Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tricks! Treats! Gangway! (1975)

This year, the world will be celebrating Halloween without the author of Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Halloween Tree, and a host of other October tales as crisp and inviting as a mound of raked leaves.  While staying at a friend's family cabin last fall, I saw a stack of worn Reader's Digest magazines from the '70s on the nightstand.  The October 1975 issue contained a wonderful essay by Ray Bradbury, a memory from his childhood about preparing for his favorite holiday: the excitement of gathering corn-shucks, cutting pumpkins, threading orange and black streamers, putting in vampire fangs and fastening a cape to his shoulders; and the sadness of realizing Halloween had passed away until next year.  May this story kindle similar Halloween memories from your childhood.

6 comments:

  1. Ahhhh...thank you for that! So beautiful and heart-warming.

    It is tough to think that we lost the original Autumn person himself :(

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  2. What a great find! He is certainly missed.

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  3. That was a great story, thanks for sharing it.

    Cheers!

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  4. This is hands down one of the most beautiful things Ive ever read. Thanks so much for posting it. I have tears welling up.

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  5. Thank you for posting that one Rot. A beautiful story.

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