Halloween might mean a night of relentless doorbell rings and handing out candy, or if you are lucky enough to still have trick-or-treaters of your own to take around, a night of scaring your nieghbors with your little goblins, but this Holly day is steeped in tradition.
All Hallowsâ€™ Eve gets its contraction "Halloween" from the â€œeveâ€ or â€œevenâ€, both abbreviations of evening. Itâ€™s the eve before All Hallowsâ€™ Day, perhaps better known as All Saints Day.
Rooted in Celtic origin, All Hallowsâ€™ Eve was the one day a year that the dead could come back and mingle with the living. Jack-o-lanterns and bonfires were lit to safeguard the living from the spirits.
For an interesting history of how the Catholics commandeered this day to prevent the Pagan holiday celebration, hereâ€™s a great link.
Be safe, and have fun.
Happy All Hallows Eve!