Yes, Halloween is my favorite holiday above all others and I am incredibly excited each year to take the children trick-or-treating. Getting sick with fever and aches this weekend was not part of the plan and so I am sure I’ll be completely tuckered out by the end of the night, but I am not going to let it stop be. I’m also not sure why it has to be 30 degrees out on Halloween, but again, we will be sure to dress in layers and enjoy the tricks and treats.
In the photo below you will see three goofballs, I am in the middle. Kermit is a scrink.com contributing writer, Adam Thomas and the “Painter with an Afro” is our friend Juan. We all work in what is affectionately known as the Townsend Dungeon. Really, we work in a converted lab, now office area, in the basement of Townsend Hall on the UD campus. We are half underground, half above ground so when we look out the window we are eye level with the grass and look straight into the brick wall of the stairs leading up into the first floor grand entrance of the building. We like the dungeon, it’s quiet unless we play loud music or are laughing about one of Adam’s animal playing an instrument youtube videos. These guys are great friends and I’m honored to be working with them every day.
Samhain is another name for this amazing time of year. Samhain, means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Samhain is not, and never was, associated with evil or negativity. It has always been a time to reaffirm our belief in the oneness of all spirits, and in our firm resolution that physical death is not the final act of existence. Though death is very much a part of Samhain’s symbolism, this Sabbat also celebrates the triumph of life over death.
Some legend for you…
Halloween, All Hallows Eve, or Samhain (for those of Celtic descent, pagans or Wiccans), is associated with many customs, not just going door-to-door asking for candy.
The origin of Halloween dates back over 2,000 years and is often attributed to the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland.
The legend of the most familiar Hallowe’en symbol–a lighted pumpkin–comes from a tale of an old Irish miser named Jack. Jack made several pacts with the devil. He also tricked the devil. When he died, he could not get into Heaven for his sins and because he had tricked the devil, he could not get into Hell. The Devil gave him a coal and Jack placed it in a hollowed out turnip, which lit his way as he wandered the earth until Judgment Day.
These lit up turnips of ancient times were also said to help ward off evil. Pumpkins, native to America, were plentiful and took the place of turnips.
Printables to download for Halloween:
Perhaps you desire your very own “WANTED” poster? Or you would like to create a “WANTED” poster that represents a certain sibling of yours? Hahaha.
Character Wanted Poster (pdf)