‘Trick or treat, something sweet, give us something good to eat!... or we will make your home derelict with toilet paper and bombard your windows with eggs and bricks!’
Yes it is that time of year again when kids fill out the streets with pumpkin shaped holders begging complete strangers for candy and treats while wearing obscure costumes of superheroes and cartoon characters. Or if you are a little older, the costumes are a little naughtier and your alcohol tolerance level is surprising higher than usual.
But if you’re a witch, this is the time of Samhain!
Pronounced ‘sow-en’, this day is the equivalent of a Wiccan new year and is a great celebration among our people. It is a time to honour our ancestors and remember those who are ‘late’ by either placing an offering on your alter of food and wine or simply setting a place for them at the dinner table. Not a lot of people know this but Halloween stemmed from the Wiccan celebration of Samhain and has developed into something most different.
You see, many years ago, when winter was well on its way and everyone’s crops were either being harvested or destroyed, there were many needs that people did not have so they would need to ask for it. But being a witch and receiving something without returning something is unheard of. So people would dress up in costumes and go door to door providing entertainment for their neighbours. They would do shorts from plays, sing songs, dance around, tell jokes, anything that would entertain the audience and then when the performance was over they would receive food in return. Sound familiar?
With that said, don’t forget to help a friend smile and remember those who have passed.
Peace be with you.
Image can be found at: https://organizedhearthwitch.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/samhain-wallpaper/