“Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!”

The rain started Tuesday and continued throughout Wednesday until well into the night. The dog’s outside water bowl was filled with rainwater. We’re talking inches of rain here. The ground is still soaked. With the rain came cooler temperatures. It is only 57˚ and with the dampness it feels even colder. The wind has picked up and the trees are being blown. More rain is predicted for later.

I’d vote for October as my favorite month. The weather is lovely, fall flowers are in bloom, pumpkins adorn front steps and fill wagons at farm stands, leaves are in such an array of colors even the most boring road is ablaze in yellows and reds and the best of all is that October finishes on its very last day with Halloween. Christmas has Santa and elves and flying reindeer, but I love even more the witches and ghosts and monsters of Halloween. There are no scary Santa movies except maybe Santa Claus Conquers the Martians which is frightfully bad. Nope, hands down, Halloween has the best scary movies. I love them all especially the classics. I’m not talking blood and gore movies. I want to be scared by subtlety. We never see Dracula bite into Mina’s neck. He uses his cloak to hide it, but we know what’s going on. Our imaginations fill in the void. One of my all time favorite movie scenes is in Frankenstein. It is when the villagers hunt the monster. They are sent off to, “…search every ravine, every crevice. The fiend must be found.” The black and white of the movie enhances the scary scene. Wide-eyed women huddle and hide. The dogs who lead the pack of crazed villagers are barking and pulling at their leashes. The men wend their way down a hill their torches bright in the darkness. Their garbled shouts echo in the night. We sense their fear. It touches us and scares us. That’s the best part of Halloween.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    Can’t say I like October especially much, we don’t have Halloween (well,m it is getting bigger and bigger here but they can’t decide on what date it should be celebrated here 🙂 ) but I do like the colors on the trees, that I admit 🙂 We have nothing until Christmas here so November is even worse.

    I always like the movies where my imagination make a film terrifying, my imagination really doesn’t need blood or bodyparts flying around in the air 🙂 I do love all those old horrrmovies but now days I always come to think of Young Frankenstein and starts laughing when I see the old Frankenstien movies 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      October is so pretty here and not nearly as cold as you have-too early for the frost.

      We have Thanksgiving in November to celebrate then on to Christmas.

      I agree that our imaginations can make almost anything scary. Young Frankensteins is one funny movie!

      Enjoy the evening!

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  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Today was rainy and cold. It about matched my mood. I spent 3 hours in the RMV getting my license renewed. Correction; the actual renewing part with eye test etc took two minutes.The rest was waiting around. Is there a rule that the RMV can only hire dead people for customer service? Not a rissom of expression on any of them. I have to renew my registration, too, but I can do that online, fortunately.

    I don’t like horror films. Can’t stand suspense. I have to know what’s going to happen before it happens. My idea of a horror film is Young Frankenstein. 🙂

    October is still my favorite month and only partly because it’s my birthday month. The colors of the trees are so beautiful and the sky is such a raw blue. The weather is right in my tolerance zone. It’s a perfect month all around. Halloween is a holiday that I don’t have to feel guilty about not celebrating “correctly”. Only Pagans and Conservative Christians get their knickers in a twist over it. Everyone else just has fun. And that’s exactly as it should be.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      We got close to 5 inches of rain and it rained on and off all day to add a little to the amount. It is chilly and might even get cold.

      If you have AAA, some of their offices renew licenses. The registry here has a line by 8:00, and it doesn’t even open until 9. I went to my local AAA and was in and out in 15 minutes. The Registry is notorious for its lack of customer service and pleasant employees.

      The old ones, made in the early 30’s, can’t really be called horror films given the types of horror films we have today.

      Suspense is difficult to maintain.

      I don’t know what the correct way is to celebrate Halloween. I decorate my house with a few monsters, a couple of rats and some pumpkins. I have that fun you mentioned!

      • Caryn Says:

        That’s what great about Halloween, there isn’t a correct way. I have skulls, crows, pumpkins and witches and black cats. Works for me. 🙂
        I wasn’t sure that AAA did all the things. I got the impression from the RMV website that they only did online things but I found out afterwards that they do it all. Next time, I will go there as it’s much closer and the people aren’t dead. I’ve been in there and I can tell. Their faces move. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Check to make sure your AAA is one of those with the registry extension, not all have them.

        I also have a few vultures and some crows.

        Halloween is such fun. I’ll have to get a few skulls as I don’t have any for some reason. Thanks for the reminder.

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