Every year our little family waits for Halloween to step out of the ordinary into a little something extraordinary; because life is just that; extraordinary; until we forget. I find so much joy in planning events since my daughter was born 9 years ago and together we plot and plan and create. Last year we had the idea to create Halloween characters with her and her friends making studio portraits with them in costume and this year we will do that again. Here are a few of our favorite portraits from last year.
It is the time of year when ghosts roam the streets and demand to be fed with candy or they would scare us to death, when elves get busy making sweets and building toys for good children everywhere from their north pole workshop and when an a jolly old man in a red suit is waking up and getting ready to saddle his reindeer and to ride his carriage in the skies of the planet delivering gifts and fulfilling the lists of little children, the time when cookie people are not all just cookies. Some of these cookies will escape and go to cookie land before they get colored silly and eaten.
I love these fantastical stories we grow up with but is it any wonder our children think twice before blindly believing everything we say?
Over two thousand years ago, the Druids believed that the souls of the dead roamed the streets at night and they also believed that these souls needed to be honored. As for the souls that were unfriendly and a bit scary, well for those they left offerings to ensure they were pleased and no harm would come to the crops the following year. So the end of the harvest year, October 31st was to be “Samhain” the end of summer holiday. This later got diluted and became the Halloween we know today and the offerings became candy.
Every year on the first day of October Lea starts to prepare for her favorite holiday and our home gets transformed bit by bit into a haunted house and naturally we bathe with our witch hats!