Meanwhile the days are getting shorter and colder and tomorrow marks a holiday my characters would appreciate; All Hallows Eve, which has its origins in the Celtic holiday Samhain. According to Wikepedia “The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the ‘lighter half’ of the year and the beginning of the ‘darker half.’ The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through.” At some point people began dressing like these spirits, costuming themselves, or ‘mumming’ as it was called. The modern practice of trick or treating is derived from mumming.
I live down a dark, dead end road and even though I’m only the second house no one has ever come trick or treating in the twelve years I’ve lived here. I still buy candy, of course (Reeses), and I carve pumpkins just because it’s fun. My son likes to bake the pumpkin seeds.
What are you doing for Halloween? Take your kids trick or treating? Haunted Hayride? Costume party? Or do you turn out all the lights and pretend you’re not home and eat all the candy you bought for the trick or treaters that never come.
My son had the sappy idea to carve a letter into each of the four pumpkins he and his gf got: L-O-V-E.
I carved the three faces.