We are coming into the start of the Holiday Season. Harvesting is wrapping up and preparations for the big Thanksgiving and Christmas have already begun. But…before those glorious family gatherings, we have Halloween. I am offering up some photos taken at the Fruitville Grove October festival of the Halloween preparations. Pumpkins everywhere and scarecrows. Celebrate the Harvest – the pumpkins are bountiful. A very colorful time as people are now starting their decorating for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the vigil preceding All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day (aka Feast of All Souls). On All Hallows’ Eve, candles were placed on the graves and a number of Christian religions required abstaining from all meats, which is why the pumpkins and squash came to prominence with their harvesting time matching along with apples, cider, and potato pancakes.
If you are interested in more history of this celebration – I am going to ask you to check out a friend’s blog – Ed Mooney – from Ireland – with his detailed information on Irish tradition of Halloween – about Jack O’Lantern. –