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Halloween
Halloween
A Jack-o'-lantern
Also called All Hallows’ Eve
All Saints’ Eve
Observed by Around the world
Type Secular, with roots in Christian and Celtic tradition
Date October 31
Observances .Costume parties, trick-or-treating in costumes, bonfires, divination, apple bobbing.^ Superhero costume t-shirts and and instant halloween costumes for parties and trick-or-treating.
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^ Halloween costume parties are more popular today (either at a private home or via some organization or school) than trick or treating.
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^ So too is trick or treating in your favorite Halloween costume .
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Related to Samhain, All Saints’ Day
.Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints, but is today largely a secular celebration.^ The Druid festival of Samhain was a celebration of death.
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^ The Catholic festival of All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, with the word "hallow" replacing "saints."
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^ The Catholics converted the ritual of Samhain into the festival of All Saints Day, a day of celebration and prayer to dead "Saints."
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.Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.^ Cute halloween clothes for trick-or-treating or halloween parties.
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^ Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Write a story about the picture.
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^ So too is trick or treating in your favorite Halloween costume .
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History

.Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)".[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).^ Samhain was their Lord of the Dead, as it was the 'end of the summer and living things.
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^ Halloween can be traced directly back to Samhain , the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead .
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^ Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland.
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.
Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples.
^ Halloween was a night sacrificing young children to the worship of Baal.
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^ Great at children's Halloween parties.
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^ "This is just right to take to my Halloween party!"

A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.
The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes[2] regarded as the "Celtic New Year".[3]
.The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through.^ The Celts of ancient times believed that the head was the most sacred part of the human body, for it housed a persons immortal soul .
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^ There were times during the seasonal calendar when the veil between the human world and the spirit world was more porous and allowed for the passing through of spirits, including ghosts.

^ The ancient Celts were merely following their religious beliefs and dressing as the god or elemental spirit they felt was most appropriate to the ceremony.
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.The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off.^ They would light bonfires to guide the spirits to their own town and to ward off evil spirits.
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.It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks.^ Originally, in the old days the costumes and masks were worn to frighten off demons and avoid potential disasters like droughts, epidemics, etc.
  • Halloween History, Folklore, Phobias and Symbols by Brownielocks. 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.brownielocks.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Since the earliest days, masks were worn to ward off evil and to coerce the Gods for favors.
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^ Your dog will love wearing this comfy t-shirt hoodie costume while showing off his superpower talents!
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Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. .In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.^ The folk continued to propitiate those spirits (and their masked impersonators) by setting out gifts of food and drink.
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^ (Normally 16.95) Bride Dog Costume - Dog Costumes - This Bride Dog Costume includes white veil, white dress with lace sleeves and soft hands holding a pink bouquet.
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^ She's all decked out in a long white dress with netting veil headpiece.
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[4][5] .Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores.^ Samhain marked the beginning of winter and was the time when the cattle were brought in from pasture to spend the winter under cover.
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^ Food coloring pen sets have become available in most large grocery stores with the cake decorating supplies, plus specialty cake decorating stores or online.
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^ Martinmas, November 11th, was the traditional time for slaughtering the cattle, sheep and pigs which could not be maintained during the winter.
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Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. .All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire.^ On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes would be extinguished.
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The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[6] Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.
Another common practise was divination, which often involved the use of food and drink.
.The name 'Halloween' and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era.^ Halloween is a very old holiday that is still celebrated in countries around the world today, and each country has it's own interesting set of customs and traditions.
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^ Virtually all present Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic day of the dead.
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^ I chose a consistent Old English blackletter font style since I liked the look and can do it in my sleep since I've done it free-hand so many years now.
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Origin of name

.The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve, that is, the night before All Hallows Day.^ All Hallows' Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century.
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^ All Hallows' Eve was a night when the dead stalked the countryside.
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^ The day before All Hallows Day (October 31) was recognized as All Hallows Eve.
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.Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556. Thus there is no evidence of the term for this day before the 16th century Reformation.^ All Hallows' Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century.
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^ It is the evening of 31 October, the night before the Christian festival of Hallows' or ALL SAINTS DAY. .
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^ The day before All Hallows Day (October 31) was recognized as All Hallows Eve.
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Symbols

A traditional Irish halloween turnip Jack-o'-lantern from the early 20th century on display in the Museum of Country Life, Ireland.
.Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time encompassing customs of medieval holy days as well as contemporary cultures.^ The popular associations of Halloween are derived from ancient Celtic and Druid pagan religious customs.
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^ Because Halloween is in the fall at apple harvesting time, then many types of apple dishes, as well as apple cide go along with Halloween.
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^ No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day.
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.The souling practice of commemorating the souls in purgatory with candle lanterns carved from turnips, became adapted into the making of jack-o'-lanterns.^ Purchase a large round pumpkin and make it into a jack-o-lantern.

^ Ever since it was referred to as Jack's Lantern as he wandered around the world trying to find a place to rest his soul.
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^ JOCK became Jack, who lives in the lantern or Jack-O-Lantern.
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[11] .In traditional Celtic Halloween festivals, large turnips were hollowed out, carved with faces and placed in windows to ward off evil spirits.^ As they went, the druids carried large turnips which they had hollowed out and on which they had carved demon faces as charms.
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^ Warriors hung enemy heads on their houses as a show of prowess, and Druids, believing that the head harbored the soul, placed skulls in sanctuaries to ward off evil.
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^ Halloween can be traced directly back to Samhain , the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Lord of the Dead .
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[5] .The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips.^ Small sugar pumpkins make delightful lanterns for a Halloween table.
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^ Hedgie Carves a Halloween Pumpkin coloring sheet .

^ Vegetable oil or petroleum jelly should be rubbed onto the fresh-cut edges of a pumpkin to delay shriveling after it is carved into a Halloween jack-o'-lantern.

[12] .Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their doorstep after dark.^ When you carve a face into a pumpkin it is called a, "Jack-O-Lantern".
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^ Halloween Pumpkin Faces (printable) .

