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Corn and grain, corn and grain, All that falls shall rise again. ~ Wiccan Harvest Chant

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. ~ J.M. Barrie

Just like a ghost you’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams, so I’ll propose on Halloween. Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you. ~ Classics IV, Spooky (1968)

‘Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world. ~ William Shakespeare

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March 21 - April 19 Aries

Aries people should find themselves in an extremely creative mood as All Hallows Eve approaches. Get yourself hopped up for Halloween by downloading the song Walking With a Ghost by Tegan & Sara, from their 2004 release So Jealous. You know you’re as likely to hear about music that’s four years old as four minutes or months old here on SDJ; my only criteria is that the song be amazing. Walking With a Ghost was later covered by the White Stripes because Jack White knows a hit when he hears one. Tegan & Sara, in case you don’t know, are diminutive singer-songwriter identical twin sisters from Calgary, Canada. Their most recent album, The Con, was released in July 2007 and a new one is planned for next year. Walking With a Ghost is perfect power pop, just over two and a half minutes in length, and the ethereal feeling of the song will haunt you. Boo!

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
You have a tendency to be indecisive, weighing all aspects carefully before making any decisions. Even when it’s something like – um – carving a jack-o’-lantern. This year you can create your bright orange masterpiece and at the same time declare for your Presidential candidate. Please visit and grab change by the stem. Today’s featured pumpkins include one reading VOTE (with the ‘O’ being the Obama symbol) and another one reading OOOBAMA! You can share your own Barack O’ Lantern by uploading a photo the site and perhaps win an iPod Nano; submit a Halloween themed Obama event; or watch this video and carve for change.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Your inner child is much closer to the surface than that of the other signs. Since this time of year is all about letting said inner child roam free, no matter what your age, I suggest you get in the mood by reading James Whitcomb Riley’s wonderful colloquial poem, Little Orphant Annie – aloud – and to a little person if possible. When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to read me this poem and make me both giggle with joy and gasp in horror. It’s about a servant who comes to work for a family and entertains the children with scary stories about goblins. Each verse has a moral tale to tell; a little boy who wouldn’t say his prayers gets snatched away; a little girl who makes fun of her elders is made to disappear. The final verse reiterates that kids should mind their parents and teachers and help those less fortunate, and it ends (as every stanza in the poem does):
‘Er the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Cancer folks are homebodies; nothing is more enticing to you than a warm, comfortable evening at home. And speaking of homes, mayhap you missed this wonderful piece in The New York Times a few months ago about The Pumpkin House. The Pumpkin House resides just north of the George Washington Bridge at 186th Street and Chittenden Avenue in Manhattan. It’s a three story brick house perched on a cliff which is the highest point in New York City. The best view of the house can be seen on the Circle Line as it passes by on the Hudson River. The house was originally built in 1925 by Cleveland Walcutt – a full two years before construction even started on the GWB. The nickname of the house is due to the fact that the lighted windows make it look like a carved pumpkin, even more so the case at sunset.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Leos are ambitious, warm-hearted, and idealistic. Dare I posit that you might be an occasional Martha Stewart viewer, n’est-ce pas? And by any chance did you happen to catch the visit of Noah Scalin to Ms. Stewart’s show, he of the marvelous Skull-A-Day website? It’s really worth watching, especially when Martha takes a bite of his skull-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich. (Noah: “It’s better because it’s skull shaped”). I just never thought of Martha as a skull person, but perhaps that’s just me. Skull-A-Day was born when Noah decided in June 2007 to craft a skull a day for a year out of everything from rice to toy soldiers to toothpaste. Skull-A-Day’s 2.0 version welcomes submissions from readers and also sells skull puzzles, skull cubes, and a great book about the project. In addition you can now download two free Skullphabet fonts.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Your critical nature often intervenes when you’re trying to have fun, O Virgo. But because it’s the season of Ghouls and Goblins, it’s fine to let down thy hair and leap about madly. It’s the one time a year in your buttoned-up life you can do this and feel good about it! How about decorating the house in complete and utter Halloweenity? It’s not too late to visit Pushin Daises and place a rush order. Put the fun back in funeral with this totally sick site created by licensed funeral director Catherine, aka Cadaver Cat. “Being a funeral director and having some computer skills, I decided to merge the two together to create a fun, online store for funeral service professionals,” quoth Cat. Featured products include coffin earrings in blood red garnet, a hearse cookie cutter, a day of the dead skeleton garland, and an anatomically correct chocolate human heart. All ordered items will be immediately shipped in a coffin-shaped box.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Librans are by nature gregarious creatures and hate to be alone. And on Halloween, depending on where you live, the little ‘uns are going to come a-knockin’. This year surprise them and their parents with vegan candy corn. Yes, seriously. The Urban Housewife has come up with a recipe for candy corn sans animal products, beeswax, and other icky stuff like high fructose corn syrup that’s in the regular store-bought kind. There’s just nothing that says Halloween more than bright orange and yellow candy corn. Our witch and wizard hats are off to The Urban Housewife who by her own admission is all about rock ‘n’ roll & a mixing bowl. Trick or treat!

