Halloween is an American thing, right? Wrong.
Halloween evolved from the Celtic idea that the veil between our world & the “other” world is thinnest when winter draws in. It probably has roots in other pagan rites, but essentially it was a British thing, then it wasn’t, now it is.
The idea of Halloween eased into mainstream Britain in the 1960s. The era brought a renewed surge of interest in new/old ideas & practices along with the quest for spiritual growth.
Back at the Table
New age ideas based on a patchwork of old age traditions gained respectability & acceptance as the children of the flower power generation grew up & old. Elements of teenage curiosity became accepted tradition once more. Magic, spiritualism & a plethora of new religions & movements grew in popularity.
Halloween comes Home
Halloween nowadays is broadly accepted & celebrated as a fun event in the UK & elsewhere.
On 31st October, anyone who wants to participate dresses up as ghost, ghoul or a fantasy character. Houses are decorated with “nasties” & children go from door to door “trick or treating”. They visit neighbours & collect sweets or treats.
Treat or Trick
If treaters are refused, they may play a trick. In real life, houses that opt out are simply skipped.
Teenagers & Adults
Teenagers hold themed parties, or attend themed dress up events. It is a time of fun, with a nod to pagan pasts.
Alice & the Mad Hatter
Up my Street
Multicultural Britain presents challenges. Homes participating in Halloween often indicate this by decorating their doors.
In my street, children dress up & go from door to door in their outfits. Younger children go about in groups, often with an adult in the background to capture their little gremlins & get them home by dinner time 🙂
This is a Christian country which allows freedom of religion & expression. There are concerns that the land is losing its Christian identity due to the cultural strain resulting from immigration & the worlwide spread of multiple & fragmented dogma.
Between the witches, elves, bees, Disney characters & other visitors, the houses in my street also received this through their letterboxes.
Every person has a point of view, often strongly held. We are individuals living our daily lives in a blender.
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