^ Many families huddle up on the sofa with caramel corn, popcorn balls and other Halloween treats and watch Halloween films or other horror movies.

.The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration[13] and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 1800s.^ When the Irish began coming to America, they found that pumpkins were larger and easier to carve than turnips, so they decide to keep carving pumpkins!
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^ Vegetable oil or petroleum jelly should be rubbed onto the fresh-cut edges of a pumpkin to delay shriveling after it is carved into a Halloween jack-o'-lantern.

^ At some time, nearly every little girl becomes a witch on Halloween.
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Halloween spiders at a row house in Washington DC
.The imagery of Halloween is derived from many sources, including national customs, works of Gothic and horror literature (such as the novels Frankenstein and Dracula), and classic horror films (such as Frankenstein and The Mummy).^ Many families huddle up on the sofa with caramel corn, popcorn balls and other Halloween treats and watch Halloween films or other horror movies.

^ The popular associations of Halloween are derived from ancient Celtic and Druid pagan religious customs.
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^ Lawrence Lund's Halloween pageLawrence Lund worked together on many of these projects, each authors contributions are noted on each prop page.

[16] .Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins, corn husks, and scarecrows, are also prevalent.^ Printable Book A short, printable book about counting and adding fall items, including pumpkins, scarecrows, haystacks, leaves, apples, pies, webs and ears of corn.
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^ Pumpkin Patch: Subtracting Printable Book A short, printable book about subtracting fall items, including pumpkins, scarecrows, apples, ears of corn, webs, leaves, pies and haystacks.
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^ The words are leaf, rake, scarecrow, crow, apple, web, corn, pumpkin, hay, cloud.
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.Homes are often decorated with these types of symbols around Halloween.^ These simple-to-make strings make a great Halloween decoration.
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^ Halloween vampire, pumpkin, witch,cemetery, ghost on halloween gifts, apparel, tshirts, baby clothes, kids tees, home decorations.
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^ Oddly Orange Oreos Halloween Oreos (orange cream filling vs. I usually don't have any purchased cookies around, but I couldn't pass these up when I saw them...
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.Halloween imagery includes themes of death, evil, the occult, magic, or mythical monsters.^ The Halloween we celebrate today includes all of these influences, Pomona Day's apples, nuts, and harvest, the Festival of Samhain's black cats, magic, evil spirits and death, and the ghosts, skeletons and skulls from All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.
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^ Strutting its hellish death images of skulls, skeletons, ghosts, demons, devils and incarnate evil todays Halloween glorifies Death.
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^ A Halloween-themed reading comprehension about four children who encounter a monster that is not what it seems.
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[17] .Traditional characters include ghosts, witches, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, bats, and black cats.^ The Halloween Witch is a strange-looking female in black cloak and peaked hat riding a broomstick along with her symbolic cat.
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^ Halloween in Spanish Label the Halloween (el día de Halloween) words in Spanish, including bat, witch, ghost, spider, web, candy, skull, skeleton, cat.
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^ The picture shows a haunted house, a ghost, a cat, tree stumps, and a witch flying on a broomstick.
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[18] .The colours black and orange are associated with the celebrations,[19] perhaps because of the darkness of night and the colour of fire, autumn leaves, or pumpkins.^ "BLACK CATS were associated with darkness and death .
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^ Orange for the pumpkins and Black for death and darkness.
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^ As far as the traditional "black cat" well it is really believed that cats can be any color on Halloween because they all look black in the dark anyway.
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Trick-or-treating and guising

Typical Halloween scene in Dublin, Ireland.
.Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween.^ Halloween costume parties are more popular today (either at a private home or via some organization or school) than trick or treating.
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^ Fast Flying Witch T-shirts & Halloween Gifts Funny flying witch t-shirts, clothing, happy halloween gifts and trick or treat bags for halloween.
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^ Time to stock up on halloween tshirts, trick or treat bags, anti-halloween shirts, and shirts to wear to halloween parties, gifts for everyone!
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.Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?"^ You might be able to go online to find such children's costumes.
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^ Halloween costume parties are more popular today (either at a private home or via some organization or school) than trick or treating.
  • Halloween History, Folklore, Phobias and Symbols by Brownielocks. 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.brownielocks.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It was fun building the costume, but it proved unwieldy to trick or treat in, largely because the wings were too long.
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The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, to earn their treats.

Costumes

.Halloween costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils.^ If you choose a Witchs costume this Halloween .
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^ Bonehead Skeleton T-shirts, Halloween Products Funny halloween t-shirts and gifts with picture of a skeleton coming out of a grave with text reading, Sometimes I feel like such a Bonehead!
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^ (Normally 15.95) Candy Corn Witch Dog Costume - Dog Costumes - Candy Corn WitchãDog Costume - Your pooch will look as sweet as Halloween candy in this yummy Candy Corn witch costume!
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.They are said to be used to scare off demons.^ Let them use their imagination on how they will scare the people coming through the garage.

^ BAT: "One of the animal shapes commonly used by these demons (or "familiars," as they were often called) was the bat .
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^ They hoped that the demons who had brought the disaster would see the mask and think they were demons, too, and be frightened off.
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.Costumes are also based on themes other than traditional horror, such as those of characters from television shows, movies, and other pop culture icons.^ Many families huddle up on the sofa with caramel corn, popcorn balls and other Halloween treats and watch Halloween films or other horror movies.

