Halloween, or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. (Wikipedia)
Halloween marks the beginning of our celebrations, because I just decided I wanted it to be that way. I know it’s not technically a winter holiday,but as a kid growing up it always felt like the beginning of the holiday season for me.
This year, the girls and I celebrated by handing out candy to visiting trick-or-treaters – something that is still kind of special for us, since we have only recently moved into a place that actually gets them. After that, we went our separate ways – they to a Halloween party, and I to a special showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Schwartz Center in Dover, along with a few of our theatre friends.
My makeup for the evening doubled as a tribute to Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which Wikipedia tells us is “is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.”
We’ll be doing a bit more of that in our upcoming All Saints’ Day celebration which happens the next day, when we’ll light a few candles and give some thought to friends and family who are no longer with us.