31 Days…

31 days...

31 days. Slanted October light slices through the trees, casting shadows that creep across the withered landscape. Trees groan when wind claws brittle leaves from their branches. In shades of gold and blood-red scarlet to tawny brown they pirouette and spiral high in the sky, then sigh in resignation and finally rest upon the ground to rot. The same cool breeze touches my skin with icy fingertips sending ripples of shivers along my backbone. I wrap my arms around myself for warmth.

31 days. Each one of them a transition. Summer’s finale explodes in a burst of color. It’s the landscape’s last farewell to a fallow season of frenzied production. While plants prepare for months of rest, winter gathers its strength. It flexes with every stolen minute of daylight. You can feel its looming presence in the gloam of night while it waits, its cold breath on your neck.

31 days. The lengthening darkness brings back memories of spooky tales and giggles shared in youth. Corn mazes open along the highway. Crowds gather for haunted historic tours in cities and towns alike. Haunted houses advertise creepy adventures created to thrill and incite shrieks. Many long to recapture the feeling of fright night. We may buy a pumpkin to carve on Halloween night.

31 days. October 1st is the beginning of the end of the year. Only three months remain. Then the holidays will arrive with high expectations. They require planning and preparation, inducing stress. But October’s expectations are low. It’s a simple month. A month of enjoying walks while leaves crunch underneath our shoes with the acrid smell decomposition in the air. A month of enjoying the harvest, apple cider and pumpkin-spiced everything. A month of watching birds flock up and take flight in undulating shapes while geese fly in arrows pointing south. It’s a month of golden lighting and brilliant sunsets. Sometimes snow flies in an early winter surprise.

31 days. It’s time for scary movies, psychological thrillers, Hitchcock, Poe and King. The tingles race across our arms as our heart’s rapid pace quickens. We may have seen these films many times, but the best diabolical villains will still steal our breath once more. We may watch in terror or for amusement, but most of us will watch at least one of them. As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, we get into the haunting mood.

31 days. I’ll prepare for Halloween night by decorating. I’ll pull out my dead guys to freak out the mailman and hang spider webs in the hall. Lights will be hung in haphazard lines outside the house and pumpkins will sit on the doorstep. Once again my kitchen will be transformed. The strobe light and fog machine will be at the ready. It won’t be long until little goblins come to call.

31 days. On the 31st, I’ll don my Morticia Addams outfit, paint my lips and eyes. I’ll tee up scary music and turn up the speakers. Bags of candy will sit in the three-legged kettle near the door. I’ll peek out the window and wait for the doorbell to ring.

31 days. The month will end. We’ll lose an hour and our days will plunge into darkness. Winter will come. From a blaze of color to dazzling white, we’ll all adjust to another season as the year comes to a close.

But for now, I’ll enjoy October’s 31 days. I hope you will too.

What do you enjoy about October?

 

55 thoughts on “31 Days…

  1. Watching scary movies is my favourite part of the month of October. A lot of new horror films seem to be released at this time of year. It’s also fun to rewatch old favourites or check out ones that were released in the past but that I haven’t seen yet.

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  2. 31 Days of Spook – my blog every year. 🙂 You don’t want to miss it. And your Morticia outfit. Something this oinker never misses 🙂 Snorts with piggy laughter. Happy October sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon

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  3. “But October’s expectations are low. It’s a simple month.” Maybe that’s why it’s my favorite month. Low key, even though there is so much happening in nature if we bear the cooling winds and go out to see. Great post!

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    • I’d never thought about it this way before, Maggie C, but I think you’re right about that.

      The only big holiday October has is Halloween, and even that is pretty low-key. You generally don’t see people spending weeks preparing for it like they would for, say, Christmas.

      The weather is usually pretty nice and mild this time of year as well. This also makes people a little happier and more relaxed from what I’ve noticed.

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  4. I enjoy everything about October. It’s the one month when the weather and my favorite clothes overlap perfectly. And I get to eat local grown apples. And come Halloween, we get the cutest trick-or-treaters anywhere I’ve ever lived. So fun.

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  5. I love fall and taking the kids to pumpkin patches, the turning of the leaves and all the feel of nostalgia, knowing all those wonderful holidays are on their way with the Christmas carols (that make some people crazy), the family gatherings, the Hallmark movies…

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  6. A wonderful welcome into October Susie! As much as I love (and prefer) hot weather, when it gets to this time of year I kind of want it to hurry up and get properly cold so that I know how to dress! It’s very in-betweeny at the moment over here, and really I just want to be able to start wearing my new boots and coat! So I look to October for that proper transition into the cold. And I love Christmas and all the lead up to it, and I don’t mind if that starts soon too!

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    • Thanks Vanessa! I overdressed last Saturday and sweltered in the heat during the CU football game so I know what you mean about in-betweeny. It’s windy here today. I bet the apples are falling all over the yard. Forecasters are predicting a big change later in the week, so I will open the windows to warm the house one last time before then. The snow may fly, believe it or not! Christmas will be here before we know it!

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    • That’s good to hear! You do need the rain and we do too. I love rainy days. A storm is rolling in now. I can hear it in the wind! Temperatures will drop by week’s end and snow may fly. That’s October in Colorado!

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  7. And at the end of the 31 days, my birthday… yup, I was born on Halloween. I have distinct memories as a kid of being sent off ‘trick or treating’ to the neighbours as a birthday treat, which at the time was totally not done in New Zealand… but we did it anyway.

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  8. Since I can remember, Halloween has been my favorite Holliday. Still is. I can’t get enough of all the scary movies, costumes, trick or treat and spooky stuff. There is even a Satelite radio station I turn on and listen to that broadcasts music and scary Halloween stories. Your post brought me right into the mood. Fall is a fleeting season, don’t blink or it will be over!

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    • Hey, Uncle Joe!
      That is so cool! It’s my favorite holiday too. I will look for that station. I’ll keep my eyes wide open 24/7 so the season doesn’t slip by. That should freak out Danny when I’m sleeping tonight.
      Ha! Thanks for reading it to Mom!

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  9. October is special for me with lots of celebrations – Mr. Craves birthday, our dating anniversary (cannot believe we have been together for 17 years), and BroCraves birthday. I am a big fan of Halloween and enjoy catching a spooky movie or watching a paranormal show too. Happy October – Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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    • Happy October to you! That’s a lot of celebrations. Sounds like a very fun month! Ours are in November leading right up to the holidays.
      I’ll have to catch a paranormal show. They always give me goosebumps!!

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  10. I will just enjoy the leaves turning colors and my daughter picking them up and discovering them once again as she loves the changing of the Guard as she calls it .. as she is 14 yrs of age!

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  11. 31 days. What a great countdown. But Halloween itself, is the day that I add yet another number to my age, and it will take weeks for me to spit out the correct number. Getting so old, I have to stop and think about it…

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