Black Cats Howl and Pumpkins Gleam

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween. Unknown

Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Saints’ Day. In ancient times, November 1 was the beginning of a new year. 

During the Celtic festival, it was believed the souls of those who had died returned to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year journeyed to the otherworld. Masks were worn to avoid being recognized by ghosts and it is in those ways that witches, hobgoblins, fairies and demons became associated with the day. When large numbers of immigrants entered the U.S., particularly the Irish, they brought Halloween with them. 

Trick or Treat??

Affirmation: I embrace our rich heritage.

Coaching question/request: What traditions did your ancestors bring with them? Enjoy your Halloween!


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