Today is Martinmas, a traditional harvest festival that has traditionally occurred across Europe.
You can read up on Wikipedia about all the details, the short version is that it is a Catholic holiday that combines a harvest feast with a Saints Day.
The main features of the celebration are massive harvests and slaughters as well as walks where small children go door to door seeking treats while carrying lanterns. (Picture is Wikipedia Commons
I love the lantern projects you can find. Frontier Dreams has a precious tutorial for a bright paper lantern they made this year.
I have a soft spot for harvest festivals, yet Thanksgiving in the United States feels tainted by the sins of my forefathers. Martinmas is a holiday that I will keep in mind as years pass and traditions need created.