I went into Pueblo, Colorado on the 1st for the usual biweekly shopping spree. The weather was sunny and hot — “state fair weather” is the local term for a hot break in the late-summer rains that bring the August mushroom flush.
Halloween displays were in the stores. And we have not even celebrated the Chile & Frijoles festival yet!
Then I looked at my own archive and saw that I had photographed a pop-up Halloween party store there on 29 August 2011.
That same year a Bloomberg News columnist decried the “paganism” of Halloween, even if people only “flirt with the night” in a light-hearted way.
It’s been gaining momentum as being more than “just for kids for” at least thirty years, maybe longer.
I don’t mean for Pagans, I mean for the general population. So praise every plastic pumpkin for serving as a wedge to split open our daytime, materialistic, consensus reality