October 31st Halloween

You know, there might have been a time when Halloween was considered bizarre but not really so much anymore. What is bizarre is if you don’t know October 31st is Halloween. It originally was a day set aside for driving evil spirits from your life but today it’s really all about the candy and the costumes. This Halloween is likely to be different from past Halloweens but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be fun. And as long as we keep it fun, not taking it too seriously, everybody can enjoy letting their hair down a little. Maybe this year we need Halloween to break up the routine.

How to celebrate – Get a costume ready. Go trick-or-treating. Decorate your house for Halloween.

October 26th National Pumpkin Day

Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day

The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America, perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.

How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.