Halloween is one of our favorite holidays of the year. Getting to dress up in costume – to step outside of our everyday life and live vivaciously as the Superheros we admire, the pets we love; the weird, scary, or fantastic are all welcome in our humble abode.
Although the dress up is great, and the focus of our annual costume parties and trick-or-treating, but it’s really about transition – winding down summer. This is the month I am putting my garden to bed, we’re finishing the fall harvest of vegetables, plants are dug up and divided to go to the fall Green Elephant event where novice and experienced gardeners alike come together to trade stories and multitudes of garden delights. I collect seeds and freeze for the following growing season, roasting if they’re squash (like pumpkins!)
— simply drying out and bagging for the spring dead-headed flowers (like my coneflowers, purple-headed coneflowers). These little gems save me time, money, and are proven to grow locally.
Carving pumpkins has evolved into a multi-day affair as we are invited to carve at parties, at home, and at church. Some years we have a theme, other years we do our own thing – like this year! My husband crafted his Seahawks love by creating an homage to Richard Sherman (#25) and Doug Baldwin (#89) with the Seahawk logo. My Artist created a Hobbit Home, a Jack-o-Lantern and Spiderman Spider pumpkins as Spiderman Homecoming was his favorite movie until Thor Ragnarok was released November 2. My Bibliophile
and I both had versions of regular Jack-o-Lanterns: his, the happy-go-lucky; mine, the more sinister one.
On Halloween night, our tradition is to fill up on Spaghetti dinner and roam the neighborhood in search of full-sized candy bars. My oldest finished his homework before he went out, so my youngest got a head-start on the fun. I remember fondly going out with my friends Halloween night, Trick-or-Treating through High School.
How do you Halloween?