Connected to Place

Partnership Strategies for Social Change and the Environment

Halloween and Connecting to Place

Another Halloween has come and gone. Our kids look forward to it every year with great anticipation. And we, adults, love the joy and excitement it brings our kids. Sure, a lot of it centers around the costumes (and the candy!). Over the years, disposable, packaged Halloween costumes have become more common. Yet, those creative, handmade costumes still seem to capture most of our attention and create great memories. Halloween not only taps our creativity but provides opportunities for meaningful connection often missing in our busy everyday lives.

Halloween connects us to our place in the world. If we are fortunate to live in a safe community that celebrates Halloween, we’re walking through our local neighborhoods and talking and laughing with one another. Our sense of community and togetherness is strong. We’re outside and in the elements— rain, snow or moon! Walking slowly outside allows us to open up our senses to the nature that surrounds us on the ground and in the sky. Connecting with nature in our lives restores and rejuvenates us, even on Halloween.

The pumpkin carving ritual also brings us closer to nature. The pumpkin(s) you bought may not be local or organic, but also did not come packaged or processed. It’s directly from the land. Carving a pumpkin provides a child (or adult) with an opportunity to carefully observe a plant with all its contours, textures and smells. Extracting and then cooking the pumpkin seeds connects us intimately to this food source. This year for the first time, my family removed the pulp to make a pumpkin pie filling.


Enjoying the creativity of costumes and the taste of sweet treats are a big part of Halloween’s excitement. Let’s also appreciate the deeper meaning and happiness when we connect with neighbors, our community and the nature around us and in our pumpkins!


Thanks for reading my inaugural blog post of Connecting to Place: Community and Nature in Everyday Life. Connected to place is about finding meaning, happiness and hope in our everyday lives and communities.

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  1. Nice job Matt! In Nature I find my God…

  2. Benjamin Findel

    November 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    So proud of you. I will point out that not all adults have children, especially those of us who believe population growth to be a greater threat to our home (planet earth) than all the packaging and processing used to serve the unnecessary multitudes.

    • mbiggar

      November 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Ben. I appreciate you sharing this perspective. Our relationships with each other and nature matter so much, population growth and consumerism can create great imbalance in those fundamental relationships.

  3. Great Job Matt. I just joined and look forward to your wisdom and ideas. There is opportunity to connect with the environment every day if we look for it. Please keep reminding us how!

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