So it's October.
You know what that means... Christmas is in full swing everywhere you look!
*gag* I love Christmas and all, but it gets worse every year. Hobby Lobby had their aisles half-done by July 4. No kidding.
What I love about October is the onset of Fall in earnest.
Sweater weather. Chili weather. Pumpkin bread weather.
And of course Halloween.
I used to love Halloween a lot more when I was a kid, I started planning my costumes in May.
As a teen, it was all about Fright Fest at Six Flags. I still love the idea, but as I find I have less tolerance for being jumped at by people who look like zombies, that holds less appeal.
As an adult I'm much more into *real* ghost stuff. Fake zombie masks scare me, but evidence of a haunting not so much. I find it scientifically fascinating, the idea of energy lasting after we've left it behind, and why that happens.
The Child has followed suit in her costume-planning fervor, but at the ripe old age of 13 her interest is changing from looking forward to the costume parade at school (something I looked forward to as her parent when she was little, visions of Ramona Quimby-style stomp-fest full of witches and goblins and princesses and firemen dancing in my head) to how late she's allowed to trick or treat with her friends.
Oh Klickitat Street, how I miss you.
Thankfully I've taught her not to fall into the trap of thinking Halloween is National Dress Like A Tart Day.
Even the younger girls are going that way these days. Last year she wanted to be a fairy, but all we could find was stuff like this:
So I made her costume and it was *gasp* age-appropriate! Go figure!
Way cuter, and anyway since when do fairies wear pleather?
She really is getting older though...last year was the first year she didn't want me to take her around. It was bittersweet, but this year I'm actually counting on it. (I didn't miss the sore feet.)
I'm sure my love for Halloween will come roaring back when she's got kids of her own and the pumpkin patch awaits us, and there are costumes to be sewn and jack-o-lanterns to be carved, and who knows maybe in a couple of weeks I'll see my love for it return, but today?
Today I just want chili.
Speaking of chili being one of my favorite Fall foods, if you list a few of *your* favorites over at Dandy's site today, you might win an awesome cupcake decorating kit. That would put me in the mood, I think... a pumpkin carved up and glowing, a tray of cute cupcakes set out...
Maybe I could love it again.
Maybe it's just too early yet.