Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.


Men say that in this midnight hour,
The disembodied have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream.


Tis night when Goblin, Elf and Fay,
Come dancing in their best array,
To prank and royster on the way,
And comfort troubled souls.


Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.


From ghoulies and ghosties,
Long-leggety beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us.

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

- William Shakespeare, Macbeth -

Halloween: October 31, the eve of All Saints' Day, observed with
traditional games and customs. The word comes from medieval
England's All Hallows' Eve. However, many of these customs
predate Christianity, going back to Celtic practices associated with
November 1st -- the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year.
Witches and other evil spirits were believed to roam the earth on this
evening, playing tricks on human beings to mark the season of
diminishing sunlight. Bonfires were lit, offerings were made of dainty
foods and sweets, and people would disguise themselves as one
of the roaming spirits, to avoid demonic persecution. Survivals
of these early practices can be found in countries of Celtic influence
today, such as the United States where children go from door to door
in costumes demanding "trick or treat." -- Encyclopedia.com

From childhood onward_____, Halloween is a mystical time of the year for
most of us. It's the only day of the year when monsters roam the
earth, and everyone has a chance to be a child again. It doesn't matter
how old or young you are, because no one is truly what they appear
to be.

Ghosts and goblins travel in plain sight, while the magical creatures of
myth and legend walk among mortals without fear. The walls between
worlds weaken, and moving between the magical and non-magical
universes is as simple as stepping through a doorway.

And that's just the "mystical" part of Halloween.

Even if someone doesn't believe in the magical elements of
Halloween, there are many mundane reasons that explain the
fascination with the day.

It's the only time of the year when people are allowed to "let down
their hair" without fear. The inner child is free to run wild, whether the
outer shell is a babe or a grandparent. For one night, a person can be
whoever -- or whatever -- they wish to be.

Halloween is a night when people want to face their fears -- even if
it's only to let themselves be terrified in the process. No one looks
down on them for being afraid, because that's the whole point of the
day -- to come face to face with pure terror.

Not to mention the fact that it's the only night of the year when adults
willingly hand out tons of sugar to already-hyper kids, therefore
guaranteeing that the Sandman will never even consider entering their

Go out. Have fun. Watch out for witches.