Hooray For Halloween

| 10/23/2014 10:21:00 AM

Country MoonWitches on broomsticks, ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns are everywhere you look. Yes, Halloween is the season for things to go bump in the night and for us to be scared – in a good way.

It is one of my favorite holidays because it is a day of fun. Who doesn’t like to dress up, go to a party and eat a little candy? There are those who will have nothing to do with October 31 because they believe it is strictly the devil’s holiday.

True, Halloween originated from the old Celtic holiday of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. They also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.

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Today, though, it is more about costumes and candy than about ghosts, ghouls and witches. The proof of this is certainly in the cash register. We spend 2.5 billion dollars on costumes annually. Add in candy and that figure goes to 6 billion, making Halloween the second largest commercial holiday, only Christmas surpasses it.