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October is over half way through and that means Halloween is getting closer by the minute. It is finally feeling like fall here in the desert. We have had rain for the past couple of days, even some mighty strong hail that had us all trapped in the garage Sunday evening, till it died down. Since this month is moving way too fast, I wanted to share some pretty interesting facts about one of my favorite Holidays. Hope you enjoy!

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Halloween celebrations date back 6000 years.

“Samhainophobia” is the fear of Halloween.

You can refer to Halloween as: All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead, Haloween, All Saints Eve and El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).

We wear masks on Halloween because Welsh and Celtic traditions say that the dead visit the living on October 31st. They wore masks so that the spirits of the dead didn’t recognize the living.

During the 1800’s in America, the end of the harvest season was celebrated at the end of October by wearing costumes, eating sweets, and playing practical jokes on each other.

Trick or treat originally meant that the person asking for the treat would perform a “trick”, like reciting poems or sing a song, for the amusement of the giver.

The “trick” part switched from performing to vandalizing homes and other pranks if the treat was not given.

Bobbing for apples started with a Roman harvest festival honoring Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

The Jack o Lantern originated from Ireland, where they hollowed out old turnips and placed candles in them to keep away evil ghosts and spirits on the Samhain holiday.

About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack o Lantern’s.

witchpumpkinIn 1964, Helen Pfeil of Greenlawn, NY was arrested for handing out arsenic laced treats to teens she thought were too old for trick or treating.

Orange and black are the main colors for Halloween. Orange representing the Fall Harvest. Black representing darkness and death.

Black cat’s get a bad rap on Halloween. They were once believed to be witch’s subordinates who protected their dark powers.

White cat’s are believed to be bad luck in England.

Halloween is the 2nd most successful holiday. Christmas is number 1.

Halloween candy sales average around 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Around 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.

Halloween is the 3rd biggest party day, trailing behind New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday.

Pumpkin is a healthy holiday treat. It is low in fat, high in antioxidants and fiber. Roast the seeds for a fun Fall snack.

Bone Chilling Halloween Facts

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If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said it is a spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Legend has it that if bats fly around your house on Halloween night 3 times, death is on its way.

It is said that a person born on Halloween can communicate with the dead and has protection from evil

If a candle’s flame turns blue on Halloween night, legend has it that a ghost is near.

Avoid owls on Halloween, it is said that they will swoop down and steal your soul.

Want to meet a witch? Legend has it you will, if you turn your clothes inside-out and walk backwards on Halloween.

Some of these facts came from here

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We have been watching 31 days of Halloween on Syfy channel. Sometimes they have really good scary movies. Yesterday they showed Stephen Kings Rose Red. We watched even tho we have seen it several times before. I remember back in the early 2000’s, before we had our oldest daughter, we would watch AMC’s Monster Marathon every October. They would show all the greats. One Halloween, we lived in a small town where they blocked Main Street off the whole entire evening, just so the kids could trick or treat safely. This was the street we lived on and they meant business. We got cheap that year and didn’t buy any candy so we sat in a very dark house, watching scary movies on AMC all afternoon and evening. This house was also owned by a lady that thought the house was haunted. She told us all about seeing shadows and such in the mirror that hung over the fireplace. When she was telling me this, she was really super excited. I think she was hoping that I would be all into the ghost thing. Now I don’t have anything against it, but I didn’t want to get up in the middle of the night to go potty and see something in any mirror along the way. The damn thing hung directly across from our bedroom door too. So when I got up, I just kept my head down and focused on getting to the bathroom and back. Sometimes I ran! Luckily we didn’t live in that house for very long.

Even though I get easily spooked I still love watching scary movies. My hubby and I are addicted to them.  We never go to the movies, we always wait for them to come out on DVD, or Netflix or watch 32. When we finally got to see The Conjuring, that movie really messed me up for several nights. Having to get up to get little L her bottle around 2 to 3, I would be fine going into the kitchen, but then when I turned out the light, well that was a whole other story. Then there was this short story type movie on Facebook that got me too. You may have seen it, the lady is getting ready for bed she walks down the hall and turns out the light. Once she does that there is a figure standing at the other end of the hall. She switches on the light, it goes away. Turns it off, and it appears. She flips the light on and off again and then something walks past her. She runs to the bed and gets under the covers. Then the light in her room starts flickering. She reaches down and secures the plug in the socket and all is well. Until she takes the cover off her head and there by her nightstand is the creature staring at her and it turns out the light. I am sure I missed a few scenes but you get the picture. Now as I am typing this, I have chill bumps. Oh what I do to myself.

