As it customary, Chateau Lloyd put up its Halloween decorations at the turn of the seasons. Halloween may be spooky, is certainly commercialized, but it is in the main a celebration of autumn, and it is rich with its symbolism.
While religious in origin, for most Americans it's merely about candy, costumes and varying degrees of schlock horror tropes.
It is the second biggest "retail holiday," with Christmas still reigning supreme. Unlike Christmas, it is less emotionally fraught because there are fewer associations with family gatherings and/or religious associations. For the vast majority of Americans, it's about pumpkin spice everything, dress-up and trick-or-treat.
Autumn is my favorite season, no doubt a function of living in a state where the change of weather is welcome but fleeting. The humid heat of August is yielding to the warm days and cold nights associated with early fall. Later, the air will take on something of a bite, but stay above freezing. Halloween itself has seen everything from balmy temperatures to snow flurries. That's part of the excitement of this time of year.
There is also the brilliant display of color before the trees go bare. Every year the cycle is a little different, which is why it is so special. The older I get, the more I appreciate it.
I suppose it is no accident that J.R.R. Tolkien chose to set his epic tale against the arrival of fall. I'm sure I won't be alone and re-reading his classic as autumn takes hold.