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My Favorite Holiday–Halloween!

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Carved pumpkins for Halloween
Rob's pumpkin (left) and my pumpkin (right), Halloween 2023

[BLOG POST 11/5/23] As I get older (53!!!--how did that happen?) I'm a little surprised to find that Halloween is still my favorite holiday.But only a little surprised. After all, it's the one holiday that encourages creative expression through pumpkin carving, DIY costumes, and bizarre eats.

My sister from my Lesotho Peace Corps family who now lives in the USA was very confused by this holiday. Confusion aside, her favorite part is all the chocolate candy. 😉

According to the History website a very brief look at the holiday includes this:

[Halloween] originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Well, we did our part!

Lava Cookies! Beware of grey poops the day after eating!

Creative Costumes! Beware–he moves when least expected!

Halloween costume
Alex dressed as a green army man

Scary Trick or Treating–beware of treats made for the adults accompanying their kids!

scary halloween costume
Rob handing out jello shots to adults only!

Festive Gatherings–beware of a porch filled with six adults ready to hand out candy!

Halloween 2023
Our front porch decorated for Halloween

All in all it was a very fun evening filled with good food, funny stories of Halloween past, and creative costumes by adults and kids alike. We are already looking forward to next year!

And I'm contemplating how to reimagine other other holidays to be more creative too. Stay tuned for new Nov and Dec holiday ideas!

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