Does Halloween excite you or frighten you?
The history of Halloween is a harrowing tale filled with mystery, mayhem, martyrs, fright and delight.
And just like life, what we experience is largely up to us and our choices.
The original celebrations are linked variously to Celtic, pagan and Roman traditions. According to Wikipedia, Halloween got its moniker from All Hallows’ Eve; a Christian time for remembering the dead; including saints (hallows), martyrs and departed believers. More ancient times involved harvest celebrations, offerings of food and drink, sacrificial fires, and ceremonies to call out the spirits of the dead. Read the Wikipedia history for more harrowing Halloween stories.
These stories explain the fiendish mix of sacred, scary and silly that has become modern Halloween. The holiday keeps morphing as more recent religions and groups come to power. Such is the way of empire building, but we’ll save those philosophical ponderings for another post!
One might wonder whether to follow the light or worship the dark for Halloween. Personally, I’m taking a zen approach by embracing both as the eternal dance of polarity found within oneness!
So here’s my ode to Halloween, celebrating both the light and the dark.
Haunting Hallowed Halloween
Dark is the night
Full of Halloween fright
Goblins and witches
Dancing with switches
Zombies are dining
Werewolves are whining
Winds are blowing
Jack-o’-lanterns are glowing
Hush little child
Don’t fear the wild
For into this night comes a heavenly star
Filled with messages from afar
Once opened, a heart filled with light
Can surely dance with delight
Come my precious child
Pray for the reviled
Bless the poor
And worry no more!