Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”) also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints). According to many scholars, it was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as “guising”), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
I am a fall baby and I thrive during this time of the year. My 3 favorite holidays hit right in a row, Halloween first, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas!!!! As a kid, I grew up in a small town, where trick or treating was an art form. I was a theater baby and often was allowed to pick out costumes from all the plays. Sometimes I wanted to be just like my older sister (like the year we dressed up in PJ’s, carried around bottles, drew fake freckles on our cheeks and called ourselves babies) but mostly I just wanted a fancy frilly dress to wear around. I don’t remember store buying a lot of costumes, though I am sure there had to been a few store bought one’s.
Trick or treating was epic. I knew all the hot neighborhoods to hit and often would hit the mother load on candy. Just to have my mom dump half of it in the trash after a week. To me Halloween is symbolized by a cold frosty dark fall night, with the sounds of trick-or-treater’s running all over the neighborhoods.
I also got to thinking about the little kids of New York and New Jersey that just got hit by Hurricane Sandy, hopefully they have an amazing Halloween wherever they might be. It saddens me that their Halloween traditions might be ruined.
Since I moved to the city, I noticed kids don’t really trick-or-treat here, too unsafe, which saddens me. Mostly because I would love to be the giver of candy, stickers and pencil toppers now. It also doesn’t help that we live down a long drive-way, in the back, where no kid dares to go. So instead, the husband, me and the Red dog have always just walked around the neighborhood, watching the kids brave enough to trick-or-treat and laughing at the different decorations.
So I had planned to watch scary movies with the husband, go on a complete scare fest and then take a walk with both dogs to see if there were any trick-or-treater’s this year. But the husband took on an extra shift and I am left to my own devices.
I am adaptable and to be honest a little scary movied out (October really becomes a scary movie month). So instead, the Red dog and I are going to take a walk after work for exercise and there might be a few early bird trick-or-treater’s to watch. Then home to eat the chicken soup the husband has put in the crock pot this morning (and the weather is perfect for it too), bake some pumpkin seeds and watch The Nightmare Before Christmas (my FAVORITE) and The Penguin and The Pebble, while knitting my nieces scarf, maybe even get a little brave and experiment with hat knitting. Then off to bed at a decent time.
Today is also my quit day. Weeks ago I set a quit smoking date, tried to prepare myself for it and now it is here. Comical I chose Halloween huh? I have been keeping it hush hush though because I don’t want to feel the, “sure you are going to quit,” stares from everyone. My theory is, at least I keep trying, even if I keep failing!
So what are your Halloween plans?