Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Here in Australia we don't celebrate Halloween like the northern hemisphere - although it is becoming more prevalent year after year. Even Woolworths got in special carving pumpkins this year, and I'm seeing more and more stores with spooky costumes for sale! Those who do celebrate here in Australia  basically use it as a good excuse to get dressed up in spooky costumes and watch scary movies (with the odd bit of trick or treating thrown in) without any idea of the true meaning. Read more about it here.

As a kid, the closest we got to Halloween was watching the cool halloween specials on TV - probably where my love of all things spooky stemmed from! One of my favourite Halloween shows was when the Simpsons did a version of my all-time favourite poem - Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven". Here it is, for the uninitiated:

James Earl Jones (AKA the voice of Darth Vader) does the Narration. Until yesterday I hadn't heard anyone do a better job of reading Poe's poem, then I stumbled across this reading by John De Lancie, which really captures the spirit of the Poem as Poe intended for it to be read:

Pure spooky awesomeness!

So wherever you are, however you celebrate it (or not!), have a Happy Halloween!



Trexxann said...

A great reading of a great poem! :) My boys are going trick or treating this afternoon with friends as they did last year. I explained to them yesterday from where the traditions of Hallowe'en have stemmed. Curious to know if you are celebrating Sarah?!

Dawn said...

Be prepared, Sarah ... we're in a mini trick or treat belt here! Hubby has just taken my kids & a friend out to buy a pumpkin. They've been a long time, so they must be having trouble finding one LOL.

Anonymous said...

Haha! Bravo John De Lancie! Happy Halloween and many more!

Liza said...

Some of us real witches love the fact that a Pagan celebration is acknowledged but the reason we don't celebrate Halloween (Samhain) is because here in the southern hemisphere we're celebrating Beltane which coincides with our seasonal wheel of the year. It's still a great time to honour those that have passed because it is when the veils between the worlds is at it's thinnest, hence all of the spooky imagery! So Happy Halloween or Beltane Blessings, wherever you are!

Is Scary Mary making an appearance this year? :)