The problem was, besides my being the worst cook in America, people are simply reluctant to let you share their recipes online, even if you give them complete credit and link back to their website. So, in the true spirit of Sinister Saturdays, we’re just going to let the demons loose that day and see what they come up with.

Poe Sundays
This year’s tribute to the master of macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, will feature my thoughts on the best Poe adaptations on film.

4th Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge 2022
#Halloweenhaikuchallenge

Share your most original or scariest visual Halloween Haiku photos during October for a chance to win some prizes.

More details about the haiku contest will be announced on October 18th.

Join in the fun, and follow me @Halloweenhorrorhaiku on Instagram and @Halloweenkristy on Twitter

Tuesday Terror

Every Tuesday in October 2022, we celebrate scary movies!

“There’s other justice in the world besides the law!”

Kicking off the Halloween season with Dark Night of the Scarecrow, starring the late Charles Durning, Lane Smith, and Jocelyn Brando, about a mysterious being seeking vengeance on a group of murdering bigots.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow, 1981, Amazon

This supernatural thriller first aired on Halloween night in 1981 and is scarier than any Made-For-TV movie has any right to be. Despite having zero blood and no gruesomeness, this chilling film still holds up today with timely themes such as bigotry, bullying, and injustice.

Monthly Haiku Corner – October

Years after the fall, survivors spend their days scavenging for food and other items to make apocalyptic life easier. Water is scarce and there hasn’t been a good harvest crop since the end of the war.

A man pours dirty water from a rusty cup into a small pot. He digs a little hole and turns to the small child beside him. She opens her tiny hand to reveal a bunch of pumpkin seeds. She drops them in the pot and covers them with dirt. “Happy Halloween!” the child says triumphantly. The man smiles at her. Hopefully a pumpkin will grow this time.

The theme this month is dystopian Halloween.

Happy October 2022!

I’m writing today from June Lake, CA. It’s a beautiful, cozy little town tucked inside an old glacier in the Eastern Sierras. Very scenic. You can actually see the stars at night and that took my breath away. Living in Los Angeles, I barely see any stars. It’s really sad. Anyways, up here in June Lake, Autumn is in full swing and you can actually see some trees changing colors. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how beautiful and amazing our planet is, and how amazing we live in an unexplored universe we know nothing about.

Then, I think about Putin and his war machine committing genocide and thrusting the whole planet closer to doomsday. Nuclear annihilation feels closer than it’s ever been. I don’t even remember this kind of complacency in the 80s.

There is no Halloween in our future. No trick or treating. No fun costumes. No parties full of people. No pumpkins, nor the ability to grow them. Last month, I stressed the importance of perserving Halloween traditions, and shared with you how I feel preserving traditions eventually becomes the only way to keep our memories alive.

Whatever traditions survive is what is going to move the survivors forward. I hope you join me this October to make Halloween traditions stand out and make people feel stronger and more connected to each other, people, our friends, family, loved ones, our world, this wonderful planet which grows big plump juicy pumpkins, and the universe, who remembers everything and is the only hope humankind has of surviving. Cast off those old traditions that strangle us, like racism, sexism, bigotry, and believe in science, medicine, research and development, space exploration…When I look at the stars, I see that God everyone’s always talking about, but not in any Bible, not in your TV set, not in the guns, and not in the tanks. Creation triumphs over destruction, so create a life you want to live and make good memories.

This month’s theme is dystopian Halloween. Maybe if we imagine the world struggling to save Halloween, we’ll actually strive better to do it for real.

Wishing you all a safe, joyous, haunted October!

Happy Caturday – October

Happy October! Best month of the year! It’s so exciting that there are going to be five Caturdays this October!

While looking for art, I came across this piece by Wendy Snow-Lang, an artist who lives in Salem, MA. It was so simple, yet intriguing. It’s entitled Trust and it felt perfect for our theme this October, dystopian Halloween.

Trust by Wendy Snow-Lang

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Most Memorable Halloween Movies

I simply cannot believe that September is going to end in 3 days. My time went poof and all the things I had planned went with it. I managed to put together this list though and this was a pretty hard task. I wanted to keep with the theme this month of Halloween memories. I mean, choosing your favorite 8 films out of the hundreds of possibilities. I actually watched a bunch of new films I hadn’t seen yet, just to make sure I wasn’t missing some diamond in the rough. Alas, this is my ‘best of’ Halloween movies list and I’m sticking to it!🎃🎃🎃

Haiku of the Week

The theme this month is Halloween memories or Hallomemories.

pumpkin farm visit
carnivals and candy
Hallomemories

Hallomemories by Halloweenkristy

Halloween Memories

Years before global warming started to rear its ugly head, Autumn in Southern California was the nicest time of the year. Maybe it was child’s perspective, but the temps were mild during the day and a bit chilly in the evenings. I remember October being boots and sweaters weather, just like in the midwest, only with the smell of salty air from the Pacific ocean. A lot more of our trees changed colors too, back in a time when there were more trees here to look at. Now, all those trees are gone, replaced by concrete buildings and single-track homes. While I miss the golden orange and red hues of fall leaves, the suburbs did usher in a new age of Halloween decorating, the do-it-yourself home haunt. Some people just aren’t satisfied with pumpkins on the porch, which is still totally okay. I confess, I’m a fan of all.

Closer to the coast, I remember having fun filling a plastic pumpkin full of sand and digging my toes down deep under it. We made sand jack-o’-lanterns out of square pails and carved faces in melons and pineapples. There was a local beach shop showing off a seashell centerpiece mixed with mini pumpkins, orange starfish, and purple sea urchins in the window. Some people do not like a “pastel” Halloween, not me. Since my youth, I’ve always had an appreciation for the casual elegance of coastal Halloween decor.

Back in the day, we used real candles, where the hot wax spilled over the side. Yes, it was a dangerous fire hazard, but there’s just something special about flickering light wavering ever so lightly when the breeze reaches out to touch the wick. Artificial light simply cannot reproduce this magic.

I have lots of Halloween memories of celebrating traditional Halloween activities like going to carnivals, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating in a plastic frock and Ben Cooper mask. I’d spend hours looking over my Grandmother’s DIY Halloween decorations, those witch heads with gnarled noses, plastic hands and plastic boots, along with their white cotton hair and home-sewn dresses. I think I get my creative spirit from her, although, sadly, I don’t possess any of her skill.

Over the years, I’ve forgotten the faces of neighbors, friends, and even family, yet, I still remember the look and feel of those Gurley Halloween candles on the dining room table, and shopping trips to Woolworth’s for candy and costumes.

My Halloween traditions are a mishmash of all the things I love with everything that has come to represent the people, places, and things I’ve lost. I can’t remember names or faces, but I remember the good feelings. In the end, I guess that’s all memories end up being, feelings, which is why I think it’s especially important to preserve Halloween traditions and celebrate as many as we can. It’s the only way for us to hold onto our own memories.

Happy Halloween season, everyone. Make great memories.

Haiku of the Week

The theme this month is Halloween Memories.

orange maple leaves
lights dancing on a string
jack-o’-lantern pie