The Witch


You hear a noise!! and someone shouts Boo
Its gonna scare the pants off you!!!

Its Halloween, when the witches appear
They mean to scare you and instill fear

Old Witchypoo with her pointed hat
Stalks the town with her black cat

And when you gaze up into the sky
Is that a witch!!! you see flying by

The children are out , doing trick or treat
Playing jokes on the people they meet

They look all around , as they walk down the road
Old witchypoo might turn them into a toad

Its hallows eve..The witching hour
be very afraid of the witches power


(c) R.Rolls






The Story of Halloween

Halloween is one of the oldest holidays with origins
going back thousands of years. The holiday we know
as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over
the centuries. From the Roman's Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain,
to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days.
Hundreds of years ago in what is now Great Britain
and Northern France, lived the Celts. The Celts worshipped
nature and had many gods, with the sun god as their favourite.
It was "he" who commanded their work and their rest times,
and who made the earth beautiful and the crops grow.

The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1st.
It was celebrated every year with a festival and marked the
end of the "season of the sun" and the beginning of
"the season of darkness and cold."

On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored
for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes
would be extinguished. The Druids, the Celtic priests,
would meet in the hilltop in the dark oak forest
(oak trees were considered sacred). The Druids would
light new fires and offer sacrifices of crops
and animals. As they danced around the the fires, the season
of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin.

When the morning arrived the Druids would give an ember
from their fires to each family who would then
take them home to start new cooking fires.
These fires would keep the homes warm and free from evil spirits.

The November 1st festival was called Samhain
The festival would last for 3 days. Many people would
parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals.
This festival would become the first Halloween.

During the first century the Romans invaded Britain.
They brought with them many of their festivals and customs.
One of these was the festival know as Pomona Day,
named for their goddess of fruits and gardens. It was also
celebrated around the 1st of November. After hundreds of years
of Roman rule the customs of the Celtic's Samhain festival and the
Roman Pomona Day mixed becoming 1 major fall holiday.

The next influence came with the spread of the new Christian
religion throughout Europe and Britain. In the year 835 AD the
Roman Catholic Church would make November 1st a church holiday
to honor all the saints. This day was called All Saint's Day,
or Hallowmas, or All Hallows. Years later the Church would make
November 2nd a holy day. It was called All Souls Day
and was to honour the dead. It was celebrated with
big bonfires, parades, and people dressing up as saints, angels and devils.

But the spread of Christianity did not make people forget
their early customs. On the eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31,
people continued to celebrate the festivals of Samhain and Pomona Day.
Over the years the customs from all these holidays mixed. October 31st
became known as All Hallow Even, eventually All Hallow's Eve,
Hallowe'en, and then - Halloween.

The Halloween we celebrate today includes all of these
influences, Pomona Day's apples, nuts, and harvest,
the Festival of Samhain's black cats, magic, evil spirits
and death, and the ghosts, skeletons and skulls from
All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.














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