Halloween is my most favorite holiday. I love the colorful leaves and the decorations, the crispness in the air and the smells of wood burning and spices, the history of it, and just the general energy. So, I created this blog. Why else? Because Halloween should be, at least, 3 or 4 times a year, if not all year-round to begin with.
This last Halloween was disappointing. Hardly anyone decorated, at least, in the areas I was in. Then again, I drove halfway across the country, starting at the beginning of October, in Montana, until I reached New Hampshire on the 19th. I never came across any particular area, as nice as some of them were, and thought, “This place really knows how to celebrate.” Even here, in New England, home of the “Witch Trials,” the celebrating was a bit lacking.
I remember many a Halloween night, piling into some over-sized vehicle with a handful of cousins, going from house to house to trick-or-treat, and admiring the effort that people put into the holiday. Perhaps it was just my experiences. In the particular area of Lawrence, Mass I went trick-or-treating, the houses were dilapidated throughout the year, but during the Halloween season, they fit right in: some times the paint was chipped, and the sidewalk was disheveled; the chain-link fences were rusted and crooked; Crab grass poked out along the yards’ edges; Add the air of the season and some piles of dried, multi-colored maple leaves littered along the curb, and you’re in Rockwell’s version of the holiday.
I know there are many more of you out there whom agree. So, I’m going to try to post weekly on this spooktacular Halloween blog. There will be recipes, costume and decorating ideas, music, location reviews, holiday history, and plenty of pictures. Let the hauntings begin!