I was interested in finding out a little bit more about my favorite holiday. I found this simple explanation of Halloween in a book called, Looking into the Past: peoples, places and customs: Ancient and Annual Customs, by Dwayne Pickels.
“With Christianity’s rise in pagan Celtic nations, the custom was adapted into a vigil for the feast of All Saints’ Day (November 1), and observed on October 31, otherwise known as All Hallows’ Eve—thus the modern word, Halloween.
“Nonetheless, it was believed that on this night the veil that separates the world of mortals and the normally inaccessible “Otherworld” became thin or disappeared completely. This allowed the inhabitants of that dimension—spirits of the dead and the magical faeris (also know as the sidhe)—to freely enter the world of the living.
“On this perilous night, Celtic peoples of the Birtish Isles lit bonfires to keep these malecoelnt soirit visitors at bay. But with the Celtic love of a…