From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 30, 1952

Quill notes from the the old ink well: Halloween

“Where the bee sucks there suck I;

In a cowslip’s bell I lie;

There I couch when owls do cry.

On the bat’s back I do fly.”

Halloween! A time for gaiety, pranks, and goblins! A time to play spooks, haints, and ghosts! Beware of black cats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches riding high on broom sticks!

The evening of Oct. 31 got its name from “all hallow’s eve,” which originally was the vigil of hallow-mass or All Saints Day in the Scotch or Irish churches.

But the spooky aspect of Halloween predates Christianity. About 13 centuries ago, pagans celebrated Nov. 1 as all spirits day when spirits both good and evil were believed to be on earth. The Druids also celebrated their harvest festival about that time and many strange ceremonies were performed.

Many of the Halloween diversions of today are survivals of old pagan customs. In Scotland, some of the ceremonies peculiar to the occasion have been of a highly superstitious nature. A humorous description of these can be found in the poem Halloween by Burns.

As for our present-day high jinks, it might pay us to be ready with cookies or candy for our “trick or treat” visitors on Halloween lest we find out first hand what spooks can do to upset the order of things.

Funny business can happen over night! Don’t say we haven’t warned you!

Rock Springs No. 4

October’s beautiful weather makes everyone feel so good and work so hard to get crops gathered.

This season is always a sad time and a beautiful picture is painted by nature on the woodland and the sunsets are so pretty to look upon, but all nature seems to mourn the passing of time to me or is it my imagination?

-Mrs. Lillie Smith