The Aerie is a dead zone for trick-or-treaters, and not like a Stephen King scary sort of Dead Zone either. You see, the Aerie is near the top of a hill, on a dead-end street, and has no houses on the other side of the street. This makes it great for quiet and privacy, but a terrible lure for kids that would have to do a lot of (uphill) hoofing to get our candy – which incidentally is from the same Costco candy mix bag that everyone else in our neighborhood gives out, too. Hence, we get maybe a dozen doorbell rings per Halloween.
I guess that preamble is to say that we don’t really go all out for Halloween decorating in the way that seems to have caught on in other places. And because the foot traffic for our house is light, our decorating is mostly for ourselves.
For The Beloved and me, more than cats and cobwebs and witches, we have really emphasized a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) type motif in our house. Dia de los Muertos is a (mostly) Latin American festival that coincides with the Catholic feast of All Souls Day, which is November 2nd. Much more joyfully celebratory than ought-to-be scary Halloween, Dia de los Muertos calls on us to remember our loved ones and celebrate their lives. Often clothed skeletal figures are shown doing the fun things that were enjoyed in life.
For us, I think we have them around the house because we want to imagine ourselves doing the things we love in life together for eternity. In fact, a few pieces have taken up permanent residence in our house, such as this painting of two Catrinas stepping out on the town.
And my favorite, which is this couple.
Of course, we do have some more traditional Halloween fare in the house. The Beloved is a pretty mean Jack-o-lantern carver.
And yesterday, this guy started making a nice big web home on our back patio. The Beloved instructed me that I was supposed to relocate him (or her, I suppose) while she was out. I felt a little badly, because its presence really seemed appropriate. I guess holiday spirit only goes so far…
How about you? Do you go all out for Halloween, or have any unusual traditions?