Wednesday, October 13, 2010
#1 What was the scariest movie you have ever seen?
Wizard of Oz. I was 4 years old when my parents took me and the whole thing frightened me badly. I started crying loudly and was taken out of the theater. Rather than console me or understand I was scared my parents, particularly my father, were very angry with me, which added scary on top of scary. It was decades before I saw the movie complete.
#2 What was your favorite Hallowe’en costume as a child?
An inexpensive cotton gauze red devil costume and mask. I was 5 years old and allowed to go trick or treating by myself within the confines of my apartment building complex by daylight. It was an unusually warm Halloween and I perspired in the costume. When I came home and took it off, my mother screamed and ran for me -- she thought I was covered in blood, as all the dye in the material had run. I thought that was SO cool!
#3 Given enough money what would be your fantasy Hallowe’en costume?
I actually did a Pan/satyr costume one year with furry thighs, and a wig into which I placed carved styrofoam horns and fake grapes -- and nothing else. My fantasy would be full Papal drag.
#4 When was the last time you went trick or treating?
When my older daughter was 4 and dressed in a butterfly costume I had made her (Dr. Doug please note. A Japanese butterfly kite was the wings).
#5 What is your favorite Hallowe’en candy?
#6 Tell us about a scary nightmare you once had
Blessedly, too many years ago to remember any.
#7 What is your supernatural fear?
That the Catholic Church might be right about things.
#8 What is your ‘creepy-crawlie’ fear?
Ticks. It's a New England thing.
#9 Tell us a time you saw a ghost or heard something go bump in the night
About ten years ago I my old (1860) house in Boston. I distinctly heard someone climbing the creaky stairs at night. I got out of bed silently and tiptoed to the head of the stairs -- nothing. Absolutely nothing.
#10 Would you stay overnight in a real Haunted House?
It would depend if the ghost was reputed to be benign or evil. I would like to meet a benign spirit.
#11 Are you a traditionalist or a creative carver of your Jack-o-Lantern?
I have fallen out of the practice of carving pumpkins -- I make them into pie instead!
#12 How much do you decorate the house at Hallowe’en?
Not at all. I decorate the outside for fall with garlands of pine cones I've made, and sprays of bittersweet and other natural things.
#13 What do you want on your Tombstone?
He loved his children dearly and tried to be a good man always
I recommend you carve a pumpkin or two; jolly good fun and it gets you in touch with the mystism of the season.