Out running errands after dark this evening, I was vigilant for glimpses of orange light. Or any other visible sign that Halloween night is just over a week away. But other than one neighbour who is a kindred spirit and the occasional porch pumpkin, there was nothing in my neighbourhood. At all. In fact, it seems like there's less and less local enthusiasm for Halloween each year.
So I came home, lit all of my candles, and made a cup of pumpkin chai. I feel better now.