Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Back! Back, You Crazy Spider!
I view Halloween as a complex holiday -- or maybe I should say season. On one hand you have the Halloween side of merriment -- the lighting of the jack o' lanterns, hanging the flying witch ornament in the front door's window, and preparing for trick o' treaters. On the other hand, you have the honoring of Samhain. I think of Samhain as a period when you contemplate the love you had with someone who has transitioned into Death. Or maybe you're thinking about your transitioning into Death, and thinking about the love you have for someone.
On the side of merriment, I'm doing things a bit differently this year. I decided I wasn't going to sweep the leaves from the front porch. The leaves give the porch a nice autumn feel, don't they? On the other hand, if the leaves pile up and present a fire hazard with a burning jack o' lantern...Hmm...Maybe I better rethink things.
Also, I may have a basket (more like a tupperware container) filled with individually wrapped teas and tissanes for the parents. Last year some parents gave off vibes that trick o' treating was a pain in the ass, designed to pacify kids super-charged with the energy only Halloween fuels. Perhaps if the parents receive a treat, then Halloween fun will be a less tiresome chore.
This year I'm giving into the temptation of buying THREE pumpkins to decorate the porch. A part of me thought that stacking a gazillion pumpkins atop a gazillion more pumpkins was a waste, as in Exactly how many pumpkins does it take to get your punkin' point across? No Halloween outdoor decor appealed to me -- not enough to buy, anyway. The "broom parking only" signs were tempting, though. I thought, 'Why not go with a harvest mini-decoration? Like 3 pumpkins?' Some people in this community have gone in a different direction. Judging by the amount of pumpkins, gourds, and mums accenting their doorway, people have been perusing either the Good Housekeeping websites or Martha Stewart magazines.