Friday, October 31, 2008

All Hallows' Eve

by Liz of Lush Beads

(Taken a few days ago at the pumpkin carving party Liz attends each year)

Halloween is upon us! I chatted with some members of Boston Handmade recently to see how they are celebrating the holiday, and what it means to them.

Lucie says: "This is a photo I took at Jamaica Pond in the spring. I thought it gave a distinctly creepy, Halloween-y feel with the bare branches looking almost unnaturally curved, like a haunted forest. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, second only to Christmas. I have always loved costume parties, ghost stories and candy!"

Kerry says: "I have a black cat but he doesn't like to pose for photos. I love Halloween and every year we have a pumpkin carving party. To me, it is the beginning of the holiday season. It is such a symbol of Fall and is such much fun." She took these two photos at her local Stop & Shop, of all places!

Crystal says: "Halloween is the only time of year where most people feel comfortable going out in public wearing silly, scary, or over the top costumes and outfits. It's a fanciful holiday where fantasy takes over and the atmosphere is storybook-like with leaves falling, children running around with buckets of candy and haunted hayrides where it's encouraged to let out a scream and then a laugh."

Here are two of her spun-cotton creatures. You can see more in her Etsy shop.

Marla combines her love of sea glass with this holiday to create some fanciful witch earrings.
For me personally, Halloween is the absolute best time of year. The fall chill is in the air, the leaves crunch under your feet, apples are fresh and plentiful, and the smell of burning leaves and fires becomes more prevalent. I attend an annual pumpkin-carving party. We toast pumpkin seeds, enjoy mulled cider, and decapitate poor innocent squash. Take a peek at my award-winning pumpkins from last year!
I hope have a great time wherever you will be this Halloween!

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