Sure, it’s a pagan – probably Gaelic – festival full of superstition and spiritual ritual. But at the same time let’s not forget that those wacky Popes, Gregory III (731-741) and Gregory IV (827-844) tried to highjack it with the Christian holiday All Saint’s Day, by moving that one from May 13 to November 1. Back in the day they would measure a new day as starting at sundown – ala the Florentine Calendar – hence the same time as Halloween. Of course that tactic didn’t exactly work out long-term, so now All Saint’s is the day after.
But be that as it may, here’s some awesome carved pumpkins! I wish we did this kind of stuff in Australia, or at least around where I live.