In Which We Participate in Fall

I love fall. Let’s just establish that first.

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We’re starting to enter the tail-end of it now, where temperatures aren’t quite as flirtatious with their warmer versions. The world isn’t quite so colorful. You start incorporating more lovely scarves, boots, and mittens into your wardrobe choices, and find even more excuses to walk around with a hot cup o’ joe or splurge on a signature latte (PSL!) And, for the snow lovers, you start watching the skies for the first beautiful flakes of snow…

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Here’s how we’ve been handling fall lately…

Carving the Pumpkins

 Carving pumpkins is an age-old tradition, to keep the evil spirits away on All Hallow’s Eve. I’ve suppose I’ve always gotten the general gist of the holiday, but it’s always fun to learn the back story of traditions. Like, it was initially turnips and potatoes that were carved instead of pumpkins. Huh. Learn more here.

So, of course, D and I made an evening of it, to help carry on the tradition. And also because it’s cheap decorations. These to go along with our own garden grown front-step pumpkins and gourds and the corn stalks that I better employed tied to our front posts, after their previous lives spent hiding out in the soybean fields, on the run from their corn field duties.

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As things go, this was no Martha Stewart decoration display.

The wind tormented the corn stalks, the squirrels feasted on our front step pumpkins, and, in the name of saving them from the slushy rain on the night of their creation, we left our jack o’ lanterns on our windowsill overnight inside. Above the baseboard heaters. In which case they essentially melted into less-than-attractive revised versions of themselves.

But we sent them out with their candles to the front porch anyway on Halloween, to persevere and guide in the trick-or-treaters.

Our Prelude to All Saint’s Day

This was our first Halloween (and our first holiday, for that matter) in our new house. I have never really gone all out for Halloween. I grew up with some fun ‘country kid’ Halloween traditions that I hope to pass on to our kids one day. But I have never really experienced the door-to-door trick-or-treating traditions. Needless to say, I was quite excited for this maiden voyage.

So we dressed up the kids, dressed up ourselves, turned up the Halloween tunes, and helped support this small town’s trick-or-treating crowd.

Treats ready for the humans and the beasts.
Treats ready for the humans and the beasts.

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Ready and waitin'.
Ready and waitin’.
Here they come!
Here they come!
Costume change!
Costume change!

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Topped the night off with a Tim Burton triathlon – The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, and Sleepy Hallow.

Overall, pretty successful first run.

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Now time to prepare for the next holiday…deer season!

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