Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Fun! & A History

It is once again that time to take a short break from our very useful,& detailed Holiday shopping guide made to help you with your holiday shopping! Today we will be Celebrating a little of Halloween,My personal favorite Holiday Remember at the end two lucky winners will get One big goodie bag each full of gifts from many shops,Speaking of giveaways please dont forget to Enter the giveaway I have going on now only 5 more days to enter,Click Here to Enter

A little History on Halloween
We all now call October 31st Halloween that is what we have known it as for years & years,but have you ever thought about if it was always called Halloween or how it all started? It wasn't always about costumes & candy, Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half",& is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year" The celebration has some elements of a festival of the dead. The ancient Gaels believed that the border between this world & the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through.The family's ancestors were honored & invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes & masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit & thus avoid harm.Bonfires were a large part in celebration during this time,building two bonfires next to each other & then walking between the two was believed to "cleanse" you.

Now onto a bit of Halloween fun,I am in a lovely BNR (Click here to visit) Where we play games,have scavenger hunts & More. Recently we did a Halloween version of Secret Santa called "Secret Ghouls" where those who wanted to be part of it signed up & got assigned a partner to send a gift to. I received Mine yesterday from my BNR member PnsNNedls.etsy.com I received this very cute hand painted Skull
If you would like to join in the fun & get some awesome gifts join our BNR by clicking the link above.

Pumpkin Carving:
he American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration & was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 1800s.It is also said the Jack o lantern was carved & placed on door steps to light the way home for parted loved ones,whos spirit could visit home on All Hallows Eve

My family & I went out this week & bought our pumpkins for carving This is how they turned out:

From Left to right: My Daughters (we carved it for her this is her first Halloween),My fiances, & Mine
If you think these are cute then you should check out my Adorable Halloween Magnet set which can be found on Sale in my Etsy store

6 comments:

  1. you should put this is halloween by creature feature on here. xD

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  2. Great info and a really great secret ghoul gift!

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  3. so glad you like the skull! and cool to know history of halloween!

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  4. what a wonderful blog!!! Great post!
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  5. Love the skull you received from your Secret Ghoul!

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