Pumpkins and Costumes and Candy, , ,

Submitted 2 months ago
Created by
Lisa Ladd

Oh My!

Are you counting the days?  Do you have your costume?  Have you  got enough candy or other items to hand  out on Wednesday?

Yes, it's true.  Halloween is upon us.  It is kind of hard to miss, as most of New England has been decked out with fall themed decorations for weeks.  Including your's truly.


On a recent trip to Maine, we visited Fort Knox (the original) in Bucksport.  They were getting ready for a month of haunted walks at night through the fort.  I am not sure I am brave enough for haunted evenings, but I did enjoy looking at the decorations during the day.

New England really embraces Halloween.  I am always amazed by the many displays not only in businesses, but in individual homes.    A recent trip to West Lebanon made it clear that business is brisk this week as folks pick out costumes and find more decorations to make their night special.  The Party Store was doing a brisk business, but so were Listen, BJ's and HomeGoods too.

My mom loved Halloween.  Perhaps it was her October birthday, but I always miss her most acutely, as the days get closer to the haunted evening.  One of my favorite memories was one of our last good day trips together, to the Keene pumpkin festival about ten years ago.  As she got into her nineties we brought Halloween to her, this was her last birthday celebration, with a jack-o-lantern to help her celebrate.

Growing up in suburban California, I have vivid memories of my hours of trick-or-treating.  Since moving to Thetford, I don't get trick-or-treaters, other than the neighbors next door.  So this year, I am joining my friend and participating in Trunk Or Treat at the Norwich Public Library.  I will be there from 4:00-5:30 handing out treats from my green Mini-Cooper.  Just look for the hood ornament,  and come say hello.  And if you already have plans of your own, may you all enjoy a festive and fun Halloween!

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