An Eerie Halloween

Halloween has the potential to be eerie. However, some doors present a friendly façade and may even seem welcoming:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Happy Halloween. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Other entrances appear more spooky and, as night falls, will take on an eerie aspect:

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A gruesome entrance. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

It is when night falls that darkness encroaches and lanterns are lit. The light flickers and casts an eerie light.

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Halloween lanterns. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Skeletons abound surrounded by surreal light.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A Halloween Skeleton. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

At times these skeletons seem almost friendly when ferocious-looking visages look on, scaring away evil spirits:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A Halloween lantern. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

But no skeletons are as gruesome as those lying in pathways lit by a lone light.

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Skeletal bones. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Halloween has the potential to be eerie. But each time I walk the streets on 31 October I focus, not on the eerie and gruesome aspects of the event, but on the laughter and chatter of the children trick or treating.

Did you celebrate Halloween?

(This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress)

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32 thoughts on “An Eerie Halloween

  1. I am sure kids had lots of fun 🙂 Did you give a lot of candy away? My post is different from WPC theme. I wanted to show what is done in my part of the world on All Saint’s Day 😉

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    1. As we live in an apartment building, we do not individually give out candy (it is done at the rental office). However, I do take my children out. And while they do the trick-or-treating I enjoy taking pictures of them and the decorations.

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  2. When our girls were young, they always went trick-or-treating, but we didn’t really “celebrate” Halloween in any way. Their friends would come over and we’d put on an age-appropriate scary movie (and not the yucky ones at all) and they’d all trade candy and have fun. Now that they’re not around, we usually sit outside if it’s relative nice and hand out candy. I wasn’t home for it this year and I’m fine with that. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are my holidays. :-0

    janet

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    1. I agree with you on the preferred holidays. I did not grow up with Halloween but I do take the children out trick-or-treating and dress them up in costumes so that they can feel a part of the Canadian culture. Now Christmas is totally different – we decorate, we cook, we spend time together as a family. I love it.

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  3. Australia doesn’t do Halloween, though many kids or teenagers are trying to get it started, but we consider it someone else’s holiday. We do all the others, Christmas, New Year, Easter, that is about it. I like your visual recreation of it.

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  4. It sure looks like Halloween is alive and well in your area, Colline. The Halloweens where the streets are teeming with little ghouls and witches are gone, at least in this area. Parties at schools, churches, and homes have all but replaced trick or treating. Although I’m sure the little ones have a good time, I just don’t think it will ever equal the fun of going door to door. Still, they won’t miss what they don’t know.

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    1. It is still alive and well in our area. And it is this that I enjoy about the evening. The parties are not as much fun – and the children don’t have as good a time. And they need to get in a little exercise before they eat all that candy 🙂

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  5. Halloween is not much followed here in Australia, Ana and I had a big basket of lollies set aside for the door knockers and not one little shit knocked on our door all night.
    Ba Humbug
    Next year I will have a basket of eggs ready in case anyone comes to our door hehe
    Regards
    Ian

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