Carve the pumpkin and buy the candy; Halloween is just around the corner.
Whether going as a cute cat or spooky ghost, Halloween is all about being something you aren't and has a long tradition. It was started approximately 2,000 years ago by the Celts, a group of people that lived in what is today Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. They celebrated their new year on Nov. 1, marking the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter. On the night before, Oct. 31, they celebrated Samhain, a night when they believed spirits returned to earth and yielded comforting prophecies to get them though the winter. To commemorate the event, the Celts wore costumes and built large sacred bonfires, which they then used to light their hearth fires, believing it would protect them from the coming winter.
Years later, when the Celtic territory had been conquerred by the Romans, two more festivals were added to Samhain including a day to honor Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees, whose symbol is an apple. Coincidentally, bobbing for apples is still a largely practiced game on Halloween.
By the 800s, Christianity had spread into the Celtic area and Nov.1 was designated as All Saints' Day or All-Hallows, a time to honor saints and martyrs. The day before it, Oct. 31, was called All-Hallows Eve and eventually Halloween. When European immigrants began to come to America, they brought Halloween with them. Around 1846, when Irish immigrants began fleeing to America to escape the potato famine, Americans began imitating their customs, dressing up in costumes and going house to house asking for food or money. Now, it's all about the candy.
A typical symbol of Halloween is the pumpkin. At first, settlers carved turnips or gourds as a way to welcome deceased loved ones and ward off evil spirits. When they arrived in America, the native pumpkin seemed a better choice, larger and easier to carve. Pumpkin carving used to be simplistic, featuring two eyes, a nose and a mouth. Now, people carve celebrity faces, animals and scenes onto their pumpkins.
Law enforcement officials want to make sure trick-or-treaters are kept safe this Halloween. They recommend the following safety tips: if wearing a mask, children should make sure they can clearly see, especially when walking at night; carry a flashlight or other illumination device to see and let others see you; make sure costumes allow you to be seen at night; stay on the sidewalks whenever possible; be mindful of vehicle traffic; walk in groups whenever possible; respect other people's property and stay on walkways/sidewalks and along lighted pathways; do not go into any houses, unless they are of trusted friends and neighbors; and parents should inspect all candy before eating, discarding unwrapped candy and treats.
Halloween Fun Ideas
Halloween Ideas for Kids--How to Host a Halloween Party for Kids
If you have young children, Halloween is undoubtedly an important landmark in your fall holiday schedule. From the costumes, to the crafts to the trick-or-treating, kids love Halloween. Why not capitalize on their affection by hosting your own Halloween bash? Here are some suggestions for how to make your kids' Halloween party a spooktacularly good time!
Costumes are an integral part of Halloween, so be sure to include plenty of opportunities for your little party-goers to show off their creative couture. Consider having a costume competition or a costume parade. Remember that with young children, everyone is winner!
There are a host of child-appropriate games and activities you can play at your Halloween party, including: 1.Bobbing for apples - great, old fashioned fun, but not for the germaphobe. 2.Guess how many candy corns are in the jar - fill a glass jar (craft stores carry pumpkin-shaped ones) with candy corns and take guesses from the kids as to how many are in there. The one who comes closest wins the jar.3.Charades -- older children can act out Halloween words
and phrases, such as jack-o-lantern, scarecrow, trick-or-treat and more.4.Play dough -- the preschool set loves play dough, so why to whip up your own batch of bright orange dough to set out with Halloween-themed cookie cutter. 5.Pumpkin carving -- if you'd rather not have the mess of a multitude of real pumpkins being carved in your home, you can let party-goers design their own jack-o-lantern with cut-out paper pumpkins, black construction paper, scissors and glues sticks.
TOP 8 ghostly gadgets for Halloween
On this occasion, there are numerous organized activities for children, events for adult clubs, theater performances and film screenings in cinemas. What kind of tricks we can prepare for Halloween? We present 8, in our opinion the most interesting gadgets on the events of that terrible feast.
1. Ghostly pumpkin head that makes the dark mist
Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Halloween is a pumpkin head eerie. Appropriately highlighted may become an interesting ornament of our yard. If it is not enough, the market will find the weather-resistant squash, fiberglass. It has illuminated LEDs (colors red, blue, green, yellow) eyes, nose and mouth. Curiosity is housed in the special mechanism of the container for water, which allows the generation of steam, resembling a dark, low roam the fog. Price: about $ 500.
2. Frightening tomb
If the eerie pumpkin before the house is not enough, we can adorn a garden tomb terrifying. The kit can be found highlighted four limbs, which should dig into the ground. The gadget is powered by two AA batteries. Price: about $ 13.
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