^ Other than a "visual" showing(could do without that "music video" fast cutting), nothing seemed to work.
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^ I'm not that guy we all know that loves shitty movies, I have a good sense on what's good and what's not and unless this movie just rubbed me differently than others it's pretty damn entertaining.
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Costume sales

.BIG research conducted a survey for the National Retail Federation in the United States and found that 53.3% of consumers planned to buy a costume for Halloween 2005, spending $38.11 on average (up $10 from the year before).^ Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States.
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^ The inside scoop from manufacturers and our fellow costumers from around the world in the National Costumers Association (NCA) also help out with pieces of our Halloween Costume puzzle.
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^ And to keep up with the demand for increasingly impressive, over-the-top, Halloween costumes, we have stocked some of the most sought-after superhero costumes in the world.
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They were also expected to spend $4.96 billion in 2006, up significantly from just $3.3 billion the previous year.[20]

UNICEF

."Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" has become a common sight during Halloween in North America.^ It's Halloween and it's time to trick or treat!
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^ Halloween costume parties are more popular today (either at a private home or via some organization or school) than trick or treating.
  • Halloween History, Folklore, Phobias and Symbols by Brownielocks. 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.brownielocks.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Anyway, the tradition of wearing masks to (1) protect you from evil and (2) Go incognito to a party has been carried on today for Halloween parties, and trick or treating.
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.Started as a local event in a Philadelphia suburb in 1950 and expanded nationally in 1952, the program involves the distribution of small boxes by schools (or in modern times, corporate sponsors like Hallmark, at their licensed stores) to trick-or-treaters, in which they can solicit small-change donations from the houses they visit.^ Trick or Treat!:   Purchase small jack o'lanterns and program each with a number.  Then provide students with a bag of assorted Halloween type wrapped candy.  They place the correct number of pieces of candy into each jack o'lantern.

^ Lined paper, portrait layout, with trick-or-treaters headed to a haunted house.
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.It is estimated that children have collected more than $118 million for UNICEF since its inception.^ Americans eat more than 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July!
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^ Many children and adults volunteer to go door-to-door on Halloween and collect money for UNICEF, the organization sponsored by the United Nations for their children's fund.
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.In Canada, in 2006, UNICEF decided to discontinue their Halloween collection boxes, citing safety and administrative concerns; after consultation with schools, they instead redesigned the program.^ Many children and adults volunteer to go door-to-door on Halloween and collect money for UNICEF, the organization sponsored by the United Nations for their children's fund.
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Games and other activities

In this Halloween greeting card from 1904, divination is depicted: the young woman looking into a mirror in a darkened room hopes to catch a glimpse of the face of her future husband.
.There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties.^ Halloween is the ideal holiday for a party games and activities.
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^ Check out these Halloween party games and activities to spook your guests.
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^ Halloween Party Games .
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.One common game is dunking or apple bobbing, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin.^ One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them.
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^ Float the fruit in the brew just before serving; by magic, the grapes and apples will look just like eyes and teeth.

^ Another form of "Snapping for Apples" was done not with apples in a tub of water but with an apple tied on a string and twirling from stick.
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[23] A variant of dunking involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drop the fork into an apple[24]. .Another common game involves hanging up treacle or syrup-coated scones by strings; these must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string, an activity that inevitably leads to a very sticky face.^ BAT: "One of the animal shapes commonly used by these demons (or "familiars," as they were often called) was the bat .
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^ These robes match Harry’s, so they can even be used for a Neville or Seamus costume.
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^ If you've never existed in this world without being clothed you must have some very strange bathing habits.
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.Some games traditionally played at Halloween are forms of divination.^ Play any "double six" domino game with these Halloween word dominoes, from CAULDRON to TREAT BAG. .
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^ Play any "double six" domino game with these Halloween words, from CAULDRON to TREAT BAG. .
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.A traditional Scottish form of divining one's future spouse is to carve an apple in one long strip, then toss the peel over one's shoulder.^ One form of divination was to put apples in a tub and bob for them.
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^ They would then peel the apples and throw the peeling over their shoulders and then quickly look around.
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The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse's name.[25] .Unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror.^ Anyone informed about witchcraft would tell you that there are certain rituals and spells that can only be cast on Halloween night.
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.However, if they were destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear.^ Prayers were said round the fire and next morning if a stone was missing, it was thought that its owner would die before he saw another Halloween.
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.The custom was widespread enough to be commemorated on greeting cards[26] from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.^ Photo Cards, Holiday Photo Cards, Custom Holiday Greeting Cards .

.The telling of ghost stories and viewing of horror films are common fixtures of Halloween parties.^ "Ten ghosts want to fly to the haunted house for a Halloween party.
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^ A Halloween-themed reading comprehension about two children encountering a Mexican ghost story.
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^ Candy Halloween Award Trophy Scary Stories Silly String Halloween Toys and Favors Back to the Complete Party Game Guide .
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.Episodes of television series and Halloween-themed specials (with the specials usually aimed at children) are commonly aired on or before the holiday, while new horror films are often released theatrically before the holiday to take advantage of the atmosphere.^ By Keeba How To Take Great Halloween Photographs - linked with permission from the New York Institute of Photography website at http://www.nyip.com Fog Safety - reprints of NIOSH article on theatrical smoke safety.

^ A Halloween-themed reading comprehension about four children who encounter a monster that is not what it seems.
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^ BullGod 187 - Zombie Has Proven Himself I went and saw the new Halloween Lastnight and It is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a longtime.
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Haunted attractions

In front of haunted house during Halloween season, Northern California.
Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses. .Origins of these paid scare venues are difficult to pinpoint, but it is generally accepted that they were first commonly used by the Junior Chamber International (Jaycees) for fundraising.^ These robes match Harry’s, so they can even be used for a Neville or Seamus costume.
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[27] .They include haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides,[28] and the level of sophistication of the effects has risen as the industry has grown.^ Haunted House maze .

^ Down to the haunted house they flew, In and out, round about, through and through, But the one little ghost had a special job to do, He led the others with a Boo!

^ SENSORY HAUNTED HOUSE Submitted by Rhonda the night before and set up cardboard boxes to create a maze in the room.

.Haunted attractions in the United States bring in an estimate $300–500 million each year, and draw some 400,000 customers, although trends suggest a peak in 2005[27].^ Last year on the 4th, there were 302 million in 50 states.
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^ About Us Job Opportunuties Haunted Attractions Owner Operator Program Links Costume Store Locator Suggest Store Location Corporate Contact Advertising .
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.This increase in interest has led to more highly technical special effects and costuming that is comparable with that in Hollywood films.^ Specializing in costumes, wigs, masks, makeup and more .

