Halloween Party October 27th

Halloween Party at IOOF Hall, Saturday, October 27th, 2018, 6 PM-8PM

The IOOF Hall is the place to be on October 27th for lots of fun activities.  Dress up for the Costume Contest (by age groups).  Enjoy the popular Cake Walk (donations gratefully accepted), the Fish Pond, and other games.  Loads of prizes.  Refreshments.  The time is 6 PM.  Bring pumpkins, carved or stenciled for the Pumpkin Contest.  Again this year the Scarecrow Contest.  Contact Darla for information or to help with the proceedings, 208.839.2205.

 

Some information about Halloween:  Did you know?

Halloween is rooted in our agricultural past, marking the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year.

The origin of Halloween and many of its customs can be traced to Samhain, an ancient pagan Celtic festival that is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid goodbye to warmth and light.  The ancient Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at is thinnest during Samhain, thereby making it the ideal time to communicate with the deceased and to divine the future.

Following the triumph of the Roman Empire over Celt-occupied lands in the 1st century A.D., the Romans combined many of the Celtic traditions, including Samhain, with their own. This day evolved into All Hallows’ Day or All Hallowmas, hallow meaning to sanctify.

Years later, the Roman Catholic Church designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day, in honor of all Catholic saints.  It was celebrated with a mass, bonfires, and people costumed as angels and saints parading through the villages.  November 2 brings All Souls’ Day a holy day set aside for honoring the dead and departed.

Just as November 1 was once called All Hallows’ Day, October 31 was called All Hallows’ Eve.  Over time, All Hallows’ Eve was shortened to Halloween!

Taken from The Old Farmer’s 2018 Almanac