Halloween is a holiday of many mysterious customs.  Children roaming from door to door demanding treats can be traced to the Celtic period and the first few centuries of the Christian era, when it was thought that the souls of the dead were out and around, along with fairies, witches, and demons. Offerings of food and drink were left out to placate them.

The history of the Jack-o’-lantern began in the 18th century with Irish families. They began to put carved-out turnips and other vegetables in their windows, with a hot lump of coal inside to light it up, as a means of preventing a foul-mouthed drunk from the village, Stingy Jack, and other ghouls from entering their homes.  Most had scary faces carved into them to frighten away any comers.

Happy 9″ Jack Lantern Lit

Get a happy Jack O’ Lantern for Halloween and keep the ghouls from entering your home!

Scary faces were the norm, but happy Jack O’ Lanterns work as well!

Once the tradition hit the United States, Irish immigrants soon realized that the pumpkin, native to the states, was an ideal fruit for carving.  When European settlers arrived in America, they found that our American pumpkin varieties were well suited to being carved as Jack’s lantern.

Our American pumpkin was found to be large in size, have upright strong walls, and a large hollow cavity… Just what they were looking for. This Halloween pumpkin is hollowed out and cut in order to create a grimacing face and is lit from the inside with a small candle, replacing the burning lump of coal. There was a movement in the late 1800’s to turn Halloween into a celebration emphasizing community and neighborhood activities and parties. This is the Halloween we celebrate today.

Halloween is filled with mystery, magic and superstition. Halloween ghosts and goblins are often depicted as extremely fearsome and scary.  But what about our dreams?  The shadowy ghosts in our dreams represent those aspects that we fear.  This is especially true if there are black cats in the dream, and if we avoid crossing paths with them as we fear that they will bring us bad luck.

To dream of Halloween signifies death and the underworld.  This usually doesn’t mean the death of a person, but a death of an idea or a plan.  Seeing yourself walking through a graveyard on Halloween in a dream might mean that you are reminiscing about a dead loved one or that you are feeling lonely and isolated.

The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs, and Meanings

What do reoccurring dreams reveal? What’s the purpose of nightmares—and can they be stopped? Why do some people show up in dreams? Are some dreams actually warnings? Going beyond superficial explanations, The Dream Interpretation Dictionary: Symbols, Signs and Meanings brings a deep and rich understanding to a variety of images, signs, and symbols. It considers the context to help anyone complete their own personal jigsaw puzzle. It provides the tools to allow anyone to sort through possible connections and to make sense of their dreams.

A Halloween dream also represents the adoption of a new persona where we feel less inhibited and more comfortable to freely express who we are.  It is the end of constraint in who we thought we were and the beginning of a new freedom within ourselves.  There are many different energies that make up our psyche and we must accept them all as valid parts of who we are.

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