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Weepy October

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Weepy October

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Most people get emotional and schmaltzy at Christmas time or Thanksgiving when there is a big emphasis on family and Hallmark is making those commercials and movies that make you cry buckets. 

Me- I get teary-eyed at Halloween. Maybe it's not Halloween in general, but the advent of fall. That would make more sense. In the fall there is a definite transition happening-- a visual reminder that the months of winter are ahead. The trees make one last effort to show their colorful plumage and then sigh as their leaves fall back to earth to fertilize their roots. I would keep fall around forever if I could. It's a lonely kind of beautiful.

And Halloween? It's not always a tearful event. (Only when I really miss my friends.) I love Halloween. I love the children in costumes with huge smiles on their faces, and the cute and creepy decorations- especially the creepy. I don't like horror films and gore, but I love to be scared- even while I hate it.  

I'm not dressing up this year- a first in several years- so I'll be living vicariously through all of you. The best costume so far? Tina Belcher- done perfectly. Tina can perfectly sum up how I feel this fall:

"Ugh, my heart just pooped its pants."

 My oldest daughter is taking a photography class- the picture below is one of hers. The topic of the assignment was Fear. I think she captured it pretty well. BTW- those are her sister's hands

Photo by Maggie, feat. Moira

Photo by Maggie, feat. Moira

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Hollow Halloween

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Hollow Halloween

I'm sure our old neighbors won't miss this as they walk their kids to school this October. 

I'm sure our old neighbors won't miss this as they walk their kids to school this October. 

I love Halloween-I love to decorate and dress up, and I love that it melds fall harvest foods and activities with fangs and witch hats. Sure, you can eat a caramel apple any time of the year, but it tastes so much better drenched in red-tinted white chocolate with fang marks. 

I usually go all out, and each year I accumulate more decorations (usually I make them). We haven't done any decorating yet this year- I am unsure what the etiquette is once you rent in an apartment community. I have a feeling hanging a plastic-wrapped "body" upside down from my balcony won't go over very well. The stove with burning hands and a boiling brain on top doesn't seem to quite fit either. 

I refuse to go cutesy- at least not all the way. I did buy some tissue paper bats for the window.

There are a lot of dogs in the complex and I am tempted to buy those realistic rubber rats with the squeakers and hide them all over the property. It would be very satisfying to have our neighbor's dog drop one at her feet.  Or better yet- a toddler carrying it around like a pet.

This will be the first time in four or five years that we don't have a costume party. It makes me a little sad. Maybe we can find one to crash this year. Anyone want to invite us? I make amazing treats and my partner is a chili whiz. 

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