Friday 31st October 2014
Kingsley’s first Halloween and he was a champ, staying out at a street party till 8PM without one whimper or complaint. Three of us – Darine, Rio and I – and assorted kids got dressed up, went trick or treating, and headed to the community park in The Greens for a fun, badly organised and loud civic event held under the stars. By 7pm it had morphed into an all-ages dance party!
Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Feast of All Saints or “All Hallows” falls on 1st November. The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved it to Nov. 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere. And so the holy day spread to Ireland. The day before was the feast’s evening vigil, “All Hallows Even” or “Hallowe’en.”
But Kingsley, in his pumpkin outfit, really has no idea about such histories (nor do I, to tell the truth). He came for the ride, partied with his little mate Davaughn, then crashed hard at night. Happy Halloween!