Happy Halloween my ghoulish bloggers!
This is the first Halloween in 12 years that I am not home – I am still on my trip – but will be making my way back home tomorrow.
The past 12 years Halloween night has been spent sitting outside in our cul-de-sac with our neighbors and handing candy out to the little ghosts and goblins. This tradition includes taking our lawn chairs, eats and drinks and sitting near our one lamp post on the small cul-de-sac and being neighborly and enjoying each other’s company. It has always been a fun event to attend and with the lamp post being in front of my partner and my home, we always decorated excessively – but not even close to the Christmas decorations!
This year is different. Do you remember the garage sale I had in September? (posts ‘Gremlins and their ‘stuff‘ & ‘Selling Gremlin’s Stuff’) All of our Halloween decorations were sold then. This year we decided to incorporate our trip for the next location of our next chapter to include spending Halloween with my partner’s family; namely his younger brother and mom. This is very appropriate as his mom is from Salem Massachusetts and we always refer to her as the last living witch.
You know the story of the witch trials? History.com has the following –
The infamous Salem witch trials began during the spring of 1692, after a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused several local women of witchcraft. As a wave of hysteria spread throughout colonial Massachusetts, a special court convened in Salem to hear the cases; the first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June. Eighteen others followed Bishop to Salem’s Gallows Hill, while some 150 more men, women and children were accused over the next several months. By September 1692, the hysteria had begun to abate and public opinion turned against the trials. Though the Massachusetts General Court later annulled guilty verdicts against accused witches and granted indemnities to their families, bitterness lingered in the community, and the painful legacy of the Salem witch trials would endure for centuries.
Somehow my partner’s mom made it through this ordeal and is now the last living Salem witch. To be over 350 years old, she does not look a day over 92! So this Halloween is being spent in honor of her and her craftiness to miss out on the witch trials and hangings and to continue to live today to perform some black magic and scare kids!