Well friends, the Witching Hour is officially upon us! All Hallows Eve is only days away!
As I think most of you know, I’ve basically been celebrating Halloween for two straight months now. This weekend, however, I got to kick things up a notch or two with my closest and dearest friends. It began with a Girls’ Night on Friday.
We drank some wine,
Watched the single greatest Halloween movie of all time,
And carved pumpkins!
I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty proud of my Phoenix.
Before the night ended, my friends told me that they had an idea. I have to admit, they are pretty spectacular. I think I’ll keep them around.
The next night, I went with another of my best friends to Fort Worth for a Ghost Bus Tour. Talk about a Halloween dream come true!
There was also wine. It was basically perfect.
But absolutely nothing beats a visit to an old cabin village… Or possibly capturing a few unexplained light anomalies on camera.
To top it all off, I may have stumbled across a website that allows you to Halloween-ify yourself.
So yeah, that was my weekend. How was yours?
Alright people. It’s October 21. That means we only have ten days left to celebrate one of the greatest feast days of the year: All Hallow’s Eve.
Halloween has always been a big deal in my family. What’s not to love? The pumpkins, the magic, the spooks, the costumes… I think everyone becomes more of a believer in the things that can’t be explained around this time of year.
That being said, I intend to savor every second I have left of these ten days. So, without further ado, I present
Jacqueline E. Smith’s Halloween Essentials
- A trip to the pumpkin patch.
- A haunting soundtrack full of classic Halloween hits.
- A Halloween movie marathon. This marathon MUST include at least three separate viewings of Hocus Pocus.
- Candy Corns and Mellowcreme Pumpkins.
- Scented candles.
- Finding your ideal costume. If you can’t find it, make it! One year in college when I was particularly broke, I went as The One-Eyed-One-Horned-Flying-Purple-People-Eater and I made my own wings and horn. I looked a little deranged, but the wings looked AMAZING.
- A unique design for your Jack-O-Lantern. Now, I’ve been carving my own Jack-O-Lanterns for years, but scraping out all the insides and carving can be a bit tiresome, so it might not be for everyone. Especially if you don’t like pulp under your nails.
- A black light bulb. When I was little, my mom would ALWAYS light a black light on All Hallow’s Eve. It’s simply not the Witching Hour without one.
- A black cat. Naturally. Where would I be without my beautiful Witch’s Familiar?
- A good ghost story. Of course! And you can get Cemetery Tours on Kindle for only $2.99 for the remainder of October.
What are your Halloween Essentials?
Ladies and gentlemen, the autumnal equinox is upon us. This means cooler weather, colorful leaves, sweaters, scarves, and pumpkin everything.
Confession: I like the idea of pumpkin spiced lattes and cakes and bread, but I do not enjoy the taste. At all. I love the smell and the pumpkins themselves, but I cannot eat or drink anything that is pumpkin spicy.
It’s hard describe with words what exactly it is that makes fall so magical. For me, it’s always been more of a feeling, an experience of the senses. Fall looks like crisp blue skies, orange and red and yellow leaves, brown grass, haystacks, and just a touch of purple and black. Fall smells like pumpkin spice and firewood and wool sweaters and a fresh northern breeze. Fall sounds like the crackle of leaves and the whispers of wind and a hint of eerie, hypnotic, ethereal music. Fall feels like crisp, cool, refreshing air, like the memories of ghosts who’ve gone before, like for the first time, all magic is possible.
Fall is a time to spend with your friends and family. It’s a time for state fairs and pumpkin patches and being outside. It’s a time to savor and enjoy. It’s a time to remember what it means to be simple and to believe in what we can’t see.
Best of all, it’s a time for ghosts and witches and things that go bump in the night.
Happy Fall everyone!