Friday, June 18, 2010

It's official: Fall has come early at Michael's!!









I went into Michael's today, still expecting to find nothing but the usual (boring) things you always find during the summer: flowers, colorful banners, summer-style arts and crafts, party supplies, and of course, 4th of July decorations. As I walked in, however, a wonderful sight caught my eye: flowers and plants in beautiful Fall colors-red, orange, and gold! As I walked over to that part of the store, I also found pumpkins (pumpkins!), bows and other fall-themed decorations, and even black crows. I couldn't believe it! One of my fellow Halloween Haunters on this site had told me she had already seen the first few signs of fall at a Micheal's near her, but I didn't expect to find several aisles completely filled up before the end of June! I certainly didn't expect to find pumpkins (not the tall ones for carving that you find for Halloween), but pumpkins, nonetheless. Nor was I expecting to find those black, plastic crows that are commonly used in Halloween decorations. It seems incredibly odd that we have not even celebrated 4th of July, and yet Autumn is already arriving. Needless to say, I, for one, am excited. For an autumn/Halloween lover like myself, this helps break up the seemingly neverending, dull, hot days of summer that I grow so tired of once the temperature gets much over 85 degrees. It's always a relief to me to see Fall finally showing up, as it means that not only are the cooler, colorful days on their way, but so is Halloween.

I suppose in a way I almost love the days shortly before Halloween arrives even more than Halloween night itself. The reason is that I love that feeling of complete excitement as preparation begins. I love it when it's finally time to look for new fall and Halloween items to use for decorations, going on that search for the perfect, carvable pumpkin, and making plans for the big night. I love seeing homes decorated with skeletons and witches, tombstones, and ghouls popping up out of the ground, orange and purple lights, and porches glowing with jack-o-lanterns. It is such an exciting thing. Seeing the first fall decorations in the store today gave me the first tiny sense of anticipation. It is already within me. Fall is on its way. The proof is there. The best part is that if they are already putting Fall out on the shelf, then Halloween can't be far behind. How I love this time of year!

8 comments:

Jeanne said...

Reading your post has brought joy to me as I sit here in the a/c! I have dreamt of this moment from the time the temperatures got over 75!

Will be in the 'Big City' next week so I really MUST pay a visit to Michael's.... for a 'fix'!

Thank you for brightening my day!! :0)

The Pumpkin Queen said...

Ah, you're welcome! Glad my announcement made someone's day! :) I totally know how you feel. A fellow blogger mentioned that she saw Fall flowers at Michael's recently, so of course I had to check it out. I always get excited to see the first Fall stuff coming out. It's funny how everyone else in the store is looking at summer stuff, and I'm standing in the Fall aisle happy as a kid in a candy store! ;)

The Frog Queen said...

Wooho!!! I need a bunch of crows this year - definately going to go grap some now and get that off my todo list!! Thanks for the heads up!!

Cheers!

The Pumpkin Queen said...

Yeah, they had tons of crows! I couldn't believe it!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

YES! It has come to mine as well. In fact I even bought some small white pumpkins and a glittered crow which I LOVE! The season has officially kicked off! :o)

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Oh....and I TOTALLY agree about the the days and weeks leading up to the big night! From this point forward I stay filled with anticipation too. And it is that excitement that is really the best part of all. From here on out, I will anxiously scour the contents of every store in hopes of finding Fall/Halloween items. This is my favorite part! :o)

The Pumpkin Queen said...

It is so awesome to know that I'm not the only who looks forward to Fall! Everyone I know loves summer, and pretty much dreads the end of it.

I am expecting 'Party City' to start putting out Halloween stuff soon, too. Maybe next month! I will definitely be checking soon. :) Also, I think 'Spirit' Halloween store opens in August, is it? Probably another month or so until they show up, too. Yay!

The Pumpkin Queen said...

I am going to Folsom again today and will check out Michael's again to see if they have any new Fall stuff. *crossing fingers*