I Love This Time The first signs of an impending Halloween season

Here I am, about to finish up another Summer of Horror marathon (there will be at least one more entry), with the “official” beginning of Halloween season just over the horizon, and the very first signs of the approach are starting to appear out in the civilized world.

I don’t really count the arts and crafts and decor stores. Some of the more massive decor places like At Home start stocking Halloween stuff in the beginning of June. Michael’s usually starts just after that. And Costco, around the same time, usually puts out costumes and bulk candy. They are all perennial early birds. But when I start seeing stuff like this at the grocery store…

…and this going on in the Walgreens seasonal aisle…

… that’s when I know we’re getting close.

The “Fall” candy is like the first warning shot. We all associate candy corn with Halloween but Brach’s isn’t going explicit on the packaging with bats and pumpkins and whatnot. The seasonal aisle in the picture above, in the midst of that weird transition where half of it is the meager remains of clearance priced pool toys and back to school supplies, and the other half is bulk candy, is one of my strangest favorite things. Again, it’s almost subtle. The packages have googly eyed cartoon monsters on them but you won’t see any jack o’ lanterns yet. But they’re coming…

And then of course, you have the less subtle signs…

Yuh huh. Whoa ho. Yee hee. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

This angle doesn’t show it but all you can see in the front windows are “Now Hiring” signs. A Halloween store will be here soon, but not yet.

The progression of time is already totally out of control at my age. Every time a Halloween season gets here I don’t feel like I’m totally recovered from the last one yet. Then it washes over me for two months that feel like three weeks and it’s over. I wouldn’t say that it takes away from my enjoyment of the season, but it does alter the role of anticipation in this whole charade. I gain more and more appreciation for the gradual build up. I savor the feeling of hope and potential of good times yet to arrive, and quietly mourn every time an anticipated event passes by. When Halloween is something I can see just about to happen, that’s when I feel the most excitement.

We’re just a hop skip and a jump away from Halloween 2017, and the potential for another great year.

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