October 31 is not only Halloween, but is also a special day for several related holidays. I’ll get to those in a minute. Halloween came to us from Celtic Samhain, which I wrote about last year. You can find the link to that here. (I’m reusing the same quotes, so if you do go there, you won’t need to read them.)

Today, rather than marking the end of harvest, Halloween is a chance to dress up, pig out on candy, and give everyone a chance to see one’s children in costume on Facebook. But Halloween has spawned a multitude of similarly themed holidays on this day. October 31 is also Books for Treats Day, or in another version, All Hallows Read. It is Carve a Pumpkin Day, National Candy Apple Day, National Knock-Knock Jokes Day, National Doorbell Day, National Increase Your Psychic Powers Day, National Magic Day, Scare a Friend Day, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Day, and Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day.

So you see, you have a wide variety to choose from!

Halloween isn’t a popular as it was when I was a child, or at least not in the same way. I lived in a subdivision, and we had dozens of houses to go to to ask for treats. My mother used to give out over 200 pieces of candy each year. But for the last few years I had no children at all come to my door. Still, it is nice to see the creative Halloween decorations in stores right now. I hope you have a safe and joyous holiday.

Quotes about Halloween

A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.–Erma Bombeck

Never let your kids buy an off-the-shelf Halloween costume. Forbid it, no matter how close you may be to the witching hour. Instead, help them make their own. Encourage them to use their imaginations and their ingenuity. Show them that what can be created is often better than what can be bought. And besides, don’t the darkest, most frightening things live inside us anyway?–Joe Kita

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title.–From Scooby-Doo

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author unknown

I don’t know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.–Robert Brault

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!”–Dexter Kozen

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~ Scottish saying

Nothing beats a haunted moonlit night on All Hallows Eve… And on this fatal night, at this witching time, the starless sky laments black and unmoving. The somber hues of an ominous, dark forest are suddenly illuminated under the emerging face of the full moon.–Kim Elizabeth

The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.–Lewis Black

It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.–Erin Morgenster

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