As far as Silkworm and I are concerned, Halloween has been here since July. Clamoring skeletons have been dancing around in our heads for months, but we didn't want to let them out too early because we were afraid they might get tuckered out before autumn even arrived. Now that it's October, we've been decking the halls with bats and spiders ever since the air began to smell like apples and dirt.
We plug in the lights in my room every night post sunset (check out our tutorial for paper bat string lights). Halloween music plays every hour we're near a computer, and we're making a CD playlist so we can listen in the car. Silkworm wears an orange sweater with a purple bat on it daily, and his bat costume has been crocheted, though I wish I would have had enough yarn to make a hat with teeny ears.
Our to-do list is chock full, but things are getting crossed off day after day. I'm beginning to realize just how wonderful the holidays are going to be this year. I am so much more independent than I was last year, with a driver's license in my hands and a little bit of money I'm willing to spend from my job at the farm this past summer. Silkworm and I don't have to wait to go pumpkin picking, or apple picking, or simply photo-shoot-exploring. We can buy cute $1 ribbons for snail mail and send people Halloween goodies without begging Madre and Padre for a bit of money. It's the best feeling and good things are already coming of it. I cannot wait to see what Christmas will be like--but for now, Halloween is spooktacular.