Sunday, October 31, 2010

A fine Halloween

Sometimes things just don't work out despite you best laid plans. But sometimes the wind is right, and the star align just so and a plan comes together. 
Like this Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead (not the Romeroesque one) or All Souls Night whatever you want to call it.

After some of the pinheaded comments over on Birmo’s Blunt Instrument I decided to make some effort for 31 October. I picked up a decent pumpkin from the Queen Victoria Markets, and on Sunday the_weapon drew his design,  I carved and we both scooped out the innards.

The jack-o-lantern was surprisingly easy and next year will embark on a more challenging design. So Jack now displayed in pride of place in the front window next to the door. That way any trick or treaters would know they would find welcome. We had prepared toffee apples, and filled a bowl with an assortment of wrapped lollies to reward any seekers.

The seeds we kept, washed, dried added a bit of virgin olive oil and some sea salt and an hour later in a hot over and we had a bowl of Pepitas to snack on while watching a suitable Halloween movie. But which to choose. The local DVD store was of little help.

Then that confluence of good fortune came to be. The Astor is an old cinema in Melbourne east big screen, great art deco and magnificent choctops. 

When I saw what was screening tonight – the choice was obvious. I even had the right shirt  thanks to Flinthart.

The_weapon loved it, and would be happy to go to the next school book week as Herbie West


How was everyone else's Halloween? 


  1. Very tidy effort in pumpkin carving. Our Halloween was very quiet - we are on a battleaxe block and almost never get any sort of foot traffic. A little bit of WoW and Iron Man 2 on video...

  2. Quiet Halloween, but a nice build-up towards the premiere of Walking Dead on AMC. The series is off to a wonderful start! Hope you folks down under get a chance to see it.

  3. Walking Dead sounds like a must see instructional series. You can never have too much preparation.
    Good idea doing a Jack-O-Lantern.

  4. Oh yeah, "Zombie Strippers" FTW.


    Thanks, its my first pumpkin. WoW and Iron2 is good too

    Hell yeah, the walking dead is my favourite, must read comic, hopefully soon my must see TV

    Thanks, and a big HELL YEAH for the Walking Dead