Friday, February 4, 2011

Only 268 Days Away! What A Joyful Journey!!

If you believe as I do, that the fun is in the journey, not the destination, then now is the time to start planning for Halloween! Actually, it is never too early to plan for the next year,(I make notes the night of Trick or Treating, of what to do differently next year)  but one must being in earnest after the New Year's confetti has been swept away. 

Fortunately for me, there are a lot of kindred souls out there, and news is starting to trickle in of festivities, and other Halloween related events to keep us buoyed while yearning for that ultimate season.

Last week, I got 2 messages that made my heart sing. .this year, for the first time, Ghoultide Gathering, that Halloween art show,extraordinaire, held here in Michigan each year, has expanded into a special showing on the eve of the usual Saturday show.  HOW exciting, is that???  For a special admission price (which includes entry for the next day too), you can have three hours to drool over the gorgeous Halloween art.  If I had MY way, there wouldn't be anything left to sell on Saturday. .and I'd be hightailing it back home to savor my new treasures! 

I don't know if this next event will keep me satisfied, or fuel the fire, but there is a new Halloween book coming out in April!!!  I already have my copy pre-ordered. Do you?

Lesley Bannatyne has written Halloween Nation; Behind The Scenes of American's Fright Night.  The author wanted to to delve into the why and how of Halloween today, and to savor in the essence as to why so many of us share the passion that is Halloween.

She has already thanked a number of people who helped her on her quest, and I see a lot of familiar names in her listing. If their Halloween Spirits have helped influence this book, then I'm sure that it is going to be a gem!

Wow! January hadn't even closed, and I got those two great pieces of news! If this is any indication, then this year is going to be an AWESOME Halloween Year!!

Have you started working on your Halloween decorations yet?.  I found that planning where I'm going place more JOL's and decorate with tiny orange lights helped make the 5 foot snowdrifts disappear. .at least in my mind!

Think Black and Orange!


  1. I'm looking forward to Ghoultide! I hope to see you there. Thanks for the heads up on the book too. Yep I'm making a moon now maybe blue or harvest. Wishing you a wonderful weekend too!

  2. My copy is on order also! Love her stuff!


  3. the Halloween showing sounds like a blast. Let me know what you thought of the Halloween book. I stitch Halloween every Sunday and I just bought the new Lizzie Kate Halloween charts


  4. I've had Halloween on the brain quite a bit lately. My project is to find more places to put out more decorations - which means several trips to furniture & antique stores (and a few flea markets) this Summer to find chests/cupboards/tables to put displays on!

    I'm going to watch for this book too!

  5. What a lovely blog. I came across you from Brushstrokes. I too celebrate this night and always look forward to it.


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