“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”.
Yes and yes, L. M. Montgomery, you hit that nail right on the head. October, you are my favorite month!!
I have talked about this ad nauseam I am sure, and I apologize. But seriously, fall is my favorite, and October is it’s queen. September builds up to it, and November is about saying goodbye to fall, but October rules the season. From London Fog Lattes, my Starbucks of choice, to crunchy jewel colored leaves to the sweaters and boots and crisp weather and cider and bonfires, and most importantly, Halloween, I am the ultimate fan.
This month I feel like I have tried to curtail our planned activities so we can just enjoy the season and its slow unwind into winter, but when I look at my calendar it is still brimming with fun things to do. Bat Festivals and Trick or Treating, the orchard and pumpkin carving, a girls trip with friends, a first birthday party for one of my nieces, to name just a few. We plan on creating more family art and baking, or at least trying to bake. (that’s me – Billy is a much better baker lol)
I have jumped into fall and Halloween themed books and I am loving it. I am participating in Readers Imbibing Peril for the somethingth year in a row, and I have a full line up of spooky or mysterious books for this month. I just read Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates to ease my way in and they were the perfect start to October. I also am excited to watch all my favorite Halloween cartoons with Wyatt – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for sure is on our fall bucket list. We watched We Have Always Lived in the Castle yesterday, a cold and rainy day, and it was the perfect day to watch this crazy movie based on the book. Seriously, all the actors did a phenomenal job, especially an old favorite of mine, Crispin Hellion Glover. I will probably watch the classic Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis and who knows what else – maybe the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow?
I also have Wyatt’s costume – he is going as Max the King of all Wild Things from the book Where the Wild Things are, and he looks super adorable!! I can’t stand it. However, we were goofing around the other day and I realized I could have just dressed him like a little country music artist… maybe next year?
I had lunch with my cousin and honorary brother today, and we talked about how we were raised with traditions – every year we went on a family summer vacation together, we had holidays together and ate the same food every year, in the fall we went to the pumpkin patch and back to my aunt’s house for chili and to celebrate my uncle’s birthday. It’s just how we were raised, together and with traditions. I am thinking about this a lot lately, and how I want Wyatt to have those traditions too. I want him to have these certain things he can rely on every year, these traditions, and now it is up to Billy and I to create them.
Do you do anything special in October? Any movies you like or traditions you have?