COVID19 has taken so much. Now, it is taking Halloween, as well: a fraction of houses in our neighborhood are decorated. Most neighbors are going to have darkened doors. And those who venture out place themselves and others at risk of an especially cruel trick. This is a lament for Halloween lost.
Today I decided to compile a list of five things you could have done yesterday instead of trick or treating. (Next year I’ll try to get ahead of the curve by offering some suggestions before Halloween.) 5. Watch the documentary Hell House which features one of the many fundamentalist/evangelical alternatives to the seasonal haunted house. […]
When I was growing up my parents owned many vehicles: three Audi 5000s, a Nissan Maxima, a Jeep Wagoneer, a Datsun 210, a Ford Ranger, a Honda Prelude, and so on. Of all those vehicles, there is one I dearly wish I still had in my own driveway: my dad’s 1969 GMC truck with a […]
On Halloween my friend and I took our daughters trick or treating. Not only did one household hand out full-sized chocolate bars to the kids, but they even were offering a glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream to the parents. Now that’s what I call hospitality. By contrast, a house a few doors down was handing […]
When I was a teenager I had an audiotape of evangelist and alleged exorcist Bob Larson visiting hell (or describing the experiences of somebody else who visited hell; I forget which). I lent the tape to a friend of mine, a headbanger who looked the part with his long hair and worn jean jacket with […]