"They came out in a thin spiral, like smoke rising from a small fire, then in a twisted column, a pillar growing upward, larger at the top like a funnel, spinning faster and faster. The funnel danced back and forth as the wind pushed it, until the bats streamed out eastward in a cloud, passing over his head. He heard the hissing of hundreds of thousands of little wings, making a downdraft of warm ammoniac air around him. Still the bats poured out, the long cloud like the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl, while the sky behind the mountain turned from gold to red to the clear cold green that precedes the deep indigo of night." from Bats by Diane de Avalle-Arce, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 1992.
Visit an apple orchard in early October to find wooden crates of the various red, yellow and green pommes; pumpkins as orange as flames; cats creeping through dwarf Jonathan apple trees sly like spies. School buses parked on country roads full of rushing children free to run and roam in nature's green land. Pick a pumpkin from its hard stem in the brown dirt!
Raspberry Lane Crafts wishes you a most Happy Halloween!
"'It's Hallowe'en tonight,' Kathy said. She sat on the floor in front of the window seat, busy with her preparations for the evening, intent on the contents of a big cardboard box. On the boulevard outside the dusk was falling almost imperceptibly on the facades of the houses opposite; the automobiles cutting red trails with their rear-lights in the gathering darkness." - "The Candle in the Skull" by Ramsey Campbell
As candy corns melt in fistfuls, the crescent moon peeks upon the horizon, and your little trick-or-treaters scuttle about in white taffeta fairy dresses and black satin vampire capes, remember to have a fun Halloween and watch for the little rodents if your out driving!
If you're in for the night it might be fun to sew the Gaslights of Halloween quilting pattern. Here's a new video on assembly tips!