Saturday, October 31, 2015

Local Saturday - Boo!

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.
This is more my speed - zombie apples.

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).
And, even a late blooming rose.

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?

15 comments:

  1. Lovely images. I used to live in West Virginia, which has a more spectacular autumn than Kansas, where I am currently living. Thank you for sharing the beauty in your area. And watch out for those zombies. Also, thanks for the NaBloPoMo. I've never participated, but you are giving me a nudge to do so. Now THAT'S scary. ; )

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    1. If you do NaBloPoMo, I hope it's a treat, and not a trick. It's not scary. Well, maybe a tiny bit scary....

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  2. The fall colors where you live are amazing! Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have some change of colors and plants like Flaming Sumac, but nothing like other parts of the country.

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    1. Happy to share the beauty. Sumacs here in upstate NY turn a lovely red; I looked up Flaming Sumac online and they are spectacular.

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  3. This was the first year I didn't put our scarecrows up that my son picked out when he was young. I feel like something is missing. Our pumpkins and gourds are out and, since we're in Northern NJ, we have the same customs and spammers like you.

    Good luck with NaNaBloMo! I did it last year and it was a lot of fun.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, and I hope to have a good time with NaBloPoMo.

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  4. My husband and I met in college at SUNY Binghamton! Now that we live in Southern California, I definitely miss that beautiful fall foliage.

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    1. I was on the campus last Sunday. Perhaps I will post some pictures of it later in the week.

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  5. Wonderful fall colors. Thanks for sharing them with us color-deprived.

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  6. Yeah, I don't get into Halloween at all. Right now, I'm anxious for hubby to get home from hunting - don't really like being alone tonight!

    What a beautiful rose to appear this time of the year!

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  7. We don't get trick or treaters. The Mormon church does the trick or trunk in there parking lot.
    It finely start to rain....Coffee is on

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  8. Halloween is huge here, but we don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters. They seem to drive to other neighborhoods.

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  9. Halloween really never seemed to be a big deal where I used to live, but in my new city so many people go all out with their decorations and celebrations. It's rather fun to drive around our neighbourhood and see what people have done to their houses and front yards!

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  10. Hi Alana,
    I owe you a big thank you! I received a page view from an online publicaton on Twitter. It was my Bandwagon article. You submittied the article for publication. I am moved and grateful.
    Janice

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  11. I will be linking to you tomorrow in my Inspire Me Monday linky party as my way of saying thank you. I am the only one in the section with a graphic. Jeff Bullas doesn't have a graphic, LOL. How did you manage that? Thank you!
    Janice

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