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Foods

.Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel or taffy apples are a common Halloween treat made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.^ The Halloween we celebrate today includes all of these influences, Pomona Day's apples, nuts, and harvest, the Festival of Samhain's black cats, magic, evil spirits and death, and the ghosts, skeletons and skulls from All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.
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^ How many candy apples have they made in all?"
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^ Just don’t forget the caramel apples, candy corn, and other Halloween party refreshment essentials.
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.At one time, candy apples were commonly given to children, but the practice rapidly waned in the wake of widespread rumors that some individuals were embedding items like pins and razor blades in the apples.^ It is a time for children to visit the neighborhood to get candy and apples.
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^ Trick and Treat is the fun time of many unsuspecting children and adults, but the "trick" is really on the one who is playing right into the trap of the devil.
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[30] While there is evidence of such incidents,[31] they are quite rare and have never resulted in serious injury. Nonetheless, many parents assumed that such heinous practices were rampant because of the mass media. .At the peak of the hysteria, some hospitals offered free x-rays of children's Halloween hauls in order to find evidence of tampering.^ Halloween Costumes, Save 10% Shop clearance costumes with savings up to 90% Save 50% on Select Halloween and costume merchandise PLUS get Free Shipping on orders $50+.

^ Free Shipping on orders over $100 Halloween Costumes .

^ Dora the Explorer Deluxe Childrens Halloween Costume did not find what you were looking for?
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.Virtually all of the few known candy poisoning incidents involved parents who poisoned their own children's candy, and there have been occasional reports of children putting needles in their own (and other children's) candy in need of a bit of attention.^ All the followers must give a blood sacrifice; some give their own blood, others offer an animal's blood, the more power they want, the greater the sacrifice.
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^ Dem Bones Candy: Purchase Dem Bones candy and have each student graph the candy in their bag.  Then they can create their own skeleton by gluing the pieces onto a small piece of black construction paper.  (They may have to pool their pieces so that they can all get the pieces they need.

^ When they sit up, the sheet-covered child will look like a ghost and the other children have to guess who the ghost is.

[citation needed]
One custom that persists in modern-day Ireland is the baking (or more often nowadays, the purchase) of a barmbrack (Irish: báirín breac), which is a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, a coin and other charms are placed before baking. It is said that those who get a ring will find their true love in the ensuing year. This is similar to the tradition of king cake at the festival of Epiphany.
List of foods associated with the holiday:

Around the world

Halloween is not celebrated in all countries and regions of the world, and among those that do the traditions and importance of the celebration vary significantly. .Celebration in the United States has had a significant impact on how the holiday is observed in other nations.^ Halloween is celebrated by children in the United States.
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This larger American influence, particularly in iconic and commercial elements, has extended to places such as South America, Europe, to Japan under the auspices of the Japanese Biscuit Association, and the Far East.[32]

Religious perspectives

Christianity

Christian attitudes towards Halloween are quite diverse. .In the Anglican Church, some dioceses have chosen to emphasize the Christian traditions of All Saints’ Day,[33][34] while some other Protestants celebrate the holiday as Reformation Day, a day to remember the Protestant Reformation.^ All Hallows' Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century.
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^ All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions.
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^ All the followers must give a blood sacrifice; some give their own blood, others offer an animal's blood, the more power they want, the greater the sacrifice.
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.Many Christians ascribe no negative significance to Halloween, treating it as a purely secular holiday devoted to celebrating "imaginary spooks" and handing out candy.^ Candy corn, candy corn, A Halloween treat!

^ Halloween derived from a custom practiced more than 2,000 years ago from the Celts.  They were celebrating their new year.  After they became Christians, the holiday was turned into a holy day.

^ There is no harm in celebrating Halloween with its witches and devils."
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.In the Roman Catholic Church Halloween is viewed as having a Christian connection,[37] and Halloween celebrations are common in Catholic parochial schools throughout North America and in Ireland.^ This reading comprehension traces the origins, from Celts, Romans, and early Christians, of some Halloween traditions.
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^ Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.
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.Father Gabriele Amorth, a Vatican-appointed exorcist in Rome, has said, "If English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem.^ Trick and Treat is the fun time of many unsuspecting children and adults, but the "trick" is really on the one who is playing right into the trap of the devil.
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^ The second one said, "There are witches in the air."

^ Available in One Size (Fits up to Dress Size 14).
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.If it is just a game, there is no harm in that."^ There is no harm in celebrating Halloween with its witches and devils."
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.Many Christians hold the view that the tradition is far from being satanic in origin or practice and that it holds no threat to the spiritual lives of children: being taught about death and mortality, and the ways of the Celtic ancestors actually being a valuable life lesson and a part of many of their parishioners' heritage.^ Lumis being the one insisting in the originals that mike was not dead and warning people of him coming back is part of what made it so scary and creepy.
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^ This reading comprehension traces the origins, from Celts, Romans, and early Christians, of some Halloween traditions.
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[39] .Other Christians feel concerned about Halloween, and reject the holiday because they believe it trivializes (and celebrates) "the occult" and what they perceive as evil.^ Halloween derived from a custom practiced more than 2,000 years ago from the Celts.  They were celebrating their new year.  After they became Christians, the holiday was turned into a holy day.

^ Prayers on Halloween Eve: Christians not informed about warfare and the power of the blood of Jesus are primary targets.
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^ Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.
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[40] .A response among some fundamentalists in recent years has been the use of 'Hell houses' or themed pamphlets (such as those of Jack T. Chick) which attempt to make use of Halloween as an opportunity for evangelism.^ A charming Halloween-themed reading comprehension about a boy putting together his costume from things around the house.
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^ Card by Miz Bella using an image from the Halloween #3 collage sheet with some of the black cats & border dresden .

^ Use these pages to make a Halloween booklet that kids can read!
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[41]
Some consider Halloween to be completely incompatible with the Christian faith[42] because of its origin as a pagan "Festival of the Dead." In more recent years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has organized a "Saint Fest" on the holiday.[41] .Many contemporary Protestant churches view Halloween as a fun event for children, holding events in their churches where children and their parents can dress up, play games, and get candy.^ Halloween is not children's play.
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^ Then check out Halloween children's books, DVDs for grown-ups, and more -- your holiday is bound to be simply spook-tacular!

