All Hallow’s Eve

Halloween! -
Halloween! –

By Mary Anna Violi | @MaryAnnaVioli

Before we could kick back and fully take in the beauty of the October autumn foliage, strong winds stirred, and blew down the red, and gold, and orange leaves from the trees. This year’s Halloween saw rain, cold, and gray all the day. My daughter had home for the weekend. She donned a sparkling cat-ear headband, and she proceeded to hand out large Tootsie Roll Pops to the assorted Trick-or-Treaters who had braved the rain. When the rain momentarily ceased, a steady stream of pint-size firefighters, law enforcement, princesses, skeletons, Flying Marios, Spidermen, clowns, Crayola crayons, and even a cow and even a chicken hastened to our doorstep. Yet two sisters, accompanied by their mother, wore the most inventive and charming of costumes: Jelly Fish. The girls each held a plastic bubble umbrella, one pink, and one blue, trimmed with streamers of fish-related decorations. The blue Jelly Fish wore a bright blue rain slicker, and her sister wore a vivid pink one. Both wore color-coordinated rain boots and gloves. Their mother told us since it had snowed last Halloween, she was having her daughters dress for the elements this year! Underneath the rain slickers, the girls wore warm sweaters. While other miniature goblins and ghosts shivered as they uttered, “Trick or Treat!” the Jelly Fish sisters skipped along happily, oblivious to the elements.

After we had run out of bags of Tootsie Roll Pops, we sat down to dinner. While my daughter was doling out the treats, I had been concocting a thick, hearty, minestrone soup with cannellini beans, carrots, celery, onion, fideo cut spaghetti, porcini mushrooms, baby spinach, and assorted Italian herbs. In between adding ingredients, I hurried back and forth to admire the evening’s costumed throng. The night before, we had howled over the movie “Young Frankenstein”, which plays as well today as it did in the 1970’s. However, on Halloween night, we laughed over the film “Hocus Pocus”. The character of Billy remains hilarious, as do the antics of the three witches. As we viewed the shenanigans of the characters, we sipped our homemade Hot Buttered Rum drinks, and munched on our cider and pumpkin doughnuts. All in all, we agreed it had been a busy, fun-filled Halloween for the both of us, and, we trusted, for the valiant, weather-challenged Trick-or-Treaters and their parents. From  All Hallow’s Eve, we move to November 1, All Saints’ Day, from the pagan to the sacred, and today’s weather is sunny and warm.

Ciao for now.