On Sunday, my husband and I went in search of some good fall trees to shoot photos, and we found the perfect location in the parking lot of a school close to where I grew up. They have the most gorgeous red and yellow trees right now! Oh my goodness, I could have died.
And in a moment of rarity, I let my husband do the picture-taking. I’m so picky about pictures, and I definitely need to learn to relax and let him do his thing, because he is an excellent photographer. I’m just a control freak when it comes to taking outfit pictures, ha!
It was a lot of fun once I reminded myself to stop being so bossy and let him take more control. I like to have input when taking pictures, probably because I’m so used to doing it myself (I’ve been taking my own blog pictures since who knows when!), but also because I tend to hate pictures other people take of me.
But I should have known to trust his shots. He gets some really good ones.
Plus, I then had the opportunity to take pictures of him, which, you know, I like to do. It’s rare to get him being serious (reference instavideo here), but usually when he has the opportunity to dress up, he will behave a little better. Although then, he goes all model-face on me and starts to flare his nostrils and squint, so I have yet to train him out of that. Hehe.
But then he stops trying to model, and… well, let’s just say I’m a really lucky girl.
And then, of course, we got to do a mushy picture.
Tomorrow is Halloween already. I can’t believe it. Mr. Owl and I haven’t even gone to a pumpkin patch yet, sadly! And I’m sure the haunted corn mazes will be done doing haunted things by the time we get to one, so we’ll just have to settle for a regular corn maze.
My family never did Halloween, so I’ve never gone trick-or-treating or gotten dressed up in the costumes (which was the only part I ever wished I could do as a kid– what little girl doesn’t want to traipse around town in a costume?), and our October 31st tradition was to settle in and watch a good movie with some good snacks.
And now, the only thing I think I’d enjoy about Halloween, other than costumes, which are always fun, is handing out candy to cute little kids. But we live down such a dark driveway I doubt we’ll get any trick-or-treaters.
That’s okay, though. I don’t know whether our family will ever celebrate Halloween. I know one of my sister-in-laws takes her kids trick-or-treating downtown where the candy handout is insanely huge, but other than her I don’t know if any of my family does anything (except the old movie-watching tradition). And I don’t know if me and Mr. Owl and our kids will ever celebrate it. I mean, we can totally get dressed up in costumes and buy our own candy any day of the year. So… y’know. Haha!
So, random history because I’m a total nerd sometimes: did you know that originally, Halloween began with the Celts? For them, October 31st was the last day of the year. On that day, which they called Samhain, they believed that the line between the living and the dead was blurred, and the ghosts of the dead walked the earth. They dressed up in costumes made out of animal skins, and thought that the presence of the otherworld made it easier for their Druids and priests to predict the future.
However, the word Halloween is of Christian origin — which doesn’t surprise me as the Celts were extremely religious and some of the first to turn to Christianity/Catholicism — and means “hallowed day” or “holy day.”
I’m always really fascinated by the history of things like this. Possibly because I absolutely love the Celts and think they were kind of amazing people, and I have all of this random history in my head from researching for stories I’ve written.
So what do you all do for Halloween? Any fun traditions? Did you grow up celebrating it, or not? What are you going to be, if you’re celebrating it?
I’m definitely going to be doing some sort of costume-esque post tomorrow, or at least a Disney Princess inspired outfit. Because I really want to be a Disney Princess, and also because I want to find something I already have that can be used to create a costume.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday!