Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween in a Fictional World

I have been busy working around the house, decorating it with various objects of fear and dread. Halloween music fills the air as I set up my three ft. black tree, complete with scary ornaments, prominently in the living room. Fall has finally arrived in Havasu and the temperatures are finally cool enough to go outside to enjoy the fresh air without baking on the sidewalk.

As I set up the miniature tomb stones and skeletons around the house, my mind wanders to what it would be like on my fantasy world of Tiaera. Since Tiaera is not Earth, it wouldn't have a designated holiday called Halloween or All Hallows Eve. It has no real purpose for such a holiday. After all, what is Halloween?

According to Wikipedia: "Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All HallowsEvening),[5] also known as Allhalloween,[6] All Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve,[8] is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,[9] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed."

Since Tiaera has no Christian religion, there can be no Halloween. But that doesn't mean there can't be something like it. This is where imagination can come in when building up a fictional world (or worldbuilding). Some of you who have created fictional worlds for the purpose of gaming, roleplaying or writing will know what I mean.

Every world has it's problems, monsters and conflicts. Where there's good, there must also be evil. Thus for Tiaera, evil lurks in the form of god-like demons who arrive from other planes of existence to conquer the medieval planet. If that isn't enough, there are wicked magic-users who dabble in the black arts to wreak havoc in the world. Remember this wraith?

Anyone who has read my books will discover that Tiaera is much like our world except, thanks to the goddess, death is not always permanent.

So, what then? What can the medieval folk of Tiaera be afraid of? Well, that would be telling and I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read my books. For now, this topic rests in my mind and in the minds of fellow world builders who want to create a Halloween atmosphere, whether it be a feast day, celebration, season or period of time. Have your fictional people come up with traditions and superstitions in order to observe your own Halloween. If you have a fictional calendar, pick a good time in your calendar year that would be suitable.

Have fun with it, but try not to take such things too seriously.

Happy Halloween!