Anyone notice this, or is it just me?
Things just feel different on the nights leading up to Halloween.
The days have been just like any other – work, school, taking care of the house, shopping, mundane stuff. The nights technically are no different – about the same temperature, nightfall happening at about the same time.
Yet as nighttime falls on the days just before Halloween, somehow, the darkness is spookier. The wind is more sinister, and it seems to be whispering things we don’t understand and can never truly know. The rustle of the leaves is somehow different; they skitter along with almost a sense of expectation…of hurry. Because something’s coming. And if we don’t know it, nature – and the supernatural all around us – does.
Perhaps I’m just crazy. Perhaps there really is something in the air, grown from the collective conscious and unconscious of an entire culture celebrating the same thing at the same time. Perhaps it’s just the knowledge that light, cheery summertime really is over, and the darker, shorter days have begun.
Whatever it is, the nights truly do feel different…and I love it. I absolutely love these final, hushed, expectant, eerie — hell, downright scary nights just before The Big Event. For me, it always happens with the lighting of that first candle inside the very first caved jack-o-lantern. My kids and I carved our pumpkins last night, and I lit the candles…and I felt it.
To everyone, have a scary, delicious, fun, funny, freaky, nostalgic and purely wonderful Halloween. It comes just once a year, though of course around here, we celebrate its eerie joys all year long. Tomorrow we’ll be doing about the same thing as always – the Halloween parade at school, trick-or-treating, handing out candy, watching spooky movies. Yet it will be amazing – because Halloween night truly does deliver its own special magic.
Come on, hold hands with me and let’s jump across that rent in the veil together. Tomorrow night, whatever happens, even if it’s nothing out of the ordinary for a Halloween night, it truly will be special.