A Few Things You Should Know About Halloween

It’s that time of the year where we celebrate the things that go bump in the night. With Halloween not too far away, here’s what you should know about the mysterious holiday.

If you don’t live under a rock you probably know what Halloween is. It’s an excuse for children to get free candy, teens to stay out late on a school night, and for adults to get a little crazy themselves. Halloween is a holiday shrouded in traditions with a few different theories of it’s origin. The holiday is pretty secular, but is believed to be influenced by ancient tradition.

The most common theory of the origins of Halloween is that it derived from the Celtic festival “Samhain.” This was basically the pagan way of celebrating the coming winter season. It was celebrated throughout Celtic lands, where they would slaughter cattle, try to contact their dead relatives, and hide from evil spirits. They believed that the barrier between the spirit world and ours was at its thinnest. Celebrations lasted from the sunset of October 31st to sunset of November 1st, and is still celebrated by Wiccans and Neo Pagans.

On nights such as Halloween, besides going door to door asking for candy, many people play games. Party games like bobbing for apples and costume contest are very popular. But many hardcore thrill seekers get a rush by participating in games such as the midnight game, one man hide and seek, and Ouija board sessions. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, it is safe to say that these games are not the most child friendly out there.

In fact, it’s believed that the midnight game was actually used as a punishment for those who broke pagan law. The objective of the game is to avoid an evil spirit known as “The Midnight Man” while carrying a lit candle throughout your house until sunrise. Legend has it that failure to avoid the spirit will result in the loser going into a coma, and experiencing visions of their greatest fears until sunrise.

Haloween is a night celebrated by many in the world. Thought it is not considered a holiday, many take enjoyment in festivities of trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and more.

One man hide and seek is basically an alleged summoning ritual & game that allows spirits to play hide and seek with you. This is very popular in Asia, and even created enough of a stir to inspire a movie.

Then there is the infamous Ouija board. This is an instrument people believe allows them to contact the dead.

I’m intrigued by the supernatural and all, but I’m gonna have to pass on trying to conjure up evil spirits to play with. Something about participating in ancient pagan rituals used for punishment, and playing hide and go seek with potentially dangerous ghost just doesn’t seem appealing to me.

Whatever your plans may be for the exciting month of October, please be safe.