This may be my favorite time of year. Trees are showing of their brilliance with red and gold as leave change and fall. The are leaf piles for jumping in, corn mazes to explore and pumpkins patches to mine. Let’s not omit the apple orchards with their bounty of delicious apples. The air is crisp and cool causing me to reach for a coat before leaving the house.
I love walking around the town looking at the Halloween decorations. Ghosts and pumpkins decorate the lawns and doors lending a festive, if not haunting, sense to the air in anticipation of the Feast of Samhain (if you are Irish and like the Celtic version of the holiday), or Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve as we more traditionally think of the celebration. It is the festival marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter.
Munchkins, ghosts and goblins will grace my front door on Halloween for a treat. I love seeing the children attired in their festive costumes. After the last visitor had received his or her treat, it is time for movie night. For me that is my annual viewing of Halloween followed by the Fog. Capping a wonderful night and leading to the celebration of All Saint’s Day.
Last year I spent the holiday in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I arrived on October 31 to see a Halloween celebration in a country far away. What was more surprising was the celebration of All Saints Day in what was once a communist country. A national holiday, everything was closed in celebration. Huge flower bouquets decorated the cemeteries in respect of those who passed.
In anticipation of the season, I’m heading to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin or two for decoration and carving. Then it is time to find my receptive for stew in anticipation of a hearty Halloween dinner to be eaten in between receipt of visitors.