Getting to Know AfterGlobe: Our Love of Halloween
To us, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year! No, we aren’t talking about Christmas. It’s Halloween that we love! Our love of Halloween is marked with fun, mischief, and getting dressed in costumes.
As soon as there’s a crisp in the air and the leaves begin to change color, we fully throw ourselves into autumn and start getting ready for the Halloween festivities. Sadly, winter comes on pretty quickly in Oregon, so we make sure to take full advantage of autumn while it lasts. With beautiful scenery around for only so long, we try to make the most of it. We visit pumpkin patches, eat still warm apple cider doughnuts, drink fresh hot spiked cider, decorate the house, start planning our costumes, and enjoy hikes among the falling leaves. Most of our yearly traditions, that we never miss, revolve around Halloween and autumn.
We are always in the mood for a good scare from a scary movie or two. At Halloween, everyone seems to make more time for scary movies; even those who don’t really like them. There’s something about being scared at Halloween that makes it fun. Even when being chased in a corn maze at night by a maniac with a chain saw.
History of Halloween
Having originated thousands of years ago, Halloween is one of the oldest holidays. Still celebrated on October 31st, the belief system behind Halloween came from a pagan festival of ancient Ireland known as Samahain. It was believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1. The festivities were said to have marked the end of summer and the onset of winter, and was celebrated with feasting, bonfires, sacrificial offerings, and homage to the dead.
We love any reason for a celebration and to dress up in costume. Having both grown up with having costumes made for us and never growing out of Halloween, we were a match made in couple costumes heaven when we got together. Especially with the large collection of costumes we both brought to the relationship.
Our first year we went together as Malice in Horrorland and the Insanely Mad Hatter. Our next year was the Big Bad Wolf and Little Dead Riding Hood. The year after that we were Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein- a year not even our friends recognized us. In the spirit of Halloween, we like to go with costumes that are scary and many times, bloody!
As we get ready to travel the world, we wonder how Halloween will be like for us in the future. Will there still be harvest activities, scary movies, and dressing in costumes? How do other parts of the world celebrate? Is there anywhere we should travel to for Halloween?
We’ve become comfortable with our traditions and customs. Knowing that they will be changing in the near future is exciting and sad, at the same time. There will be no more planning out our costumes months in advance or having a trunk full of on-hand supplies to work with. Halloween as we know and love will forever be changed. We look forward to the change and to see what our future Halloweens will hold for us.
Where’s the best place you’ve ever been for Halloween?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013. Unless, otherwise noted.