Halloween

Happy Halloween

Halloween

Halloween on October 31st is undoubtedly the creepiest, most ghostly holiday of them all.

Children dress up as Batman, the Joker, Wonder Woman, or some other favorite character; go to parties or walk their neighborhoods with jack o’ lanterns full of sweets as they go trick-or-treating.

Spooky decorations fill windows and porches and screams can be heard in living rooms up and down the country as we collectively binge our favorite horror movies.

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

The word, Halloween or Hallowe’en dates from before the 16th century and draws from its early Christian past. In old Scottish, Hallowe’en translates as “All Hallows’ (holy) Even” referring to “All Hallows’ Evening,” the day before All Hallows Day, a solemn occasion in which all of the Catholic Church’s heavenly saints were honored. By the 18th century, Halloween shows up with the spelling we know today.

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

  • Hand out candy
    If you’re too old for trick or treating, it’s time to return the favor! Don a wig and a mask (but not too scary!) and with groans, howling and chains rattling from your audio setup, hand out lots of candy. Create some serious Halloween fun for the kiddies!
  • Visit a haunted house
    Lose control for a little while in a haunted house. Find out who jumps the most — but no matter how crazy the scene, remember, it’s all just make-believe fun! (Or, IS it?)
  • Enjoy campy fun listening to the original “War of the Worlds”
    On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air program broadcast a chilling version of H.G. Wells’ classic, “War of the Worlds.” So many people believed the broadcast was genuine, that there was massive panic all over the country. Invite some folks over, pop some corn, eat some candy and go back in time to listen to one of the great voices play on your emotions right before Halloween!

5 HALLOWEEN FACTS WE’RE DROPPING INTO YOUR TRICK OR TREAT BAG

  1. “Soul cakes” go way back
    The practice of giving “soul cakes” goes back to England in the Middle Ages when the poor or “soulers” went door to door receiving small, round cakes or “souls” during All Hallow’s Eve on October 31 as a way to remember the dead. Giving and receiving soul cakes continues today in other countries including Portugal and Ireland.
  2. Illinois, the pumpkin capital — who knew?
    15,000 acres yields over 500 million pumpkin pounds, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture.
  3. Candy corn was literally called, “chicken feed” — seriously?
    Candy corn, which looks remarkably as it did in the 1880s when it came on the market, was originally sold as “chicken feed” with rooster images on the boxes as a way to target an agricultural market, according to the “National Geographic.”
  4. Look closely at the Michael Meyer’s mask in “Halloween.”
    Have you ever noticed that in the classic film, “Halloween,” the Michael Meyers’ mask looks remarkably similar to William Shatner? Before widening the eyes and painting it white, the iconic look came from a “Captain Kirk” mask the “Halloween” movie producers found in a Hollywood magic shop in 1978.
  5. During WWII, no sugar — no “trick or treat”
    With sugar rationing part of the war effort, Halloween was put on “pause” until after WWII. Then, candy companies boosted their advertising after the war, turning Halloween into the next major holiday after Christmas.

WHY WE LOVE HALLOWEEN

  • Release your inner ghoul
    Halloween gives us a reason to see a different side of ourselves. Whether you go for goofy, or opt for spooky, this ghoulish holiday is the day to don a costume and go wild!
  • It’s an excuse to party
    Is there a better day of the year for groups of all ages and cultures to party into the night? Halloween seems to know no boundaries. Whether children bob for apples or adults play “Pin the Tail on the Whatever,” Halloween parties are absolutely the best!
  • It’s a night of nostalgia for adults
    For many people across the world, Halloween brings back a lot of memories. We get to be kids again but some of us can play out our fantasies. Bottom line, Halloween is a fun night filled with colors, candy and costumes.

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