Halloween

I was all prepared to write a light hearted post on Halloween in Haddonfield.  Such a fun time in our area.  Children so excited to choose just the right costume and to be given permission to walk down Kings Highway after dark in that special costume.

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I spent time this week on line reading about the spooky haunted houses in Haddonfield and the horror movies depicting Halloween in Haddonfield.  I thought about Stephen Spielberg,  as a child, living in the Haddons and  listening to the eerie sound of the train passing in the middle of the night in Haddon Heights and writing Ghost Train.

I was going to start this post with the old Rocky and Bullwinkle…”Eenie, meeney, chilly beanie , the spirits are about to speak”.  I was hoping to share my frustration that no one ever trick or treats at my house even though I have stooped to bribery and bought the full size candy bars

Then I received the post about the dead body found yesterday in Haddonfield.  All day long my Email kept pinging with further developments about the cause of death and the identity of the person found dead.  A young man; just 26 years old.  His cause of death at this writing still unknown.

This news made me reflect on the deeper meaning of this holiday.  In many countries October 31 and November 1 are set aside to honor the dead.  Life is short and we all have lost people we love.  A day set aside to honor our deceased loved ones is, I think, an excellent idea.  Halloween is loads of fun but maybe we should put the heart back into the celebration and teach our children the value of remembering and honoring our deceased loved ones.  What do you think?  Do you have any ideas how we can do this?

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”  George Eliot

Wishing you a weekend full of fond remembrances.

Bernadette

The Haddons Spring Back To Life

Last Saturday was crisp and clear.  A perfect day for a walk to the Haddonfield Farmers Market with my friend, Nancy. This time of the year the produce is vibrant and abundant.  Unfortunately, this always causes us to have a buying crises.  How to choose just what we can carry – a lovely problem.

While at the market we ran into Maureen Eyles.  Maureen is spearheading a picture book project.  The book is to celebrate Elizabeth Haddon’s life.  It is a collaboration between Haddonfield students and children’s book author DyAnne Di Salvo.  You won’t want to miss buying a copy of this book to read and as a keepsake of Haddonfield’s 300th birthday.  Maureen can be reached  at MAUREEN@HADDONEVENTS.COM.

haddonfield tri On the way out of the market we had the pleasure of speaking to Stuart Harting.  Stu was explaining to us his vision to make Haddonfield the sculpture capital of South Jersey.  His vision for our town was really inspiring.  You should go to his web page, Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust, http://www.haddonfieldsculpture.org.  for more information on how this organization is working to make our town even more uniquely beautiful.

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Living in Haddonfield has given me many gifts.  One of the very finest of these gifts is the pleasure of meeting people like Maureen and Stuart.  People who are filled with inspiration and creativity and generously share their abilities with our community.

Take good care and enjoy the fall weather.

Bernadette