History of Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Halloween comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival of Samhain marked the end of summer, the harvest season, and the beginning of their new year. The Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, there was no boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead. They believed that on the night of October 31st, the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Jack-o-lantern is the real name for the carved pumpkin.Its glowing face was supposed to scare away evil spirits. You carried it around the edge of your village or let it burn outside your house on Halloween night.
On Halloween, what bothers some
About these witches, is how come
In sailing, through the air, like bats
They never seem, to lose their hats?…
Another thing: if brooms can fly,
Do witches keep them handy-by
To sweep the kitchen floor with, say?
Or do they have them locked away
For private passage through the sky?
~David McCord (1897–1997), “Witch’s Broom Notes”
Cannycat Castle has been completely repaired. Every day, there is a line of visitors clamoring to get in.
They come to see the beautiful portraits, the antique furniture, and the precious jewelry. But most of all, they come to see Pawkin’s spooky Halloween magic tricks.
Pawkin and Pawette Cannycat are two happy cats.
As I was saying, today is October thirty-first. Yes, it’s Halloween.
~Cat And Mouse In A Haunted House by Geronimo Stilton~