Halloween is a particularly special time of year for me, since my wife and I were married on Halloween. This halloween will be our 13th anniversary, too.

Each year, we enjoy dressing up in spooooky costumes and making the house look all spooky and playing spooky music and scaring the bejesus out of the little munchkins who come by dressed as this Ninja Turtles(tm) or Batman(tm) or what-have-you and beg for candy... Muahahaaaa.... They never learn...

In our little family, having kids come visit for Halloween is considered a "Good Luck" charm. The more kids who come by, the better luck you have the following year. I admit this may be an unusual tradition, but it sure beats gobbling icky black beans on New Years. ;-)
Squeak!  Squeak!

The music you are listening to now is "Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-Saens, and was sequenced for MIDI by me. The work is actually a symphonic "Tone Poem", meant to convey the images of the poem "Danse Macabre (Dance of Death)" by Henri Cazalis. The original poem is, of course, in French - but here's an English translation for you:

Danse Macbre (Dance of Death)

Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking with his heel a tomb,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zig, on his violin.
The winter wind blows and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden-trees.
Through the gloom, white skeletons pass,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
The bones of the dancers are heard to crack--
But hist! of a sudden they quit the round,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.


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"Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens"
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