It didn’t feel much like Halloween to me really. The weather was good for it. But we don’t get Trick-Or-Treaters here. I didn’t dress up or go to any Monster Parties. In fact, I didn’t go anywhere to see anyone in a costume. Nary a Witch, or a Goblin, or a Ninja… or Princess. In fact, I wouldn’t have known this was the Spooky Day… except for seeing Matt Lauer in walking out in drag on the Today Show at 8 a.m.
But I like Halloween. I do. I think it is a good time to sugar-up little kids, and let them run around crazy… like little hobgoblins, and such. They shout out scary phrases and such…. like “Give me more candy!”
And speaking of scary phrases….. that now brings me to the word BOO. I can’t really figure how it got started. Did people start booing bad performances, and athletes… back in the days of old? And somehow it got associated with the whole “Ghost” thing…. and saying “Boo”? Or was it the other way around? Ghosts first, then sneering. OR is it short for something… like Booyah. WHAT?
Now…. I’ve met a couple of ghosts. Neither said BOO. Period. In fact…. they didn’t say boo.
Now… back in the day when I did stand up comedy…. I got booed from time to time.
They just hated my Ghost Jokes…. like…. Where do ghosts go on vacation? …. Why….. Lake Eerie, of course.
OR…. What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog? ….. He is mist.
Yep. Booed right off the dang stage.
But back to Halloween. It got its start with the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. Succinctly… it initiates the triduum of Hallowmas. That means…. the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead…. which includes saints (the hallows), and martyrs, and all the faithful dead departed believers.
Which still doesn’t answer the Ghost-Vocabulary BOO-thing. Maybe because it rhymes with Witches’ Brew… and someone penned it poetically.
I guess this is one mystery I can’t solve for you. Good thing it is Halloween…. the perfect time for unsolved mysteries.
“The ghost practiced scaring people night after night. He was finally ready for his day boo.” – Morgue Freeman