It’s that haunting time of year again, with trick-or-treats, haunted houses, and carved pumpkins everywhere you look.
Fall is my favorite season, when pumpkin patches are plentiful, and colorful leaves fall from the trees.
Many children and families look forward to celebrating Halloween, but did you know how it all began? Here are some fun facts about early Halloween traditions:
Celtic people believed that during Samhain, which marked the transition to the new year at the end of the harvest and beginning of winter, spirits walked the earth. The Celts would disguise themselves as spirits, so they would be left alone by the evil wandering ghosts. They also left food outside to placate the lost souls traveling the earth.
Eventually, the people began to dress up as these spirits in exchange for similar offerings of food and drink from their neighbors. This marked the beginning of the familiar tradition of wearing costumes on Halloween.
Some sources argue that modern American trick-or-treating comes from belsnickling, a German-American tradition where children dressed up in costumes and visited their neighbors, who would guess the names of their guests. In one version of the tradition, the children were rewarded with food or treats if no one could identify them.
What kinds of activities do you take part in during this fun-filled month? Pumpkin carving parties? Oktoberfest celebrations, with tasty German foods and Oom-pah-pah music? Or, do you create your own Halloween decorations and costume patterns for the kids?
However you celebrate, my little dog Lucky and I remind you to be safe, and have fun!