So many superstitions, so many versions and so much fun. Halloween has roots dating back to the early centuries. It seems people didn't know what to think about Christianity. They were frightened of the church and took as many precautions as they could conjure.
The day, October 3, has been known as Samhain Eve, November Eve, Feast of the Dead, Feast of Apples, Hallows and All Hollows Eve.
People dressed up in frightening costumes or disguises to protect themselves from spirits. They displayed scary jack o'lanterns and they gave out food to travelers.
Now we have fun going from door to door in the pounding rain with our children and grand children asking for candy. Hmmm...
It's supposed to be awful here in Oregon tonight. 100% chance of rain. True I'm an Oregonian and I should expect as much. My granddaughter is going as Rapunzel, probably one of the most sought after costumes for the year 2012. I made the costume and discovered in early October the pattern had been sold out in every store in Salem. Lucky for me I could buy it online.
http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhain.htm check out this site for more information on Halloween.
Now for the real reason for this post. Rogues Angels are publishing a May Day Anthology 2013.
And of course, this is another pagan holiday. My novella is Highland Miracle set in the Scottish highlands in the year of our Lord, 1621.