It’s a bit of a trite idea to write about Halloween this weekend, I know, but I’m not going to stay away just because all the popular kids are doing it. Or because they’re not. As a quick trip to Wikipedia would tell you, Halloween is our current form of Hallowe’en, from Hallows, Even, from All Hallows’ Eve — in other words, the night before All Saints’ Day. Yes, this wonderful day is rooted in Catholic tradition, including the tradition of taking customs that existed before they converted the locals and putting a Catholic spin on them.
This week’s questions:
Q: What’s your favorite Halloween moment?
A: That’s easy — I met my husband at a Halloween party.
Q: How old were you when you stopped trick-or-treating?
A: Stopped? Wait, you mean I’m not supposed to carry a bag, too, when I go out with my kids?
A: Okay, okay. In grad school. I took the kids out for the family I lived with, and I wore a costume, too. I wound up giving my candy to the little girl, who had dragged her bag on the ground.
Q: What’s your favorite candy to get?
A: Can I pick two? Smarties and miniature Reese’s.
Q: And to give?
A: Oddly enough, that’s what I have to give away, too. That way, if we don’t get too many trick-or-treaters, I’m set!
Q: Favorite bit of Halloween trivia?
A: Nevada was admitted to the Union as a state on October 31, 1864. Thus, Halloween is a holiday — Nevada Day (a fact I appreciated growing up!).
Q: Are you wearing a costume this year?
A: I just found my pointy ears, so anything’s possible.
That said, trick-or-treating here is Friday night, so I need to make sure my kids are ready. Have a safe weekend, everybody, and as always, thank you for reading!
(Don’t forget — you can still enter my Hadley Rille Books book giveaway!)