on Halloween During a Pandemic

As I write this, our new neighborhood has already recognized that trick or treating is going to be different this year and has proposed a plan: We’ll have one table for the street and bag candy for children in advance. On Halloween, we’ll take turns manning the table to ensure that everyone takes one bag. When you factor in that our town has limited trick or treating this year, we’ll only be outside for a max of 30 minutes each.

The plan is a good one, it keeps everyone safe and ensures that children are able to experience some sort of normal — even if normal looks different this year. I don’t have a problem with the plan, it just makes me a little sad.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time to see everyone have fun together. A time of costumes and seeing your neighbors grow up. When we picked our home, we wanted a quiet street for many reasons. For me, trick or treating was one of them, especially when you factor in that we live rural and children from further out in town probably park in the down center and wander down our street at some point.

No matter how your Halloween looks this year, I wish you a safe one (though I would do that any year, trick or treating does happen in the dark). Remember your neighbors and the fun that we’ll have in future years.

Happy Halloween! May you find yourself watching a spooky movie.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Vest by: KnitPicks

I can’t help it, I love Halloween. The costumes, the colors, the stories, and the traditions are all wonderful and exciting. I was the child who wore pumpkin earrings (that I still own) for the entire month of October. I borrowed my mother’s Halloween pins and looked forward to being allowed to wear my pumpkin socks (which I outgrew before I could wear again). Every year, my mom still breaks out her Halloween pins and dutifully pins them on Halloween cardigans and you can’t help but smile that her dedication to decorating for the holidays extends to her person. I was reminded of this when searching Ravelry and stumbled upon a Halloween vest that KnitPicks designed back in 2006, and can’t help but feel guilty that I have no desire to make one for her.

As I’ve gotten older, I break out my pumpkin earrings less and less, but I have not lost my enthusiasm when it comes to the holiday. These days, I break out purple and black striped tights and wear them with a black dress and tall black boots. If I go to a costume party, I find myself piecing together costumes from items I found while thrift shopping and items that I’ve created.

Though I should have assumed, a quick search of Ravelry revealed an entire section dedicated to costumes! Perhaps next year I’ll add a hat to my Halloween work attire in the form of a Mummy, Candy Corn, Wig or Pumpkin Top. I could even knit my dog a turtle costume!

Despite loving fall, I think one of my current fallacies is that I struggle to plan my decorations ahead of time. For example, it would be easy to knit mini pumpkins during the summer, when having wool on your lap is sweat-inducing. Last June I knit Christmas stockings for my sister and her husband, but I didn’t truly sit down and work on the rest of their decorations until after Thanksgiving. Perhaps one of my problems is that I don’t feel inspired to knit holiday-specific items until it’s time to use and enjoy them, and by then it’s too late.

Maybe next year I’ll make use of KnitPick’s Halloween yarn sale, which makes me wonder if I should have gotten more of a head start on my gift knitting for the upcoming holiday season… It’s hard to believe that I haven’t started yet (I’m usually just over halfway done by now)!

Stay safe this Halloween and remember, all Halloween candy goes on sale November 1st…