HAPPY HALLOWEEN A Scary Person in 1984
Scott-1973 Stephen-1973



Halloween is a time when children dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, or attend a party, carnival or fall harvest festival. Not only children but adults also participate in halloween. Some dress up as their favorite cartoon or movie character, like Mickey Mouse or Superman. Or sometimes they dress as a funny object like a bag of M and M's. But traditionally the costumes are of scary creatures like ghosts, witches and goblins.



Carolyn and Kursten 1997 Ashley, Lori, Stephen, Kailynn-1997



jester, nun, Ashley, Alexander, Amanda, Kursten, Kailynn-1997 Alexander, Lee, Ashley-1997



So why do we celebrate Halloween, where did it come from? It was first celebrated in Western Europe before the birth of Christ as a pagan celebration of the celtic new year which began on November 1st. It was not called Halloween then. The spirits of those who had died the previous year were believed to come back looking for a body to inhabit so it could come back to life. Naturally the people did not want to have their bodies possessed so they dressed up in scary costumes, built bonfires and ran around on October 31st trying to scare the spirits away.



Carolyn and Ashley-1997 Denver and Krissi-1996



Alexander, Carolyn, Lori, Kailynn-1996 Krissi and Cody-1997



Hundreds of years later, when Christianity came into the area, the pagan practices slowly changed and combined with the Christian celebration of "All Hallows Day" or "All Saints Day." The evening before was called "All Hallows Evening," producing the contraction "Hallow e'en." Trick or treating probably came from the practice of souling where Christians would beg for little soul cakes and in exchange would pray for those who had died the previous year, thereby helping them get into heaven quicker.



Lee and Carolyn-1983 Stephen and Scott-1974 Carolyn and Lee-1979




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