As we are supposed to be all celebrating Halloween I thought today’s blog should consider how we go to this point. When I was young Halloween was of little note. We would probably have desperately tried to hollow out a swede to make a lantern, which created a unique aroma. Halloween was always a time at home or with friends.
Now the big focus is on dressing up in elaborate costumes and going out trick or treating. You are no one unless you have a pumpkin lantern and your house has to be extensively decorated.
The origin of Halloween links to a time when people believed it was the moment when the worlds of the living or the dead came closest to each other. It was a time to remember those who have died and to celebrate our ancestors.
Now we are caught up in the commercial elements. We have to have the biggest and the best, be more elaborate than others if we are going to enjoy the day. It can cost a fortune to get involved.
It would be good to see people going back to the origins of the celebration and using it as a time to reflect on the past generations. They are the people who have made us what we are and are part of our lives today. That is a much more positive message.