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It was 1974 when the moon was last full on Halloween. I was just seven years old, and I remember it well.

You see, I have always had a strong connection to the moon. I can’t explain it, but I have always been drawn to the moon, to the tide, to the cycle of waning and waxing each month, sometimes twice in a month in the case of a blue moon.

Anyway, I remember the full moon that night because I was completely enamored of it. I could not stop looking at it. I remember my aunt had taken me trick or treating in the tiny town of Somerset Center, MI, where my great-grandmother lived. We had stopped at her house when we got to town to show off my Wonder Woman costume, another of my obsessions at the time. 

When we walked out of Grandma Clark’s house, I could see it big and low on the horizon, in all its glowing and mesmerizing glory. I could not stop looking at the bright orb in the sky, so close it seemed you could reach out and touch it. 

I remember my aunt Judy practically dragging me door to door to get candy, but I simply could not stop staring at the moon. If I had been animated, I would have had swirly eyes. 

Now I see that the full moon in October this year is also on the 31st. Of course my memory turned to that enchanting evening of my youth when the moon overtook me with its supernatural powers, so much so that I didn’t even care about candy. I was in its grip.

Then I began thinking about one of my all-time favorite movies, “Moonstruck.” (I also have a thing for rom-coms.) In the movie Cher and Nicholas Cage fall in love under the gaze of a big, full moon. But the moon keeps cropping up throughout the movie as well, with “That’s Amore” sung by Dean Martin for added punch. “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore,” he croons during the opening credits. 

“Ah, the moon,” I thought, with the same swirly eyes as that seven year old girl so long ago. 

Then if dawned on me…this is 2020. My thoughts immediately shifted to the movie “Hellraiser.” The way 2020 has been going, the bright, full, beautiful moon that I cherish so much could be a portal to some evil dimension of crazy demons. Led by a frightening master demon, just waiting for their moment to be released. 

Note to self: Do not play with, touch or even look at any ornate and moveable box that could summon the demons from “Hellraiser.” 

I mean, I really feel that nothing can be ruled out at this point. Afterall, 2020 has brought massive fires in Australia, a pandemic, an inland hurricane in Iowa, and double hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. There’s more, those things are just the highpoints, and let’s not forget, we haven’t even reached Labor Day, yet. 

I still like to dress up on Halloween, and had the perfect costume lined up last year, but I was sick on Halloween, so it’s still in the closet, waiting for its day in the sun. The way things are looking, though, it may have to sit for another year because I am not inclined to attend a party or bar event this year as I have done so many times in the past.

I will be cautiously watching the moon from the safety of my deck, cocktail in hand, wishing for a simpler time when there were no worried of Coronavirus, natural disasters or what may be lurking around the next corner.



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