How Does Your Household Handle Halloween?
In the United States and some other countries, it is traditional the day before All Saints Day ( November 1) to Celebrate All Souls Eve on October 31, better known as Halloween or All Hallows Eve. This has roots in Catholicism. It is also called “The Night of the Dead” because beginning that night and lasting for 48 hours, those in Brittany believed those souls who had been in Purgatory were released and could visit their old homes. It was a solemn time.
Going from door to door begging is said to have come from an Old English tradition. The poor would knock on doors and beg for “soul cakes,” which were a kind of shortbread. These were given to those beggars who promised to pray for the dead of that household. Some wives baked “reminders” of their purpose right into the soul cakes themselves. It is said our doughnut was one such soul cake design, made round to remind the beggars of eternity. I learned of these traditions at The Catholic Education Resource site .
Whatever the religious or secular origins of the tradition of trick or treating, there is a bit of controvery about it now. This comes from many different quarters. Some Christians don't want to touch the holiday at all becaue it seems to be associated with paganism or witchcraft. Some parents are afraid human monsters will put razor blades or poison in the treats. Some other are concerned about the amount of sugar children eat after they come home.
This has affected the tradition in many ways. Some parents don't allow their children to go trick or treating. Some churches have harvest celebrations instead of Halloween parties. Many parents prefer either that or a Halloween party to having their children out on the streets as possible prey to the previoiusly mentioned human monsters or as possible victims of auto accidents.
Some households, because of their convictions, no longer give sweet treats, and hand out pencils or other kinds of non-sugar treats instead. Some Christians give religious tracts along with sweet treats.
Some households just leave the porch light off and don't even answer the door. Many of these are homes of the elderly or disabled with no caregivers or others to help them screen who is at the door. They know trick or treaters are not always cute little tykes in costumes, but sometimes are teens with no costumes that may just want candy or may be up to no good.
Other households love greeting the little beggars so much they have elaborate decorations in their yards and at their doors to create an atmosphere. They may also have spooky sounds or music playing. These household are likely to have good treats. Some hosts even take photos of the children in costume and take their addresses so they can give them the pictures later.
How does your household handle Halloween? Or is Halloween even celebrated in your country? If not, do you have a similar tradition or holiday?
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