So when I was a kid, my mom used to make me Halloween costumes (I’m the Chewbacca behind the Pac Man). They were really quite impressive. Sadly, I don’t have that skill, nor do I even try to pull something like that off. And it’s gotten to such a point that if I brought up the idea of a homemade Halloween costume, my kids would probably revolt.
…And there might be torches and pitchforks.
Which got me wondering, is something lost in not going to that trouble anymore? Yes, all of the kids walking around look exactly like their target, but has a bit of the heart been lost in the endeavor? Of course, if the kids have no idea of what I am talking about, maybe this is me just being grumpy.
Yeah, I’m probably just being grumpy.
I mean, look at pumpkin carving these days. I like to do a simple face, but when you see all the tools and skills out there, well, I look lame. And telling the kids this was fine a few decades ago doesn’t cut it.
Okay, where was I? Halloween posts!
I’ve had the pleasure of being on WKAR’s Current State for three Halloween episodes now. I’ve reviewed and talked about (with links):
- The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. A book that should be a holiday standard (and Tim Burton should turn into a movie).
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A classic, one of my favorites to read.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. Not so much.
Here are some other posts (with links too) I have written about one of my favorite holidays:
- If I Could Wear a Halloween Costume
- Halloween, in Spirit
- Watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I hope you have a great holiday (with or without a handmade costume).