The fairies began celebrating Halloween. Not Samhain - they'd always celebrated that. But Halloween. It wasn't long after they came out and started flitting about in public that they started in on Halloween.
It was partly an affinity for candy (especially saltwater taffy), but partly they just liked to dress up, I think. They were fairly limited in their ability to costume. The wings, you know. I'd seen fairies cut slits for their wings in handkerchiefs and fly around as ghosts, but the fabric invariably interfered with their ability to fly. So mostly they went in for body paint and minimal accessories.
There was one year they were almost all skeletons. White-bodied fairies with black lines carefully painted on - with felt-tip pens, I think. Spooky little things, whirling around and squeaking "trick or treat" even in June. It got pretty annoying.
I trapped this one in my front garden. I think "trick or treat" are the only words it knows. It's made itself a little nest with taffy wrappers.
How long do fairies live?
Skelefairy by Spooky! Glow-in-the-dark polymer clay.
My arms are not happy.
Blogathon 2008. 24 hours of spontaneous fiction for BARCC.
Team Venture is gonna have a Gay-Off, I think.
Also, Team Venture *heart*s Australian Joe!