October 31st/November 1st is the beginning of the pagan new new year. I believe it is the basis of our current Halloween holiday. Samhain. It is the festival of the dead and a celebration of the end of the harvest season and start of the coldest half of the year. It is also thought of as a time where this world and the Otherworld could more easily be crossed and spirits or fairies could more easily come into or world.
Traditionally, the souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes and place settings were set for them. Mumming and guising were also part of this festival which involved people going door to door in costume often reciting verses in exchange for food (trick or treating?).
I used this pagan holiday loosely to inspire this photo session. Hope you enjoy!