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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 26, 2011

O O O O O O O O!Hallows.Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!Eve.Boil, BOIL.Toil and trouble.All Hallows’ Eve.October 31.The night before All Saints’ Day.Creepy and Crawly.Goblin and Ghost.Robot and Superman.Queen and Slave.Pirate and Gypsy.Nurse and Nun.Gorilla and Fireman.Spiderwoman.Ballet Dancer.Astronaut.Goofy and Dopey.Indian Princess.Cowboy and Cook.Indian Chief.Dragon slayer.Baseball player.Movie Star.Magician and Monster.Tinkerbell.Priest and Gangster.Count Dracula.Giant Mouse. Rock Star.Hipster.Peter Pan.Fairy Queen.Skeleton.Devil.No tellin’ who will appear.Halloween is nearly here.A tradition going back to ancient Celtic rituals.Around 100 A.D. Until Christianity rocked its world.About 600 A.D.But even then, many rituals remained.Just renamed.To appease the converted pagans.Back then, they carved turnips into lanterns as remembrance of souls held in purgatory.Those being the souls who refused to convert.Immigrants to America used the native pumpkin.Bigger in size and readily available.Celtics who still maintain ancient customs consider this a holy season.A time to make offerings to gods and ancestors.Whatever the reason…‘Tis the season…To hallow…To metamorphose…To trick or treat.That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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