I was back with Color Wheels this weekend helping kids to decorate Halloween trick or Treat bags in Gold Star Park in South Philly. We had quite a crowd! It was nice to see people out and about on a beautiful Autumn day.
This week, I started watching the new Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House.I read the book when I was barely into my teens and it made quite an impression on me. Later on, I saw a film adaptation, The Haunting, which is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. Black and white and not a bit of gore or violence in it. I wasn’t as fond of the remake which seemed formulaic, and more funny than scary.
South Philadelphia has some haunted history too, although you won’t find a lot of information on tourist sites. Serial killer H.H. Holmes met his demise at Moyamensing Prisonwhich is now the site of the Acme Market at 10th and Reed Streets. I don’t know whether he wanders the store after it closes for the night, nor do I want to know.
On the brighter side, South Philadelphians take any occasion as an excuse to decorate their front windows and Halloween is no exception. From pumpkin painting festivals to pots of chrysanthemums sprouting up in curbside planters, South Philly is ablaze with the colors of Autumn this time of year- just in time for Halloween. Here are some pictures.
Boris is sleeping more these days which tells me that the days are getting shorter. Soon it will be Halloween which is also my 30th wedding anniversary. I don’t think that Boris will care much unless he gets a treat and chin scratches. My husband is bit more romantic than I am which is good because he brings me down to earth a little and this makes me more grateful for all the things I have.
Now the best way to hide things from my husband is to put them in plain sight. Which is why my anniversary gift to him has been hiding out in the living room all these months and which is why I can post it on my blog which never reads. It’s one of Dr. Ron Lehocky’s hearts that he sells for the Heart Pin Project and I got it at Synergy this summer. I met Ron, too. A lovely man. Part of the auction proceeds from Clayathon 2018 are also going to the Heart Pin Project.
Speaking of kids and crafts and Autumn and October, part of the fun of the season is pumpkins: both hunting and decorating. I helped at the Fleisher Art Memorial’s Pumpkin Painting event at Palumbo Recreation Center in South Philly and got paint on my clothes, face, cell phone, pocketbook and hands. It all washes out. Eventually.
I also got to accompany Mom, Bubbe, Pop, and the Step Potato and the Step Banana to a real live pumpkin patch!
We went on a hay ride and pet the animals in the petting zoo.