Halloween is perhaps the most magical holiday there is. After all, you get to transform yourself into a princess, a witch, a football player, a horse, or whatever your imagination can come up with. People hand you goodies. It’s suddenly socially acceptable to scare the pants off of everyone. And best of all, you don’t have to struggle to figure out what to get in the way of gifts–candy comes in fantastic variety packs that pretty much provide something for everyone.
And, it’s at the best the time of year in the US–the leaves vibrant in the golden light of the sun and the air dry, crisp, and cool–refreshing as a dip in the ocean after a day on a hot beach. And the harvest moon lighting the night sky with a brilliance not often seen in the summer time.
When you combine all that with bonfires, haunted mazes, s’mores, and scary story telling, there’s just no beating Halloween.
My husband and I have been debating on a costume for Tisen. We’ve never costumed a dog before, but there’s an upcoming dog party. I want to dress him as a cow. Pat wants to dress him as a poodle. Pat’s idea has two advantages: first, there are no logistical issues involving an udder and boy-dog naughty bits; second, it’s funnier. However, neither of us knows how to transform a pit bull into a poodle.
In the meantime, I’ve gotten into the spirit by volunteering at the annual “Acres of Darkness” event at the Audubon Society.
My job is to greet visitors at the entrance to the haunted woods and attempt to scare them with the history of how the woods became haunted, and then send them on their merry way into the pitch-black of the woods at the right time.
It’s a fun job.
Since the first weekend the event ran was a little slow, I took my camera and tripod out with me to see if I could get some pictures of the trail. It was really dark, but with the ISO set on 25,600 (every time I type that it still blows my mind–I remember when people used to talk about 800 ISO film being really fast), I managed to capture a few images. In fact, some of them were over exposed.
Capturing the glow-in-the-dark faces on the trees was easy enough–I could shoot them from my position at the entry to the haunted woods. The rest of the images required walking through the haunted woods. Since I couldn’t leave my post until after we closed for the night, I was wandering down an already dark trail turning off lights and stopping to shoot every once in a while. Fortunately for me, the zombies and monsters has worn themselves out on all the earlier visitors, so I made it through the trail unmolested. Unfortunately, that made for less exciting photos than I was hoping for.