Well it's almost that time of year again. Halloween or All Hallows Eve is a time when the spirits share the earth with us. Read my prior post on the history of Halloween. On this night we can reconnect with those who are in the spirit world. Originally thought to be a Druid or Pagan holiday, Halloween is now one of the biggest spending holidays of the year. How did that happen?
Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year".Traditionally the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31 the boundary between the world and the netherworld dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks being worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.Today's traditions involve dressing up and gorging on candy and "trick or treat" antics. Sure, you can egg a few cars and fill up on candy but really nothing is as fun as dressing up. Choose your latest and greatest Halloween costumes here.