Do you like my costume?
I know Halloween is still several days away but I’m still trying to decide….maybe this one is really scary…
But Mom Misha says “Yes, it is an interesting costume, Diavolo but you really don’t want to scare people do you?”
Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, –oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl–/; a contraction of “All Hallows‘ Evening“), also known asAllhalloween, 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 initiates the three-day religious observance ofAllhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”
According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals,with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising“), attending costume parties,decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playingpranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certainvegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
(Okay, I had to look it up….Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning “white-headed cabbage”) is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting ofmashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish. I think I’ll stick with Reese’s Pieces….oops, I mean Mom will have those and I’ll have Temptations Cat Treats)
However you chose to celebrate the day/night, have fun and stay safe! Pass the potato pancakes, please.(Not the Colcannon)…and please be very nice to any black cats who cross your path.