September 12 seems so long ago, but that’s when this year’s Halloween shindig started. Now, 49 days and 40 posts later, we’re planning our Thanksgiving trip home. I know the transition happens every year, but that still doesn’t lessen the shock.
But don’t get me wrong, I do love that shock.
Halloween Seasons are supposed to be weird, but this one seemed a bit weirder to me. Actually, I shouldn’t be phrasing it that way. I was the one slightly out of rhythm. I blame it on Berlin. Taking an international non-vacation trip right in the prime of the season and losing two October weekends definitely disturbed my Halloween equilibrium a bit, even though it was a way cool trip and gave me the opportunity to see one of the top oddities on my wish list, the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic.
But looking over the season with the hindsight of a burgeoning nostalgia, it was a good’un. It featured the best Salem trip we’ve ever had. Fright Kingdom. An amazing German cemetery. Two great New England road trips. And, of course, lots and lots of Edgar Allan Poe, including two monument unveilings.
Normally at this point, I would take a month or so break from posting, but there are some loose ends from the past month that I really want to tie up. I actually ended up with 26 post ideas that I didn’t get to (sure, there are always Halloween leftovers, but that’s almost a whole new season). Some of those ideas will be saved for next Halloween, others that are more broadly macabre will be posted throughout the year (like my Strange Stuff From My Study series), others might stay in the cobwebbed corners of my brain until said brains rots inside a corpse’s shell.
But in the near-term, I still have two sites from Germany I want to write about before putting that trip to bed, plus I need to write about my time at the Sedlec Ossuary. The only reason I haven’t written 10,000 words on that yet is because of the Halloween Season. And I still have a few Poe pieces to share with you, including my account of the unveiling of the Poe bust at the Boston Public Library.
Anyway, I awoke this morning to a cold November rain, which besides lodging GNR in my head for the rest of the day, kind of makes me realize that I’m ready for some snow.
I hope you had a great Halloween Season. Thanks for letting me intrude on it every once in a while. Happy Halloween, everyone.