I have been told by my British friends that they were utterly amazed as they drove across the USA around the time of Halloween. It seems that many Americans go above and beyond the norm in their celebration of Halloween (All Saints Day), especially in their use of decorations. Yesterday I happened upon a photo opportunity to capture it in a concentrated form at a local park that has camping facilities and would like to share this with you.
It was interesting to wander around the state park campground and experience the variety of ways that people expressed their creativity and sense of fun. The campers included young families, people who were grandparent-age, couples without children, and every combination in-between. Some had been coming and camping there on this weekend for years. There was a definite sense of community, with the joy of Halloween celebration as a common bond.
The ways in which camp sites were decorated intrigued me. For some, the event meant a few subtle decorations. For others, it was a time of excess.Some decorated to shock and terrify, while others had cute ghosts or a Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin scene. All were hosted by friendly people (some in costume) who were ready to share the spirit of Halloween and some candy with Trick or Treaters once the sun went down and the decorative lights went on.
It was a lot of fun wandering around in the afternoon daylight watching campers put on the final touches to their campsites and sit back and admire each other's efforts. The intense surge of political competition was temporarily forgotten, even though the elections are only two weeks away. People camped together, shared with each other, and enjoyed each other's company. It was a pleasant island of normalcy in an otherwise overwhelmingly divisive political month. We enjoyed every minute of it.
Thank you for visiting, I hope that you enjoyed your stay. I enjoyed sharing part of my culture, even though I am not one to become overly involved with this particular holiday myself. Please feel free to stop by the Tavern in the future and see what's next on the menu. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.