Trick-or-Treat! Halloween is the special night and a celebration observed in several countries on October 31 to November 2, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs and all the faithful departed.
It’s also one of our favorite holidays, when all the neighborhood little monkie ghosts, ghouls, bad spirits and goblins come out to play… “A Soule-cake, a soule-cake, have mercy on all Christian souls for a soule-cake.” Yes, very old spooky tale, let me explain;
Trick-or-treating is said to have been derived from ancient practices. Mumming was the practice of putting on costumes, going door-to-door and singing songs to the dead. Cakes were given as payment on Halloween.
The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) also October 31st to November 2nd coincides with the triduum of Allhallowtide, Hallowtide, Allsaintstide, or the Hallowmas season: All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.
Halloween – All Hallows’ Eve (All Saints’ Day), is the eve to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year”.
All Saints’ Day All Souls’ Day All Faithful Departed. All Souls’ Day focuses on honoring all faithful Christians who are unknown in the vast fellowship of the church. On All Souls’ Day, the burial guilds were especially active in decorating the churchyard, and everywhere priests led a procession around the church, the graveyard and blessed the graves.
Dining with the dead is an ancient tradition that honors our divine ancestors regardless of culture or creed. The tradition of “the Dumb Supper” began during that time, in which food was consumed only after inviting ancestors to join in, giving the families a chance to interact with the spirits until they left.
Fires were lith nearer the farms to protect families from bad spirits, ghosts, fairies, and witches. Fire festivals were taking place between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. During this time of year, hearth fires in family homes were left to burn while the harvest was gathered.
Children would play games to entertain the dead, while adults would update the dead on the past year’s news. That night, doors and windows might be left open for the dead to come in and eat cakes that had been left for them.
On Halloween, It is believed that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down allowing interaction between the living and the dead.
Halloween pranks also have a tradition, though, in the ancient celebrations, tricks were typically blamed on fairies. Trick-or-treating is said to have been derived from olds ancients… Bugs and hisses… Trick or Treat?