This week we will meet on Wed Nov 1st at 6:30pm for dinner, fellowship and fun. Y’all might think that Halloween will be over but we will actually be smack-dab in the middle of Halloween!
Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on November 1st and All Souls’ Day on November 2nd, thus giving the holiday on October 31st the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows’ Day) also known as Halloween.
Halloween begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
So what’s with all the costumes and candy? Like our very own Presbyterian church roots, some of this history can be traced back to Scotland. In Scotland and Ireland, “guising” (children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins) is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit, and money. The practice of guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, Canada reported children going “guising” around the neighborhood.
Lastly, as a public service to our beloved youth, Trent and Dude will be happy to help you in taking any excess collected candy treats off your hands.