“I love the spirit of Halloween and the energy that comes with it.” – Katharine McPhee
What is Halloween?
The night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door.
As much as I love to see everyone dress up and have fun on Halloween I also love the many Fall Festivals that take place during this time of year.
Where I live, every weekend someone is hosting a Fall Festival, whether it be on someone’s farm, a State Park or at a local church.
Fall Festivals consist of various food vendors, arts, crafts and flea market type merchandise, live music, hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, scarecrow making, hot apple cider, and much much more.
What I enjoy the most about this time of year is the feeling or vibe that I get. It feels lighter and fun instead of hurried and stressed.
Before I moved out to the “boonies” I lived in a townhouse community.
Halloween was a spectacular event there to say the least and it seemed that the adults had more fun than the children.
Halloween was the one time of the year that all the neighbors got out of the house and walked the neighborhood socializing with their fellow neighbors.
Some of the folks in the community even had a little campfire going, cooking food and drinking beer as they gave out candy to the children.
It had a sort of tailgate vibe to it.
As a child in Elementary School I loved it when we could wear our Halloween costumes to school and have a Halloween party.
Even though now some schools call it a “Harvest Festival.”
The term Harvest Festival goes back to the Druidic days before Christianity and other religions were introduced.
Halloween and the Destruction of Atlantis
In some of our religious vernacular these days; this translates into All Hallows Eve, All Souls Day and All Saints Day, and is the idea of the destruction of the Atlantean landmass approximately 11 to 12 thousand years ago.
Historic Origins of Halloween
Halloween is said to have started with the Celts 2,000 years ago, but it will go back further than that because the sacrifice is linked to the earth’s energetic field and that is affected by the movement of the planets.
So this would have been a time for sacrifice long before the Celts.
October 31st sees the start of the new Celtic year and Halloween is known as the Festival of Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), which was held in honor of the ‘Lord of Death‘.
The Druid priests believed that the dead returned to their original homes that night and if food and shelter wasn’t forthcoming the evil spirits would respond by casting wicked spells on those who refused them.
The Celts offered sacrifices to these ‘dead spirits‘ and it was believed that if they were happy with what they were given they would leave you alone.
Otherwise you were in trouble and horrible consequences would ensue.
The Druids would go from house to house demanding gifts and cursing anyone who denied them.
This is the origin of the modern-day ‘trick or treat’.
The most famous image of Halloween today is the pumpkin with the lighted face, the ‘Jack-o-Lantern’.
This represents the face of Shamin, the “Lord of Death” and it was believed this image would ward off the weaker of the evil spirits that returned that night. Jack of the Lantern, or Shamin, is also known as ‘Satan‘.
When the Druids went to homes to ‘receive-or-curse‘ they would carry large hollowed-out turnips carved with demon faces.
The turnip has now been mostly replaced by the pumpkin.
A feature of today’s Halloween is the masks worn by children and adults that depict monsters, witches, demons and the devil.
The ancients did this in the hope of convincing the evil spirits that they were one of them.
Whatever your association is to Halloween is your choice.
Do I want to see it turn into another money grab like Christmas? No.
Do I want you to be safe and have fun? Yes.
So enjoy this time of the year and have a blast doing it.
“On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me.” – Rodney Dangerfield