The grandfather clock just chimed three times. It's 3:00 a.m. Halloween morning. The witching hour.
I haven't been to bed yet - as usual. I just had a cup of coffee and some brownies with peanut butter. I consume copious amounts of peanut butter. And caffeine. Not always at the same time.
I went outside on the back porch just in time to see the yellow moon rising over the forest. It's an unusually quiet night. No owls or coyotes. A soft breeze is rustling through the treetops and their whispering lament is the only sound.
If any ghosts are lingering in the forest shadows they seem to be safely out of sight.
I thought it would be an appropriate time to post my video The Bogey Wail. I made this video last year for YouTube. It's a haphazard collection of old Halloween cartoons and other spooky things that I spliced together. It's accompanied by the 1929 song The Bogey Wail sung by Jack Hylton.
For not knowing exactly what I was doing, I think it turned out very well.
So, what is on my agenda for this Halloween? Not much. I'm going to stay at home, eat some goodies, and be thankful that I live in a rural area where trick or treaters never dare to tread.
Of course, I can't be sure that a few genuine witches or ghouls might show up
Or an ax murderer......
How about a few random and unspectacular photos?
I initially thought it would be easy to get a few great Halloween photos of my black cat Bosco with a pumpkin. Unfortunately it wasn't as easy as I thought. I finally took this picture on the front porch yesterday afternoon.
It gets dark out early now and the feeble sun disappears quickly beyond the edge of the forest. I took these pictures in late afternoon yesterday.
This is definitely NOT the most flattering photo ever taken of me, but it's the only one I could find with me as a child with a pumpkin. I was either four or five yrs. old. And I was holding some candy in my left hand.
Nope, it's not a Halloween scarecrow -
this is me a few days ago, holding a pumpkin. Slightly older than in the above photo.
My El Cheapo digital camera only has a ten second timer. I had to set the timer, place the camera on the rail of the porch, grab the extremely heavy pumpkin, and run (with my bad back) and sit on the porch swing - - trying to look relaxed and poised.
It sure as hell wasn't easy.
Have a great Halloween!
And don't let the spooks bite. Unless they're cute ones.