Writing a blog in the year 2019 felt at times a bit like yelling into a void. The internet, in all its vastness, has started to condense around the handful of social media platforms favoring ever more bite-sized information nuggets (check out my Instagram!). But writing a blog in Spring 2020 feels ten times more void-y than ever before. You know why. I’m not going to dwell on that right now.
For today is the halfway point to Halloween. And while just a few short weeks ago it seemed inconceivable that anything could threaten to cancel Halloween, there is a growing chance that our beloved holiday could look a little different this year. We will still have a Halloween – I guarantee it. But depending on what the next 5 months hold for us, we may need to adjust some of our traditions.
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. A bittersweet circumstance, as once again Leap Year deprived us of a Friday Halloween – arguably the BEST day for it to fall on. But still, Saturday Halloween has special significance. If normal trick or treating takes place, it ought to be bigger than ever. My sincere hope is that it does take place as expected and offers its unique community bond as a triumphant act of reconnection after a mind-bogglingly crappy first half of the year. I will be holding out for that.
If anyone is reading this right now, thank you. Thank you for still indulging in these outdated written words. Thank you for spending a few minutes thinking about something trivial for a change. Trivial, but spirit-nourishing. In just a few months, perhaps we can all devote our mental energy to thinking about a darkness that’s more fun and not so… disruptive.
See you then.