Make No Bones About It.
This week has been part I of my 2-week Halloween lesson at the Cram school (all month at the JHS) and we wrote our names using a Zombie alphabet (we used up a lot of "k"s and "a"s, every kid seems to have one or two of these in their names.)
Afterwards, we reviewed what we'd learned using my luminescent skeleton and since it gets dark here really early, it can get quite creepy.
I went to a fairly posh Italian restaurant with birthday-boy, Alex and another friend and since I didn't have a companion, I broke out Gaikotsu-Gayle (骸骨=gaikotsu=skeleton) and propped her up in an adjoining chair. She barely touched her meal and I had to force-feed her some pizza. The waitress was quite amused.
どくろの怪 (Dokuro no Kai) means Mystery Skull. In the town of Fukuhara in Hyougo-Ken, one can encounter this enormous skull surrounded by innumerable smaller ones.
I'm going to keep an eye out for this book, which means Bloody Skull Mother!