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