By September 6th, I had my mantle decorated for Halloween. Later that day, we went out to Big Lots and came home with a couple new decorations--a Great Pumpkin sign for Martigan (he's sensitive about scary things this year), and a new bride and groom skeleton for my little collection (as Halloween is our wedding anniversary). We start celebrating Halloween early, because we are Halloween people. Simple as that. First week of September to the second week of November--that is Halloween.