Our oldest is also easily spooked. She wants to watch scary movies with us so bad too. We let her watch Insidious when it came out on Netflix. She watched the whole thing and actually liked it. Except when it was time to go to bed and her dad made the scary smiley face that the dead people wore when the dad had to go in after his kid. Not his best dad moment. After alot of yelling and screaming, then telling her, over and over,  it was just a movie…she went to sleep.

halloween3  One of our family traditions is watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I have watched this cartoon every year since I was a kid. I bought it after my oldest was born. She will watch it, but I can tell she isn’t into it like my brother and I were when we were her age. Now this year Little L gets to watch it with us. I can’t wait! I will watch just about anything that has to do with Halloween. From cartoons to all the tween shows on Disney channel with my girl. Besides scary movies, I love all things Halloween. Last year, where we went trick or treating at, they had a contest. There were some pretty awesome decorations, from Beetlejuice to a man wheelding a chainsaw. It was pretty cool and rather scary for the kids. They wouldn’t even go up to that guys door. Maybe that is why he did it.  I also love going to the stores and checking out all the cool things, and of course playing with them. If only I could have them all…

 

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Made a trip up to the good ole Walmart today for my mom to pick up a few things, and my oldest wanted to stop in Party City to look at their Halloween costumes. She has decided to be a Zomberella. What the heck is a Zomberella, you ask? Well, it is a cross between Zombie and I guess, Cinderella. The dress is black with scull and cross bones on the top. Every year she always goes for the dark costumes. I really wanted her to go with something that had more color. We looked on the wall for something Little L might like. Of course at that age, everything is so cute. We picked out 3 that we liked, a bunny, a kitty and a cute candy corn outfit.  I really liked the bunny but I am afraid it will be too hot and Little L isn’t going to let me put and keep anything on her head. The kitty outfit was really pretty but my hubby said no…that left the candy corn, its a dress, but it is very bright and colorful. I want something easy, in and out! We seen a candy corn outfit for the teens and it was really cute too. I tried to talk oldest into it and thought I had her, but my dear sweet hubby chimed in and said “let her dress the way she wants.” Which was really funny cause he would never say that any other time.  Then we went on and played with the Halloween masks and accessories. Oldest got a tube of black lipstick. She has been wanting some for awhile. When she found it, she was a happy girl. Little L got a purple candy bucket. May not go with her outfit we finally decide on, but hey it was a dollar, so who could complain.

Last year, oldest dressed as a witch.  She found a costume that was pretty colorful and the bottom of it lit up. When it came time to go out, we couldn’t get the darn thing to work at all. Figures!  I thought. I really wanted to see it sparkle out in the dark. I remember going to this one house and I stood off to the side and I heard the couple giving out candy tell her that she was the prettiest witch that they had seen all night. It was getting late too, so that made her feel pretty special,  even tho it wasn’t lit and sparkly.

My hubby came across a Michael Myers mask in the store today and tried it on. We have talked about him dressing as him almost every Halloween. When I was pregnant with oldest, I had a dream that my sweet hubby was actually Michal Myers and he was chasing me, trying to *swallow* kill me.  I still remember that dream, even tho it has been 10 almost 11 years. Back when we lived in Vegas, we had a big front yard with a good size tree. We had tons of tick or treaters. I told him that he needed to dress like that and stand beside the tree as they approach. Just stand, nothing else, and see who was actually paying attention or just after candy. I really miss living there, we always got complements on our decorations too. Last year, we bought a ton of candy and didn’t have one person show up. We had so many back in Vegas, we had to turn out the light early cause we ran out. Oh well, we showed them. We ate all that candy by ourselves. 😉

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