To celebrate Halloween I’ve discounted my spooky thriller, Devil Gate Dawn, to just 99p/99c. if you download, please message me and I’ll send you a FREE pdf copy of my short story, ‘Halloween 50BC’.
Straddling the line between autumn and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Sah-wen, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st and 2nd as a time to honour all saints and martyrs; the twin holidays, All Saints’ Day, followed by All Souls Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Sah-wen. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween.
Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.