Halloween has been growing in popularity for years, but now folks of mainly Mexican heritage are contributing the other end of the Hallowsmas triduum, the Day of the Dead (All Souls Day). It clearly satisfies some fundamental need to think about the unknown things of life.Day 11 Outtakes/Alternates:
A handful of other images from the suburban front yard where a Halloween Dracula lies in his earth (raised flower-bed) coffin.
First this overall, wider shot of more of the yard and the house---
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Next, this closer shot of a bush in the front of the yard, festooned with spiderwebs, from which a zombie hand is emerging---
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Actually, there was a pair of zombie hands, which are visible in this reverse angle---
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And saving one of my other favorite shots, in the very foreground, right next to the sidewalk, a Skull and one bony hand jut up from another wooden-framed flower-bed---
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I love the way normally quiet, staid, and relatively conservative homebodies... pull monster and skeletons out of storage, in jubilant honor of what is basically an ancient pre-Christian (some might say 'pagan') celebratory ritual.