Hal­loween is com­ing

Have fun and stay safe while trick or treat­ing on Oct. 31.

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW

Hal­loween, once again, will soon be upon us.

Oc­to­ber 31 is that date no mat­ter what day it falls on, and the com­mu­nity of Labrador West will as in all the years past pos­tured for the an­nual tra­di­tions.

Hal­loween has its roots steeped in his­tory over many years.

Hal­loween’s be­gin­ning was in an an­cient pre-Chris­tian Celtic Fes­ti­val of Samhain which was also cel­e­brated on Oct. 31. The Celts lived 2000 years ago on the is­land of what is now Ire­land, the United King­dom and North­ern France. They be­lieved that the dead re­turned to Earth on Samhain. Peo­ple would gather and light big bon­fires and of­fer sac­ri­fices and pay homage to the de­ceased.

The par­tic­i­pants would come from the vil­lages and would dis­guise them­selves in cos­tumes, of­ten made of an­i­mal skins to drive away phan­tom visi­tors.

They would set up ban­quet ta­bles and put up food of­fer­ings to sat­isfy un­wel­come spir­its.

As the cen­turies passed, peo­ple be­gan dress­ing up as ghosts, demons, and other var­i­ous crea­tures and of­ten per­formed an­tics in ex­change for food.

This cus­tom dates back to the Mid­dle Ages and is thought to be the be­gin­ning of the present day trick-or-treat­ing.

At the height of the post-war baby boom, trick-or-treat took its place among the many Hal­loween cos­tumes and quickly be­came the stan­dard prac­tice for mil­lions of chil­dren in North Amer­ica ci­ties, sub­urbs, towns and vil­lages.

Af­ter the war ended there was no longer the sugar ra­tions that was in place dur­ing the war years.

The candy com­pa­nies cap­i­tal­ized on this lu­cra­tive an­nual rit­ual and launched big na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns aimed at the Hal­loween sugar dump to the masses.

There is an es­ti­mated an­nual $6 bil­lion price tag at­tached to the Hal­loween tra­di­tion each year in North Amer­ica, mak­ing it the sec­ond largest com­mer­cial hol­i­day, an­nu­ally.

There is very lit­tle doubt that the com­mu­nity of Labrador West is fully en­gaged in the Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions each year.

The stores are full of candy and sweet treat good­ies to choose from and the bins at the store are full of pump­kins ready to be carved and dis­played in front of homes for all to see, all lit up on Hal­loween night.

The carv­ing ef­forts and the many cre­ative cos­tumes that chil­dren of all ages wear is only lim­ited by imag­i­na­tion.

Hal­loween night is a fun-filled night steeped in the tra­di­tion that it has be­come, but comes with some re­spon­si­bil­ity.

It’s dark early this time of year and our many ghosts and gob­lins are out and on the go trick-or-treat­ing af­ter dark.

Make sure the cos­tumes have enough light and re­flec­tive color that they can be eas­ily seen and make sure the cos­tume faces al­low the wear­ers the abil­ity to see well them­selves.

It’s best to make sure that the youngest of our ghosts and gob­lins are ac­com­pa­nied by an older par­tic­i­pant or an adult in the back­ground to en­sure their safety.

When the night is over have an adult check the bag of good­ies for con­tent and qual­ity to be sure that the chil­dren are eat­ing safe treats.

Hal­loween is a great an­nual tra­di­tion no mat­ter what side of the door we find our­selves on. Be safe, be seen and en­joy.


Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions.

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