Why does the fun and fear have to end on October 31st? There's always one last scare before the monster is vanquished for good! Graaawwrrr!
Not only that, but I love Dia de los Muertos with all of its skeletal pageantry, and Catholic/Mesoamerican iconography. Sadly I won't be getting to any celebrations this year. It's sleeting miserably and I'm very busy. But this just caught my eye on wikipedia:
An updated, inter-cultural version of the Day of the Dead is also evolving at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There, in a mixture of Mexican traditions and Hollywood hip, conventional altars are set up side-by-side with altars to Jayne Mansfield and Johnny Ramone.
I spoke before about how I wanted Johnny Joey and DeeDee to crossover at this time when the veils are thin (but in L.A.? Really? Does New York City not have it all anymore??!!). But now my imagination is captured by Jayne Mansfield and the Day of the Dead, and Aztec altars set up for this former glamorous squeeze of Church of Satan mogul Anton LaVey.
I better book my tickets for L.A. next year.
Thanks to everyone who has been reading some or all of my Halloween posts. I've enjoyed your comments as well as your own posts. I'll be taking a small break from posting, not from reading OS. But I'm already thinking about Halloween next year. Silly, eh? I'm wondering if I do a month focused on one subject and one subject alone. Any thoughts? Vote now!
31 Days of Halloween 2012 - Possible Topics
- Slashers/serial killers
- One particular author (King, Straub, Rice, etc.)
- Universal Pictures
- Hammer Films
- One particular franchise (Friday the 13th, Halloween, Saw, etc.)
- Paranormal "true" stories
- True crime