^ Trick and Treat is the fun time of many unsuspecting children and adults, but the "trick" is really on the one who is playing right into the trap of the devil.
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.Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Halloween because they believe anything that originated from a pagan holiday should not be celebrated by true Christians.^ It never works to Christianize a pagan holiday.
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^ Halloween derived from a custom practiced more than 2,000 years ago from the Celts.  They were celebrating their new year.  After they became Christians, the holiday was turned into a holy day.

^ Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.
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Islam

.In Islam, Halloween is viewed as a holiday with pagan roots.^ Witchcraft-Satanism revivals and their obvious tie with pagan holiday causes Christians to question if the church should participate in Halloween.
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Any association with or celebration of Halloween is thus forbidden[44].

Judaism

Halloween is often seen as a pagan festival by Conservative Jews, and hence is not usually celebrated. However, there are many Jews, especially Reform, who consider it a secular holiday and fully participate in the traditions.

Paganism

Celtic Pagans consider the season a holy time of year.[45] Celtic Reconstructionists, and others who maintain ancestral customs, make offerings to the gods and the ancestors.[45] Some Wiccans feel that the tradition is offensive to wiccan practitioners for promoting stereotypical caricatures of "wicked witches."[46]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Rogers, Nicholas (2002). "Samhain and the Celtic Origins of Halloween". Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, pp.11–21. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
  2. ^ Hutton, Ronald (1996). Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-288045-4
  3. ^ Danaher, Kevin (1972). The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs, pp.190–232. Dublin: Mercier Press. ISBN 1-85635-093-2
  4. ^ Campbell, John Gregorson (1900, 1902, 2005). The Gaelic Otherworld. Black, Ronald (Ed.), pp.559–62. Edinburgh: Birlinn. ISBN 1-84158-207-7.
  5. ^ a b Arnold, Bettina (2001-10-31). "Bettina Arnold – Halloween Lecture: Halloween Customs in the Celtic World". Halloween Inaugural Celebration. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee: Center for Celtic Studies. http://www.uwm.edu/~barnold/lectures/holloween.html. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  6. ^ O'Driscoll, Robert (ed.) (1981) The Celtic Consciousness New York, Braziller ISBN 0-8076-1136-0 pp.197–216: Ross, Anne "Material Culture, Myth and Folk Memory" (on modern survivals); pp.217–242: Danaher, Kevin "Irish Folk Tradition and the Celtic Calendar" (on specific customs and rituals)
  7. ^ Salomonsen, Jone (2002). Enchanted Feminism: Ritual, Gender and Divinity Among the Reclaiming Witches of San Francisco, p.190. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-22392-X.
  8. ^ Ellwood, Robert S; McGraw, Barabara A. (1999). Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in The World Religions, p. 31. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-010735-2
  9. ^ Christian, Roy (1967). Old English Customs, pp. 40, 110. Hastings House.
  10. ^ Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (1989). Oxford English Dictionary (second ed.). London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-861186-2. OCLC 17648714. 
  11. ^ Rogers, Nicholas (2002). Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, pp.29, 57. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
  12. ^ Skal, David J. (2002). Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween, p.34. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 1-58234-230-X.
  13. ^ Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Great Carbuncle," in "Twice-Told Tales", 1837: Hide it [the great carbuncle] under thy cloak, say'st thou? Why, it will gleam through the holes, and make thee look like a jack-o'-lantern!
  14. ^ As late as 1900, an article on Thanksgiving entertaining recommended a lit jack-o'-lantern as part of the festivities. "The Day We Celebrate: Thanksgiving Treated Gastronomically and Socially," The New York Times, November 24, 1895, p. 27. "Odd Ornaments for Table," The New York Times, October 21, 1900, p. 12.
  15. ^ Skal, David J. (2002). Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween. New York: Bloomsbury. p. 32. ISBN 1-58234-230-X. The earliest reference to associate carved vegetable lanterns with Halloween in Britain is Ruth Edna Kelley, The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), Chapter 8, which mentions turnip lanterns in Scotland.
  16. ^ Rogers, Nicholas (2002). "Halloween Goes to Hollywood". Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, pp. 103–124. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
  17. ^ Simpson, Jacqueline All Saints' Day in Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, Howarth, G and Leeman, O (2001)London Routledge ISBN 0-415-18825-3, p.14 Halloween is closely associated in folklore with death and the supernatural.
  18. ^ Hal Siemer, Spooky Halloween: A Celebration of the Dark, QuestMagazine.com.
  19. ^ Heller, Steven. (2005). Halloween: Vintage Holiday Graphics, Taschen Icons series. ISBN 3-8228-4585-X.
  20. ^ Grannis, Kathy; Scott Krugman (September 20, 2006). "As Halloween Shifts to Seasonal Celebration, Retailers Not Spooked by Surge in Spending". National Retail Federation. http://www.nrf.com/content/default.asp?folder=press/release2006&file=halloween06.htm. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  21. ^ Beauchemin, Genevieve; CTV.ca News Staff (2006-05-31). "UNICEF to end Halloween 'orange box' program". CTV. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060530/unicef_orange_060530?s_name=&no_ads=. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 
  22. ^ "History of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Campaign". UNICEF Canada. 2008. http://www.trickortreatforunicef.ca/tot_history.html. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  23. ^ Kids-Fun-And-Games.com
  24. ^ "Halloween Party Game Ideas" Kidzworld.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  25. ^ McNeill, F. Marian (1961, 1990) The Silver Bough, Vol. 3. William MacLellan, Glasgow ISBN 0-948474-04-1 pp.11–46
  26. ^ "Vintage Halloween Cards". Vintage Holiday Crafts. http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/vintage-halloween-women/. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  27. ^ a b Associated Press (2005-10-30). "Haunted house business getting frightfully hard". MSNBC.com. MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9855272/. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  28. ^ Greg Ryan (2008-09-17). "A Model of Mayhem". Hudson Valley Magazine. http://www.hvmag.com/Hudson-Valley-Magazine/October-2008/A-Model-of-Mayhem/. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  29. ^ Wilson, Craig (2006-10-12). "Haunted houses get really scary". USAToday.com. http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2006-10-11-haunted-house-main_x.htm. 
  30. ^ Rogers, Nicholas (2002). "Razor in the Apple: Struggle for Safe and Sane Halloween, c. 1920–1990," Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, pp. 78–102. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
  31. ^ "Urban Legends Reference Pages: Pins and Needles in Halloween Candy". Snopes.com. http://www.snopes.com/horrors/mayhem/needles.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  32. ^ Rogers, Nicholas (2002). Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, p.164. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516896-8.
  33. ^ "Bishop Challenges Supermarkets to Lighten up Halloween". The Church of England. http://www.cofe.anglican.org/news/pr9106.html. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  34. ^ "Halloween and All Saints Day". newadvent.org. n.d.. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  35. ^ Reformation Day, http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/MP3-Audio--Multimedia/Holiday-Sermons/Reformation-Sunday/, retrieved 2009-10-22 
  36. ^ "Reformation Day: What, Why, and Resources for Worship". The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. 2005-10-21. http://www.gbod.org/worship/default.asp?act=reader&item_id=15084&loc_id=9,612,32,52. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  37. ^ Halloween’s Christian Roots AmericanCatholic.org. Retrieved on October 24, 2007.
  38. ^ Gyles Brandreth, "The Devil is gaining ground" The Sunday Telegraph (London), March 11, 2000.
  39. ^ "Feast of Samhain/Celtic New Year/Celebration of All Celtic Saints November 1". All Saints Parish. n.d.. http://allsaintsbrookline.org/celtic/samhain.html. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  40. ^ Halloween: Satan's New Year (2006) by Billye Dymally, Halloween: Counterfeit Holy Day (2005) by Kele Gershom, and Halloween: What's a Christian to Do? (1998) by Steve Russo. An opposing viewpoint is found in The Magic Eightball Test: A Christian Defense of Halloween and All Things Spooky (2006) by Lint Hatcher.
  41. ^ a b "Salem 'Saint Fest' restores Christian message to Halloween". www.rcab.org. n.d.. http://www.rcab.org/Pilot/2004/ps041105/saintfest.html. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  42. ^ ""Trick?" or "Treat?"—Unmasking Halloween". The Restored Church of God. n.d.. http://www.thercg.org/articles/totuh.html. Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  43. ^ "Not Everyone Celebrates Halloween, by Samantha Robinson". Daily Egyptian at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. http://newshound.de.siu.edu/fall02/stories/storyReader$1024. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
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  46. ^ Reece, Kevin (2004-10-24). "School District Bans Halloween". KOMO News. http://www.komonews.com/news/archive/4136266.html. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 

