I am not Trixie the Destroyer.
Give me treats!
Howl-&-Scream began as the human's Pegan festival of Samhain. It was later named All Hallows Eve which got changed to Halloween and now, more recently Howl-&-Scream for the noise the small humans make when they run down the street from house to house.
During Samhain, humans would guide the spirits of the those that died during the year to the Sunlit Lands where they would grow younger and eventually be reborn into the world. They did this by burning candles and by leaving offering of food on their doorstops to help their spirits in their journey.
It wasn't long though before some humans, scavengers that they are, got the idea of dressing up like ghosts and other spirits to steal the food left out by the pagans.
Eventually this got more or less formalized into children getting dressed up and going door to door to collect candy in the more modern western world including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and in some parts of Australia and New Zealand.
Candles were place in the carved out pumpkins. The faces carved into the pumpkins were supposed to ward off evil spirits, while the light guided the spirits of the recently departed to their destination.
The concept of witches and their familier black cats did not become a part of the celebration of Howl-&-Scream until the religion of the Crucified God got involved. All Pagens were suddenly branded "witches" and cats because of their supposed association with the Godess Freya were included in this because the Religon of the Crucified God named Freya - who was a fertility godess - as a demon.
While it is nice to believe we live in more enlightened times then our forebearers, there are still many humans who believe that Black Cats in particular should be harmed today. They think this is funny.
Humans have a very weird definition of the word "funny" if they think causing pain to living creatures is humorous in any way.
As a result and to protect me from these strange members of human kind, I am not allowed out of the house on Howl-&-Scream. I did however press my case to get some Temptations first thing this morning, and will be asking for lots of treats during the rest of the day.
Note to Captain Jack and Dante: No, that's just what the little humans want you to believe. They are really the evil spirits. Who else is doing all the tricks?