Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. I got into a new country and some weeks into my stay I saw really funny and creepy decorations in people’s poach, I had to ask my aunt out of curiosity what the decorating was for and she said in a causal voice dear it for Halloween. I only heard about Halloween in 2014 for the first time while I was working in a Digital agency and the only idea I had about it was that it was a party held with all attendees in masks or creepy costumes.
Halloween or All Hallow’s eve is an annual holiday celebrated on the 31st of October in several countries such as: Australia, Canada and the United States of America. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. However, the roots of the holiday are lost and irrelevant to most participants who enjoy the holiday for the fun of wearing a costume and eating candy.
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” implies a “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. But instead of doing that the church I attended did a trunk or treat event which brings Halloween to parking lots where kids go from car to car and got candy. It was so much fun and I haven’t finished all I got from the event.
Below are trunk or treat decorations from the event:
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Do you think the essence of the Halloween celebration has been lost and should Nigerians also start celebrating it the way it is being celebrated in other countries rather than the way it has been celebrated before now? I would love to heat from you.