Looking for something fun, safe and festive for the kids this Halloween, or over the Thanksgiving Break? There are a number of activities and events going on in and around The Woodlands. Everything from FREE events to those that are nominally priced, you're sure to find a spooktacular way to pass the time until going trick-or-treating on All Hallows Eve, or after the last of the turkey is packed away!
The Fall Season - When summer has passed and the days grow short, the long list of events in The Woodlands continues. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year. Most commonly it is held on October 31 – November 1, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
The "Irish-English Dictionary" published by the Irish Texts Society defines the word as follows:
"Samhain: All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signaling the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting until May, during which troops were quartered. Fairies were imagined as particularly active at this season. From Samhain, the half-year is reckoned. Also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess)."
The "Scottish Gaelic Dictionary" defines it as "Hallowtide. The Feast of All Souls. Sam + Fuin = end of summer." Samhain is also know as: ShadowFest, Martinmas, and Old Hallowmass.
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