Further reading

  • Diane C. Arkins, Halloween: Romantic Art and Customs of Yesteryear, Pelican Publishing Company (2000). 96 pages. .ISBN 1-56554-712-8
  • Diane C. Arkins, Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration Of Fun, Food, And Frolics From Halloweens Past, Pelican Publishing Company (2004).^ Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration Of Fun, Food, And Frolics From Halloweens Past .

    ^ Some see it as evil and will have nothing to do with the celebration; others as harmless fun partake fully: costume parties, Halloween decorations and 'trick-or-treat.
    • THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.demonbuster.com [Source type: Original source]

    112 pages. .ISBN 1-58980-113-X
  • Lesley Bannatyne, Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History, Facts on File (1990, Pelican Publishing Company, 1998).^ Halloween: An American Holiday, an American History .

    180 pages. ISBN 1-56554-346-7
  • Lesley Bannatyne, A Halloween Reader. Stories, Poems and Plays from Halloweens Past, Pelican Publishing Company (2004). 272 pages. ISBN 1-58980-176-8
  • Phyllis Galembo, Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2002). 128 pages. ISBN 0-8109-3291-1
  • Ruth Edna Kelley, The Book of Hallowe'en (1919). .Free download at Project Gutenberg.
  • Jean Markale, The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween: Celebrating the Dark Half of the Year (translation of Halloween, histoire et traditions), Inner Traditions (2001).^ "We celebrate Halloween every year on October 31st.
    • Halloween Theme Unit - Worksheets and Printables 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.abcteach.com [Source type: General]

    160 pages. ISBN 0-89281-900-6
  • Lisa Morton, The Halloween Encyclopedia, McFarland & Company (2003). 240 pages. ISBN 0-7864-1524-X
  • Jack Santino (ed.), Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, University of Tennessee Press (1994). 280 pages. ISBN 0-87049-813-4
  • Ben Truwe, The Halloween Catalog Collection: 55 catalogs from the golden age of Halloween. Medford, Oregon: Talky Tina Press (2003). ISBN 0-9703448-5-6.

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Quotes

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Halloween is a 1978 horror film about an escaped psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood, who goes on a murderous rampage through the streets of his childhood town on Halloween.
Directed by John Carpenter and written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.
The night HE came homeTaglines

Contents

Dr. Sam Loomis

  • I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no, uh, conscience, no understanding and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply evil...He's been here once tonight. I think he'll come back. I'm gonna wait for him.
  • You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me. (From Television Version)

Dialogue

Loomis: He hasn't spoken a word in 15 years.
Nurse: Are there any special instructions?
Loomis: Just try and understand what we're dealing with here. Don't underestimate it.
Nurse: Don't you think we could refer to it as him?
Loomis: If you say so.
Nurse: Your compassion's overwhelming, doctor. You're serious about it, aren't you?
Loomis: Yeah.
Nurse: You mean you actually never want him to get out?
Loomis: Never, ever. Never.
Nurse: Then why are we taking him up to Hardin County if you're just gonna lock...
Loomis: Because that is the law.

