Halloween on cemetery lane
It was one of those nights on cemetery lane that made you feel electric with energy and somber with thought all at the same time. The air was crisp, dead leaves scattered as they ran underfoot and glided overhead, filling the night with noise. The moon was full and luminous casting an eerie light on the scene below. Halloween was in full swing, the streets were abuzz with hooded figures and lively children enjoying their annual candy hunt.
Hidden from the action at the end of the long lane of perfectly decorated houses stood the towering and dark-windowed number 13 cemetery lane. Behind it, the forest stood lightless and desolate, a depressing shadow on a lively scene. It was in this very house at this very moment that a desperate philosophical struggle was raging.
Inside the house,
mom was thinking: “I am tired and cold and I really, really want to stay inside, snug as a bug in a rug, but if I do then the kids won’t be able to enjoy the fun of Halloween. So I will pretend to be excited and go out into the cold and put up with all the STUFF.”
Dad was thinking:
“I really do not believe in all this nonsense but my dear wife is so caught up in this so I will put on my happy face and we will all go out and waste all this time.”
The young daughter was thinking
“I really HATE this costume: I am going to be the laughing stock of all my hip friends. But mom and dad have gone through so much trouble I really have to just act like the happy little girl and just do this.”
The young son was thinking
“This is kids and girls stuff: why do I have to put up with all this nonsense? But if I don’t there will be all kinds of fuss so I will just make like this is what I actually want to do and get it over and done with.”
So they all went out,
pretended that was what they wanted to do, we’re all miserable and came home.
The (unhappy) end.
BUT WAIT: we haven’t looked at the alternate ending yet! Halloween on cemetery lane
So Halloween part II AKA Happy Halloween!
Everything is the same except when we get to the last paragraph:
So they all went out (OK, so this part is the same as before…) pretended that was what they wanted to do (still the same…) and then something REALLY REALLY WEIRD happened (OK, so here we have just gone off-script rather badly! NOW what??).
Mom found that it really was wonderfully crisp and clear out and there was just so much JOY out there. So slowly her mind got bent around in a happy direction (See, I told you: WEIRD!)
Dad met up with some of the neighbors that he had not seen for yonks,
and as they talked and joked around realized/remembered that they were really great people: weren’t they blessed to have such good people around them?
The young daughter met up with some friends,
and soon realized they all thought they looked horrid and were afraid that they would be ostracised by the “cool kids”. But agreed that they all actually look kinda good… and that they were really the “cool kids”, so there!
And lastly young son
also met up with friends and they haunted the heck out of all the smaller kids (who loved it!) and ended up having fun as well!
And while all this was happening, mom, dad, daughter, and son started talking, joking messing around, etc.…. and ended up having a great time!
So they all ended up back at home, tired, happy and contented.
The (happy!) end.
So I suppose every Halloween has the potential for horror or joy: all depends on the actors. Which Halloween will you be aiming for? Halloween on cemetery lane and the happy Halloween
What is the history of Halloween:
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
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