Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Neighborhood Chronicles: The Nights Before Halloween

(secret Knott's recipe at bottom of post)

Mrs. Knott's was up in arms yesterday. It seems the farm is haunted. Ugh! Indeed! 'Tis not a pretty sight for five-year-old children from down under. No, Cousin G. did not like the fact that Camp Snoopy had been invaded by six-foot spiders. There were quite a few wicked burnt-out skulls with snakes slithering through hollowed eyes up and down purple lamp posts. It's evil, I tell ya, to scare children. As luck would have it we encountered no ghosts nor goblin or witchy thing as that would have sent us running for the slimy exit gates which were wrapped in spider spit. Oh, memories of Frodo abound.

In any case, we journeyed through the creepy crawling entities within Mrs. Knott's neighborhood and enjoyed the thunderous rides which causes one's head to spin, lip to stretch over said head, stomach to drop into the pits of nowhere, and legs to lose all sensation. Lady Gatekeeper's vision was blurred, legs were pretty Knotty and speech was well slurred. It's a good thing the golden stallion of the merry-go-round did not go up and down. Hahamoohaha! Sorry do not quite know how to spell the scary laugh.

Nonetheless, teenage children mastered the crazy roller coasters till Lord Spanky (still looking for a better name) almost lost his funnel cake (cookies) after the fourth time on the Excelarator. However, a few minutes to freshen up in rest room and LS was ready to tackle the Ghost Rider.

Aussie family had a splendid time on the Farm. We were all tired, nonetheless, and when Lady Gatekeeper was asked about Halloween she was a little stumped. She doesn't do well with this American tradition and telling the story seemed a little tiresome. But tell it I did.

My friends, anything that started as a celebration for the Lord of the Dead, should not sit well with any of us. We understand, the candy the costumes the little children laughing seems to say it is all well. Not so. I suppose there are other opinions (before I get into a well-meaning sermon) and I welcome your comments, of course.

Nevertheless, our day ended with a visit to Sutter's Family Cafe/Restaurant right before making our way to the outside world. Funnel cake is what Aussie family was looking for and that is what we found. Come to find out that pretty Lady behind counter was an Indo like us (Dutch Indonesian) and proceeded to give us the secret recipe for Funnel Cake. Well, not really, because you see, we already knew it. You will have to buy Mom's Cookbook, "Come and Dine" to discover that treasure for yourself. Sneaky, aren't I? Can you say Pisang Goreng??? Leave the pisang out though. It is only part of the secret, however.

Finally, the two-hour journey back to the castle was quite uneventful. Princess S. and Lord S. listened to music on dastardly inventions called Ipods. Transportation vehicle almost ran out of fuel, Cousin G. was so tired she cried herself to sleep and the full moon was entirely too close to Earth and lit up the desert roads where no other light prevailed--creepy cool.

A good day was had by all with lots of Halloween thoughts to ponder over and today the castle is completely, altogether empty. We bid our family from the Land Down Under a bitter sweet goodbye. Forever in our hearts and you shall always have a place to return to . . . some day.

"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God . . . " Ephesians 6:11-13)

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