Posted by: Judy | October 28, 2019

For those who wonder…

Why I celebrate Halloween: It’s the one holiday we encourage ourselves to look into the darkness and drag our fears into the light and hopefully see them for what they are: An opportunity to be brave and reclaim our power over them.

Shelley’s “Frankenstein” explores the folly of men pretending to be God. Stoker’s “Dracula” reveals the horror of those who live by taking from others. I can’t imagine a world without Poe, and his willingness to expose the monsters within. We prevail when we choose good over evil.

For the record, I don’t do scary. Growing up in it means it isn’t entertainment for me. Dress up is fun. I’ve always had a fondness for jack-o-lanterns; the cheerful flame flickering inside. Not to mention my love of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. The promise of cooler weather, a definite bonus in the desert. The changing color of the leaves, which people generously share through pictures. The prelude to the coming triad holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year (gratitude, giving, starting anew). Enjoy the day. Indulge in a treat; pizza for me. Laugh.

I’ve no plans to go anywhere, so I may even work up the nerve to dress up. Funny, isn’t it? I enjoy the dress up aspect, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Granted, I do dress up for the Renaissance Fair and when my LOTR (Lord of the Rings) friend have an event. I can’t remember the last time I dressed up for Halloween. Maybe this year.

And yes, I have Halloween dishes that I use one day a year. Silly, I know.


  1. Halloween is my favourite holiday! I really appreciate your reasons to celebrate. ❤ and I love your Halloween stuff, you could use it throughout October. I think that'd be reasonable.

    I start decorating September 1,lol. I do scary and try and incorporate nature in there too. Lots of spiders, bats and birds ❤
    I celebrate, reflect on and appreciate impermanence and then let it lead me straight into Dia De Los Muertos where I honour my ancestors and those who died in the past year.

    • I have two sets of fall-type plate settings, for October and November. 🙂 How fun! I love spiders, though not so much in the house, as I hate stepping on them inadvertently. They are escorted outside. Bats are awesome! Sadly, I haven’t seen one in a long time. As for birds, depends on the birds. 😀 What wonderful traditions you’ve created.

  2. I love the dishes!

    • 🙂

  3. So did you end up dressing up?

    • Alas, no.

      • Who did you dress as for that LOTR event?

        • More Hobbit than Elf. I have several Renaissance Fair style outfits, including a couple of cloaks. 🙂

          • Oooh, sounds cool! 🙂
            For Halloween, I dressed up as a modest mermaid, using a costume I made myself.

            • How fun! Pictures? It’s okay to say no. 🙂

            • Ok, sure. I’ll email ’em to you.

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