Message from Lynn
Message from Lynn
When I think of Halloween I think of children dressed in costumes full of laughter going from house to house collecting an assortment of candy. Out of nowhere you hear the sound of a bell “ding-dong, ding-dong,” that reverberates through the house presenting the energy of anticipation on both ends. As you open the door you hear “Trick or treat.”
What’s special about Halloween is you get to dress as whatever you want for one night. I enjoy sitting outside my home in the front of my drive way with my two dogs passing out candy to the children in my neighborhood. It’s entertaining to see all the different costumes and how much effort they put into them. I especially appreciate the homemade costumes because they put so much work into them.
Where does the Halloween celebration originate from? I remember as a child in elementary school every year around this time we would go on a field trip to one of the most popular museums in Salem, “Salem Witch Museum.” There I learned that witches were not evil rather they were simply considered as healing practitioners. We learned how Halloween is one of their biggest holidays. Halloween for witches was not like on television where they sacrificed and gobbled up little children. Halloween is called “The Witches New Year.” Also known as “Samhain.”
Halloween goes back to Celtic roots, which is named “Samhain.” Other names are “All Hallows Eve,” or “All Hallows Spirit Night.” Samhain, pronouns as “sah-win” or sow-in” means the end of summer. Samhain starts on October 31st, although this is a two-day celebration. On this day Celtic’s would have a great feast to rejoice in the abundance of the harvest and hard work put into it, which is vastly similar to the traditional thanksgiving celebration. In addition, because Samhain is the night where there is no veil between the dead and living, it is a night to honor the deceased. Pagans devote this night as a memorial or commemorate in honoring and paying respect to their ancestors.
Most pagans will hang up pictures of their decease love ones on their altars. By doing this they are paying respect to their history and memory of their past. It’s a time for them to honor the deceased and rejoice for what’s to come. Rituals and enchantment (aka prayer) are done on this day.
Trick or treat comes from England. In England during the holiday parades poor people would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes.” In return for the cakes was a promise to pray for the family’s deceased love ones. This was called “souling.”
Many people believe that Halloween is the night that the spirit world is casting out evil spirits into the physical world. The costume tradition come from the Celtic dressing in costumes to honor spirit. Others believe by dressing in costume or wearing a mask would disguise themselves from harmful spirits. While some would leave bread and wine on the front steps to keep evil spirits out of their home.
Omens and myths
Jack O Lantern – Burning a candle inside will ward off evil spirits.
Spider– If you see a spider on Halloween it means a deceased love one is watching you.
Tolling bells – Ring a bell on Halloween eve, it will chase away evil spirits.
Cemeteries – If you hold your breath when driving by a cemetery no evil spirit can enter your body. When passing a graveyard or a house where someone has died, turn your pockets inside out so you cannot bring a spirit home. (I wish this was true. I would sew all my pockets inside out. lol)
Tying a knot wards off evil spirits
If a lit candle has a high flame that is an indication that spirit is nearby
Salt is a magic component use for centuries in all religions. If you accidently spill salt it means an evil spirit is nearby. Throw a few pinches of the salt over your shoulder to cast them out.
Horse shoes are good luck. You must hang it over the door with the open end up, so the good fortune doesn’t spill out. (we sell horse shoes at the store)
Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Love you all Lynn
Linda Mumford/Pritchard 10/1/2017