A Halloween Let-Down and an Autumn Stroll

Despite this being my favorite season and time of the year, I’ll admit I’m struggling to get into an “autumn mood.”  As of Halloween, we still had no color in our leaves here.  Not to mention it was 77 degrees here that day!  But the next day, the temperatures dropped to the 50s and Thursday, I believe our high was 54 degrees.  So we had a temperature drop of 23 degrees in way less than 24 hours.

I thought Halloween would for sure get me in that autumn mood.  I put my Halloween garden flags out, lit all my Halloween and fall candles, lit my Jack-o-lantern out on the front porch and put 4 fall colored glass mason jar lanterns on my porch railings.  My den was festively decorated in black and orange and my Halloween candles gave it a warm ambiance.

I waited.

I don’t live in a trick-or-treat friendly neighborhood.  It’s very hilly and most of the driveways are steep hills and I guess it’s too much work for kids to climb hills to get a handout of candy.  The most trick-or-treaters we’ve ever had is eight and we’ve had as few as two.  This year?  ZERO.  Zilch.  I guess the kids in the neighborhood that always did come to our house have gotten too old to trick-or-treat.


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Hubby had to work and I ended up putting in a DVD of  Season One of This is Us and watching three episodes.  And then I watched 2 episodes of The Waltons.  And that was my Halloween.  It didn’t feel much like Halloween.



DSCF0037Today I decided to go on an afternoon stroll through the neighborhood.  Just with the cold snap of the last 2 days, the trees have changed quite a bit.  It’s still not as colorful a fall as we’ve had in the past.  We had heavy wind and rain Thursday that blew a lot of the leaves off the trees.

As I walked, I admired the leaves in the street.  For some reason, I enjoy photographing leaves on the ground.  Here’s a sampling of what I saw today.


I love this particular tree.  It’s pretty every year and I caught the last of the afternoon sunshine which was highlighting it nicely.


I saw just a few reds…. like I said, not too many reds this year.  Maybe I’m being impatient and we’ll see more as November marches on.


I enjoyed my walk.  It was a nice peaceful day.  At 69 degrees, it was comfortable outside.  I’ve started taking down the Halloween decorations and packing them away.

Tomorrow, hubby and I plan to go walk at a local state park that runs along a lake.  I’m curious to see what the colors will look like there.

How’s the fall colors in your neighborhood?  Do you like to take walks in the fall?

Gail ♥ 

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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10 Responses to A Halloween Let-Down and an Autumn Stroll

  1. Mary Mangee says:

    Gail, it seems that the changing colors are taking their time arriving this year. But, I’ve noticed that in the last 2 days, they are starting to show off. Your decorations are beautiful. I find that as I get older, the different holidays don’t seem to give me the joy that they used to. Maybe it’s time to feel our way through these different experiences and see what new meanings we can find.

    • Gail says:

      Mary, I can’t believe how much the leaves changed overnight with a cold snap here!
      It’s amazing!!

      Holidays just aren’t the same once kids leave home and we lose loved ones who were such a big part of those holidays. I try to make the best of it each year but the year my mother died 2 1/2 weeks before Christmas, I knew Christmas would never be the same. It hasn’t been.

      • Mary Mangee says:

        I know what you mean Gail. My father died 2 weeks before Christmas when I was 17 years old. The holidays seem to remind us of the sadness instead of the supposed joy of the season. Everything has become so commercialized that the true meaning has been lost. I feel like I don’t want to be a part of this “fake” holiday. I choose to celebrate life every day. Isn’t that what it’s really supposed to be about any way?

      • Gail says:

        You’re right…. everything HAS become so commercialized. I feel like such a scrooge because around October, I start dreading Christmas. My husband and I went to Walmart today and they already had all the “fall” and Halloween candy down and the Christmas candy up. I hate the hustle and bustle of this season more and more every year. The true meaning of Christmas is so lost in it all.

      • Mary Mangee says:

        When I am in the store and hear Christmas music, I feel like I am actually being forced to participate in the commercialism and that makes me hate it even more. It’s so sad.

      • Gail says:

        I heard Christmas music in one store in early October! Couldn’t believe it!!

  2. Wow! Your decorations are awesome! Love that haunted house and your mantel is great! The trees are just starting to change here too. It’s supposed to get cold towards the end of the week. I hope we don’t have a hard winter.

    • Gail says:

      Thank you. The haunted house actually lights up and the chimney smokes (It has a little plate inside to set incense cones).

      I hope for your sake you won’t have a hard winter. We have pretty mild winters here and rarely even get any snow. Our “snows” are just light dustings. Sleet and ice is what we usually get!

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