Trick or Treating is alive and well in downtown Lovell again this year! The Lovell Chronicle is again organizing the Main Street Trick or Treat! From 2 – 5 Friday afternoon the costumed little ones are invited to visit participating merchants. Page 16 of the Chronicle has a list of businesses. As you visit, each business will mark your paper. Take your paper back to the Chronicle to enter the Chronicle’s drawing for a $100 gift certificate and a $50 gift certificate at the participating business of your choice. Yes, of course Johnson Home and Land is participating. Have fun, be safe and courteous.
Are you curious about how Trick or Treating came about? Following is some history of why we dress our children up and on October 31 and Trick or Treat! Halloween originated from the Celtic festival Samhain, held on October 31. The ancient Celts, practiced Druidism and believed that on that date, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become briefly dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. At the festival, bonfires were built to frighten evil spirits away.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints Day, or, in the terminology of the time, All Hallows Day (hallow means “holy”). In time, the observances that had been Samhain became
“All Hallows Even,” the evening before All Hallows Day. “Halloween,” which has devolved into a cultural observance, is a contracted form of All Hallows Even. And now you have it!