Update November 2nd: I agree with parent Kim Holford who said on Charles Adler last night: “Canada can’t become a blank slate that everyone can write on except us.” Exactly. But that, it seems, is precisely what the politically correct want.
Black and Orange Spirit Day? That may not offend the few who feel “uncomfortable” with Halloween, but it sure offends the majority. I mean, don’t we count anymore?
By the way, the original Samhain Festival was not devil worship, it was simply the day and night the people celebrated the harvest and made sacrifices to keep bad spirits away for the new year — shutting down their own fires and building community fires instead. Remember, the early people were superstitious and knew nothing about science. In fact, even later it was connected to remembering the Christian martyrs who died for their faith, as well as the recently departed.
So, nothing about Halloween is actually about the devil or black magic. Rather, it is about the departed — as in the dead — and keeping bad spirits away, just the opposite to what some think Halloween represents. See the link in my Endnotes for a complete history.
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I am sick and tired of people who think they have a right to impose their politically correct beliefs and values on the general society. This week, it is about Halloween. In a day or so it will be about Remembrance Day. In December it will be about Christmas.
Regarding Halloween, check out these two Fox sources: a video and a print article (H/T JNW # 8). They will blow you away with their “correctness.” Heaven forbid anyone allow a child to eat something that is not nutritious or do something that is — well– fun!
In terms of school parties and costume parades, should teachers be aware of which children have no costumes or costumes that need a little help? Of course. I used to keep half a dozen bagged costumes for just such occasions. Remember, its about fantasy and fun — usually followed up with come type of reading and creative writing activities.Regarding good old fashioned Trick or Treating, of course parents should accompany their children when they go door to door because there are, unfortunately, sick people out there who would tamper with the treats. There are also those who would be verbally abusive to the children at the door or worse. That said, for the most part, Treating can be a fun time for everyone — as long as those who live in Northern climates bundle up well.
Parents can also have fun, be it when they are planning and making a costume, helping their child or children choose one at a retail outlet, or simply watching their childrens’ reactions while they are collecting their loot. I am thinking especially of the little ones that go out for the first or second time. Scary but as long as they see their mom and dad, invigorating as well.
Then, of course, there are the community and rural events. In rural areas, for example, the kids and their parents go Trick or Treating by car or truck. Then, there are the parties where kids can run around and collect goodies without going door to door.
At the end of the day, however, perhaps the most fun time of all is when everyone gets back home and the children can dump out what they “got” on the table or floor and fully see their treasures.
In other words, Halloween is just good old-fashioned fun and no one should attribute any deeper meaning to the day and night than that.
For a brief history of Halloween
Endnote: For those who want a fairly reliable site regarding the history of Halloween, beginning with the Celtic Festival of Samhain, I would recommend this A&E history site. It summarizes how two Roman festivals (Feralia and Pomona) were combined with the more ancient Samhain, how Pope Boniface instituted a day in May of every year to remember the martrys in the early 7th century followed by Pope Gregory, in the 8th century, moving that celebration from May 13th to November 1st.
However, the mixing of traditions didn’t stop there. When people from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland settled in North America, the older fall festival traditions became mixed with Native traditions and today’s Halloween traditions began. Here is what the site says:
“In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.”
In other words, while Halloween obviously had its origins with the Celtic Samhain Festival 2000 years ago, the way we celebrate it today, with Trick or Treating, began as recently as the mid 19th century. That said, given how complicated the history of Halloween is, I would recommend reading the entire A&E piece.