IMG_0208“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt and toe of frog,

Wool of bat and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,

Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon’s blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.”

[From Shakespeare’s Macbeth.]

All Hallow’s Eve nears.

Like a big round moon rising.

Coming on.


And closer.

And all aglow.

A veritable jack o’lantern in the sky.

Which literally means a shifting, elusive light seen over marshes at night.

So says trusty Webster.

Grotesque faces carved into turnips and pumpkins became tradition.

Lit up from inside by candles, of course.

October 31st.

Followed by All Saints’ Day.

November 1st.

Hallow means “holy person, hence saint.”

From Old English “halga.”

So says trusty Webster.

In fact, Hallowmas used to be the name of All Saints’ Day.

Halloween comes on the eve of Allhallowtide.

A three-day observance dedicated to remembering the dead.

Which brings us to El Dia de Muertos.

The Day of the Dead.

Begins October 31 and ends November 2.

That being All Souls’ Day.

When the living visit the dead.

Start celebrating Halloween with the Mason Fall Arts Fest.

Held Saturday around the square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The caldron of festivities continues boiling from 6 to 9 p.m.

Don a mask for the Hallow-wine Fest at Sandstone Cellars Winery.

On the southeast side of the square.

Live music by Jenifer Jackson.

And tastings and sales of local wines.

And food next door at Santos Taqueria.

Even ghouls and goblins gotta eat.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.


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