It’s the 2 month anniversary since the release of Awoken! Since then, I’ve survived homework, after school activities, WEDDINGS (so many of my old girlfriends got married this autumn! So happy they each finally found somebody to love them!) and just day-to-day life, but boy am I glad to be back online will all my friends and fans!
The weather here in Ohio has been strangely warm for October, and even though it looks like rain, I can’t wait until the Pumpkin Ball tomorrow. Yes, you heard me right; there really IS a Pumpkin Ball. It is an actual tradition for us Anaprotestants that inspired me.
The Pumpkin Ball has been a tradition for my congregation since the 1970s. You see, we Anaprotestants have never really been too comfortable with all the pagan, Satanic imagery of Halloween, but in the past, parents still allowed their kids to trick-or-treat and wear costumes. They figured that as long as the faith was strong in the home, a little mischief wouldn’t hurt anyone. But then in the 70s there were all those news reports about poisoned candy and razor blades in apples, and our Church Elders decided the horrible incidents were more than enough signs from the Lord of the moral degradation Halloween encouraged. We Anaprotestants don’t have a problem with fun (as long as it’s good for the mind, body and soul), but we all felt much safer having our own separate festivities on October 31st.
I remember little details from my very first Pumpkin Ball—the pumpkin painting, the pies and falling asleep in the hay maze outside. When I got older, there was the square dancing, and the scarecrow contest and apple bobbing (which I was never too good at, unfortunately. I always get water up my nose!). Even now that I’m a wife and a mom, I still go every year. What a fantastic way to bring a community together, and what fun way to grow up! Naturally I just had to include it in my story!
So, now I just need to finish the last minute touches on my pumpkin bars and cupcakes, and the Twins’ scarecrow for the Scarecrow contest, and we’ll be good to go! I hope you all have a happy and safe day on October 31st, whatever you celebrate. I love you all, and maybe one day I’ll host a giant Pumpkin Ball for all my fans!
If you don’t have a Pumpkin Ball to go to yourself, might I suggest curling up tomorrow with a copy of Awoken? ;p Just click on the link below!