Lynda: [concerning Annie] The only reason she baby sits is to have a place for...
Laurie: [realizing she had forgotten something] Shit.
Annie: I have a place for that!
Laurie: I forgot my chemistry book.
Lynda: So who cares? I always forget my chemistry book and my math book, and my English book, and my, let's see, my French book, and... well who needs books anyway, I don't need books, I always forget all my books, I mean, it doesn't really matter if you have your books or not... [Michael Myers drives by] Hey isn't that Devon Graham?
Laurie: I don't think so.
Annie: Hey, jerk! SPEED KILLS!
[The car screeches to a halt, just down the street]
Annie: God, can't he take a joke?
[The car finally leaves]
Laurie: You know Annie some day you're going to get us all in deep trouble.
Lynda: Totally.
Annie: I HATE a guy with a car and no sense of humor.

Graveyard Keeper: Yeah, you know every town has something like this happen... I remember over in Russellville, old Charlie Bowles, about fifteen years ago... One night, he finished dinner, and he excused himself from the table. He went out to the garage, and got himself a hacksaw. Then he went back into the house, kissed his wife and his two children goodbye, and then he proceeded to...
Loomis: Where are we?
Graveyard Keeper: Eh? Oh, it's, uh, right over here... [they see the headstone for Judith Myers is missing] Why do they do it? Goddamn kids! They'll do anything for Halloween.
Loomis: He came home!

Sheriff Brackett: I have a feeling that you're way off on this.
Loomis: You have the wrong feeling.
Sheriff Brackett: You're not doing very much to prove me wrong!
Loomis: What more do you need?
Sheriff Brackett: Well, it's going to take a lot more than fancy talk to keep me up all night crawling around these bushes.
Loomis: I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall, looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town, Sheriff. You can either ignore it or you can help me to stop it.
Sheriff Brackett: More fancy talk.

Tommy: Was it the boogeyman?
Lindsey: I'm scared!
Laurie: There's nothing to be scared of, now get changed.
Tommy: Are you sure?
Laurie: Yes.
Tommy: How?
Laurie: I killed him...
Tommy: You can't kill the boogeyman!

Laurie: [after Michael falls off the balcony] It was the boogeyman.
Loomis: As a matter of fact... it was.

Taglines

  • The Night HE Came Home!
  • HE came home for HALLOWEEN.
  • Everyone is entitled to one good scare
  • Trick or treat... or die
  • Let's celebrate the horror
  • Happy Halloween!
  • The Trick Is To Stay Alive!

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  1. The eve of All Hallows' Day; 31st October; celebrated (mostly in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Ireland) by children going door-to-door in costume and demanding candy with menaces.

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Strategy wiki

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.This page is a stub. Help us expand it, and you get a cookie.^ The Home For Halloween website will help promote your events so please let us know about what you have planned in your community.

^ If you don't see a product on our website, contact us and we can help your find the product.
  • Halloween Club - The Ultimate Halloween Shop for Costumes, Accessories, Props and More!! 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.halloweenclub.com [Source type: General]

^ If you need any help then please contact us here Top tips for Halloween: The Halloween Horror album is the perfect soundtrack for any Halloween party.

Halloween/Table of Contents
Halloween
Box artwork for Halloween.
Developer(s) Wizard Video Games
Publisher(s) Wizard Video Games
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Atari 2600
Mode(s) Single player
.Halloween is a video game for the Atari 2600 based on the movie of the same name, released in 1983 by Wizard Video, who had also released a video game version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.^ Halloween Movie & TV Costumes 2010 Halloween Costumes are going to be awesome given the release of all the new movies and TV shows coming out in 2010.
  • Halloween Costumes for Adults, Teens and Kids, By Halloween31.com 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.halloween31.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A few of you sent in choice pictures of video game-themed Halloween costumes you were brave enough to wear.
  • halloween - Kotaku 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC kotaku.com [Source type: General]

^ The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Halloween isn't all about candy but tasty human flesh.
  • Top 5 Horror Films to Watch on Halloween Night - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com 17 September 2009 7:38 UTC www.associatedcontent.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the game, the player is a babysitter who has to protect the children from Michael Myers, who manages to get inside the house.^ With this story (and some illustrations strewn throughout) we get to dig into the man who spent the second half of his life devoted to one man, Michael Myers.
  • Exclusive! We Stalk the Latest 'Halloween' Comics - FEARNet 17 September 2009 7:38 UTC www.fearnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Michael Myers himself is now a long haired metal-head (who listened to KISS in the 70's because...
  • Halloween (2007) 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It tells the immortal story of escaped mental patient Michael Myers, who returns to his hometown on Halloween night to stalk and kill a group of babysitters.
  • Halloween - Movie Reviews, Photos & Videos, Layouts & Wallpapers, Fan Club 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although the game is called Halloween, and features the film's theatrical poster as its cover art, the game itself never refers to any characters, including the killer, by their names in the film.^ Halloween (motion picture) , horror film about a killer on the loose in a small Illinois town.
  • Halloween - Search Results - MSN Encarta 25 September 2009 3:46 UTC encarta.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ Including posters, Academy Awards history, film genres, film terms, film history by decade, trivia, and lots of lists of 'best' films, stars, scenes, quotes, resources, etc.
  • Halloween (1978) 17 September 2009 7:38 UTC www.filmsite.org [Source type: General]

^ Popular Halloween Costumes Review some of the more popular Halloween costumes for kids, including popular TV and movie characters and other Halloween classics, including witches and vampires.

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Bible wiki

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From BibleWiki

[The vigil of this feast is popularly called "Hallowe'en" or "Halloween".]
Solemnity celebrated on the first of November. .It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful's celebration of saints' feasts during the year.^ This became known as "Reformation Day," a fitting celebration of the restoration the same biblical faith held by the saints throughout church history.

^ This ancient festival, the first day of winter, is traditionally kept on 1 November, which in the Christian calendar is the Feast of All Saints.
  • TheFood Timeline--Halloween food history: traditions, party menus & trick-or-treat 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.foodtimeline.org [Source type: General]

^ So, during the Samhain feasts, cats were often tossed into fires and burned to ward off bad luck in the coming year.
  • Halloween History, Folklore, Phobias and Symbols by Brownielocks. 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.brownielocks.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr's death for Christ at the place of martyrdom.^ As an alternative to the celebration of evil and death, Christians should rather do what Christians are supposed to do every day and that is shine the light of Jesus Christ.

