It’s finally here ghouls and ghosties. I am so excited to have finally reached my favorite day of the year.
Halloween tradition in my family has always been carving pumpkins and trick or treating.
Halloween stems from the Celtic holiday known as Samhain. Celebrated from October 31 to the end of November 1st. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the other world was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.
The family ancestors were honored and invited to celebrate at the family home while the evil and bad spirits were warded off. Everyone would wear masks and costumes to disguise themselves as bad spirits so that the bad spirits would leave them alone. Bonfires and feasts were also used in celebration.
Christianity started celebrating the dead with all saints day on November first followed by all souls day on November second. Christians also took upon wearing masks and costumes to ward off evil spirits.
Day of the Dead is the Mexican (Aztec) version of Halloween. Celebrated from October 31-November 2nd. The Aztecs believed in honoring the dead ancestors by having these beautiful feasts int he graveyards with the spirits. They believed that the spirits could come celebrate with them in the mortal world.
I love learning about all the different cultures and there takes on Halloween and celebrating the dead. I am so excited my son loves Halloween as much as I do. For today we will be binge watching Halloween movies/t.v shows and then tonight it will be trick or treating.
The goal this year is to find actual houses to trick or treat at. We live in such a rural area that the houses are so spread out so there are normally just a few churches doing trunk or treats in the parking lot. I’ll post tomorrow with pictures of our costumes and telling about all our adventures.
I hope you all have a Happy Halloween