October has been eroding at a prodigious rate, with Halloween now on the near horizon. Among mankind’s more celebrated events, Halloween not only provides lots of entertainment and breaks the blahs of gray autumn days, but it also brings a welcome boost to our national economy.
Industry reports claim Halloween candy sales equal that of the Christmas holidays, and that sweet revenue is exceeded only by the sales of costumes and decorations in a $6 billion affair. The autumn ritual appears to have been founded in recognition of the Roman goddess Pomona, in charge of the cultivated garden department, and later mingled with a Celtic celebration known as Samhain marking the end of the harvest season.
This provided the “Old World” of European countries a great excuse for feasting and partying, when bonfires were lighted to guide lost souls to their ancestral homes. Fiery torches, masks, skeletons and other frightening objects were considered a necessity to confuse evil fairies and spirits or perhaps frustrate enemies seeking revenge.
The autumn celbration later joined with the eve of All Saints Day to become All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween.
So pull your flowing black cloak over your shoulders, pin a broad-brimmed hat to your wig of ratty uncombed hair, hitch up your favorite broom and join the crowd taking your green-eyed black cat for a wild ride amid the clouds.