I took a walk around the neighborhood and was reminded that this is a big weekend for kids. The autumnal leaves already make my street pretty but the neighbors have also decorated it for Halloween.
Hereabouts, October is the unofficial start of the dress up the front yard season. Gone are the days of just mowing the lawn and tending the flower beds. It’s the beginning of seasonal decorations: Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years.
This week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge is to take a NEIGHBORHOOD WALK and share seasonal sights about your hometown.
In Canada and the US, Halloween is the first of the holiday run-up to the end of the year. It’s a very big deal for the kids. It’s a day of costumes, pumpkin carving and candy. Leading up to the big day, the trek to school is delightfully frightful with tombstones, jack o lanterns and giant spiders guiding the way. This year because of the pandemic there will be no door-to-door trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Instead kids will have fun at home and enjoy their candy stash there.
According to Google not every country celebrates Halloween. The North American holiday originates from Scottish and Irish influences in the mid 19th century. Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve which is the vigil before All Saints Day on November 1. Dating back to Europe’s medieval times, many Christians held the folk belief that All Hallows’ Eve was the night when the veil between the material world and the afterlife was at its most transparent. Hence the holiday’s obsession with ghosts, ghouls and thoroughly scary creatures.
I look forward to seeing photos from your NEIGHBORHOOD WALK. If Halloween is not celebrated there (and even if it is) is there something else on show? Tell us about it!
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This week’s challenge for a NEIGHBORHOOD WALK goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.
Toronto, Canada. October 2020