It’s Halloween! Or All Hallows Eve. Or Samhain (pronounced something like “soween”) as the ancient Celts called it.
This is my favorite time of year, and Halloween in particular has always been my favorite holiday since I was a kid. My great-grandmother was born on Halloween in Ireland, and used to tell us how her mother would put out a special tablecloth on Halloween night along with other traditions specifically reserved for this time of the season. Samhain marks the Celtic New Year, but I heartily approve of the additions of jack-o-lanterns and candy that have been added to the holiday over the centuries as well. This year marks my son’s first Halloween, and we’ll be dressing him as a pumpkin when we take him trick-or-treating tonight.
So what do you plan to do with your Halloween this year? What special traditions do you observe on this night? What kind of costume will you wear?