Happy Halloween!

Women and Words

It is the coolest thing that my blog this week falls on Halloween. Halloween—All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain, Season of the Witch, whatever you want to call it—is my absolute favorite holiday. Vampires, witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, scarecrows, mummies, monsters, pumpkins, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, autumn colors, candy, and pie. Can you ask for more from a holiday?

A Brief History of Halloween

Halloween began as a pagan holiday, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest face02season and the beginning of winter, halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It was believed to be a magical time, when spirits and fairies entered our world and the souls of the dead visited their homes. Bonfires were lit, offerings of food and drink were left for them, and people went door to door in costumes, reciting verses in exchange for food. This was known as “guising” and is thought to be…

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