- This year I found myself on duty at work during the evening of
Halloween when children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating.
We joined in the festivities at work by dressing up in costume and
handing out candy to visitors to the library.
While the redeeming value of masquerading in costume and overdosing on
sugar could be easily debated for the likes of one trying to haunt
abodes of peace and light rather than ghosts and goblins, I readily
admit I had good bit of fun at work last night
Here the night shift is posing in front of the resident statue at the
library, affectionately nicknamed Buffy. One of my co-workers usually
dresses up the statue in some kind of seasonal attire so it only
seemed fitting that Buffy join in the group photo.
Still recovering from a bump to my noggin, I found great distraction
from my aches and pains by being a holiday elf - all accessories found
at the local dollar store where - yes everything costs $1.00. My red
plastic nose had a blinking light inside it that kept up its Rudolph
imitation the whole evening.
When I actually had a serious reference question to answer, one of my
co-workers dressed as a pirate found herself in fits of laughter just
looking at me doing regular work with a flashing light on my head.
Since we had very few customers, the timing was perfect to also revel
in celebrating two recent October staffer birthdays behind the scenes.
I think we could build a Great Wall replica out of all the candy
leftovers brought in to work today. As we chew on Skittles and
chocolate bars, we can also chew on Rabbi Marc Gellman's interesting
and somewhat humorous article on the relationship between Halloween,
spirituality and organized religion.
"Another spiritual purpose of Halloween that goes way beyond candy and
candy, is the way Halloween opens us up to the possibility of the
undead. I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy and so union rules prevent me
from believing in things you can only kill with garlic and a silver
bullet...there is more in Heaven and Earth that is dreamed of in our
philosophy. Halloween puts us, particularly children, face to face
with spooks. This is a good thing because if spooks are real, then we
have the holiday to keep them away, and if spooks are not real, then,
hey, the candy and the party were good. Part of the original Celtic
observance of Samhain was the lighting of bonfires all through the
night to scare away the spirits of the dead. Yes I know, this is all
just bogus superstition, but perhaps, just perhaps quick! Look behind
you!! Wow that was close."
p.s. you can see the photo with Buffy the Statue that accompanies this
post in my blog at: