For me there is just something exciting about Halloween.  It is not so much the day itself, though I will say that it is an under appreciated holiday.

Maybe it is just something as simple as the fact that it represents, to me at least, the change of seasons.  A time when there starts to be that little nip in the air, that little bit of electricity that you feel in the air letting you know that winter is on the way.

When I was young and went out for Halloween, fulfilling that seasonal childhood quest for candy, I remember the slight bite in the air.  Not quite cold enough for a jacket, yet there is that chill.  Then you have the smell.  You know what I am talking about.  There always seems to be that SMELL of winter in the air on Halloween, with the smell of a wood fire burning some where out there which just adds to this.

I would have to say that of the holidays throughout the year, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorites.  Christmas has never meant too much to me, it was always someone elses holiday, not mine, being Jewish.

Then there is the festivities of the day itself.  The company that I work for always has a pot-luck on the day of, or the day before, if it falls on a weekend.  There is also the outfits that people wear.  I have always been intrigued by what people chose to wear for that day.  I suspect that sometimes it is fun, but then there are times that I think that people dress to reflect something of themselves that they normally hide away, except this one time each year, you get to try your hidden face on the world under the guise of fun. As Billy Joel says:

“Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and
Show ourselves
When everyone has gone…”

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