02 November 2006

Halloween Night

We had a wonderful Halloween here in Maine, with temperatures in the lower 50s that evening, and very little wind.

We always enjoy Halloween in our town because there is a parade for the children to show off their costumes, and in the evening, when the sun goes down, it is a time when we get out and see all our neighbors for sort of a last hurrah before winter sets in. Halloween is also a pick-me-up after the time change from daylight savings time has put our sunset at just about 4:30 p.m.

Thankfully, Halloween was quite safe in Maine this year. It seems that for the most part, gone are the days of tricks and we are left with mostly just treats. It seems that pranks are passe and community camaraderie is the order of the day.

In our household, Halloween is sort of the unofficial beginning of the countdown to the Christmas holiday season. While Thanksgiving is the official start of the shopping season, we begin looking ahead now. After all, the leaves have fallen and it's suddenly dark for much of the day. This is the time to cozy up the house, get ready for winter and start thinking about cooking comfort foods!

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