All Hallow’s Eve – a pictorial assortment of images of Hallowe’en

We interrupt the series on Ports of Call to bring you Hallowe’en, a perspective in words and pictures over the years.  The pictures are as current as an hour ago, as well as from the family vault.  The great words are from a wise friend of ours who is an artist with words and graces our computer not enough.

1972, Barry's Bay

1972, Barry’s Bay

“The feast of All Hallows is upon us.  It was an extremely dark repudiation of the Church in its beginnings, but now it is simply a chance to do something crazy with the grandchildren.  The guys who originally planned to desroy the foundations of the faith were kind of hopeless.  How could they have foreseen the days when black lipstick would seal the deal between a Catholic and a Heretic, leading to a lifelong love, grandchildren, and the ultimate glorification of God?  Those who harboured hatred were to be sorely disappointed.  Have fun with the kids on the Hallowed Evening, and do not change one single thing.  An admirer in the fog.”                                               -McK

1985 Hallowe'en - L & M0271985 Hallowe'en - Linde028photo 2 2013 Oct 31 - Pembroke Hallowe'en2 2013 Oct 31 - Pembroke Hallowe'en6 chris & I halloween

2013 Oct 31 - Pembroke Hallowe'en5

Celebrating Hallowe’en in Malaysia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHallowe’en is starting to catch on in Asia thanks largely  to the number of expatriates and their families that live there.  I have noticed a few differences between Hallowe’en in Malaysia and in Canada.  Hallowe’en displays in the stores and malls are even bigger than in Canada, but the local children do not go door to door looking for treats (or tricks).  The trick or treat part of it is carried on2012 Oct 23 - celebrating Hallowe'en at Amaya Saujana 2 in the condos and apartment buildings where expatriates live and it usually involves groups of children and parents with cameras, accompanied by security personnel.  The other big difference is that even if you did go outside in Malaysia, you could go with shorts and sandals under your costume because the temperature rarely goes below 25 degrees celsius at night.

.2012 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en2  2012 Oct 31 - our entrance on Hallowe'en2012 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en at Amaya Saujana

This could have been an interesting picture if I was a little quicker with the camera.  These muslim ladies are not dressed for Hallowe'en, this just happens to be their work uniform, wherever it is that they work, and it just happened to be October 31st!

This could have been an interesting picture if I was a little quicker with the camera. These muslim ladies were not dressed for Hallowe’en, it just happened that  their work uniforms were the Hallowe’en colours,  and it just happened to be October 31st!

Meanwhile, back in Canada…

Get your coats on because the temperature in Pembroke this Hallowe’en is 2 degrees celsius, plus wind.

1985 Hallowe'en - Linde028_face0Halloween has Celtic origins. In pre-Christian times, many people believed that spirits from the underworld and ghosts of dead people could visit the world of the living on the night of October 31. These spirits could harm the living or take them back to the underworld. To avoid this, people started dressing up as ghosts and spirits if they left their homes on October 31. They hoped that this would confuse the ghosts and spirits.photo 1

Halloween was also a time, when spirits might give messages to people. In some areas, it was traditional for unmarried girls to poor molten lead into water. The shape that the lead took when it hardened was seen as a clue to the professions of their future husbands. Halloween traditions were brought to Canada by Irish and Scottish immigrants. Halloween is now celebrated in a range of other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

2014 Oct 30 - Miss Adie's Hallowe'en Parade7lowres

2014 Oct 30 - Miss Adie's Hallowe'en Parade12014 Oct 30 - Miss Adie's Hallowe'en Parade5lowres 2014 Oct 30 - Miss Adie's Hallowe'en Parade6lowres2014 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en052014 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en072014 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en152014 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en102014 Oct 31 - Hallowe'en02

2014 Oct 17 - Orville's pumpkin patch2

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Keep smiling!

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