Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

SOULING is an old custom in the British Isles and Portugal where children and even adults sing soul cake songs and beg for fruit and Soul cakes (soulmass cakes). This was perhaps an older version of trick-or-treating.

Recipe: cup sugar, 4 cups flour, 2 eggs, cup butter, spices—nutmeg/ cinnamon/ginger/allspice, raisins/currants, milk. These are the size of scones but with a cross on top.


Soul, Soul, a soul cake!
I pray thee, good missus, a soul cake!
One for Peter, two for Paul,
three for Him what made us all!
Soul Cake, soul cake, please good missus, a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry, any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul, & three for Him who made us all

Outside the Ring O’ Bells

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Maya Day of the Dead (Mayan Halloween)

In the Yucatan peninsula, both homes and businesses feature Hanal Pixan altars. Not be missed is the Paseo de Animas (Parade of Souls). The list of foods for Hanal Pixan is long, but the favorite is mucbil pollos, huge chicken tamales.

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Security camera footage

An alert neighbor caught some would-be burglars on their security cameras. Local cops are on the lookout for some very thin thieves. Those in the area of Headley Hill should be careful.

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Halloween dinner?

Janie Speaks

Charles Suddeth

She was single, past forty,

Baggy dresses, grey hair,

Seldom talked, never smiled,

Attended Mom’s church.

She came for Sunday dinner,

Our kitchen table stacked high,

Dad said grace, we dug in,

Chomping, lip smacking, chewing.

Janie crammed her mouth,

Roast beef, mashed potatoes.

She grunted and quit eating,

Her kitchen knife hit the floor.

“I’m pregnant,” she mumbled.

Dad spit coffee on his tie.

“That’s nice,” muttered Mom,

Famous for her rages.

Janie gulped iced tea,

“I’m a God-fearing woman,

I ain’t been with no man,

I can’t lie to God.”

Dad buttered his cornbread,

Mom kept pouring gravy,

It flowed onto her lap,

I nibbled, gawked, grinned.

Janie burped a few times,

“It must have been that soup,

That greasy pinto bean soup,

I sure didn’t cook it.”

Dad grabbed his napkin,

Mom served apple pie,

I didn’t dare speak,

Never saw Janie again.

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Love her or fear her?

Epona was a Gaulish goddess that Hollywood has turned into a Halloween scare. Roman soldiers adopted her, spreading her worship, especially in Wales and Cornwall. Her name means Born of the mare, and she is goddess over all equines. Had Christianity not intervened, much of Europe might still worship her.

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Halloween frights!

LOUISVILLEHALLOWEEN.COM More than just Louisville—listings from Brown County Indiana to Shepherdsville Kentucky. In this COVID-19 era, please doublecheck. Photos: Legend at Pope Lick presents Ultimate Halloween (Popelick Monster). Family Boo Cruise, Belle of Louisville (steamboat). https://louisvillehalloween.com/

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A witch’s playbook

I hope you have a perfectly gruesome Halloween

At great personal peril, I copied a witch’s Halloween plans.

Halloween Horrors

Ah, me lovelies, me pesky little humans,

Witch’s utter delight, such a dark stormy night,

Not an end in sight of your unending fright.

Me cauldron is a boil, blood stains the very soil,

Yowling black cats, screeching long-winged bats,

A green-eyed toad, a handful of green woad.

Pinch of eye of newt, hunk of hoary hemlock root.

I have just the charm to do your enemy great harm,

I love to cast a spell, where it goes I cannot tell.

Trick or treat? Your defeat. I got you beat.

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Lots of listings, many in southern Indiana. Includes a list of cancellations. In this COVID-19 era, please doublecheck. Photos: Waverly Hills Sanatorium Haunted Halloween Tours. A Haunting Good Time at Charlestown State Park. https://louisvillefamilyfun.net/2020/10/halloween-events.html

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The Louisville Courier Journal lists 15+ Halloween attractions including Cincinnati and throughout Kentucky. In this COVID-19 era, please double check. Headless horseman at Louisville Zoo BOO. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park.  https://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/events/things-to-do/2020/10/01/louisville-halloween-events-2020-haunted-houses-tours-festivals/3494011001/

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(50 shades of orange & black)

My confessions:

I sometimes drink a cauldron-brewski & fly my broom too faski.

Treetops often snag my dress. I fly skyclad!

I am guilty of hexing and flying.

Turning kids into mice is a blast.

But turning men into rabbits is the most fun ever.

My ex lives in the pond behind my house. Ribbbit. (shut up)

How I have Samhain (Halloween) fun:

Attending Halloween parties disguised as a princess or a movie star.

Bobbing for poisoned apples. (only poisonous for mere mortals)

I like to close my eyes & cast a spell—you never know who you’ll bewitch.

Turning pumpkins into carriages and watching the panic at midnight.

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