We’re well into fall, and I couldn’t be happier. There are so many fun and family-friendly holidays to enjoy, not to mention I’m grateful for the cooler weather here in Savannah, Georgia. I used to adore Halloween, but the holiday’s commercialism (not to mention the risqué children’s costumes) has turned me a little against the day. So, this year, we decided to squash mainstream traditions and have an end-of-summer feast.

By feast, I mean we’ll get together as a family and have dinner, then have some games, roast smores, and enjoy the weather. All Hollow’s Eve as a Christian holiday can be a time for remembering those who passed, and that’s what we plan to do. Maybe it’s not traditional, but we like it better than the pricy, commercialized, demonic ideas of modern society.

What sort of Halloween traditions have you kept from childhood? Anything new?

When fall rolls around, I also think about years past. I started writing in the fall of 2014, and I have had a giddy feeling about it ever since. One of my favorite books to write was The Postcard, which also begins in the fall. Since then, I’ve also set Evernigh during the same season. There’s just something about letting it all go and preparing for something new, the very embodiment of the season that strikes a chord with me.

What about you? What are your favorite fall traditions and holidays?

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