Stubbins, Watson & Bryan - October 2018

THE LEGAL NAVIGATOR OCTOBER 2018

FROM THE DESK OF

Mike Bryan

What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions. Where did all these bats come from? Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. What’s up with bobbing for apples? Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th-century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were apples bats & chicken feed Secret Origins of Halloween Traditions

This month, I would like to introduce you to a very important member of my family — our dog, Molly! We adopted her from a shelter in Lancaster, Ohio. When she was about 1 year old (before we had her), she was hit by a car on I-71 in Columbus. She had to go through surgery, therapies, and time to heal. My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting the veterinarian who was housing Molly for some time as well. We knew as soon as we met Molly that she was going to be a perfect fit for our family — including my step- daughters, who are now ages 12 and 14. Molly is not a very active dog and enjoys napping more than any dog I have ever seen. But she is very happy and fun-loving. The picture you see above is her really enjoying a pontoon boat ride in Buckeye Lake, Ohio.

Have a great rest of the month and see you next time!

-Mike Bryan

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