Halloween is on Halloween….
by Brian Coll
One of the things I have noticed over the years is people asking if Halloween was being done a different day than Halloween. It has been confusing to me, like who gets to pick when else Halloween would be if it weren’t on Halloween. While some malls may offer an indoor option for an easy night out with your kids in costumes… most real neighborhoods have Halloween on Halloween. Schools, boroughs, townships can hold parades that aren’t on Halloween, but like most major holidays, Halloween has a set date…. sometimes we get lucky when a holiday falls on a weekend.
I love Halloween, seeing neighbors, their kids all dressed up and so on. The people on West 10th Ave have done an amazing job decorating this and every year. I bet they are waiting for Halloween no matter what the weather is. A few years ago The Conshohocken Halloween Parade had to deal with a freak early snowstorm, and while it wasn’t the biggest crowd in parade history, people still came out to celebrate and show off those costumes.
Here’s the thing, if you bought candy to give out to the kids and for some reason you don’t see as many kids as you were expecting, just bring me the leftover candy and I will take care of it for you, no questions asked. Well… actually the Conshohocken VFW Post will be shipping care packages to our soldiers overseas and they would love to include some candy.
I took a second to look up the origin of Halloween and I’m sharing what History.com had to say about it:
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, 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 day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Thanks for reading, Happy Halloween. I hope we can see our neighborhood streets full. Please drive carefully out there the next couple of days with ghosts, superheroes, princesses, and more out looking for treats.