Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I love Halloween!! When I was a kid my mom ran a daycare in our home and every year the Halloween parties were awesome! Everyone showed up, even the kids that weren't active on her roster. There was bobbing for apples (usually from a string, rather than head in a bucket), a piñata, tons of candy and treats.  Then, at night, there was homemade chili and handed out candy.  Since then, Halloween has always held a special place in my heart.

Nowadays, Matt and I live in a community where we don't get trick-or-treaters.  It's not something new for us, when we lived in Waco we never lived in a place where we got them.  Here in Stephenville, the town holds a safe trick-or-treat on the square and everyone takes their kids.  So, we're offered a reprieve from the mob of macabre munchkins.  Our neighborhood, on the edge of town, is particularly dark and quiet.  We'll just turn off our porch light and spend the evening together watching some horror movies and maybe carving a pumpkin... of course, we'll have to get one first, but I'm going to send Matt to Wal-Mart later for some candy, just in case we get one or two (you believe that, don't you?), and see if he can pick me out a nice, round, nearly blemish-less pumpkin to carve!

Then, of course, there's NaNoWriMo!  It's the very last Halloween activity of the day, which technically happens after midnight.  But, like every other day of the year, if you're still awake at midnight it's really just an extension of the day, if that makes any sense at all?  So, NaNoWriMo is very much an event shared between Halloween & November 1st, which happens to be the first day of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.  NaNoWriMo kicks off with a ghoulish bang!!  I'm really looking forward to it this year.  If you've not signed up yet, it's not too late, and if you're looking for a writing buddy, you can find me by a click on the NaNoWriMo badge on the right-hand sidebar.

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing today, have a safe and happy Halloween!