Ever wonder why we do some of the things we do on October 31st? There are different traditions associated with Halloween.
According to the Pagan Wheel of Seasons, after the harvest was a time the veil between the dead and the undead was the thinnest. This was when your ancestors would come to you in dreams. This explains some of the imagery of the dead.
In early times when a person died, they believed an evil spirit sucked the life out of the person. After burying the dead, the mourners would don costumes as they walked away from the burial site. They would also knock on people’s doors and run through the house when they opened the door. They would do this several neighbors. Apparently, the evil spirit would try to attach to the mourners. The costumes and going to various houses was to lose the sickness.
The practice of going door to door for treats has many reasons behind it. One source indicated the Celtic tradition punished the meanest and tight-fisted individuals in town. Most people would answer the door and give the children a treat or sweet. The children could also be mystical beings disguised as youths. No one wanted to tick off mystical beings, except for the town’s least loved residents who didn’t answer the door. These people would have tricks played on them.
In early expansion of the Western United States, there was a rash of teenage boys causing mischief. They were too old for school and not old enough to strike out on their own. Their pranks included moving outhouses and soaping windows. Often, people would pay them in food or coin not to do this. This is how the expression, ‘Trick or Treat’ came about.
Check out The Halloween Tree for more traditions.
Check out the fairy lamp too, another prize in the giveaway.
A pendulum, which you may have seen used in various scary movies, will be given away with instructions how to use it.