In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. .Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration.^ All Hallows' Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century.
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.demonbuster.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each.^ All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions.
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.demonbuster.com [Source type: Original source]

.But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all.^ So the date of the winter festival was converted to Christmas, the druid ic veneration of evergreen s was adopted as the Christmas tree, and ancient customs of appeasing the spirit s of the dead in the autumn were sanction ed by the church as part of All Hallow's Day and All Hallow's Eve .

^ All Hallows' Day commemorates the saints and martyrs, and was first introduced in the 7th century.
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.demonbuster.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All Saints Day was intended to honor the martyrs of the Roman persecutions.
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT HALLOWEEN 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.demonbuster.com [Source type: Original source]

The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of St. Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of St. John Chrysostom (407). At first only martyrs and St. John the Baptist were honoured by a special day. .Other saints were added gradually, and increased in number when a regular process of canonization was established; still, as early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a "Commemoratio Confessorum" for the Friday after Easter.^ I still maintain that there was no other direction left to go with Halloween, a mockery had already been made of it.
  • HALLOWEEN II (2009; Mike's Film Review) 17 September 2009 7:38 UTC www.fangoria.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Learn about the lives of the saints one at at time, and be linked always to other saints resources, including a calendar and a list of patron saints.
  • Halloween | Seasonal Feature | American Catholic 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.americancatholic.org [Source type: General]

.In the West Boniface IV, 13 May, 609, or 610, consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary.^ In 834, Gregory III moved All Saint's Day from May 13 to Nov.

^ As the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands, in the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs, to replace the pagan festival of the dead.

Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on 1 May. .Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on 1 November to the entire Church.^ In the 8th Century, Pope Gregory III had the Catholic holiday "All Saints Day" which was at that time in May, moved to November to help blend in with the Druid celebrations.
  • Halloween History, Folklore, Phobias and Symbols by Brownielocks. 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.brownielocks.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Pope Gregory III moved the church festival of October 31st to November 1st and called it All Hallows or All Saints' Day.
  • The evils of Halloween 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.remnantofgod.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Pope Gregory IV decreed that the day was to be kept by the church.
  • The evils of Halloween 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.remnantofgod.org [Source type: Original source]

The vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. The octave was added by Sixtus IV (1471-84).
Portions of this entry are taken from The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907.
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Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

.From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!^ Online Shop Toys, games, calendars, clothing, accessories, posters and more from your favorite Warner Bros.

^ Our resources on the Games will help your students learn about past and present Olympic games, Olympic symbols and traditions, Canadian history, and more.
  • Halloween Printables, Activities, Lesson Plans & Resources (Grades K-12) - TeacherVision.com 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.teachervision.fen.com [Source type: General]

^ For Children 2 Slumber Party Must-Haves 3 For Your Host 4 Home Decor 5 Great Games 6 Scary Movies 7 Scary Stories 8 Related Guides 9 External Links .
  • Halloween Gifts buying guide 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC www.shopwiki.com [Source type: General]

Halloween

Developer(s) Wizard Video Games
Publisher(s) Wizard Video Games
Release date Atari 2600:
1983 (NA)
Genre Survival Horror
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) N/A
Atari 2600
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Input Atari 2600 Joystick
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Halloween is a game released for the Atari 2600.

Gameplay

.You control the babysitter character (Laurie Strode) and try to avoid Micheal Myers and try to save the kids.^ Save the world as you see fit, dress your kids and bring them along as well Children's Superhero Halloween Costumes !
  • Halloween Costumes For Adults, Halloween Costumes for Kids and even Pets! 14 January 2010 2:41 UTC halloweenadventure.com [Source type: General]

^ PBS Kids: Halloween Get ready for trick-or-treating with some of you favorite PBS shows and characters like Arthur or Cyberchase.

^ He wanted to focus more on the psychological aspect of the Myers siblings, especially when it came to Laurie Strode, and take the franchise into a direction it had never dared to in the past.
  • FilmArcade.net: H2: Halloween II (2009) - Review by Fred [The Wolf] 17 September 2009 7:38 UTC www.filmarcade.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Simple English

Halloween
Hallowe'en
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Halloween
Also called All Hallows Eve
All Saints' Eve
Samhain
Hallowed End
Observed by Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, Bahamas, United States, sometimes Australia, Sweden, and many Latin American countries where it is known as Noche de las Brujas (Night of the Witches)[1]
Type Religious, cultural (celebrated mostly irrespective of religion)
Significance There are many sources of Halloween's significance
Date October 31
Celebrations Trick-or-treating, ghost tours, apple bobbing, costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, and fireworks (in Ireland)

Halloween is a holiday in many English speaking countries that is celebrated on the night of October 31st. Children wear costumes and they go to peoples' homes saying "Trick or treat!" to ask for candy, sweets in the United Kingdom, or lollies in Australia, and then people give it to them. This practice originally involved a threat. A threat is when someone says that they will do something bad if they do not get what they want. In this case the threat could be explained as: "Give me a treat or I will play a trick on you." Children today usually do not play tricks if they do not get treats. However, some children still get up to mischief (pranks or things to make fun of people; like putting toilet paper in trees; writing on windows with soap or throwing eggs at peoples' houses). People sometimes dress up as ghosts, witches, goblins and other scary things for Halloween.

Origins

The Pagan holiday Samhain, that the All Saints holy day replaced, was also known as the Day of the Dead. Many Wiccans and modern Pagans celebrate the Day of the Dead. This is a happy holiday (even though it celebrates 'Death'). It is the day that the souls of dead people come back to Earth. Therefore, in Pagan religions it is not about scary things. It is about remembering family or friends who have died.

Many Lutheran churches celebrate a holiday on October 31st called The Reformation. This holiday celebrates the day that Martin Luther put The Ninety-Five Theses on a church door.

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