by Sally Cameron, midwife, mother of 2 and co-owner of earthbabies. I am passionate, creative, trying to be Green unschooling single mom. It’s a journey.
My daughter looks forward to Halloween every year it is one of the highlights of the year for her. She really got into the whole idea when we lived in the UK for 2 years. I was worried that we would not be able to find anything to replace the fun she was used having when they went trick or treating around the neighbourhood.
The idea of Halloween has really taken off in SA over the last few years and there were actually quite a lot of different activities to choose from. I heard about Halloween Zoo at Johannesburg Zoo and we decided to give it a try. I was so impressed. The turn out was amazing and people went to so much effort with the costumes, young and old alike dressed up and got into the spirit of the day.
The zoo had various Halloween themed displays for kids and lots of Halloween inspired decorations all around. We then had a picnic on the grass and all the parents took along bags of sweets. The kids ran around from one picnic blanket to the next trick or treating. They had lot and lots of fun and it was declared to be as much fun as going door to door in England.
My daughter and I dressed as witches and it was not without a little hesitation from me. In ancient times the women who were labeled as witches, when Christianity spread to those areas, were often midwives, healers and wise free thinking women. They were seen as a threat to the church and their healing powers were attributed to be other than God and therefore evil. Witchcraft was declared a heresy and many innocent women were tried and executed. As a midwife myself , someone always drawn to natural healing I wonder if I would not have been a prime candidate for being burned at the stake for heresy.
I think we got the balance right of being quite lovely witches, and if it is to identify with those who suffered, then I wore the costume proudly.
How did you and your family spend Halloween?
How much should we remember the symbolism behind these holidays or do we just celebrate them on their fun and commercial value now?