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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbHalloween is finally here. Kids have been waiting with costumes in their closets, their bags or plastic pumpkins, and tummies ready for the immanent  feast of candy that they will bring home tonight. Parents have their first aid kits, flashlights, heavy coats, and bottles of water to take on the trek around their neighborhoods. The sun is sinking over the horizon and the kids dawn their cute little costumes, get their masks (or, even better, facial makeup), and grab their treat bags. They are ready!

Grab your camera, snap some pix BEFORE you leave the house, and start the rounds. As a parent myself, I always had fears when my kids went from house to house hoping that nothing terrible happens to them on their rounds. When they bring their candy back home, it’s time to check them out to try to find any tampering with the candy.

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It’s a sad day when we have to worry about sex offenders abducting your kids, older kids beating up the smaller kids as they enjoy their Trick-or-Treating ventures, and about tainted candy. In fact, some local hospitals even provide X-ray services to check the candy for foreign objects. And finally, we worry about the kids eating too much candy and get sick. But such is the change from my childhood when these concerns didn’t even raise their ugly heads; it was a better time, I think!

But, now we need to proceed with this last installment of our HOLIDAY CELEBRATION series for this year. I hope that you have enjoyed these installments and perhaps even learned something new from them. Happy Halloween, once more… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Halloween:

    

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”
— Author Unknown

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
— Steve Almond

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbOur celebration of Halloween is closely related to many of the Celtic Samhain traditions from medieval Ireland and Scotland. These traditions relate to the use of masks, carving vegetables (gourds), and other celebrations of the fall harvest. These pagan rights were cooped by the early Catholic clerics in these countries, and they have more recently been restored as part of Druid/Wicca groups. While they have little direct applicability to the Halloween celebration in the United States, but rounds our the background on Halloween traditions covered in this series.

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We will just jump into our exploration of Samhain. Some of this information is somewhat detailed, so you can skip those part that deal with specific Gaelic traditions, as you wish… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
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Quotations Related to Samhain:

    

“Corn and grain, corn and grain, All that falls shall rise again.”
— Wiccan Harvest Chant

“The Celts celebrated Hallowe’en as Samhain, the Feast of the Dead, when the deceased revisited the mortal world. This Oiche na Sprideanna (Spirit Night) marked the end of summer.”
— Bridget Haggerty

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.”
— Carol Bishop Hipps

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

     
Commentary:

JerryPhotoHalloween is an exciting time of year, especially for children. They get to don costumes that make them into pirates, princesses, zombies, and other fantasy or horror film characters. These days these costumes have almost gotten out of hand, in that we have teenagers dressing up (or dressing down, as the case might be) in costumes ranging from pimp and ho outfits to who knows what else. Stores are even catering to costumes for adults, presumably to attend “adult” costume parties.

Not only the costumes getting out of hand, but too often foreign objects are found in the trick-or-treat candies collected by our kids. It has gotten so bad that parents need to take the haul of candy to local hospitals that offer X-ray services to determine if pins, razor blades, or other foreign objects are have been embedded in these goodies.

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This posting links to a series of posting first written two years ago. We will be rerunning those posting over the next several days so that you can learn what is behind all the traditions that we still celebrate. Please enjoy this information and let us know what you think of the info and what additional info you might want in the future… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2010 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to HALLOWEEN:

    

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” 
— Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“Eat, drink and be scary.”
— Author Unknown

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”
— Steve Almond

continue reading…