For those who don't know it, or won't grasp it themselves; I'm pagan. For me 'January First' is not the new year. Tonight is the new year, at it is every year for me. It's a night of blessing and happiness, of growth and change. A night to thank whomever you thank for what you have. It is the end of summer of the beginning of fall, it brings with it many different changes that most people don't believe or realize or notice.
When you dress up tonight, remember; it's not all about candy and children. It was once about chasing away dark spirits while welcoming the gentle ones, of starting the new year and feasting with your ancestors.
Blessing and Good Tidings to all this Latha Na Samna and a fair and happy Hallows Eve this night to all who go out.