For the past week, I have slowly been pulling out my Halloween decorations-and I do mean Halloween. While many of my decor is simply "fall", much of what I pull out is Halloween in the truest sense. I have a Halloween quilt, pumpkins of all sizes, the glass pumpkin I ordered at the beginning of the summer, and all of my funky and steam punk Halloween houses, now ready to be listed and sold (and deserving of their own pictures in a separate blog post).
My son tends to look askance at these efforts. He doesn't dislike Halloween as such, he just knows I am a teeny bit kooky when it comes to holidays in general and Halloween in particular. Although I hate to bring it up in the current political climate, my children got green eggs and ham on the birthday of Dr. Seuss all through their childhood. And when I get out the pumpkin, ghost and witch hat cookie cutters (with no small children in site) and my cookie decorating supplies, he knows it's time to leave the room-or his cooking classes may include decorating with a size eight tip.
Some folks might say that the grownups have stolen this particular holiday. One the one hand children's celebrations have in some cases become more narrow, as parents limit their kids to trick or treating in malls and going to church or school events. On the other hand, while it used to be that one just carved a pumpkin and left it at that, there are now contests for the best decorated yard. Although I certainly will not go that far, I do have an appreciation for the holiday, even or especially at my advanced middle age:
It's a holiday that has to be experienced seasonally. Pumpkins aren't ripe until the fall, and until mid September folks are too caught up in back to school and patriotic holidays to jump into Halloween. This is in direct opposition to seeing Christmas decorations in Hobby Lobby some time around July fourth.
For me at least, it's like the real beginning of fall. Even in Colorado, the weather is mainly warm in September and into October. While the leaves have changed in the mountains, on the front range the leaves have neither changed or fallen, and the colors change as Halloween arrives. Halloween helps divide the seasons.
Horror movies, and I'm not talking about Psycho or Rear Window. I'm talking about all the really funky, often hilarious B movies (sometimes with ten sequels that appear on Turner Network, AMC and the classic movie channels during this time period.
Pumpkin Ale, pumpkin flan, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin wine.
Candy, especially candy corn and pumpkins and those cute Hershey miniatures, Nuff said?
Finally, having cute kids in costume knock on my door, and appreciating the one night when parents allow, and even encourage their children to beg from neighbors. And knowing full well that at the end of the night, mom and dad will eat some of the good stuff, throw some stuff out, and put the rest away for the kids.
As for me? I never dress up although I have dressed a few in my day. This year it will be an electric pumpkin unless someone with better carving skills than I volunteer. I have a Halloween quilt on the table, scary candlesticks on the side board and decorated Halloween houses everywhere. Dinner will be pumpkin soup and hot dogs (not dressed up as fingernails), and the entertainment will be scary screams.
Next week is my quilting group luncheon. I've only known these ladies a couple months, and I plan to bring decorated sugar cookie witch hats, bats and pumpkins as my dessert contribution. This is when I find out what they REALLY think of me!