The Rambling Writer: Halloween and Day of the Dead

Musings as the wheel of the year turns toward winter, and the veil thins between the living and the dead.

Tomorrow is Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, on the cusp of the season when traditionally the veil between the worlds thins and the presence of the dead can be felt. The earth’s turning toward dark winter sparks a last explosion of leaf color paving our local trails here in the Pacific Northwest. A time to wonder where the path leads.

In the U.S., the holiday has evolved as a fun-scary party with trick-or-treating, costumes, and decorations. Here’s a stained-glass Jack-o-lantern my mom Helen made years ago.

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The Rambling Writer: Halloween and Day of the Dead — 3 Comments

    • Thanks, Sherwood! I snapped that photo of the trail along our nearby Lake Whatcom yesterday on a bike ride with Thor and Bear dog. It is always a magical place, but especially in the fall when the big maples blaze and drop leaves.

  1. Yes, there is something magical about that trail along the lake. I want some of ashes strewn there. Plus about 30 other places around the world. That should keep Sara busy.

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