The yearly celebration of Samhain, marks the time of the third and final harvest. It also marks the start of the darker half of the year with the Winter Solstice and the start of the Oak King's rein soon to follow.
Samhain is when the thinning of the veils brings the realms of the living and the dead closer than any other time during the year. It is a time to celebrate ones ancestors, and if you're lucky enough, to have those ancestors contact you with information to aid you during the coming year.
Unfortunately, I have not lived in places over the last many years where 'trick or treating' was observed. I have missed seeing the costumed kids expressing their creativity. Normally I like to do some sort of decorating around my home for myself...I love Halloween, so why not? This year I decided to make a couple of things. Since I work in a craft store it seemed the thing to do. Nothing very elaborate, but I am satisfied with the outcome. A Halloween wreath that hangs on my front door, and a felt Jack O'Lantern pin. The pin might end up being the extent of my dressing up for work. Better something than nothing, I suppose.