We’re moving into the fall months here in Nebraska. Although the weather is so beautiful outside we are still wearing shorts and t-shirts the cooler temps will be sneaking upon us soon. With cooler temps comes a shift in what we eat and what we do. People are enjoying their Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and others are getting ready for Halloween. Some of us are doing both!
Halloween has evolved over the hundreds of years into what we now know as a costume wearing candy gathering time of the year. I loved Halloween as a kid, going door to door in a costume that my mom spent time making and gathering homemade treats, popcorn balls and candy. I loved a homemade costume! Some of my favorites were the black cat and I don’t know how many times I was a witch, which does now seem fitting. I was a giant pumpkin, ghost, Pippi Longstalking and many others. My brother once was a werewolf and I remember my mom basically gluing clumps of hair all over him! It was the most awesome costume and if memory serves he even won an award for it! My mom was creative with costumes and we always knew she would do her best to make what she could for us. She faithfully took us door to door knowing this was just a night for us kids. For that I thank my mom! Through thick and thin my mom really did her best and now as an adult I appreciate all her efforts.
Halloween has changed for me now though. To me it is a sacred time of year. As I grew up and my faith changed, after much research I will add, Halloween changed to Samhain. Samhain is a time of year for earth based religions to honor our loved ones that have passed. With the passing of 2 loved ones this year this Halloween 2 more plates will be served. It starts the New Year for the wheel of the year and the veil between the spirit world and our world is at its thinnest. A dumb supper is a popular ritual which simply means you serve a family favorite meal, set an extra plate of food for the loved one that has passed and eat in silence in order to honor those loved ones. Now to sit silent is hard for me, I like to talk and I like to make people laugh. Therefore in my world we usually take out the silent part because after all making a ritual fit your style is more natural.
There are also religions or groups that feel Halloween brings out a more evil venue. These groups usually celebrate as a fall festival, which is okay too. A fall festival is honoring our bounty and our season and still puts us back to our roots.
I guess what I am trying to say is no matter your beliefs for this fall having tolerance for others is key. We don’t have to have the same beliefs to get along. Listen, learn and move on. Be kind, be respectable and be better than the negativity that is going on in our world.
Oh and don’t forget to eat your ham and beans this fall and winter! Ham and Beans are a family favorite amongst my family!