We were at Walgreen’s the other day when we discovered Fred here. As I took his picture I remarked the Skinny Popcorn must be working. At first my little one was afraid of him until I named him and had him shake hands with her. Nervously, she giggled and by the time we got home she wanted to help untangle Fred from the passenger’s seat. I like spooky Halloween stuff but not demonic looking things or gore. Fred here is just about my speed. I want my little one to be “good scared” versus scared out of her mind. This was also the first year I involved her with putting up the decorations. I think it helped her realize they were just inanimate things and hopefully it allayed her fears somewhat. She said she had the best time decorating and I was so glad I just didn’t do it all myself. This morning on the way to school she said, “Good-bye Fred” and absently patted him on the head as she went to the car. I can also now joke that without digging I have a real skeleton in my closet. I love what the Irish critic George Bernard Shaw once said: “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” He may be X-ray thin, but I’ll bet Fred can move his old dry bones to the Silly Symphony of “The Skeleton Dance” and boogie on down.