It's that time of year that the weather is starting to cool down and the children are starting to talk about costumes and what action figure they are going to become or what scary goblin or witch they shall be. The corn mazes are busy and haunted houses are open and scary masks are on the shelves at all of the department stores. It's Halloween time for sure!
Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st. The eve of All Hallows'Day, the three day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including the saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Souling, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating. the custom dates back at least to the 15th century and was found in England, Germany, Flanders, and Austria. Groups of poor people would go door to door during Allhallowtide, collecting soul cakes in exchange for praying for the dead, especially the souls of the givers' friends and relatives. Soul cakes would also be offered for the souls themselves to eat. On the custom of wearing costumes, Christian minister Prince Sorie Conteh wrote: "It was traditionally believed that the sous of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints' Day, and All Hallows' Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world. In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities".
Many people will be trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, going to costume parties, carving pumpkins and doing other holiday traditions. There are many venues in the area to check out.