The calendar says it's October 30th but here in Chicago it's more like December 30th - it's cold and snowy. And if you saw our Instagram posts from yesterday, many of our tree limbs were knocked down and some of them were over 12 ft. long! Unfortunately many of our neighbors had lots of trees damaged as well, and that is so sad because our neighborhood is noted for the beautiful tree-lined streets. Luckily no one was hurt.

In addition to that you might have also seen on Instagram that I had surgery on my leg yesterday, so it was quite an exciting day. I am fine and should recover fairly quickly. Unfortunately I will just have to watch as my family hands out treats to the neighborhood kids.

Here are some facts about the Halloween tradition:

The earliest trace of Halloween is the Celtic festival which was their New Year. It was the day of the dead and it was believed that the souls of the deceased would be available (whatever that means).

The Druids celebrated this holiday with a great fire festival which was to encourage the dimming sun not to vanish, and the people danced around bonfires to keep evil spirits away. However they also left their doors open in hopes that the kind spirits of loved ones might join them around their hearths. (That seems pretty trusting to me that they thought the good and evil spirits would act the way that they wanted them too.)

The Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. Crops were burned and animals were sacrificed. The spirits were believed to be either entertained by the living or to find a body to possess for the upcoming year. This all gives reasons as to why by dressing up like witches, ghosts or goblins, villagers could avoid being possessed.

Halloween came to the United States when European immigrants brought their varied customs with them, and Americans began trick or treat traditions. In the later 1800's the holiday became more centered on the community.

We love celebrating Halloween with our community. We carry on the family tradition of handing out both regular and chocolate milk to the kids since they all are thirsty while walking around, and to their thirsty parents, we give them an adult something-something too so they won't feel left out.

We hope you have a great day too!

Source: Excerpt from the History Channel

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