Halloween is celebrated each year as one of our first Fall holidays on October 31st, and this year that happens to be this Saturday.

Have a HAPPY (and safe) HALLOWEEN this year, everyone!

Halloween Blog

With as much modern fun that Halloween is, I realize that the celebrations this year may be a bit subdued compared with previous years.

So, I thought I’d bring in a bit of the holiday’s ancient history in today’s blog. 

The early Celtic pagan holiday of Samhain at the end of October involved ritualistic ceremonies to ward off ghosts of the dead. The Celts celebrated in costumes made mostly of animal skins as disguises against evil spirits of the past, and they prepared and enjoyed special feasts of autumn foods. Lanterns made out of gourds were used to light the night and these became the ancient version of our pumpkin lanterns. Huge bonfires were lit to ward off evil.

Halloween is distinctly tied to the religious holiday of All Saints’ Day, which in modern times is celebrated on November 1st.  Halloween, translated literally as All Hallows’ Eve, coincides with the more religious All Saints’ Day, a day set aside to remember our deceased loved ones.

The ritual of apple bobbing, still popular at Halloween, was originally a fortune-telling game on All Hallows’ Eve a couple of centuries ago. Apples would be selected for all of a woman’s suitors, and the guy represented by an apple that she would end up biting into would become her future husband. This Halloween ritual became a matchmaking opportunity for young women in the early 19thcentury.

For Halloween now, we simply eat, drink and be merry on what was once a much more ghoulish holiday.

For a great Halloween weekend read, my novel The Serial Chemist should give you a thrill and a chill.

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As an eBook, order thru Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords

As a paperback version, order thru Amazon Paperbacks

AND The Serial Chemist can be ordered through your local library or favorite local bookstore!

About James J. Murray, Fiction Writer

With experience in both pharmaceutical manufacturing and clinical patient management, medications and their impact on one’s quality of life have been my expertise. My secret passion of murder and mayhem, however, is a whole other matter. I’ve always loved reading murder mysteries and thrillers, and longed to weave such tales of my own. Drawing on my clinical expertise as a pharmacist and my infatuation with the lethal effects of drugs, my tales of murder, mayhem and medicine will have you looking over your shoulder and suspicious of anything in your medicine cabinet.
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2 Responses to HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!

  1. And a Happy and Safe Halloween to you too, Jim.!

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