Like strands of diamonds dancing in the light of a harvest sunset
a network of webs, unbreakable and glistening in the breeze
where those master weavers, the spinners are hidden
somewhere, out there, perhaps eyeing me as I eye its trap.
Where did All Hallows’ Eve go?
What morphed the meaning of All Saints Eve?
How did this time of remembrance
dedication to the dead, the martyrs, the saints
turn into some ghastly celebration
of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls
jack-o-lanterns, bats, and spiders
wretched wicked witches in flight
the creepy, the cooky and the spooky
orange and black hovering over foggy lagoons
tricks or treats on this Halloween night?
Where did All Hallows’ Eve go?
Some call me a creepy critter
some call me a cow killer
I’m really known as the red velvet ant
but I’m actually a wasp, now isn’t that a thriller?
Halloween can stir up some creepy characters and creepy critters, sending goosebumps up and down our spine. Sometimes the creepiness is a common occurrence, not needing a special occasion to take its creepiness to another level.
The reputation of the wingless female Red Velvet Ant’s sting is so potent and painful, it is said that it could kill a cow. Red velvet male ants have no stingers but do have wings. Although they are not deadly to humans, you should still be cautious around them or you may feel like a dying cow!
In America, the National Retail Federation estimated that $8.4 billion was spent last year on Halloween. Will you be among the spooktacular holiday celebrants this year?
If you are not trick or treating tonight, why not write something Spook-tacular to celebrate the occasion? Or better yet, why not give away books? You heard me right, books!
If you want to give a Halloween treat that’s good for kids, but is not candy, why not books? Books feed children’s minds, encourage children to read, and parents to read with them and/or to ask them about their books. Many children rarely receive books as gifts, so even gently read books are special treats.
Books for Treats is a non-profit (501c3) movement that encourages you to give gently read children’s books at Halloween instead of candy. Since Halloween 2001, Books for Treats has given up to 10,000 books each year to excited, costumed Willow Glen, California trick-or-treaters. Giving books instead of candy shows kids you care about them and are encouraging them to read. This not only helps raise their interest in reading, but raises their feeling that the community cares about their future. Literacy is key to success in today’s society. Book reading encourages curiosity, imagination and life-long learning.
Halloween or “All Hallow’s Evening” is celebrated in the United States on the last day of October. Activities include trick-or-treating by youngsters, attending costume parties, making jack-o’-lanterns, sitting around bonfires engaging in scary stories, visiting haunted houses or theme parks and even going on creepy hayrides adds to the fun.
This year, retail sales from Halloween decorations, costumes and candy is expected to reach $8 billion dollars. Not too scary is it? Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Halloween this year, do not forget to exercise caution and be responsible. By the way, what is Halloween unless you catch a few scary movies of ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, the paranormal and zombies? Do you have a favorite classic or popular scary movie that stands out from all the rest? What a way to scare yourself to sleep!
Happy Halloween! It’s hard to believe that this is Halloween. It’s also mind-boggling to think that we will be celebrating a spanking brand new year in 2 months! Simply amazing. Well, since it is Halloween, we received several recommended reads for the occasion. Some of our readers wrote in to tell us about their favorite books to read in celebration of Halloween. Here are a few of those books recommended:
The Stand by Stephen King
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan
Poltergeist by James Kahn
Scared to Death by Debby Giusti
Carrie by Stephen King
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
The Haunted Looking Glass by Edward Gorey
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
Do you have any favorite Halloween recommended reads? Don’t Be Afraid…share them with us!!!!