“The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.”
Illustrations as a treat, clockwise from top left; scary shadows on the wall for this trick or treater by Robert Wagt, Ian Falconer black cat scares himself in this New Yorker cover, halloween witches and ghosts in the countryside by Roger Duvoisin, witches on the moon by Adrienne Adams from her book "a Woggle of Witches", trick or treat candy illustration by Camille Rose Garcia, four monsters behind the window pencil drawing by John Kenn, a pumpkin and two bunnies for this halloween illustration by the late great Richard Scarry and finally Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy is too cute to be true.