Halloween “Trick or Treat” observed on Saturday, Oct. 30

 Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31, however many communities in conservative areas will move the event to Saturday in respect for the traditional observance of Sunday as a Holy Day.
 The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
 Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
 This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
 Chickasha’s annual downtown Neewollah Festival will be observed on Saturday evening, 5 to 7 pm on Chickasha Avenue.
 Other ‘Trick or Treat’ events include:
 • Grady Memorial Hospital drive-thru THURSDAY October 28, 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
 • Trunk or Treat at Bible Baptist Church, 5:30 to 8:00 pm; a Hayride at Alex on Sunday, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
• Parkview Christian Church Fall-O-Ween October 27th 6pm – 7:30pm 2828 South 9th Street. Food, Inflatables, Trunk-or-Treat, Wear your costumes.
• USAO ‘Trunk or Treat’ on the Oval from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
 Motorist are reminded to be extra careful on Saturday evening as costumed youngsters may be prowling the streets seeking sweet goodies and may not be paying attention when crossing streets.