It doesn’t feel like it. Halloween has a smell, it has colors, it has a temperature, it has a feel, and none of those things are in the Arizona air. I’m really missing Ohio right now.
As I was trying to think about what to write about today, I decided to go back and see what I’ve written in my past annual Halloween posts.
And then I discovered that this “tradition” I have of making a Halloween post exists erroneously in my memory, because I’ve written only one Halloween post ever.
Which blows my mind, because Halloween is my favorite holiday of the whole entire year!
Last year, I was on the road from Ohio to Arizona during Halloween, which I thought very appropriate—the death of my old life and the birth of a new life. I remember writing a Halloween post in Motel 6. I’m not sure what happened to it.
It was interesting to read how freaked I was a few days before we left: I was terrified we’d never get to Arizona. Once we were on the road, I was utterly fascinated with how big the sky was, in “The Sky is Falling.”
And I was still on the road when I wrote one of my most heartfelt blog posts ever, staying up until 5am to finish it, which is the only time that’s ever happened. It took me a full year to write it, which is also the only time that’s ever happened: “It’s Not Normal.”
I had little to say about Arizona in the first month I was here, except “It’s Complicated.” I was in a state of culture shock. I remember vividly how it felt like I’d moved into a war zone, with Border Patrol everywhere and helicopters flying above and signs all over the place. I still get woken up at 2 am with helicopters landing behind the RV Resort, but now it’s an irritation rather than a WTF?.
I tend to dedicate every Samhain to something, to give it a certain focus, to use it for personal growth. But this year I’m unprepared. No theme. No focus. I have no ritual planned. I’ll probably clean my camper, call my best friend, and go sit in the desert. Maybe do a Tarot reading. I’ll have a nice, quiet Samhain.
Which is nice, too. I try to force too many things in my life. If I do that, then I’m not open to what may come.
Did you dress up for Halloween? If you didn’t, what would you have liked to dress up as? Did you go trick or treating? Pass out candy? How are you/did you celebrate? Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain!