As the spookiness that comes with Halloween quickly approaches, much like a ghost, I feel like I’ve already had my fill of the holiday for this year. As uncharacteristic as it is for me to say this, I am almost ready for the Christmas holiday season to come.

This isn’t to say that I dislike Halloween because that is far from the truth. However, I simply feel like I’ve been oversaturated with it all this year.

Part of the issue is that I have many friends who are far more into the holiday than I am. The holiday, and getting in the right mood for it with movies and parties, has been the main point of conversation for more than a month now. Even in September, I could feel that metaphorical chill in the wind, signaling the coming holiday.

Before my time at the Herald Democrat, I lived next door to a family who practically lived for Halloween. Their yard would be decorated every single year with all sorts of grim and spooky decorations. At night, especially on Halloween itself, they would turn on lights, fog machines and scary music to add to the ambiance.

Ever since they moved in, we would have more trick-or-treaters at our house due to the attention their house would bring. After talking to some of the younger visitors, I always felt part of it was because some kids were too scared to go to their home and settled for our not-so-haunted house.

I would often joke that Halloween was the equivalent of Christmas to them, but then I saw them decorating for that holiday with just as much energy.

This never bothered me, and in some ways got me excited for Halloween. Truly, I am not sure why I feel differently this year. As much as I love the holiday, I feel like I’ve been exhausted by the oversaturation. As much as I feel people get excited about Christmas too early, I am starting to look forward to the holidays as a change of pace.

Does anyone know of a way to get back into that Halloween spirit?

Happy birthday Tuesday to Collin Hannan of Colbert, Okla.; and David Reding, Linda Mixon, Tinisha McGill, and Rodney Ricketts, all of Sherman.