I get a shiver down my spine when the calendar falls on October 31.
On cold nights I would run thru the neighborhood with my friends, ringing doorbells and yelling “trick or treat” for candy.
October in Wyomissing, PA, is filled with the mild days of fall and crisp cool nights. Trees blaze gold, orange and red. Fields are brown as the corn stalks dry in the sun. Orange pumpkins fill fields, waiting to be harvested. Witches, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, bats and black cats gaze from stores and homes.
Over the years Halloween has become macabre. Symbols of pestilence such as spiders, rats, cockroaches, flies and snakes have crept into the décor. Spiders and snakes are associated with poison and death; rodents, cockroaches and flies represent misery and disease.
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Spiders offer a big creep factor. Aside from painful and poisonous bites, there is the ick factor of walking thru their webs. Spiders live where there is a supply of food. To find spiders outside or, HEAVEN FORBID, inside your home, indicates an ample source of insects.
Of course, you can’t go to a Halloween party without having plastic flies frozen in the ice cubes of your drink, or candy shaped like large hissing cockroaches on dainty serving plates to add to the disgust factor.
And, one of the most striking decorations I saw for Halloween was a ficus tree entwined with snakes of all kinds – small green ones, large black ones, a stuffed anaconda circling the trunk, head peering from the foliage, red tongue caught mid flicker. My husband who hates snakes, stayed far from that tree. Even if they were fake.
Pests – seems like we can’t avoid them.
Happy Halloween! Love Twila x