Today is Halloween here in the US which means it is time for costumes and candy and all things spooky. I really love Halloween because it is such a quirky community celebration, with everyone getting into it in their own way.
Trick-or-treating is a strange and wonderful tradition, and something that happens in one form or another across the whole country. When I was a kid, my family lived abroad for a year and it was really hard to explain this annual fall celebration to my school friends there–and of course we didn’t really experience Halloween that year, because unlike most holidays, it is a community event that can’t be done right with just one family. Dressing-up and asking strangers for candy doesn’t work very well if the strangers aren’t expecting you!
There are other ways that the larger community gets in on Halloween too, with local farms offering hay rides and corn mazes. My family tries to make it to the pumpkin patch every year to pick out carving pumpkins–one of my favorite traditions of the holiday!
Where I live now, Halloween is even more of a neighborhood event since we’ve turned it into a block party with hot cider and lots of socializing to go along with the usual trick-or-treating. It makes for a festive evening for everyone, and it wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of lots of families and friends.
What about you? Do you celebrate Halloween? What are your favorite spooky fall traditions? Do you have any other favorite holidays with distinctive ways to celebrate?
Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.
Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018. The final book in that series, Crowning Courtship, came out in May 2021.
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