In keeping with the time period of the house, the Crabill Homestead in Springfield will celebrate All Hallow’s Eve on the third weekend of October with a family-friendly event.
Each room will be decorated to keep the ghosts, fairies (these fairies are not the nice kind) and demons away. The upstairs rooms will be decorated with unusual curiosities.
The Crabill Homestead will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. The cost is adults 16 and older, $5; ages 6-15, $3; ages 5 and under are free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The homestead will also be opened for its normal hours from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.
All Hallow’s Eve comes from the Druids of the Celtic countries in what is now Ireland, Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and even France as part of their pre-Christian beliefs.
Oct. 31 was a day to honor the dead and to help them pass on as the Druids believed they needed help. Offerings of food and drink would be left out to placate the souls, so they would not disturb the inhabitants of each dwelling, thus starting the tradition of passing out food on all Hallow’s eve. If the person would need to go out in the night of All Hallow’s eve, they would disguise themselves to hide from the souls, thus starting the costume wearing tradition.
The All Hallow’s Eve tradition of passing out food and dressing up in costumes was brought to the United States, by the Irish immigrants in the 1840s. Through the years it has become a celebration for children to gather all sorts of candy as they go door to door yelling “Trick or Treat.”
The Crabill Homestead is located at 2800 Croft Road, Springfield within the C. J. Reservoir area off Croft Road. For more information about the Homestead go to www.crabillhomestead.org or on Facebook at Crabill Homestead.