In the past, I tried to minimize Halloween's "Boo" Factor (especially when my kids were growing up) by emphasizing fall harvest activities instead.
But for whatever reasons (probably everyone's terrifying yard decorations), there was just no denying October's ghosties & beasties - real or imagined.
"Imaginations are a
terrible thing to waste."
An evening walk in an October woods always reveals an entirely different landscape from any other time of year. Barren trees that look like ghoulish phantoms, twisted roots that heave upward from the ground and eerie, almost supernatural, nighttime sounds all quicken the pace to trails end.
dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." ... Edgar Allan Poe
Anyway, when I saw what seemed to be slow moving shadows, my fear index skyrocketed. In that one terrifying moment, I knew exactly what Ichabod Crane felt right before the headless horseman appeared in those dark New England woods.
And while that should have been this story’s "Happily-Ever-After-End,” I still faced a journey through a murky meadow with the piercing yellow eyes of Jeffrey Mansion following me - an historic, old home known for its own ghastly/ghostly tales.
My October stroll did not end with a smashed pumpkin like in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but a slightly bruised ego and a BUMPITY story to retell. (FYI: I am once again looking forward to this October's walk in a nighttime woods.)
Join the Bexley Recreation & Parks Department on Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6- 8 pm.
Activities include a Corn Maze, Hayrides, Enchanted Walk, Live Music, Balloons, Face Painting and a Bon Fire!
This is a free community event. Community groups will be selling pizza, chili, pop-corn, hot and cold drinks, and dessert.