My first was taken at one of Nature’s Halloween parties. The sweetgum leaves are dressed in fancy costumes and are waving their lobes in a scary fashion, pretending to be ghosts. An oak leaf is wearing a fake moustache. Skeleton seed balls are part of the mix.
This grinning, pumpkin-style tyre planter was just one of many festive decorations displayed around Fondren, Mississippi, when I was there this time last year.
This friendly ghost was haunting the neighbourhood too, complete with tin can rattles, bat and Spanish moss. Make that two ghosts.
These pictures from the archive are the best ways I have to wish you Happy Halloween. I probably ought to sign off with a scary noise, but I’m not sure how you spell a scary noise. Would ‘ooooooooo’ do it?
I’m relying on you to imagine a wailing tone… make it spooky!