From a decorations standpoint, Halloween is not at all like Christmas. The latter’s lights and such might not come down for at least a week after that big day, but when Halloween is over, it’s done. Stick a pitchfork in it. By 8:30 p.m. after the stream of trick-or-treaters finally runs dry, the spooky soundtrack gets shut off and the pair of ghostly figures chasing each other around in the dim library (thanks to the ceiling fan) are relieved of duty.
By the following sunrise there’s just no logic to leaving the jacked lanterns out in the sun and Santa-Ana’d warmth to begin the nasty decomp slump into their own gooey-ghastliness. And that giant spider that looked so at home hanging off the side of the house last night is in need of immediate eviction this first morning of November. Thus there I was out around dawn before my morning coffee pulling down the skeletons and pulling up the tombstones and restoring the yard to its un-hallowy state.
Though I put the decorations away without looking back, it is not without mourning Halloween’s passing, and thankfully for anyone dead-icated like me still jonesing for some spooky stuff, there is Day of the Dead action to be found on Olvera Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. through November 2. Also from November 2 -5 from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Not A Cornfield Project there will be a Day of the Dead Ofrenda (offering) available for the general public to actively participate in and view.