All Hallow's Eve: Reason To Celebrate
It's a fabulous time of year!
• The light is perfect for shooting outdoors
• The weather is comfortable
• I'm experiencing the annual lull in family activity between summer and Christmas
• Halloween is just around the corner...
All other holidays, family events and special days aside, Halloween is absolutely, positively, most definitely my favourite day of the year. There is an ever-present energy attached to anything associated with October 31st. Anticipation of bags full of loot. The prospect of causing a little mischief. The tricks and the treats. The costumes, decorations and theatrics. And of course, the laughter!
As a teenager, some years I would spend days working on a costume and yet other years it came together after a few minutes of rummaging around in Dad's closet. We walked all over our little rural neighbourhood and never missed a house. There was no curfew to worry about and teachers expected us to be tired the next morning.
As a young adult I still felt the need to partake in some door-to-door action. Yes, at 21 I was still hooked on Halloween. My costumes were thrown together at the last minute so I could knock on the door of a spattering of carefully selected homes, usually chosen for the flavour of fudge I knew was sitting on the kitchen counter.
As a young married woman in a new home my excitement rose at the thought of being able to dole out my treats to all the kids in my new neighbourhood. Sadly, my anticipation was swiftly replaced with shock and disappointment when only a handful of cloaked and costumed children arrived at my door.
Then, I had a baby! At 11 months old my daughter had her first Trick-Or-Treat outing as a scarecrow. As she grew a little older and started school we started to host a post trick-or-treating party like one I used to attend when I was a kid. We had apple bobbing, spooky stories, fortune tellers, spells and witch's cauldrons steaming with potions. We had spell books, bats and spiders all topped off with a huge fireworks display in the front yard. The entire month of October was dedicated to getting the garage ready for 'The Party.' My daughter's friends always asked if it was being planned. Others tried to copy it but they never came close. They were lacking the dark, haunted Halloween spirit that got a kick out of letting their 10 year old self come out to play.
In the spirit of all things ghastly and ghoulish, I have curated a Pinterest Board especially for you. You will find a sprinkling of recipes and decorating ideas and even some DIY costumes to add to your very own 'Bag of Tricks.'