My favorite page of Southern Living magazine is the last page, which has, for years, contained editorial pieces filled with language that evokes memories and inspires hopes and dreams. In the October edition, Rick Bragg bemoans the fact that vampires are replacing the traditional symbol of Halloween, the “punkin.”
Bragg says, “Halloween has always been, to me, a time to smile at things that frighten us…,” and I totally agree.
My own memories of my long ago childhood Halloweens are filled with happy times. We dressed as pirates and gypsies, and majorettes and football players. I always had a noisemaker – some metal box that would spin around on its plastic axle and was painted black and orange. We went from house to house in large groups, sometimes accompanied by a parent or two. The most frightening thing was when someone secretly skipped a stop, ran ahead of the group, and jumped out from the bushes to scare the rest of us.
Phooey on all the blood and fangs and frightening horrors of today’s Halloween! Fortunately, there are many in our town who feel the same way. We have the sights and sounds of the Halloween of old – friendly and welcoming, celebrating the harvest and ushering in the holiday season.
If you visited my town this time of year, here are some of the sights you would see.
Schools decorate for the season, too:
A trip to the farmers market brings more seasonal delights:
Our town celebrates Pumpkinfest annually, with sights such as these:
Many businesses decorate scarecrows to compliment what they are selling:
And we are all waiting patiently for the big night:
Pumpkin lovers unite!