On Halloween…

Hello loyal fans. Halloween has come and gone. Once again, no Trick-or-Treaters arrived at my door. Curses! A pox upon living in an apartment complex! I miss the Halloweiners showing up at my door begging for delicious confections. As curmudgeonly and misogynistic as I am, I never fail to have a few things on hand just in case the little ones actually come rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

And now, a word on the roots of Halloween. If you were unaware, the roots of Halloween can be found in the pagan traditions of Medieval Europe. The tradition of dressing up was supposed to pacify spirits who, according to these beliefs, were able to exist in the world of the living on October 31st. The day fell one day before All Hallows Day, a day in which all the Catholic saints were to be worshiped. Over time, All Hallows Day became All Saints Day and All Hallows Even (the day before) was shortened to Hallowe’en and, ultimately, Halloween. Most Americans did not celebrate Halloween until the late 1800s when Irish immigrants (the most hated of all immigrants at the time) brought the holiday into popular celebration. Presumably, the Puritan traditions still present in the U.S. presented the celebration of the day prior to this time. Halloween, in the form we know it, was not widely celebrated in the U.S. until the post WWII boom of the 1950s. The popularity of the holiday and the going ons surrounding it are evidenced by the preponderance of B Movies (e.g. The Blob and Creature From The Black Lagoon) and “creepy” TV shows (e.g. The Munsters and The Adams Family) which followed the Halloween theme.

I elected to honor our fine nation on this spooktacular day with a tribute to one of our most beloved presidents.

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Quote of the Day:

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln

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Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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