Saturday, October 30, 2010

hey, not so fast

Ok, so it wasn’t exactly as easy as I made it out to be. I finally finished the chapter I was working on but it wasn’t a piece of cake, more like taffy. I’m not sure why these last few chapters are coming harder than the rest. Maybe it’s because I’m not feeling entirely well. I’m hoping this is the reason because I don’t like taffy.

Meanwhile the days are getting shorter and colder and tomorrow marks a holiday my characters would appreciate; All Hallows Eve, which has its origins in the Celtic holiday Samhain. According to Wikepedia “The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the ‘lighter half’ of the year and the beginning of the ‘darker half.’ The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through.” At some point people began dressing like these spirits, costuming themselves, or ‘mumming’ as it was called. The modern practice of trick or treating is derived from mumming.

I live down a dark, dead end road and even though I’m only the second house no one has ever come trick or treating in the twelve years I’ve lived here. I still buy candy, of course (Reeses), and I carve pumpkins just because it’s fun. My son likes to bake the pumpkin seeds.

What are you doing for Halloween? Take your kids trick or treating? Haunted Hayride? Costume party? Or do you turn out all the lights and pretend you’re not home and eat all the candy you bought for the trick or treaters that never come.

My son had the sappy idea to carve a letter into each of the four pumpkins he and his gf got: L-O-V-E. 
 I carved the three faces.
Happy Halloween!


  1. Sadly,we won't be home this Halloween. Both daughters opted to trick-or-treat with friends in larger, more interesting neighborhoods. I wasn't crazy about letting them go off and do that, but then my husband's cousin passed away, and her viewing was scheduled for Halloween night. (???)

    So, my husband and I will attend the viewing; the daughters will trick-or-treat with their friends, and our dog will stay home and bark at anyone brave enough to ring our doorbell.

  2. I think that might be one of my best memories: the neighborhood I grew up in which was ideal for trick or treating AND back in the day when parents could send their kids off alone. We cleaned up and dined secretly on candy for weeks afterward. Or at least I did.

  3. We don't get many trick-or-treaters either, but we always buy candy anyway. And me and my husband still love dressing up! It's been really fun the last two years that we've been able to take our son trick-or-treating. Of course, he's still young, so we get most of the candy. :)

  4. Shallee, I liked your costumes!

  5. Halloween isn't really celebrated in Australia so I was so surprised when a bunch of neighbourhood kids came knocking at the door. They were all dressed up like witches and ghouls. I felt bad I had nothing for them.

  6. The neighborhood where I live is being overrun with kids dressed in every costume imaginable. Hubs is sitting at the end of the driveway in our development handing out the candy. I'm inside in the warmth trying to write, of course. Every once in awhile I go out to check on him, bring him hot chocolate, replenish the candy supply, visit for a little etc. We will probably get at least 100 trick-or-treaters. Hubs likes to sit outside to hand out the candy so that the doorbell doesn't ring constantly and cause our dog, Kakita, to go ballistic. Hope you are having a happy Halloween, Marcy.

  7. Lynda, I wonder if those kids were trying to start something?

    Your neighborhood sounds fun, Buffy! I sometimes wished I lived in a neighborhood so I could have fun decorating. The pumpkins are as much as I do.

  8. Piece of taffy rather than cake - love that thought... but so sorry you haven't had that cake! Hope you feel better soon!

    And those little love pumpkins are adorable!! We forgot pumpkins this year - whoops! I might try ones with letters next year... what a great idea!

  9. awe- I love those pumpkins! I live in France so there is no trick or treating really. Halloween only arrived here in the 90's and it's not a very big holiday. I always celebrate with my kids and their friends though with a big halloween party.

  10. I rather liked the pumpkins, too :) thanks all!


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