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Happy Halloween!

The day is here, my friends! We made it! Happy Halloween, Happy Samhain, and (slightly early) Happy Día de los Muertos!

Thank you so much for joining me in my month-long holiday celebration. I truly hope you've enjoyed it. I have!

Extra thanks to those of you who sent Halloween v-gifts for my LJ. They put a huge smile on my face!


Please stop by, grab a virtual latte or cider or hot cocoa, a candied apple or some roasted pumpkin seeds, or even a goblet of blood and a plate of brains, and say hello!


Pumpkins 2008 Jack O Lanterns


If you haven't checked out the Halloween posts of Book Chick City or any of the other participants in Countdown to Halloween, you have time to catch up on all the goodness today! As always, you can find all of my past Halloween posts here.

jack-o-lanterns



Text of the Day: What can I say? This is my favorite. I hope you enjoy "Hallowe'en in a Suburb" by H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

The steeples are white in the wild moonlight,
And the trees have a silver glare;
Past the chimneys high see the vampires fly,
And the harpies of upper air,
That flutter and laugh and stare.

For the village dead to the moon outspread
Never shone in the sunset's gleam,
But grew out of the deep that the dead years keep
Where the rivers of madness stream
Down the gulfs to a pit of dream.



A chill wind weaves through the rows of sheaves
In the meadows that shimmer pale,
And comes to twine where the headstones shine
And the ghouls of the churchyard wail
For harvests that fly and fail.

Not a breath of the strange grey gods of change
That tore from the past its own
Can quicken this hour, when a spectral power
Spreads sleep o'er the cosmic throne,
And looses the vast unknown.

So here again stretch the vale and plain
That moons long-forgotten saw,
And the dead leap gay in the pallid ray,
Sprung out of the tomb's black maw
To shake all the world with awe.

And all that the morn shall greet forlorn,
The ugliness and the pest
Of rows where thick rise the stones and brick,
Shall some day be with the rest,
And brood with the shades unblest.

Then wild in the dark let the lemurs bark,
And the leprous spires ascend;
For new and old alike in the fold
Of horror and death are penned,
For the hounds of Time to rend.

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( 37 comments — Leave a comment )
lizziebelle
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween! Thank you for the month-long fun! :D
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you've enjoyed it. Thank you for allowing me to use your amazing photos. *hugs*
lizziebelle
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Anytime! It's fun to see which you will choose. :)
nakeisha
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween to you too *Hugs*

And thank you for the v-gift.

Lacey sends Happy Halloween greetings and tail wags to Virginia.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *hugs post-Halloween hugs*

Virginia and I send ear scratches and tummy rubs to Lacey. :)

Edited at 2011-11-01 01:52 pm (UTC)
nakeisha
Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
*Hugs you*

Lacey sends her thanks to you and Virginia.
reynardine
Oct. 31st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this Halloween extravaganza! I loved it!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading!
homespunheart
Oct. 31st, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween!! Thank you for a month of spooky shivers! As always it was great and the highlight of the season. Wishing you many treats today.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you enjoyed my posts. Thanks so much for reading.
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eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: glorious pics!
Excellent! Coming right up! :D Enjoy! *hugs*
beledibabe
Oct. 31st, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful way to lead up to Halloween! Thank you for taking us on such an interesting (and scary) journey.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading!
peadarog
Oct. 31st, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Hurray! We will both be dressing up as witches tonight :)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Perfect! :D Hope you had a great time.
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eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading!
amedia
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! And thank you for the wonderful countdown. I'm going to bookmark your Halloween posts for any time I need a little creepiness throughout the year! :-D
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a terrific Halloween! I'm so glad you liked the countdown. It's great fun for me to share. Thanks for reading. :D
agameofthree
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for a month of spooky fun! :) Happy Halloween!!

Edited at 2011-10-31 02:41 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading! Thanks for your brilliant posts, as well. I hope you enjoyed a fantastic Halloween.
mayree
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween! I've enjoyed your Halloween posts!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I appreciate it. It's so much fun to share. :) Hope you had a happy Halloween!
sueworld2003
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
And a Happy Halloween to you to love.

Loved all your posts. :D
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading! Thanks for your brilliant countdown, as well. Your posts were wonderful I hope you enjoyed a fantastic Halloween.
rossart1
Oct. 31st, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Nearly Headless Nick, his Death-Day today 31st-Oct. 1492
Nearly Headless Nick

On his “Death-Day” Nearly Headless Nick remains one of the most memorable. Executed — badly — on Halloween of 1492, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington


In the first draft of 'Chamber of Secrets', Nick sang a self-penned ballad explaining how his head had (nearly) come off. My (JKR) editor was not very fond of the song and so I cut it. However, for those who are curious, here is the story of Nick's decapitation in his own moving words.

31st – OCT- 1492 Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington sang a self-penned ballad explaining how his head had (nearly) come off

It was a mistake any wizard could make
Who was tired and caught on the hop
One piffling error, and then, to my terror,
I found myself facing the chop.
Alas for the eve when I met Lady Grieve
A-strolling the park in the dusk!
She was of the belief I could straighten her teeth
Next moment she'd sprouted a tusk.
I cried through the night that I'd soon put her right
But the process of justice was lax;
They'd brought out the block, though they'd mislaid the rock
Where they usually sharpened the axe.
Next morning at dawn, with a face most forlorn,
The priest said to try not to cry,
"You can come just like that, no, you won't need a hat,"
And I knew that my end must be nigh.
The man in the mask who would have the sad task
Of cleaving my head from my neck,
Said "Nick, if you please, will you get to your knees,"
And I turned to a gibbering wreck.
"This may sting a bit" said the cack-handed twit
As he swung the axe up in the air,
But oh the blunt blade! No difference it made,
My head was still definitely there.
The axeman he hacked and he whacked and he thwacked,
"Won't be too long", he assured me,
But quick it was not, and the bone-headed clot
Took forty-five goes 'til he floored me.
And so I was dead, but my faithful old head
It never saw fit to desert me,
It still lingers on, that's the end of my song,
And now, please applaud, or you'll hurt me.

—Sir Nicholas

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Nearly Headless Nick, his Death-Day today 31st-Oct. 1492
Oh, brilliant! Perfect. Thank you so much for posting this.

(I'm applauding, Sir Nick! I'm applauding!)

Edited at 2011-11-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
gilda_elise
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, rats, last day of the Halloween "fest." Thanks for all the ghoulish stories, creepy poems and haunting pictures!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It was my pleasure. Thanks for reading!
rossart1
Oct. 31st, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
From ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us.

—from an old Scottish litany

eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
I love it. :)

I don't know, though... I think I'd like to invite a few of those ghoulies and ghosties in for cocoa. Ha!
penfold_x
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween! I hope you're having lots of spooky fun tonight.

A friend sent me a link to some rather fabulous Supernatural-themed pumpkins you might enjoy.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I hope you had a great one, too.

Yay for themed pumpkins! I loved the robotic Dalek you posted. :)
morfin
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
And we bid a sad farewell to your 31 days of Halloween postings. I look forward to them every year. You're as much a part of my Halloween now as watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoy the countdown! It's such a pleasure. Thanks for reading! I hope you had a fantastic Halloween.
witchcat07
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween to you! It's been fun.
eldritchhobbit
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's been fun for me, too - thanks for reading! I hope you had a great Halloween, and your November's off to a terrific start.
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