The first year we lived in our current house, it felt as though we’d been transported to Disneyland for Halloween–people up and down the street decked out their homes with oversized decorations and all sorts of curious items that spewed mist or growled sporadically or otherwise scared trick-or-treaters. Spooky music was blasted from various houses and neighbors dressed in elaborate costumes. There was a fantastic joyful, over-the-top vibe in the air. We felt somewhat out of our element, given our low-key decor featuring a tiny pumpkin patch. In the following years, we experimented with an array of monsters, skull lights, and other things that came and went. Over time, families moved away and the carnivalesque vibe dwindled. But still we have our pumpkin patch.
It brings back so many memories: when our kids were younger, we’d celebrate for weeks leading up to Halloween. We’d attend fall festivals, run through corn mazes, enjoy hay rides, and make candy apples. We’d comb through the store aisles–trying on as many silly hats as possible along the way–until we found the perfect costumes. We’d carve pumpkins and roast the delicious seeds. Now the boys are older and no longer trick or treat or wear costumes. But still we have our pumpkin patch.
It’s nothing fancy, though once we propped up a sign that said “Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Patch,” which gave it some literary flair, but said sign mysteriously disappeared the very same night [insert scary organ music and goosebumps].
There’s no art to the process: we just put a bunch of pumpkins in the garden. Today, we added the first row, the Hanging Pumpkins. There are more to come–and the overall number seems to grow each year. Suffice it to say that by the 31st, our pumpkin patch will be overflowing.
There’s something about this that lifts our spirits. Perhaps it’s just taking a moment to be fanciful, to not think about all of the things on your to-do list that must be done. That’s something worth doing.
Hope the pumpkins lift your spirits too.
Happy Halloween Season! Do you decorate and, if so, what is your favorite decoration?