Today is the day of spooks and goblins. I’m not really into the scary side of Halloween. I understand the thrill of a good rollercoaster but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the love of scary things is. I don’t watch scary movies (in fact, I avoid most suspense movies for the same reason). I don’t like ghost walks much either. Once, during the Halloween season, I went to the Lower Fort Garry on a tour with ghost stories and ghostly figures strolling around. One actor was particularly gifted. He was playing a mentally insane person who was detained at the fort during its years as an asylum. He scared me so bad I actually screamed like a little girl and placed a child between him and myself. My justification was the child was braver than I am. I’d like to think that if I believed he truly was a mad man, I would have spared the child….
I like the costume side of Halloween (and the candy part isn’t to bad either). Just like the kids Halloween program we had on Monday , I will be dressing in one of my Victorian costumes for my work day. We will have having a Halloween Party for the seniors and there will costume judging and treats.
If I don’t roast alive and if my feet aren’t killing me, I will keep my costume on for the evening when the children come to my door looking for candies. In Canada, Halloween is very Victorian and these Canadian kids should know this. Let me quote Wikipedia.
North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century give no indication that Halloween was celebrated there. The Puritans of New England, for example, maintained strong opposition to Halloween and it was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that it was brought to North America in earnest. Confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century, it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century it was being celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds.