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It’s that time of year.  Halloween, not home foreclosures.   But one could debate that this year’s home default rate is scarier than last when this comic first released.

It’s only a few days away and preparations have resulted in spider webs and jack-o-lanterns everywhere.  I’ve never been one of those people who need a dose of “pants-crapping terror” which seems to always occupy the movie theaters and TV shows this time of year.  I do enjoy giving out “treats” and seeing neighbor kids in the ‘hood’.  Kids bring a certain “life” to any neighborhood.  Besides it’s a nice break from the stock market swooning, home sales slumping and political talking heads bloviating future fears.  Even hundreds of flesh-eating zombies howling and lurching through the cul-de-sac is an improvement over talking heads!

The word ‘Halloween’ originates from ‘All Hallows Eve’. This night is November 1, and called “All Hollows Day” (or “All Saints Day”). It stems from the Catholic religion and was a celebration of saints. The American version of Halloween has its origin in the ancient (pre-Christian) Druid fire festival called “Samhain”, celebrated by the Celts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe’en. This Celtic celebration was thought to be an end to summer and that the “veil between the worlds” was at its thinnest, and the dead could communicate with the living.  The “trick-or-treat” custom comes from America in the 1930s. The custom was intended to control and displace disruptive pranks. Good children were encouraged to go door to door and receive treats from homes and shop owners, thereby keeping troublemakers away.

Since spooktacular is a Friday this year its important to rember how its a particularly deadly night due to drunk drivers.  The Oregon DMV site states that in 2006, 44% of all highway fatalities across the nation involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Be safe out there…

Haunted Houses photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain News and the talented Ed Stein.

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