by Neva Bodin
While we celebrate fall with orange and brown of pumpkins, leaves and grass, we also mix Halloween colors in. There are many colors of Halloween with different associations.
Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve, or All Saints Eve, or All Souls Day, was first set for November 1st as a Celtic holiday to mark the end of summer and beginning of winter. The Catholics, sometime in the eighth century apparently, chose to use it to honor and remember those who had died, including saints, martyrs and departed Christians, making it a Christian holiday. Now, we have mixed it up with all manner of scary things, plus reasons to have a party and go trick or treating!
At any rate, several colors are used to decorate for this holiday.
Black is a predominant color displayed during the holiday. Black is a symbol for death or darkness, the realm of witches and goblins. Hence, we have black cats, black bats, black spiders and black witches hanging everywhere! I particularly hate the black spiders.
Orange is a symbol for warmth, fire and an echo of the leaves of autumn. It is also in contrast to black and the two complement each other. It seems to be the one and only positive color symbolizing Halloween.
Purple has become a Halloween color also. Sometimes witches have purple hair or purple around their eyes. Purple is the color of the seventh chakra which represents the third eye and clairvoyance.
Chakras are thought to be seven centers of spiritual power in the body. Clairvoyance speaks of extra sensory perception.
Some believe Halloween is a night when the veil between what I’ll call the tactile world and the spiritual world is thin. Spirits are about. Apparently adding spiders and bats and witches adds to the thrill and fear of thinking so.
We have also added white—for bones and skeletons and ghosts; green—for goblins, goo, and slime; and red—for blood from vampires fangs.
On another note, how did pumpkins become Jack-O-Lanterns? (It is thought in original celebrations, hallowed out turnips were used instead of pumpkins.) Apparently many cultures have tales of a tricky lad known as Jack who gets in trouble through his own devices.
Here is a story quote from the website: http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/samhainoctober31/p/JackOLanterns.htm
(Copied 10/19/16) “In the case of the jack o’lantern, the story that inspired it is one in which Jack tries to outsmart the Devil himself. In the tale, Jack tricks the Devil into agreeing never to collect his soul. However, once Jack dies, it turns out he’s led too sinful a life to get into heaven, but because of his bargain with the Devil, he can’t get into hell either. Jack complains about how dark it is, wandering around earth with no place to go, and someone tosses him a hot coal, which he places in a hollowed-out turnip. Now poor Jack uses his turnip-lantern to guide him, and he is known as Jack of the Lantern.
In some variations of the story, Jack comes out only on Halloween night, and is looking for someone to take his place… so watch out, if you see him wandering your way!”
So there you have a little about the colors of Halloween, and with the last tale, perhaps orange isn’t such a positive color after all!
(All images from Pixabay.)