Ghost Season

Now comes ghost season, the Halloween decorations and spider webs are everywhere, these days. There are ghosts and witches, zombies, skeletons, mummies, vampires, and Frankenstein monsters. In the half-light of twilight, cats disappear in the shadows. A possum in the alley is mistaken for a rat. A plastic bag becomes a ghost.

It is easy to imagine the thinning of the veils between the worlds. The green leaves and flowers of summer are falling away, revealing the bones of things.

In Japan, ghost season is in the heat and humidity of summer, when a ghost story can give you chills. Think of those scary drive-in movies of summers past.

I think all cultures have their ghost stories. And it may be that people need such stories to feel more brave. The real world has horrors enough. Don’t we too have our ghosts and demons? And aren’t we living through some scary times?

Halloween marks the halfway point between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It’s dark so early now. And the waning three-quarter moon is like a ghost in the morning sky.

Yes, there are ghosts and monsters in this world. And sometimes, there is magic.

Here’s the ending to one of the best episodes of the X-Files ever. There’s even a writer in it. And the ghost of Elvis! Cher’s voice is so beautiful, it gives me chills. I hope you enjoy it, too—-

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  • I guess all cultures have something, unless they have abolished death. For instance Day of the Dead seems creepy to me, but traces back to the Aztecs.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you so much for reading, Jack. Oh, those bloody Aztecs! Yes, I think Day of the Dead has become more of a way to honor ancestors and loved ones, especially, now.
    Death is what it's about isn't it? The dying of the year, the dark and cold until the winter solstice when the light increases again. The mystery of Life and Death is part of being human, I think--skulls and flowers, earth and seeds. Thanks again for reading.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    The mystery of life and death -- and the puzzle of re-setting the clocks at the same time. Maybe that's why people get irritated by the clcoks.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    At least the latter only goes back maybe 120 years.

    Dark goes back way longer. For instance, I wondered about a Lowe's ad with South Asiams buying lights, but that's apparently what Diwali is about.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yes, Diwali is a five-day festival of light and new beginnings. It is celebrated by Hindus, also some Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
    Happy Diwali, Jack!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Yes! Is it fall down, spring flowers? It's so confusing!

  • 'Diwali typically falls between October and November.'

    i came across the above sentence when looking up Diwali.

    What month comes between October and November?

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