Halloween History and Hall-O-Wine Celebrations! By Bev Filer

BlessedSamhain2D2Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is a great place for celebration!  We are also the two state solution for Fun! Located in NC, just 3 miles from SC, makes it easy to celebrate life and holidays in both states! Halloween becomes  Hall -O-Wine with celebrations for a weekend of Fun at two area wineries.

The Silver Coast Winery in Southport, NC:

Siver Coast Wonery Halloween

  • Hosts a costume contest in their Tasting Room on Oct. 31st …3pm-9pm.





Silver Coast Winery Superflog

  • Come back for The Silver Coast Winery Dance Party in the Barrel Room with “Superfrog”…Fri., Nov.1st…4-7pm Dance the Night Away for $8 per Person ! Costumes are Optional… “Best Costume Prize”! More @ www.silvercoastwinery.com

La Belle Amie collage

For a complete Fun Weekend…The La Belle Amie Winery in Little River , SC:

  • Host a “Rock Back the Clock Fest” on Sat., Nov. 2…Noon – 5pm with Live Music by “The Party Favor Band” and Tammy’s Tangent …$8 per person (under 18 or over 80 FREE) ! Enjoy a weekend of partying Hall-O-Wine style! More @www.labelleamie.com

The History behind the Halloween Holiday!

Halloween ,celebrated on the night of October 31st, is a shortening of All Hallows’ evening or All Hallow’s Eve! Most scholars believe it has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Pronounced “Sah-win”). Samhain celebrated the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. According to American Folklore Center’s website, the Celts believed that due to the natural timing of this process, the new year stared on Nov. 1st.

Celtic Beliefs About Samhain:

  • It was a joyous holiday that marked the death of the old year and the beginning of the a new one on Nov. 1st.
  • The boundaries between the worlds of the living & the dead overlapped & the deceased would come back to life during this transition into winter.
  • They believed the deceased might come back to life & could cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.
  • Sacrifices were common during Samhain in order to ensure healthy crops.
  • The flickering of light bonfires resembled lighthouses  which ushered the dead into the next world.
  • To distract the spirits from settling into houses & farms, people would carve rudimentary faces into large turnips & set candles inside.
  • The turnips lanterns would rest along roadways & next to gates, to light the way for travelers & caution any passing fairies against invading.


All Saints Day

Conversion to Christianity led to the christening of Nov. 1st as “All Saints Day” & Nov. 2nd as “All Soul’s Day”.  Missionaries thought it would be easier to convert people if they mixed Christianity with their known rituals, according to  the American Folklife Center’s website.

Folklore From Around the World

Many of the customs associated with Halloween came from a variety of countries.

  •  British Folkore…Ignis Fatuus is the result of a prankster, Jack, who angered both God & the devil.  After being prohibited from spending eternity in heaven or hell, the devil was to have supplied him with a lighted coal…so he may use its light to trick innocent passerby into following the retreating glowing orb & straying them toward harm’s way. The Jack-o-lantern may have come from this tradition. Pumpkins are native only to North America.
  • “Jack-0-Lantern” is a phrase that has its roots in Irish folklore. As legend has it, “Stingy Jack” was a drunken miser who made a couple of bad bets with the devil during his life.  One of the bets resulted in the devil promising never to send old Jack to hell. Jack was doomed to wander Earth for eternity with only his lantern, a large carved turnip, to light his way.
  • Trick-or-treating seems to have a distant connection with an early Italian tradition. David Skal, author of “Death Takes a Holiday”, describes a providing of food for visiting souls on All Soul’s Day. Skal did emphasis a need to leave treats to appease trickster members.
  • Originating in Ireland & Britain with similar practices as far south as Italy…Halloween costumes may come from the practice of dressing up in costumes & begging door to door for treats on holidays during the Middle Ages. Trick-or-treating resembles the medieval practice of “Souling” when poor people would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1st), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on “All Souls Day” (November 2nd).
  • Shakespeare mentions this practice in his comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling (whimpering, whining), like a beggar at Hallowmas.
  • Trick-or-Treating was stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War I & did not end until June 1947.
  • Early national attention to Trick-or-Treating was given in the October 1947 issues of the children’s magazines Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities and by Halloween episodes of the network radio program… The Baby Snooks Show in 1946.
  • Walt Disney portrayed a cartoon Trick or Treat (1952).
  • UNICEF (1952) first conducted a national campaign for children to raise funds for the charity while Trick-or-treating.


The “Halloween Season” is a part of American culture and Halloween is the 2nd highest grossing Commercial holiday after Christmas. Halloween cards are also a big hit with folks.. to send & receive!



Happy halloween

Decorative lights & lawn ornaments, elaborate costumes, combined with  special recipes and candy make this a Fun time of year. Driving through Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, one can see lawns decorated in Fall hues and creative displays that suit the season! Everything is bright and cheerful!  Halloween Or Hall-O-Wine is another Fun way to celebrate life with friends and neighbors! Cheers!

**Special Thanks to Sibyl Allen**…For her introduction to “Hall-O-Wine” celebrations.

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