In between autumn equinox and winter solstice, a doorway opens to the "otherworld."
It is a time when, sitting around a roaring hearth, family and friends exchange stories and reminiscences about those who have passed to that other-worldly place.
And maybe, just maybe, the spirits of those dearly departed will manifest and join the celebration.
From Folie a Deux:
Halloween was originally a three-day Celtic festival, commencing with All Hallows on the eve of November, which signifies the autumn transition between light and dark, day and night, life and death, and commences the Celtic New Year.
It was (still is, for some) a time to celebrate the dead, remember them, respect them, and hold close (for at least one evening) all that links you, the sum of your ancestors, to those who delivered you.
On All Hallows Eve, Celts (and pagans) tell stories of those no longer among us, be they relatives, friends or pets, and celebrate their spirits by bringing out heirlooms and talismans handed down through generations.