Here it is - Halloween!
My kids have been, oh, so anxiously and excitedly waiting for this day. Since last year, in fact.
Next to Christmas, what could be better than dressing up as something scary, giggling hysterically, scaring each other silly and, then, there's the....
It was , quite obviously, a genius who invented this scheme!
Well, then, it's just hard to beat a good spooky ghost story (well, sometimes, that is - I have an overactive imagination - heh, heh. eek!)
I have to say, too, that the starkness of the New England autumn really lends itself to the sense of the day. Rattling, bare leaves, scooping past our ankles while the wind moans through the bare trees. A forbidding nip is in the air. There are muted, even scary, colors abounding everywhere - glowing jack 'o lantern colors - blacks and browns. Rotting woods. Hooting owls. wood smoke. Fog!
We even heard a howling coyote, the other evening! (or, at least, I hope it was a coyote....!)
Then, there's no denying that mother nature is helping us get in the mood. She, apparently, loves Halloween, just as much as my kids, and has been decorating accordingly!
It's no wonder that stories such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The (brooding) Scarlet Letter, The Blair Witch Project (seriously, not good! Eeeeek!) and, even the mind of Edgar Allen Poe come from this region!
Where's that chocolate?!