Those With Weak Stomachs Should Not Look

     Happy Halloween!  It looks like the weather may actually cooperate this evening for the kids to Trick or Treat in Grand Marais.  The temperature is only suppose to get down to the high 30’s and there’s only suppose to be a 5 mph wind.  That’s great news considering when the wind blows off of Lake Superior it gets pretty cold in Grand Marais.

     We drive 56 miles to go into Grand Marais to do our Trick or Treating.  We used to just arrange a couple of houses to stop at up here on the Gunflint Trail and then we’d have a potluck party but now that the kids know the bounty of candy that awaits them in Grand Marais that’s where we must go. 

     So, the scary photo is of one of my lumpy, bumpy legs after a weekend of brushing and chainsawing.  I’ve been talking about what a fight it is to clear brush and sometimes I win and sometimes the woods do.  When I look at my pile of brushI feel like I won this weekend in spite of the scrapes, scratches and bruises. 

bruises   More BrushBrush Pile

     Have a safe and wonderful Halloween!

Halloween Trivia and Facts


  •   Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  •   Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  •   Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  •   Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  •   Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  •   The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  •   Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  •   Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  •   Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  •   Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  •   Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.