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio

The word insatiable describes you to a T. You want to do everything and be everywhere. Scorpio, thy name is rapacious. And the blessed holiday of All Hallows Eve falls within your astrological sign. So too Dias de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. Celebrated mostly in Mexico, this holiday honors those who have passed from this life and are now in the next world. The ceremonies take place on November 1st and 2nd and date back to Aztec and Mayan times and even further back than those cultures. In some areas of the country, people honor their relatives by spending all night beside their graves. Traditional foods for the holiday include sugar skulls and an egg bread made to look like bones called pan de muerto.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarians answer to no man (or woman). You’re the very picture of a free spirit. You even like scary movies, of which there are plenty opening these days. Go see Saw V, Quarantine, The Strangers. But when you come home at night with your honey and get all snuggly, imagine the look on his/her face when you romantically light these candles and, as they burn, appear to drip blood rather than wax. You know you have to order them. Now. For next weekend. Vite!

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Workaholic, patient, driven, disciplined – you Capricorns are all these things and more. Hey, how about releasing your inner Sarah Palin this year for Halloween and dress up like Alaska’s favorite Moose-Hunting Hottie?  Or – go all blue collar and put together an outfit that could conjure up either Joe the Plumber or Joe Six-Pack (hey by the way, are they the same person? I haven’t been able to figure that out). You wouldn’t even have to buy a costume to turn yourself into Joe; just a t-shirt and jeans that show the crack of your ass when you stoop over to pick up some candy to put in your workpail. Carry a plunger to make it look even more authentic. Thanks, Senator McCain, for creating the easiest and cheapest Halloween costume ever!

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Aquarians are creative, independent, and fascinated by crazy weird things. Well there’s no better place for you to be for this particular holiday than New Orleans. Parapsychologist Dr. Larry Montz calls the city “the most haunted city in America, per square inch, no doubt.” Read about some of the more haunted places in town here. Go on a haunted tour. Visit the voodoo shops in the French Quarter and buy amulets to protect yourself against evil spirits. Get yourself dolled up for The Queen of the Damned Ball on Friday Oct. 31 at Rosy’s Jazz Hall. Word has it that Lestat attends every year – in costume. There’s also the Krewe of Boo Parade, starting Halloween Night at around 6pm at Elysian Fields and Decatur. Read all about more NOLA festivities here. C’est si bon!

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
A true Piscean soul constantly battles between going towards the light or seeking the darkness. Well, find the darkest places listed here for your convenience at, a Haunted Places Directory. You can find a state-by-state listing of current paranormal activity, true life haunting stories, ghost hunting equipment, paranormal certification courses, and more. Plus you can buy the National Directory of Haunted Places or the International Directory of Haunted Places – there’s a discount if you want to pick both up. They also sell the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings. And hey – this website won the Paracelsus Award given by the Alchemy Guild. That’s good enough for me.

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