Today Halloween is becoming once again an adult holiday or masquerade, like Mardi Gras. Men and women in every disguise imaginable are taking to the streets of big American cities and parading past grinningly carved, candlelit jack o’lanterns, re- enacting customs with a lengthy pedigree. Their masked antics challenge, mock, tease, and appease the dread forces of the night, of the soul, and of the otherworld that becomes our world on this night of reversible possibilities, inverted roles, and transcendency. In so doing, they are reaffirming death and its place as a part of life in an exhilarating celebration of a holy and magic evening.
Click on the link below for further illumination on the origins of Halloween, from “The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows”, by Jack Santino, Sept. 1982 (updated 2009): http://www.loc.gov/folklife/halloween.html
Treats for the Over 21 Crowd
Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville, Washington
It’s that time again (now in its seventh year!) for foodies and wine lovers alike to partake of the Taste of Tulalip. Some of the weekend’s events are sold out, e.g. opening night’s Celebration Dinner at $225 per person, but for the rest of us more, ahem… budget-minded mortals there are still some fantastic tastings to participate in, never mind the first-class hotel accommodations to be enjoyed at this glittering gambling palace located off I-5, a mere 33 miles north of Seattle city limits.
Here’s Eater’s “5 Reasons” take on why you should attend the upcoming Nov. 6 & 7 Taste of Tulalip:
The best way to celebrate Halloween, other than with a treats-inspired cocktail (recommended concoction for adventurous sweet-toothed Seattleites to sample is bartender Caprial Pence’s Candy Corn Old Fashion, served-up at Bookstore Bar & Cafe, 1007 1st Avenue) is to have a drink at one of the most haunted bars in America. Thanks to the nation’s early and violent days of brothels, speakeasies, and gambling halls, this country has no shortage of ghost-inhabited venues. At these old watering holes, disappearing pint glasses aren’t a sign of too much drink, but rather longtime residents, ghosts. Two such haunted destinations where you can still belly up to the bar and hobnob with the spirit world here in Seattle are Kells Irish Pub at 1916 Post Alley and Merchants Café and Saloon, at 109 Yesler Way. Go to the following link for a listing other eerie Eater-vetted spots to visit around the country:
Happy Halloween & Bon Appetit,