Strange Halloween

We’ve just had our first Halloween in Heather House and it was a strange one in many ways.

First of all: the weather. The air was warm and damp– the thermometer read 70F and I was cheerfully tromping around outside in a t-shirt, seriously contemplating changing into shorts! This after the past few weeks of wearing a jacket, scarf, and gloves when I set off to work in the morning. That was terribly un-Halloweenish. In other respects, though, it was very appropriate weather: there was a fierce wind blowing gray clouds by overhead. As the day wore on it become more overcast and threatening. Altogether, the weather seemed suitably ominous.

I carved a jack-o-lantern, my first in years. I got the pumpkin a couple of weeks back, meaning to carve it up a week or so before Halloween, but the past week has been so busy that I haven’t had time to think of it. It’s advising time at SSC, which means I have to be on campus a lot more than usual meeting with students. There have also been a number of meetings in the department lately and a lot going on in my classes. So it wasn’t until the afternoon of Halloween itself that I finally plomped myself down on the back deck with pumpkin, knife, and spoon to scoop out a carve a jack-o-lantern. When it was done, I set it on the front porch and E. found a candle to light it up with.

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First jack-o-lantern since grade school!

E. and I were both at home Halloween night. We lit many candles and sat watching episodes of Stargate: SG1 on my laptop by their light, waiting to see if any trick-or-treaters would come by. We weren’t sure what to expect. We’re out at the end of a woodsy road with not many houses nearby, but there’s a large residential neighborhood between us and downtown Georgetown not all that far away and we often see kids walking through the woods out back (not that we much like it that they cut across our land, but that’s another story). As it turned out, though, nobody came. Maybe we’re just too far out in the woods to be worth the hike, or maybe all the local kids join the crowds in Salem for Halloween.

Whatever the explanation, though, all that candy isn’t going to eat itself…

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2 Responses to “Strange Halloween”

  1. KHJ Says:

    Wonderful jack-o-lantern.

  2. pj Says:

    And I love your jack-lantern, too. We were away Hallowe’en night but I don’t think we had any trick or treaters. There seems to be a move to large community parties–at the fire station, grange hall, wherever–and much less door to door stuff. In Raymond there has developed a local tradition of everyone in town, and probably from surrounding towns, trick or treating along Main Street–you know, from the traffic light on 302 by the little business strip up to 302 on the other end. Probably including the settlements near Main Street on Mill Street and up 121. The library says the area gets around 400 kids each year.

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