November 1st Is Hard

Halloween is a big deal around here.1 This year was especially tough. Between work, writing, editing, and about a jillion other things, it has been really hard to carry on the way I normally do in October. COVID, Politics…it seems like everything has been conspiring to make me very tired.

Despite this, I was determined to have a proper Halloween display. The number of Trick or Treaters was down from previous years, but I had a great time anyway. To be honest, I was quite pleased with the way the display worked out this year.

Putting up a display like I usually do is hard work. Some years are harder than others
2, mind you and what I put up is nowhere near what some home haunters accomplish. Still, this is something that makes me happy, allows me to be at least a little bit creative, and allows me to revel in the creepy side of things.3

Taking down the display is often quicker but more emotionally tasking. It’s sad to put away all of my fun creepy friends for another year. It marks the end of the Halloween season.
4/5 It’s also marks the end of my big “doing things in public” time of the year. Between haunted attractions, movies, readings, conventions, and various other appearances, October is usually pretty damn busy. After Halloween, however, there are little if any conventions that I attend. Things quiet down. While that is good for the introverted portion of my personality, it is still a bit sad.

Add to this the fact that I hit up four Spirit stores and walked away empty handed, today has been downright gloomy. It didn’t help that it was snowing. It also didn’t help that I am not participating in NaNoWriMo
link this year. Really, it’s kind of a bummer day.

I’m doing my best to make up for this with dog snuggles. So far, it is working pretty well.

1 Pretty sure you all knew that already.

2 This year’s big difficulty was first putting up the 10’ tall animatronic clown, then trying to keep the blasted wind from knocking it over.

3 Bonus.

4 Even if I didn’t do a whole lot of stuff this October.

5 Not that I every truly acknowledge an end to the season.