Nov 3, 2015

Post Halloween Blues

I can't believe it's already November and Hallowe'en is already boxed up and put away... it was a great month, though, and we did Hallowe'en in style!  

Our Hallowe'en definitely has a cute creepy look to it... here's our door wreath, used for years now.  I made the spider from a little kit, cutest little spider around!

Now, having an 1891 house certainly makes it easier to make a respectable display!  Our house back in Stratford never looked this spook-tacular!  

Inside I was all set to greet the trick or treaters in comfort:  our sunroom is just the best for treat giving, zipping a glass of wine, munching yummies and NOT freezing or annoying the poor pup with the constant doorbell ringing.

As night fell... pretty darn perfect!  In the end we had 59 trick or treaters, with the rain falling on and off but getting heavy around 7:30 which certainly curtailed the routes of the ghouls and goblins out and about.  The costumes were amazing, the kids were all polite and enthusiastic!  Just an awesome evening! 

Here's a wee video of our "home haunt": 

The next day we celebrated the Day of the Dead, our Jack o'Lanterns scaring off unwanted visitors so our invited spirits could enjoy their favorite treats.  A lot more solemn than the night before, we lit the candles and left the spirits alone to savour the goodies.

Still, it's a joyful event... this morning I read the following passage from the book In the Slender Margin:  the Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying by Eve Joseph and it got me to thinking... 
...the silence, the fear of not experiencing a sign, the finality of death is exactly why the Day of the Dead is so appealing.  Break the silence, create the sign, welcome back the dead and appreciate life!  
And now we wait... 363 days to go 'til next Hallowe'en!  

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