A Letter to the Great Pumpkin

Like Linus, I fear that I may be alone when I say that I believe in your existence. However, I am comfortable with that.

Dear Great Pumpkin,

Like Linus, I fear that I may be alone when I say that I believe in your existence. However, I am comfortable with that. My request is simple. I wish for Halloween to have its deserved respect. People are rushing through October and looking towards Christmas. They begin dragging out Christmas lights and garnish decorations before the leaves have finished falling. They do not take a moment to appreciate the eerie splendor of the holiday. The quiet peace of a foggy morning. The surreal silence of a dark night; moonlight creating a spotlight on all of the creatures of our nightmares. Dead leaves crunching under our heels and the earthy smell of dirt. Bare branches like the fingers of skeletons. All creating the perfect background for us to dream of monsters. We pretend like the scariest things in the world are ghosts, zombies, or dream walking murderers. It is an escape from our real fears – cancer, money, being alone. Even the act of wearing a costume allows us a vacation from ourselves. Let’s us pretend we are someone else, something else even if only for a night.

Of course Halloween is not only about the things we fear. It is about the dead. In many cultures, this is the time to celebrate our loved ones that have passed away. It is to remember them. To take time and reflect on their lives. But so many of us are not comfortable with death so we push this notion away. We do not want to acknowledge that one day we will be gone too. We understand the concept but to truly accept it, is something else entirely. Maybe I am a strange, creepy person (or maybe it comes from years of medical experience) but I feel that there is a beauty in death. That it is not always shrouded in sadness but sometimes there is peace. And that those we have lost deserve to be remembered instead of pushed away because it is hard.

Halloween marks the beginning of the end of the year. On the surface it may seem to be filled with gloom and sadness but it is not. Oh, Great Pumpkin, allow people to see the holiday for what it is. A time for us to step away from our worries. A celebration of life. Hope for the potential that awaits in the New Year that is just around the corner.

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Sharon Isom

Once upon a time, Sharon was invited to attend a comic convention. She had always wanted to go to a comic-con but thought it was out of her reach. While at this convention, she met Richard who asked her if she could write. She scoffed. Of course she was capable of writing. But then he clarified and asked if she would be willing to a be a writer for TBK Magazine. She agreed. Little did she know that she was signing on to become a podcaster, assistant editor of the magazine, Vice President of a publishing company, best mensch, and a sister. Her whole world would expand for the better after that trip in 2016. She would be forever grateful. The magazine would be her safe haven and the staff would become a part of her family. And still to this day, Richard has not fulfilled his promise of singing the cow song to Sharon.   Sharon was born in mid 1980’s and raised in Northeastern Arkansas. She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Jesse, since 2004. They have two amazing sons. Outside of her official TBK responsibilities, she works as a nurse.   She loves theater, costumes, cosplay, and Halloween. She is addicted to Chapstick and will ALWAYS have at least one with her at all times. She despises spiral staircase, escalators, and people that do not understand how four way stops work.
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