Halloween, it’s a part of our lives.
Every year kids get dressed up as a superhero, villain, monster, or some profession. Speaking of the last one, when did kids start dressing up as firefighters, nurses, plumbers, police officers and the like? You can just imagine the first Halloween that it happened.
There’s a ring at the door: Ding Dong.
“Oh, look at you kids. A witch and Dracula – aren’t you scary? Oh and it’s Wonder Woman, I hope you can keep us safe from these two. And who are you little guy?”
“I’m an Accounts Receivable Manager, ma’am.”
“Oh isn’t that… well I’m not sure what it is, but here’s some candy.”
Ok, that never happened, nor will it likely ever happen. No one dresses up as accountants, insurance agents, or the like. Maybe if every profession had a uniform then kids would dress-up like them on Halloween. Maybe they could be like military uniforms with medals for key achievements. ‘Wow, congrats on becoming a five-star accountant Sally!’ Office memo: ‘Tomorrow is David Ogilvy Day so everyone in the marketing department should wear their dress blues.’ Ok, maybe that isn’t a great idea.
Speaking of ideas, what is the best idea for a costume you’ve ever had for Halloween?
And while we’re asking questions, why do we dress up for Halloween in the first place?
Historians claim to have the answer to this question.
Apparently the whole thing begins with the Celtics. No, we don’t mean Larry Bird or Kylie Irving. It began with the Celtic people with a festival they called Samhain. The festival celebrated the end of harvest and the beginning of the darker half of the year. They believed at this time the boundary between the physical world and the spirit world was more open. They made bonfires for protection and looked for ways to appease the spirits. They also wore masks and disguises to hide from the spirits. We’re not really sure how that was supposed to work.
“What are you doing Cedric?”
“I’m dressing up as Thor to confuse the evil spirits tonight.”
“But we’re Celtics and isn’t Thor a Viking god?”
“That’s why it will be so confusing.”
The Celtic people also believed that October 31 was the night that the souls of the dead came back to visit their earthly homes seeking hospitality. With this in mind, people would leave food and wine outside their door. That would be an interesting twist to trick or treat today.
“Hey Billy what did you get tonight?”
“Let me look in my bag and see. Two hot dogs, four pizza slices, some chicken Marsala, and a bottle of Chardonnay.”
Hmmm – maybe not.
Anyway, overtime the Celtics began to celebrate the night of the dead in a slightly different way. They would dress up in costumes going door to door singing. In response people would give them food. Sounds a lot like today – without the singing.
May you have a fun Halloween
And after a night of taking your make-believe goblins, ghouls, and tax deferred annuities specialists around the neighborhood for trick or treat, be sure to take some ‘you time’ by relaxing with a premium hand made cigar from Tabanero!