Planning starts weeks ahead. It’s a search for recipes that include seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as some gross and funny dishes to fit the holiday mood. Pumpkin pie, apple crisp and cookies are yearly treats that are always delicious and fun to make.
Decorations are next. Unwrapping old decorations is comforting and pleasurable. Then there’s the new ones that were purchased last year during the post-holiday sales. Ghost and pumpkin candles, jars labeled as magical potions, spider webs and window decorations are taken out of their packaging and transform a normal house into an enchanted one. Let’s not forget the traditional Halloween village that gets assembled on the coffee table. Every year at least one new piece is added. Most are purchased from the Halloween section of the local craft store, while others are made by family members, such as the clay sea monster that guards the paper lake in the center of the village.
Once the decorations are up and the food is planned, work starts on the costumes. It’s surprising the costumes that can be created from articles in the closet. Cut out leaves of red, orange and gold fabric sewn onto a basic black shirt and gloves make a perfect garment for an autumn wizard. An elegant enchantress might wear dangly jewelry, a flowing dress and a feathered mask.
Halloween approaches. The night before almost all the food is prepared. Halloween morning is a great time for carving pumpkins. That evening, when trick-or-treaters arrive, smiling jack-o-lanterns are waiting to greet them.
It’s finally here. Delicious food. Funny, scary or sexy costumes. Cool decorations. Family and friends.
That’s what Halloween is about.
About the Author: Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies. When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. You can visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com and http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance. Also visit Kate’s Halloween page at http://kate-hill.com/halloween/halloween.php.