I'd like to begin by sharing some photos I took last week. The historic Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Kentucky is the country's largest restored Shaker community, and its gorgeous grounds had everything needed to put me in the Halloween mood. Pumpkins? Check. Cornstalks? Check. Black cat? Check. Hay-bale spider? Check. (Click the photos for larger versions.)
"The Ghost of a Flower" by Anonymous
"You're what?" asked the common or garden spook
Of a stranger at midnight's hour.
And the shade replied with a graceful glide,
"Why, I'm the ghost of a flower."
"The ghost of a flower?" said the old-time spook;
"That's a brand-new one on me;
I never supposed a flower had a ghost,
Though I've seen the shade of a tree."
The Shaker graveyard was beautifully situated at the top of a hill.
The rest of my photos from the trip are here.
Now let's set the tone for the month with some chilling mood music. I just discovered violinist Samantha Gillogly last week at A Long-Expected Party 3, where I heard her play live and bought her CD. She's absolutely fantastic. Here is Samantha Gillogly with "Danse Macabre."