Around the time of our southern hemisphere Halloween, odd creatures appeared,

 like this gecko, caught in the outdoor washbasin at the bach,

 trying to escape, and eventually succeeding, but not before I snapped these photos.

 And then on the beach were bluebottles galore, strewn along the tide line,

 and a sea monster, stranded on the sand.

 My favourite pumpkin lantern from Halloween was carved by a man who had taken great care, and even threaded in a black cord to swing the lantern from.

And what became of the pumpkins? Some went to my friends’ compost heap, but the insides of others were turned into pumpkin soup, with chives sprinkled on top and a dollop of quark. Delicious.