Frights of Fancy

A photo essay.

Halloween warps your perception of things. 

A tangle of power lines becomes a spider web, its gigantic maker dangling just out of sight. A public mural becomes a splatter of blood, lit as if by the flash of a crime scene camera. A university tower becomes a gothic lair, a mysterious light shining from a single high window. And that’s just for starters.

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The most frightening thought of all, however, is this: Halloween and its uniquely warped fun will be finished come tomorrow.

Enjoy it while you can.

Photo Key:

1. A large spider web (Park Street north of Chapel).
2. A UFO (inside the main entrance to Yale’s Woolsey Hall).
3. A gnarled, tentacled monster (near the entrance to Grove Street Cemetery).
4. A dark tower (Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies).
5. Streaks of blood (detail of Felice Varini’s Square with four circles, a vast public mural stretching between Chapel Street and Temple Plaza).
6. A flying witch or warlock (Crown and York Streets).
7. Will-o’-wisps (scaffold lights along the north side of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library).
8. Giant bats (roofs of the permit parking lot on Crown Street between High and York).
9. A second view of the gnarled, tentacled monster.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories, helped in no small part by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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