Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. Halloween was once known as “All Hallows’ Eve” meaning hallowed evening. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Samhain was celebrated both in Britain and other parts of Europe. The Celts believed that at the end of summer, the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year (Nov 1st), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. And on this night, the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
Do you enjoy Halloween? Giving out candy? Seeing all of the little kids dressed up? Dressing up yourself with your kids? Dressing up and going to a Halloween party?
I just love seeing all of the little and sometimes big kids come around in their costumes. It’s funny (in an interesting sort of way) though how things have changed since I was a kid. I remember clearly that at each and every house when the the door opened, out of my mouth flew a very eager and excited…”Trick or Treat!” It was what you said and just about the only thing you said unless you were asked a question about the candy or your costume or you were given a compliment of some sort. And then of course…a thank you was very much in order.
But for a while now I’ve noticed that when I open the door there are little (and sometimes not so little) faces just looking at me but they don’t say anything; sometimes not even Happy Halloween. And then for the smallest ones I sometimes hear Mom or Dad say…”What do you say?” But no matter what does or doesn’t come out of their mouths, for me, a “thank you” is always the best thing that can possibly be uttered on Halloween night!
Joy & Love,
Goddess Mandy 🙂 XO