The Month of Gratitude

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

As we exit the month of “things that go bump in the night”, we enter the month of Thanksgiving; the month of giving thanks to all who have given so much to us.

What I’d like to focus on, what we should focus on though is the emotion where our thankfulness comes from. Thankfulness in itself is just an act; the act in itself is easy and automatically follows from a feeling, an emotion. That emotion, that source, is gratitude. November is the month I’d like to focus on gratitude.

For more of my thoughts on gratitude follow this link HERE.

Every Sunday in November I will be posting another element in our lives that we should be grateful for. These are simple things that every one of us has (hopefully). Things we often take for granted. Maybe even things we barely notice in the hustle and bustle of life.

For this post I’d like to remind us that we should be grateful for Sunshine and nature. How often during our busy lives do we take the time to pause and go outside for fresh air? My guess, is not enough. Let the sunshine fall upon our faces. Take it all in. Take off our shoes and let our bare feet tread upon the grass. And if we are feeling particularly joyous, roll in the grass. These are wonderful sensations we take for granted. Lets take some time to do that this week/month. Our gratitude for these things fuels our appreciation for them ….. which in turn makes us even more grateful.

Still need something to do for Halloween??

Still need something to do for Halloween?? Consider some films from my top 20 Halloween movie list.

This list was carefully compiled and not easy to narrow down. This list is designed to be:

  • Diverse – A mixture of slasher, psychological, comedy, family-friendly, classics, ghoulish, and just Halloween immersive movies. I tried not to repeat the same type of monster too much either.
  • Non -repetitive – If I added any movies from franchises, I only added ONE, and it is the best stand-alone of the bunch.

In no particular order the movies areas follows:

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  2. Trick r Treat
  3. Terrifier
  4. Return of the Living Dead
  5. Night of the Creeps
  6. Lost Boys
  7. The Thing
  8. Halloween (1978)
  9. The Addams Family (1991)
  10. Beetlejuice
  11. The Exorcist
  12. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  13. Evil Dead 2
  14. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
  15. 13 Ghosts (2001)
  16. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  17. Poltergeist (1986)
  18. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  19. The Ring (2002)
  20. Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight

Honorable Mentions: The Conjuring, Halloween 3

Any one of these will make for an good Halloween night.



Ways to Celebrate Halloween during COVID-19.

Personally, I believe that Halloween can be Halloween as usual despite our current pandemic. We can still wear a mask ……. it’s Halloween and encouraged; pick a costume where we would be wearing one anyway. We can wear gloves. Put the candy in a sack (or bucket), and we don’t have to touch the candy after that for any reason for 72 hours (the time it takes for the virus to die). Easy and safe. Unlike the other Holidays, we don’t have to touch any other people directly anyway.

BUT, if we are still feel compromised, or just don’t think there will be enough folks participating to make it worth while, the ARE other ways to celebrate Halloween this year:

  1. Hand out Candy – This is quite safer than being a Trick or Treater, as we are the only one touching the candy for as long as we have it. This is actually what I will be doing this Halloween. I will be giving out full size candy bars to the kiddies, and tiny liquor bottles to their accompanying adults.
  2. Horror-A-Thon – Take the day off and watch Horror movies all day long. Pig out on Pizza, and finger foods.
  3. It has come to my attention that Drive in Movie Theatres are showing Halloween features during the holiday. Safe in our car is safer than safe in our home.
  4. Go House Hunting – That is, go for a drive and check out all the awesome Halloween displays people have put up in their yards. We might be surprised at all the elaborate displays people have put up; sometimes accompanied with music and animatronics. Don’t hit a Trick or Treater, unless of course they are not wearing a mask. 😉 Sam will be grateful.
  5. Prepare for NEXT Halloween. Go to your local Spirit Halloween or party store, and whatever money you save on candy and Halloween costumes this year, spend on new home Halloween décor or next years costume. Go to the Spirit Halloween FB page an website for coupons. FYI: I am not sure about Halloween DAY itself, but I do know that the days Spirit Halloween is still open following Halloween, everything is seriously discounted. I am talking 40-60% off everything.
  6.  Any combination of the above.

No matter what we choose, have a happy Halloween.