My husband called me today and mentioned that his offices in Ireland will be closed on Monday. I smiled while I explained to him that I was not surprised at all because modern day Halloween as we know it has its origins in Ireland. Samhain, which loosely translated means summers end was celebrated in Ireland and the carving of pumpkins into Jack o lanterns came from their tradition of carving turnips into lanterns. I am thinking that the turnips they carved were more like the rutabagas than the little purple and white turnips.
Halloween has always been one of those fun and infectious holidays that children and adults look forward to. Our towns have costume parades, the schools have a traditional Halloween party, and then there is the trick or treaters.
This year, I wasn't going to decorate the house...had no plan to haul out any of the black cats, ghosts or other spooky decor.
From the scenes in these pictures, it is looking like I changed my mind.
The fact is, our children are grown and the tradition of taking out the container full of Halloween collectibles and art work would begin around the last week of September. That is when you could see fake grave stones and zombies start to appear on the neighbors lawns.
It occurred to me that although our children are grown our neighbors children are small and it would just be wrong to take away the excitement of the holiday from them...so I found the giant light up ghost...the one that my son's friend gave me a thumbs up for and said " nice to see you going old school". Okay, I call it vintage, but what ever it is, this holiday comes and goes in the blink of an eye and I didn't want to miss it!
So it is time to rouse the little furry faced familiar in our house....I really think she thinks she is a people.
and put out the goodies for the little ghouls, goblins, superheros and princesses who will be knocking at the door with chilling anticipation.
Ah, there she is...now if only I could get her to take her place in the window next to the "old school" ghost.
Seems Mother Nature decided to do a little tricking of her own this weekend...
like the season hasn't been weird enough! The Japanese Maple trees have not only stayed green, but they haven't lost any leaves either! The only thing that turned golden is the witchhazel...yup there's trickery afoot!! Happy Halloween everyone!