Here we are, Halloween weekend is upon us! To me, this is just the beginning of 'Lantern Season', my most favorite time of the year! I think of all of the images of light which we are just beginning to experience as the daylight dwindles...the Jack-o-lantern.... all different types of lanterns for Martinmas.... "Luminaria night" (Luminaria Night started in 1998 in Bethlehem, PA as a way to unite neighbors and help members of the community. Each year we light up more of the city and spread the love!)...the spiral of light for Advent....and finally, our Christmas Tree in all of its splendor!!
Carving our pumpkins was a real sensory experience for all of us. The smell of the pumpkin, the cold, stringy insides, the slippery seeds...
Have you ever felt pumpkin seeds being rinsed in a colander? It is..amazing. One of my most favorite sensations! Every time I do this, I remember my most favorite movie, Amelie, and how she cultivates a taste for small pleasures... dipping her hand into sacks of grain… cracking créme brulée with a teaspoon....
still image from Amelie
....A playschool girl may share these sentiments, as she stood at the sink for 15 minutes running her hands through the seeds. I overheard, "I wish I could take a bath in all of these......"
I mentioned in a previous post that I'm not so inspired or excited by Halloween. I am searching for ways to make it more meaningful and...age appropriate. Watching the children prance down our street during trick-or-treat brings about a feeling of excitement, but at closer examination, I feel unsure. Every other girl is dressed as a princess. Teenagers sans costume look for handouts. Pre teen girls are nearly in their underwear. Almost every costume is inspired by one or another licensed character. Sometimes I wonder why Spiderman, Batman and the like are so popular with very young boys...they're characters from a PG-13 movie! (I'm sure that cross marketing has almost everything to do with this...)
With all this said, I was glad to come across this fantastic article (page 8) from 1978 via The Waldorf Library earlier this evening. It is deeply inspirational!
We did take W trick-or-treating around the block and he very much enjoyed taking candy from our neighbors. (although he didn't eat any, of course!) It was a mild night, but we're now bracing for our first snowstorm (???) of the year. 2-4 inches of snow after a nearly frost-free October?
...I'm excited to hunker down so soon!