Mythical Wednesday: Is Hallowe’en Evil?
October 29, 2014 5 Comments
In two days, one of the most anticipated celebrations will be upon us – Hallowe’en, and every year I hear the same, old, tired rhetoric about how ‘evil’ it is, but is it really? I’m not going to get into the origins of the celebration. It’s enough to say that it’s old, older than Christianity. It’s one of those celebrations that relates to the changing of the seasons, and reminds us of our humble beginnings as a society.
Hallowe’en has evolved from the final celebration of the harvest for our ancestors, to a drunken night of revelry. Every part of how we celebrate now can be traced back to our pagan ancestors. From partying, dressing up, even giving out treats, it’s all connected to a long, lost way of life; to a time when we knew nothing of the world around us. Only that it was mysterious and full of danger.
Is that so evil? Maybe evil in the way it’s been over-commercialized.
Yes, there are dangers out there. I went through my son’s candy looking for the unwrapped ones or ones that didn’t look right, just like my mother went through mine. There will always be people out there, who, for whatever reason, try to harm children or animals on this night. These people are few and far between. Street smarts has never been so useful as it is for this one night of the year, but it’s always been like that. Even when I went out.
If you plan on celebrating this year, maybe take some time and learn the reasons why. Get in touch with your ancestral roots of the celebration. Don’t let fear keep you from learning. You may find a new way to celebrate the festival that will elevate your fears.