WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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when most of us were growing up, Halloween was celebrated on a single evening, October 31st. Kids everywhere would dress up, trick- or-treat, and maybe even bob for apples. But the next day, it would all be over. Today, Halloween has become its own special season — beginning in early October and lasting the entire month — with many fun-filled activities for kids and for the kid in all of us. Halloween, or "All Hallows' Eve," originated in Celtic culture in the 16th century. According to the Druid religion, October 31st was the day before the New Year, the evening when the spirits of those who died that year would rise up and roam the earth. Despite its humble roots, Halloween has grown into a $2.5 billion industry (second only to Christmas), with many fun-filled traditions that have become part of the beloved season. Ghosting The Halloween season unofficially kicks off in early October with neighborhood "ghosting," which is like a hand-delivered chain letter — except it's actually fun. When it gets dark, kids sneak over to a neigh- 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 How the spirit of Halloween has evolved from one night to an entire month of festivities The Halloween Season PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer I N S E T P H O T O S B Y D A R R E N B O V I E ( L E F T ) , P A T T Y B O V I E ( C E N T E R ) , A N D I A N B U L L ( R I G H T ) ; F A C I N G P A G E : D A R R E N B O V I E

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