Hello, it’s Halloween
Hello, it’s Halloween
Post written by Paragon Interiors   October 16, 2018

If one quarter of all the confectionery sold annually in the USA is bought for Halloween, ‘tis definitely the season of bounty for the dental fraternity’. You can bet they’re busy polishing their mirrors, probes, retractors, torque wrenches and burs. And smiling. A lot. 

We lay the blame firmly at the feet of the Celts. They had this notion that at the end of summer the barrier between our world and the world of the ghosts and spirits became really thin. This meant that weird and not-so-wonderful creatures with strange powers could roam freely about on Earth and wreak havoc on a scale the Celts were not prepared to consider.

So they lit huge bonfires and donned the scariest costumes they could rustle up. The intention was to ward off the marauding spirit world with the strategic advantage of fear and preparedness. In all probability, they scared the bejeebers out of one another instead. We assume that the paramedics of the time were on Code blue alert while the prowling spirits gave the Celts a good run for their money. Unfortunately, history has failed to document which side enjoyed greater success.

The superstition was also linked to death. They figured out that more people died during the long, dark and cold winters. Odd really. Who’d have thought fleas, filth and freezing weather? It had to be the work of those witches and ghouls that harboured the Grim Reaper with much cheer, believing him to be one of their own.

Religious intrigue, anyone? The end-of-summer Celtic Samhain festival happened on 31 October which meant their new year commenced on 1 November. Pope Gregory III was a tad concerned about these pagan antics – as well he might be. He designated that 1 November be celebrated as All Saints’ Day. Take that, you heathens! In Catholic terms, this made 31 October “All Hallows Eve” (hallow being a reference to saints and holiness). At any rate, the Celts were having none of it and blithely turned it into “All Hells Eve”, fire being a key component.

How ironic that we have Pope Gregory III to thank for the name Halloween. Poor fellow is probably still doing the soft shoe shuffle you-know-where with the eternal hope of being invited to join the heavenly choir.

So, the bonfires have been replaced by candles in lanterns and carved pumpkins. The costumes and accoutrements continue as a reminder and to ruin the reputation of black cats and spiders. A truly unfair rap cooked up in the cauldrons of the underworld while skulls and skeletons are dying to take their place.

Should you celebrate Halloween at the office?

That decision depends entirely on the boss, HR policies and culture of the company. Get approval before you rock up as a vampire, and an office Halloween party is definitely not the opportunity to flaunt any sexy outfits or wear scary masks. Rather err on the side of caution and tone the costume down.

Keep costumes politically and culturally neutral and be respectful of people who don’t want to participate because it’s not their thing, especially if they have religious reasons. Bear in mind that Halloween is not a holiday so avoid being disruptive and if there’s work to be done, get on with it. Should you take treats into the office? Just make sure there’s enough to go round but check first that it doesn’t breach any office code of conduct rules, like eating at your desk. Remember, the boss sets the tone!

Happy Halloween!

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