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

Monthly Haiku Corner – September

Five days into September and it certaintly doesn’t feel like Fall’s right around the corner. Heatwave aside, the official Halloween season has begun. Now is the time when human creativity and inspiration is at its highest. Our memories are crucial to this process. We steer far away from bad memories, but good memories will drive every inch of our being to replicate and it’s here that we find our inner child flourishing and building the foundation that the soul rests upon. Our theme this month is Halloween Memories. Halloween season is a time for making new memories, as much as it is about revisiting the joy of old ones. Have a magical season, everyone!

fallen leaves
trunk full of memories
October dreams

Happy Caturday – September

The theme this month is Halloween Memories. This September, I’m celebrating the return to Middle-Earth with the debut of Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power this past week on Amazon. One of my favorite memories is seeing The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring in the theaters.

Lucius by Kajenna

Artist Kajenna creates fabulous animal art and her Halloween cats are my fave. Lucius reminded me so much of Lord of the Rings, I just had to share.

For more amazing Kajenna art, visit here: https://www.deviantart.com/kajenna/art/Lucius-633886619

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Happy September!

Welcome back ‘Ber months!
It’s the official start to the Halloween season. This month’s theme is Halloween Memories.

2022 Halloween Memories Bucket List

The holiday season is all about perserving traditions and making memories. Halloween and falltime is the most joyous time of year. There’s less stress and a focus on personal fulfillment, as opposed to Thanksgiving and Christmas where catering to the needs of family and friends takes priority. During Halloweentime, you are doing fun things to elevate your own mood, decorating and putting your own creative spin on things, and finding a spooky costume to entertain your inner child, and ward off evil spirits, of course! That doesn’t mean we are selfish beings or ignore family and friends. Far from it! We include them in our celebrations! We inspire them to tap into their own creavity and find happiness within by making great memories of their own. When it’s all said and done, no one remembers the cool stuff they bought or didn’t buy because they couldn’t afford it. It’s memories of going places, seeing things, meeting good people, and feeling the joy, inspiration, and love that Halloween lovers bring into our lives. Don’t underestimate how much the tiniest act can last a lifetime in our brains and drive us to experience that kind of joy again and again. Be kind and patient with one another. Do your part to protect the earth from climate change. Recycle, reuse, and conserve water and energy.

To all the creatives, the artists, bloggers, decorators, filmmakers, retailers, writers, my fellow members in the Samhain Society, and everyone in-between, I bid you a spooktacular season. You keep those fires burning all year long and finally get to see payoff during this season.

Happy Halloween 2022!

So, make good memories, everyone. Have a great fall and Happy Halloween!