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Happy Halloween - F. Brett Cox

Oct. 31st, 2009

11:20 am - Happy Halloween

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Spent an afternoon and evening in Salem, Massachusetts, on Thursday, the first time I’ve ever been there during their big holiday season. It's striking how much of the hype is not exploiting the witchcraft trials (although some of it certainly is) as much as it's using Salem’s tragic history as an excuse to make the town headquarters for all things pagan/Wiccan/black clothing required.

Closer to home, here are some images from a few years ago of the pumpkin display at Ellie’s Farmer’s Market (yes, the same one where the guy was singing "Ode to Billie Joe"). Every Halloween, they cover a hillside with hundreds of individually carved and lit jack o’lanterns. Always impressive.

And finally, Martin Scorcese’s favorite horror movies.

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From:lavendertook
Date:November 1st, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
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Happy Halloween, you Yankee, you!
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 2nd, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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The day itself was so warm (mid-60s) it felt more like the Halloweens of my childhood.
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From:jeditrilobite
Date:November 2nd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
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Damn, I missed the pumpkins this year!
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 2nd, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
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They're still there, impressive as ever.
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