September 30, 2008
a year without (Martha's) Halloween
As September draws to a close, I am coming to the slow, sad realization that Martha Stewart will not be releasing a special Halloween issue this year. For weeks now, I've been stopping at newsstands and checking, but nothing. Now, I'm not a huge Martha fan most of the year, but all that changes in September. I eagerly await the arrival of her Halloween issue and I'm never disappointed. Nobody puts together a stylish Halloween quite like Martha. Yes, I know there is a Halloween section in her regular October issue and yes, I know I can visit her on-line Halloween Workshop - but it's not the same. One of the great pleasures of my September evenings is relaxing on the couch with a hot cup of tea and flipping through the pages of Martha's Halloween, admiring the ingenuity of Martha (and her staff), deciding which projects and recipes to try first. And this year . . . well, let's just say there's a void that no other Halloween magazine can fill. Fortunately, all is not lost. I save the old issues and can comfort myself with leafing through them, reliving old memories, revisiting old favourites. So it'll be okay. In fact, I think I'll make a batch of these candy corn cookies right now.