The Title Past
of a Former Rubik's Cube"
am not a Halloween guy.
†††††I donít like dressing up, I donít like eggs
on my house, I donít like those little bite size candy bars and I donít
like spooky noises.
†††††Every year, my wife becomes infuriated with
me because of my disdain for the holiday.† She decorates the house and I roll my eyes.†
We always get invited to a party that requires dress up and I
regularly pitch a fit and work on coming up with a viable excuse for
skipping it.† Last year, I couldnít
come up with an excuse and was forced to go.† I did, however, stage my own rebellion by showing
up in the clothes I wore to work earlier in the day.† When other guests asked what Iíd come dressed
as, in my khaki pants and button down shirt, I replied, ďA Gap model.Ē†
†††††Yeah, they didnít find it funny either.
†††††I canít explain my aversion to Halloween.† As a kid, I dressed up in all sorts of costumes.†
Evil Knievel and a Rubikís Cube were probably the highlights.†
(My buddy Mike actually went with me as Professor Rubik, wearing
this goofy bald-guy-with-thick-glasses-mask.†
Hilarious, but you probably had to be there.† And in sixth grade.)† I wasnít
prevented from eating all the candy I rounded up.† I didnít get chased by some older kids and
stuffed in a trashcan.† As I
got older, I just didnít have a real affinity for the day and couldnít
find the point in dressing up.
†††††ďWhy?Ē my wife asks.
†††††ďBecause itís stupid,Ē I reply.
†††††She narrows her eyes.† ďYOU are stupid.Ē
†††††A real possibility.
†††††Knowing that I am in the minority,
however, Iíve rounded up several Halloween related books for your enjoyment.
End by Elaine Mercado
†††††This is the true story of how the author
and her family dealt with living in a haunted house in Brooklyn, New
York.† Do not, I repeat, do
not attempt to read this at home on a quiet evening when you are home
alone.† Well written and downright
to Coast Ghosts: True Stories of Hauntings Across America
by Leslie Rule
†††††This book features ghost stories
from around the country, put together through the authorís exhaustive
research and investigation.† The
book also contains quite a few black and white photos of the supposed
haunted sites.† The more you read, the more you believe.
History of Halloween: From Druids to Drag Queens by Nicholas Rogers
†††††Rogers traces the holidayís origins from Celtic
and Christian lore to the current over-commercialized celebration.†
Rogers, a professor at Torontoís York University, provides
the reader with a thorough account of how the holiday has developed
and what it means within the culture.†
True Encounters With Wicca, Wizards, Covens, Cults, and Magick by Hans Holzer
†††††Holzer is not only an expert researcher on
witchcraft, but he has also participated in a variety of witchcraft
practices.† Using his connections,
Holzer takes the reader inside secret rituals, rites and ceremonies
and explores modern day witchcraft while comparing it to popular cultural
myths.† Very surprising and
for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes & Masquerade by Phyllis Galembo.
†††††This one wonít scare you Ė it will just make
you laugh.† Galembo has compiled
over 100 photos of people wearing just about every Halloween costume
you can imagine from the last century.†
There is even a guy in a Rubikís Cube costume.† (Itís not me, though.)† If
you are in need of some inspiration for this yearís costume, this
is the book for you.
†††††May you get more treats than tricks this Halloween!
earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of California,
Irvine. His first mystery, Dead Week, was released in December
2001. He and his wife live in Castle Rock, CO. His website is www.jeffshelby.com
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