This month, Charlie gets in the Halloween spirit with ghosts and goblins and enjoying all that the fall season has to offer.
“Every time October rolls around I get more excited than usual. It’s such a rich month with so much happening all over the place. Even though I turn out a stellar column every month and exhibit qualities of anthropomorphism, I’m still very connected to my intuitive canine instincts; and this month has a lot going on from a nature perspective if you tune in and pay attention, let me tell you.
Even though we don’t have a traditional fall season from a visual standpoint here in Myrtle Beach, in other parts of the world, the leaves on trees are turning golden, orange and red. I like to watch those videos on the internet where they fast-forward the process so it looks like what takes weeks happened in minutes. Despite the lack of dramatic color changes here, there is a distinctive feeling that permeates the air and environment when fall rolls around. There’s a switch, and a new conversation and line of communication begins to happen amongst animals with each other and between animals and nature as a whole. An air of greater seriousness is injected into the environment— animals begin the task of saving up stores and doing what they need to do to be comfy and cozy over the winter months and secure the success of their species. Granted, those months are pretty mild around here, but still it’s not quite 90 degrees outside.
With all that extra seriousness, it’s good to have a little fun. That’s why I’m so glad that Halloween is at the end of the month, even though most wild animals storing up for winter don’t dress up in costume (okay, none of them do, but I’m not a fan of absolutes, and you never know when one who’s come across my column may turn into a die-hard fan of mine and adopt traits of anthropomorphism too).
Anyhow, I loved reading the front page article about historian Kathryn Hedgepath and the local lore of this area. I had no idea that there were so many tales involving ghosts in our very own Myrtle Beach! But the stories, in addition to being entertaining, also gave me a great idea for my Halloween costume this year. Yup, you guessed it. I’m going as a ghost. To be specific, I’m going as a ghost dog. Also the costume is genius because it is virtually effortless, I will look adorable (because I’m always adorable), and it reduces waste because I don’t have to buy or discard anything (I’m sure Jim won’t mind a bed sheet with a couple of holes cut out of it) so it is also environmentally friendly. And it has a Charlie twist to it. My new doggie friend Max and I were going to dress up for the holiday together. We can both go under the same sheet— walking side by side will be double the fun, double the trouble, double the spookiness, and double the cuteness— a two headed dog ghost… I’m such an original.”