It’s time to prepare for the festivities surrounding the spookiest time of the year – Halloween! Some people find this holiday to be too dark and scary but with the right preparation – you can enjoy it with family and friends and have a wonderful time!
Today, we shed light on a holiday that seems to emphasize darkness, superstition, and fear. But did you know that Halloween is distinctly Christian in origin?
The ancient history of Halloween
The name Halloween is a blending of the words All Hallows’ and Even or E’en (referring to the evening before All Holies’ Day, or All Saints’ Day, which is November 1). The term hallow means “holy” – you may recall reciting it in the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9).
All Saints’ Day is a time to celebrate the lives of holy men and women who have died. For the Christian, “death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54); it is nothing to fear. Though our bodies die, our spirit dwells with Christ (Philippians 1:21) until He returns to earth to make all things new (2 Peter 3:13) and clothe us with new glorious bodies (Philippians 3:20-21).
While discussing the history of Halloween with your kids, you can note that the holiday is a combination of several celebrations from different cultures and religions at various times in history.
The ancient Celtic people celebrated Samhain, marking the end of harvest season. It was a time when the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred, and ghosts visited the earth. After the Roman Empire conquered the Celtic peoples, their festivals of Feralia (in which the Romans honored the passing of the dead) and a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees, were combined with Samhain.
Couscous Halloween treats: get ready for a themed menu
If you’d like to make a vintage-inspired Halloween treat, check out these recipes for mini glass of couscous with cocoa for Halloween and red lentils couscous and pumpkin fritters. You are sure to take someone’s breath away with these delicious treats!
The pancake recipe with red lentils couscous and pumpkin will bring festivities to your home on Halloween. The red lentils couscous has the needed amount of proteins to jumpstart the day, while the pumpkin full with vitamins and antioxidants will keep you safe from the season’s colds!
Bring your family together around the table on Halloween and treat each other to delicious couscous variations. We are sure you will have a great time and a delicious experience.
The mini glass of couscous with cocoa are perfect to make together with your children, as it’s a simple dessert and very easy to prepare. The scariest night of the year is coming, let’s get ready with a themed menu that will make your guests tremble from the first to the last course!