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Show-Me Life: Create a cool headstone for people to remember you. Here’s a few punny ideas just in time for Halloween.

Mindy Ward

October 27, 2023

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I’m not a fan of Halloween with its blood, bones, ghosts and goblins, but there is something about those who find humor in death that appeals to me.

Admittedly, I get scared easily. Jump from a bush, I scream. Mice at my feet, still screaming. And as one son-in-law can attest, open my front door when I’m not expecting you, well, I’m screaming and running.

All Hallows’ Eve is not part of my favorite holidays, but it should be. I mean, it started the eve of the feat of All Saints’ Day to remember the dead — including saints and martyrs. But it is less a quiet reverence for the faithfully departed and more of a scary story, horror movie, creepy costume holiday.

There are many in towns who really get into creating a fright in people like me. And some folks go all out — even in the country.

In my rural area, there are ghost circles, large skeletons that light up and werewolves that stand more than 12 feet tall. Those are not my kind of decorations. I’m more the Minnie and Mickey Mouse light-up kind of gal.

But there is a yard in my daughter’s suburban subdivision that always stops me in my tracks for a good laugh in the midst of the dark and sinister displays down the street. It is a home that cares for those who need a little extra assistance, and they have a great sense of deathly humor.

I thought you might appreciate them as well, so click on the photo gallery above to look at their fun tombstones, with all the puns intended. Perhaps they will stir up a decorating idea, or better yet, they may even end up etched in stone one day on a grave.

Trust me, if I’m walking in that graveyard, I’ll still give you a chuckle. After all, death is not the end, it’s only the beginning, and there’s nothing to fear.

So, kudos to you who want to bring a little joy and laughter to all of us still roaming the Earth just waiting. Just don’t pop out at me from behind one of these gravestones, or I may be going sooner than later. Happy Halloween.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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