Most people consider the Holiday Season Thanksgiving through New Year’s. But right or wrong, the Holiday Season really begins with Halloween. People no longer wait until after Thanksgiving to do their holiday shopping – they start at Halloween. And stores certainly do not wait until after Thanksgiving to start their holiday marketing – they start at Halloween. Not that the Holidays are all about consumerism, but unfortunately it does seem to fuel the season. The day after Halloween people start listening to holiday music and putting up their holiday decorations. People just want to have that fuzzy and warm Holiday feeling as long as they can, so they get a head start with Halloween.
There are many Halloween events in the Baltimore area, especially since we live in the land of Edgar Allan Poe. Every year on Halloween, people in costume wait in line to tour Poe’s house and grave on Fayette Street in Baltimore City, just a few miles from our Old Orchard Apartments. A little less scary event is this Saturday Octover 27th at The Avenue in White Marsh, right around the corner from our Burnam Woods Apartments. It is the Annual Trick-or-Treat complete with fun and games for adults, kids and dogs. There are many Halloween events on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, right down the street from our Chatham Gardens Apartments. There is a Halloween Party for the adults at Diamondback Tavern on Halloween, a Halloween Spooktacular for adults and kids at the Pottery Stop and Coffee Shop this Saturday October 27th, and of course Ellicott City Ghost Tours the last weekend of October and first weekend of November. However you celebrate, have a safe and happy Halloween!
According to the History Channel, “Straddling the line between fall 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 Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized 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.”