It’s been years since I did anything for Halloween besides putting minimal effort into dressing up for work. But this year, my childhood bff moved only half an hour away, and she has three young children. We carved pumpkins a couple of weekends ago, which was a lot of fun. Particularly gutting the pumpkins, which not everyone was up for. There was much squealing and giggling at how gross the insides of the pumpkins feel. It’s funny, the last time I remember carving pumpkins was with this very same friend, back in high school. Also, for the first time since possibly middle school, I’m going trick-or-treating with them.

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I don’t remember much about trick-or-treating or Halloween from when I was a child besides the school-specific celebrations in the gym during elementary school. There were costume contests, where we would parade around the gym to music. But by far the most memorable and fun part was when mountains of popcorn would be dumped into the center of the gym and bags of candy were poured into the piles. Then one grade at a time, we’d dive into the popcorn and dig out as much candy as we could.

It’ll be fun to celebrate Halloween again and see the fun the kids have, and then after eat entirely too much candy.

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I hope everyone celebrating this year has a wonderful, fun time and enjoys a ridiculous amount of candy, too.

What I read this week

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

And listening to The Sandman Act II

What I wrote this week

Revised A Compass in the Shadows chapters Sixty-Three through Sixty-Eight

Belinda McCauley

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Daan Katz

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Some coffee, a keyboard and my soul! My first true friends!