Big holiday in America, but how did it start? Witches Warlocks and Banshees were the originals. While visiting my cousins in England, I was shown iron tethers in the ground where they held the witches before burning them to death for crimes like fortune telling, tarot reading, so called devil worship…..maybe they wanted a new wife, whatever!
In my book ANGELS OF WARWICK, I introduce you to a few naughty witches, a notable graveyard and a most interesting murder!
Salem in New England still has many sites and History tells gruesome tales of witchcraft and skulduggery. How many witches do you think they murdered? Actually none, because a real witch would get away!
We have made it a fun holiday and kids really enjoy it. Hardly any witches or black cats out there anymore, Disney characters, ballerinas, fairy god mothers, movie stars just plain fun. Children do not relate to the origin and that is good, but a little history can’t hurt them.
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Day of the Dead and people confuse Halloween with this Holy day. This is a day of remembering loved ones who have passed away, when I was a kid I thought it was spooky but now I understand it and find it comforting.
Halloween is fun, everybody can be someone else for one day a year. It is also a big day for retailers so everybody wins. Don’t take it away from kids. Last year my Church had a dress up and children could be their favourite Saint and tell about them. Afterwards, they changed into their ghost and goblins and enjoyed Halloween in it’s now traditional form. Kids are amazing and talented. They came up with some great stuff.
Let them have candy…so what. One year my son came home with a toothbrush from a dentist who gave him candy! Good message. Let kids be kids, they are wrapped in cotton batten half the time. We were KIDS and we had fun, let them have fun too and wear a costume yourself, it’s very enlightening, go ahead create some memories. I put on my skeleton earrings and wear my witch hat and hand out candy every Halloween. I love it!
I always kept my Cleopatra black as night cat in on Halloween. I’m sure she wanted to roam around on this SCARY night, I didn’t let her, just in case!