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The pumpkins of October

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webmaster | 10/12/13

Finally, October has arrived! I admit I wait all year for this month. This is the time of year the rest of the people seem to develop an interest in the paranormal. Bring on the witches, ghosties and goblins! Some people really decorate their homes for Halloween. On Granada Drive alone, there are a couple of houses tricked out for the season.

This time of year I enjoy the way the cable movie channels drag out their collections of classic monster movies. Films such as “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” “The Mummy” and “The Wolfman” are great fun. I don’t care for slasher flicks where each sequel uses more guts and gore instead of developing the lame story lines. A sledgehammer to a watermelon makes a big red mess but unless comedian Gallagher is swinging the mallet, it’s not really entertainment.

It is fascinating the way the old movies used rudimentary makeup techniques, lighting and props to create their big screen terrors. Sure, the creature from the Black Lagoon may have a visible zipper up the back of his costume but he is still scary enough it isn’t that noticeable. Seeing the old movies I know my parents enjoyed brings them a little closer to me.

October is also the month I celebrate my birthday. On Wednesday, I’ll be blowing out 58 candles. Some days I feel old as the hills, pun definitely intended! Some days I grab my toothbrush and look in the mirror and wonder how my mom got in the looking glass or sometimes it’s her sister, my aunt Clara Banks. I always thought I looked more like her than my own mother. Somewhere inside me is a 20-year-old girl wondering what the heck happened and more importantly how she gets out of there...


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