Today is October 31 - in the United States, it is Halloween.
This holiday has evolved from an ancient Celtic holiday to an occasion of children and adults dressing up in costumes, asking people in their neighborhood for candy ("Trick or treat!"), parties, and trunk or treat.
And, oh yes, decorating your house or apartment.
In our country, Halloween has become a decorating holiday only second to Christmas. People will spend a lot of money on Halloween decorations - unlike when I was growing up in the 1950's, we might set out a carved pumpkin, but that is about it.
This blog post is my most visited - sadly, most visited by spammers, that is. But if you click, you will see some yard decorating from three years ago, downstate (as we say) New York, in Yonkers, near New York City. I'd love to have some actual visitors, and comments, on that blog.
As for Binghamton, here is a front yard dressed up as a graveyard, complete with a beautiful red bush.
How about some spooky urban legends? Click on the one for Arkansas - I lived in the city they are discussing years ago, and I never knew of all the haunted areas around where I lived 30 years ago.
My home area of Binghamton, New York has its share of haunted places, too - and I've been to a couple of them.
But now, shall we change the subject?
We still have plenty of fall color in the Binghamton area of New York State.
Orange (just in time for Halloween).
Tomorrow, my Civil War Sunday is still on hiatus. It will be the first day of NaBloPoMo - and you still have time to register, and join a community of hundreds of bloggers who commit to blogging every day.
Is Halloween a big deal where you live?