Estes Park is a great little town to visit after you connect with nature at Rocky Mountain National Park for one special reason: Estes Park has a fabulous sense of humor.
Estes Park is like a Disneyland with no thrill rides – it stimulates your senses and you discover a new surprise wherever you go.
Colors shine in the lights beaming from low-level stores and restaurants, and it really does feel like what one might image as “simply Christmas”. Can you believe I’ve never had a Christmas?
In mid-October, the closest upcoming holiday was Halloween, and Estes Park dressed the part.
As in Israel’s Purim, Halloween is famous for sweet-eating. At Purim, which takes place in spring, we give each other plates filled with candy. Halloween folks, on the other hand, have to go to strangers’ house in the fall and ask them for “trick or treat”, and I do wonder what happens if the strangers who open the door choose “trick”.
Well, at least ya’ll have Christmas.
And you have pumpkins. Americans love to carve pumpkin, an old fall harvesting tradition that became associated with Halloween in mid or late nineteenth century.
As in Israel’s Purim, one of the best parts of Halloween is wearing customs.
Of course, Halloween has one more special feature which Purim doesn’t have: a spooky likening of horror movies and all symbols that come with that – mainly: skeletons.
Maybe that’s what happens when the strangers choose “trick”.
What’s your favorite part about Halloween? What’s your favorite part about Purim?