Like several of my friends, Halloween is never just one day. It is ABSOLUTELY an entire season. And as far as I'm concerned, that season begins on September 1st.

No, I'm not jumping the gun. Most stores already have Halloween aisles that are stuffed to the gills with candy, decorations, and costumes. Oh, listen, (and this is probably a good idea for ANOTHER story), who gets Halloween candy this early with the intention of actually saving it for Halloween? Anyway, I digress.

Let's get into the Halloween frame of mind by thinking about and perhaps planning an excursion TO the annual Jack-o'-Lantern Festival in Louisville. It begins on September 30th.

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I've always wanted to go but it's never worked out. I guess I ought to fix that. Thing is, it only reminds me of how I botched all the pumpkins I've tried to carve over the years. My mom and I would always set out to carve pumpkins, only to prove that she was WAY better at it than I was. Hers were always so perfect. Mine always looked like they'd come out of nine hours of facial surgery that didn't go well.

Anyway, that won't be a problem next month in Louisville. Here's a look at last year's festival, to give you an idea:

How cool is that?

But that's not all. Not only will Louisville's Iroquois Park play host to the Jack-o'-Lantern Festival September 30th through October 31st, but it will also be decked out for the Winter Woods Spectacular November 26th through December 26th. I spy a new Christmas tradition.

So yeah, now is the PERFECT time to start thinking all things Halloween. Hey, I've already started by spending the last few days watching some good horror movies--ones I've never seen (Hereditary) and good old reliable ones that NEVER disappoint (The Sixth Sense).

Now all I have to do is go buy a bag of Hershey's Miniatures and pretend like I'm going to save them until October 31st.

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