Happy Halloween from the Herman Legal Group to all of our clients and friends!  We hope you enjoy saying “BOO” in seven languages!  While immigration to the U.S. may be particularly scary at the moment, our immigration attorneys are ready to scare the monsters, ghosts, and goblins that may be lurking in the halls at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, celebrated each year on October 31.   The tradition of Halloween goes back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.  People would create large bonfires, wear outrageous costumes, in an effort to ward off ghosts.  Later, in the 8th century, Pope Gregory III declared the first of November as the day to honor all saints.  From then on, All Saints Day integrated many of the traditions of Samhain.

The evening before All Saints Day became known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.   Over time, Halloween became a time for kids to go trick-or-treating, carving up pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, As time Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, wearing scary and funny costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, parties for young and old alike, and of course, eating sweet and fun food!

At our headquarter immigration law office in Cleveland, Ohio, we try to maintain our sense of humor and perspective.  It’s important for all children around the world to have fun and celebrate their local holidays.  It’s also important for adults to never lose that sense of childhood wonderment.

When it’s time to open up your front door, and the kids yell “trick or treat!” —- it’s time to smile and share the goodies!

Happy Halloween!