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30 Days Until Halloween

October is here! With a mug of pumpkin spice coffee in hand, I salute you.

Today begins my sixth annual 31-day celebration of the season, a virtual Halloween party that lasts all month long. Thank you for joining me! Please pass the word if you know of others who would like to visit. Each day I will be posting a "spooky text" (some poetry and some prose, some classic and some contemporary) and a picture, and along the way I will also be sharing videos, links, virtual tours, and other treats. I hope you enjoy them.

I'm not the only one online counting down to Halloween. Be sure to check out the daily posts by mamomo, magicwondershow, and vivien529, as well.

Book Chick City is also hosting a month-long Halloween extravaganza:

In addition, the Countdown to Halloween site has a list of many other blogs participating in the daily festivities:

In other news…

Text of the Day: Let's start the month with something moody and dark by one of my very favorite poets, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

The Soul has Bandaged moments —
When too appalled to stir —
She feels some ghastly Fright come up
And stop to look at her —

Salute her — with long fingers —
Caress her freezing hair —
Sip, Goblin, from the very lips
The Lover — hovered — o'er —
Unworthy, that a thought so mean
Accost a Theme — so — fair —

The soul has moments of Escape —
When bursting all the doors —
She dances like a Bomb, abroad,
And swings upon the Hours,

As do the Bee — delirious borne —
Long Dungeoned from his Rose —
Touch Liberty — then know no more,
But Noon, and Paradise —

The Soul's retaken moments —
When, Felon led along,
With shackles on the plumed feet,
And staples, in the Song,

The Horror welcomes her, again,
These, are not brayed of Tongue —


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Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm excited too! And thank you so much. I love sharing the holiday season with you.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Happy spooky month to you! Looking forward to your Halloween posts and lots of spine-tingling fun! Your celebration just makes the holiday!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love sharing Halloween with you, and I'm thrilled that you enjoy my celebration. I have a sneaking suspicion that today's post (that is, Saturday's) will be right up your alley, so to speak. *wink*
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
It has started! :D


Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Yipee!
Yay! Hugs to you too, my Halloween-loving friend. :)
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Emily Dickinson! Yay! \:D/

This link round-up is excellent - thanks for introducing me to some new websites/blogs.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! And you're most welcome. My pleasure! Thank you for your wonderful posts!
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yay for Halloween! Added you to my flist, found your blog via your post on the BPAL forum.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! Hello, new friend. Thanks for joining me. :)
Oct. 1st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! I love your Halloween countdown. :)

It was funny to see one of my own pix as I was scrolling through my f-list! :)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I have a ridiculous amount of fun doing it.

LOL! Thanks again for your permission to share your wonderful photos.
Oct. 1st, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, and happy halloween!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you. And to you, too!
Oct. 1st, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! I'm looking forward to this month long journey you're taking us on. (My first).

Can't wait to try out some of the dystopias you listed. Think I'll check out The Diamond Age first.

Edited at 2010-10-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for joining me - I hope you enjoy the posts!

That was a very good list. Happy reading!
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
YAY! Let the festivities begin! This year, I'm bringing my daughter along for the ride! She's really into Halloween this year (she's 11), so I think she'll totally get the fun of the blog entries. I may even go back into the archives to check out previous entries on each days' entries! WOO!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how tickled this makes me. I love the idea of sharing my posts with both of you! Thanks so much. I hope she has a fantastic Halloween season.
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Your journal makes me happy and I'm so pleased that I found it. Fellow haunters of the dark are such good company this time of year!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I feel the exact same way.
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yayness! I always look forward to your Halloween countdown. :D
Oct. 2nd, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's incredibly fun to do, and even more fun to share. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Since it's October, and you and I both love pumpkins and coffee, are you familiar with The Coffee Shop of Horrors? They have a flavoured brew called "Ichabod's Dame" which is THE BEST pumpkin flavoured coffee I have ever, ever, ever had! I highly recommend it to you.
Oct. 4th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the shop's website - and all the clever names for the coffees! Thanks so much for recommending it to me. I wish "Ichabod's Dame" came in a decaf blend. I've been on the decaf wagon for a good long while now... but for this pumpkin flavored coffee, I may have to fall off temporarily. ;)
Oct. 4th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great? I first discovered them at Dragon*Con, and I'm also sorry they don't have more decaf blends. But you have to try the pumpkin coffee. You can try either mixing it half and half with a non-flavored decaf, or try having it once a week for a treat. That's what I'm doing.
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
You enabler, you! LOL!

That's a good idea about mixing it half and half. I just placed my order (my first, so I got the 10% discount, which is nice, too). I can't wait until it arrives! :) Thanks again for the recommendation.
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Hey, when it comes to good coffee, I have no compunction. ;~)

Enjoy your coffee!
Oct. 5th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
\o/ Let the festivities begin!

On the curmudgeon front... Have pumpkin spice latte's *always* been 50 cents more than regular latte's? I just noticed... :::grumph:::
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! *hugs you*

Yeah, those 50 cents add up, don't they? This year, the old-time ice cream parlor down the street is serving Hershey's pumpkin ice cream. I think I may need a restraining order put on myself. :P
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Dairy Queen has a pumpkin pie blizzard. I am sorely tempted.
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