My granddaughter loves to decorate for the holidays; Brittany made most of these pumpkins and did the window by herself. We just do the fun stuff; don’t think about the history of Halloween.
Bonfires and ghosts: when ancient Celtics celebrated Samhain, the season between fall and winter, poor and plenty, life and death. When they wore costumes and danced around the fire to keep away ghosts of the dead.
There is also All Souls Day, when poor folk would put on costumes and beg door to door for food. If they were given something to eat they promised to pray for those in the house. I think back then it was called “Beggars Day.”
I read this practice started in Ireland; then moved to Britain. Supposedly, there is no connection with “souling” and trick-or-treat in America. I don’t know, too coincidental for me. http://www.halloweenhistory.org/
Mix the get-togethers, costumes and giving … what do we have?
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full