It all gets a little bit spooky at the end of October as we celebrate Halloween. Halloween is short for All Hallows' Eve which leads into All Hallows' Day on the first of November. In Celtic times, the first of November was the beginning of the new year and marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the winter and was celebrated in a festival known as Samhain. At that time of the year, it was believed that there was a strong connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. It was a time for honouring the dead, celebrating the end of summer, the harvest and the new year and foreseeing the future through divination. People would light bonfires for protection and to keep away evil spirits and would dress up in costumes.
If you fast-forward to the present day, if you celebrate Halloween it's because you have kids, are a kid or aim to see the fun in life and don't have a complex about needing to be a stuffy grown-up. If you are any of these, you'll want to dress up and have a good time. Halloween is an occasion like any other occasion and is part of the rhythm of life. It gives you something to look forward to and a chance to celebrate, socialise and nourish yourself whilst you party deep into the night all in the name of fun. On an occasion of such historical significance anything could happen so you'd better keep your wits about you. As luck would have it, i've made a playlist to help you get through the night. After all, music is food for the soul, and life wouldn't be the same without music especially on a spooky night at the end of October.
Here is my Halloween playlist...
Music is food for the soul.
Stephen is a former Assistant Event Producer who has worked on the production of major live events. He created MusicIsFoodForTheSoul.com to focus on the essence of music. His interests include sport, music, design, leadership, innovative and socially responsible businesses and writing poetry and lyrics. Follow @WoodsStephen