While the weather is definitely starting to cool off here in the Midwest, and a number of leaves are already falling to the ground, many of the other usual signs of the season are muted this year. I have seen a few of the neighbors changing the décor on their front porches, and there are pumpkins for sale in the local grocery stores, but, not much else.
There are less Halloween decorations and costumes available, less talk about the season on the news, for obvious reasons. This year we are under a quarantine, which means even in areas that do allow for trick-or-treating it is unlikely that many will feel safe allowing their families’ participation, not without justification.
I remember when my children were young, the year of the awful events of 9/11, and the nation was gripped by terror. That year, following those eye-opening and life-changing tragic events, many families were in fear of going out, of taking part in normal events. We flew American flags in defiance, all the while waiting for the next attack, the next crisis.
When Halloween came around that year, fearing for our children’s safety but not wanting to deny them the joy of the season, we stayed home and invited the extended family over for our own celebration.
All the children came in costume, and the adults were assigned different rooms, hallways, and corners of the limited space with a bag or bowl of candy to give out so the kids could “trick-or-treat” before we had a party with games, food, and creepy music. Later, we would recall that Halloween as one of the best we ever celebrated, despite the fear that inspired the planning.
The point I wish to make is, don’t let the current situation get you down. Yes, we are under threat, yes we must take precautions, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy the season. If it makes you happy, decorate for fall. Festoon your space with mums, pumpkins, and what have you (I already have a few of my own in place.) While circumstances dictate we must adhere to a certain amount of isolation, we can still enjoy ourselves and allow our kids to have fun and make memories that will last.
However you decide to celebrate, or even if you choose not to, I hope you get the chance to enjoy the beauty of the crisp air, the brilliant colors, the tantalizing aromas, and the sweet tastes of the season. Happy Fall!