It’s that time of the year that brings feelings of mystery and excitement. Most homes have otherworldly displays of signature jack-o-lanterns, candy, and spooky decorations. Halloween is a time to explore the mystical world, have fun wearing costumes, and trick or treat with friends and family.
Like most traditions, Halloween has a rich history dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic Festival of Samhain. So why the name Halloween? Why not Samhain? Well, Halloween gets its name from “All Hallows Eve” which is the day before “All Saints Day”. It is named All Hallows Eve because the veil of the living and the dead opens and souls of the dead are allowed to come back to earth. According to a Time Magazine article by Cady Lang, many of these Celtic traditions were reframed with a Christian narrative that has created many of the Halloween traditions we have today.
To please the spirits, people would leave different offerings for them and would dress up in costumes to disguise themselves as spirits. These offerings usually consisted of food and wine. Even our current trick or treat ritual comes from the tradition of blaming spirits for pranks that were often played on this night.
Today, people have found ways to showcase their favorite wines into their Halloween celebrations. Vineyards have created spooky, unique labels, and all of us wine enthusiasts have found a way to pair wine with beloved Halloween treats. This year, Halloween will be different because of COVID-19, but we can’t let this stop us from enjoying Halloween candy with wine. Here is a great pairing guide for your Halloween night, let’s have fun exploring and celebrate the history of this magical day. I will definitely be buying some bold dark cabernet sauvignon for my favorite chocolate, peanut butter cups. What’s your pick?
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