This picture comes from an email about all the different patterns that one can get for carving pumpkins.
Halloween has always been considered a “scary” night in North America for the last fifty years. Imagine, however, that our Ancestors, who first migrated to Canada, worked to homestead the prairies. They did not even think about Halloween. October 31st was just another day for them. In some belief systems, October 30 – 31 and November 1 are days for the celebration “Feast of the Dead”, to honour deceased relatives (ancestors).
The “scariness” has come from the big corporate marketing plans to create a time to get people to buy costumes and candy. The focus has turned away from the simplicity of going to have a meal at the tomb or graveside of those that have gone before.
Now, we do not say special prayers or blessings to the Ancestors to ask them, along with the Angels, to watch over us and our families.
My blessing for you is that this day is filled with memories of the wonderful things that those who have died, have done that have helped your journey.