Monday, October 31, 2011

All Hallow's Eve

The History of Halloween
Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead can return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these roaming ghosts. The Celtic holiday of Samhain, the Catholic Hallowmas period of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day and the Roman festival of Feralia all influenced the modern holiday of Halloween. In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children's holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.

Our Tradition
Joe and I have never actually gone out for Halloween since we've been together (2006). For the last few years we typically sit outside in the driveway in our lawn chairs and give out candy. It's better than the doorbell ringing every 2 minutes. Even though we don't dress up, we really love dressing up Norman and Contessa.

Norman as Boots!
This was the only picture I could get with Norman wearing the 'boots' part.
Boots off to the rescue!
As you can see food was provided for good kitty behavior.

Contessa: Norman what is on your head?
Norman: I don't know, but payback will be awesome I'll poop in their shoe.
Contessa as a Butterfly

Food... Food... Food...

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