What a time! With Halloween this weekend, and followed by Election Day… It’s hard to know which is scarier.
Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31st, has predictable features — skeletons, monsters, masks, and treats (similarities seemingly shared with political office holders). The Halloween tradition started with Samhain, an ancient Celtic fire festival at the midpoint between the fall equinox and winter solstice. People would light bonfires and wear costumes, believing that barrier between the physical and spirit worlds was thinner.
Lucky us – in 2020, a full moon falls on Halloween! So, we’ll have a glowing orb even without building a fire. Daylight savings time will also take place this weekend, gaining us an hour on Sunday when we “fall back.” Just what you need before making the trek to the polls on Tuesday, if you haven’t already voted.
The synchronicity of the proximity of Halloween and Election Day have inspired creativity around the neighborhood.
Halloween is a day for make-believe, when we can pretend to be somebody or something we are not. By next Halloween, here’s hoping COVID-19 will be a cautionary tale entry in the history books, rather than a stalker on the streets. And that we have selected a leader to unite US rather than a scary Commander in mis-Chief. Get out and vote!