What we know as Happy Halloween begins as the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). The history of Halloween all starts with a festival to celebrate the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Prepare for winter Samhain Happy Halloween 2017 was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds Happy Halloween Images of the living and the dead overlapped and the life deceased would come back it cause sickness or damaged crops.
Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death. Halloween is originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. Around the world, the number of countries grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
No flesh had the spectre, his skeleton skull
Was loosely wrapp’d round with a brown, shrivell’d skin;
His bones, ‘stead of marrow, of maggots were full,
And the worms they crawled out, and the worms they crawled in.
His shoes they were coffins, his dim eye reveal’d
The gleam of a grave-lamp with vapours oppress’d;
And a dark crimson necklace of blood-drops congeal’d
Reflected each bone that jagg’d out of his breast…
His tread wakes the echoes, which breathe thro’ the aisle…
Thrice swifter than thought on his heel round he turns…
His quill was a windpipe, his inkhorn a skull…
His lank fingers scrawled invitations in blood…
With groans from their tombs the pale spectres stalk’d forth,
In deadly apparel and shrouding sheets dress’d…
Grinning ghosts, sheeted spirits, skipping skeletons move…
A tomb was the table, now each took his seat…
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon’s silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
As though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…
Men say, that in this midnight hour,
The disembodied have power
To wander as it liketh them,
By wizard oak and fairy stream,—
Through still and solemn places,
And by old walls and tombs, to dream,
With pale, cold, mournful faces….
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The initialisation of the festival is disputed, and there are Christian practices that have evolved into what Halloween is like today. Some believe it originates from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ which celebrated the end of harvest season. In US they believed that it was a time that the walls between our world and next became thin and porous, allowing spirits to pass through, come back to life on the day and damage their crops.
Places were set at the dinner table to appease and welcome the spirits. Gaels would also offer food and drink, and light bonfires to ward off the evil spirits. Many dressed up as souls of the dead, or Aos Si, and were understood to be protecting themselves from the spirits by impersonating them. The Christian origin of the holiday is that it falls on the days before the feast of All Hallows, which was set in the eighth century to attempt to stamp out pagan celebrations. Christians would honour saints and pray for souls who have not yet reached heaven.
Never let your kids buy an off-the-shelf Halloween costume. Forbid it, no matter how close you may be to the witching hour. Instead, help them make their own. Encourage them to use their imaginations and their ingenuity. Show them that what can be created is often better than what can be bought. And besides, don’t the darkest, most frightening things live inside us anyway?
‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
Frights and chills
Candy and nuts
Seedy pumpkin guts
Tricking for treats
Treasure bag of sweets
A floating apparition
Imaginative night vision
Zombie, werewolf, vampire
Witches’ cauldrons lit afire
Creepy ghost and spectre
Hooded Reaper—soul collector
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Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given that the “trick” part of “trick or treat”. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood it has become with the children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.
The history of Halloween has evolved. In the part of Halloween celebration costumes is important and this festival is popular in states like US, UK, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television along with all media, the Halloween trick-or-treating has initiated to occur all children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most similar improvement and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. The Halloween is popular in more in skepticism in Europe Country, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.
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On Halloween, what bothers some
About these witches, is how come
In sailing, through the air, like bats
They never seem, to lose their hats?
Hitchhiking owls, as we have seen,
Ride nicely on this queer machine…
Another thing: if brooms can fly,
Do witches keep them handy-by
To sweep the kitchen floor with, say?
Or do they have them locked away
For private passage through the sky?
Bring forth the raisins and the nuts-
Tonight All-Hallows’ Spectre struts
Along the moonlit way.
‘Tis the night — the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they — it is they.
I’m a great lover of visual art and I will happily discuss the color and texture of Van Gogh’s Starry Night…. But I can think of nothing on earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night, which, for me, was ten to fifteen pounds of candy, a riot of colored wrappers and hopeful fonts, snub-nosed chocolate bars and SweeTARTS, the seductive rattle of Jujyfruits and Good & Plenty and lollipop sticks all akimbo, the foil ends of mini LifeSavers packs twinkling like dimes, and a thick sugary perfume rising up from the pillowcase.
And more so, the pleasure of pouring out the contents onto the rug in the TV room, of cataloging the take according to a strict Freak Hierarchy, calling for all chocolate products to be immediately quarantined, sorted, and closely guarded, with higher-quality fruit chews and caramels next, then hard candies, and last of all anything organic (the loathsome raisins). A brief period of barter with my brothers might ensue. For the most part, I simply lay amid my trove and occasionally massed the candy into a pile which I could sort of dive into, à la Scrooge McDuck and his gold ducats.
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Halloween costumes is the most important thing in the halloween festival.The main celebration of halloween is dressing up with the costumes and for treats begging door to door on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. When poor folk would go door to door on Halloween and it reassemble the Trick-or-treating and the late practice of “souling,”, receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). Originally it is initiated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. The writer Shakespeare says that the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas.”
The festival would frequently involve bonfires. The area which attracted bats to the area it is believed that the fires attracted insects also. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween, possibly contributing to the association with Bats that feed on the insects drawn to the flames.
Those seemingly interminable dark walks between houses, long before street-lit safety became an issue, were more adrenalizing than the mountains of candy filling the sack. Sadly Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and increasingly sick adults, has become an utter bore.
Today, of course, our paranoia about child safety has reached this fabulous zenith whereby kids are only allowed to trick-or-treat accompanied by an adult…. But back in the blithe, porno-soaked, latch-key seventies, the idea of trick-or-treating with a parent in tow was unthinkable—like publicly disclosing a preference for Barry Manilow. And yes, we heard plenty of tales about creepy old men sinking razors into caramel apples. But this only added an allure of risk to the endeavor. ~Steve Almond, “Night of the Living Freak,”
Just like a ghost, you’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams,
So I’ll propose on Halloween.
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.
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In the month of October 1947 issues the early national attention to trick-or-treating was given to the children’s magazines Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities and by Happy Halloween episodes of the network radio programs The Baby Snooks Show in 1946 and The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. Happy Halloween costumes are very popular because people all are enjoying by wearing this costumes and it is established in popular culture by 1952 when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, episode of their television show by trick-or-treaters, and UNICEF first conducted a national campaign for children to raise funds for the charity while trick-or-treating.
Halloween is very similar to The Day of the Dead celebrations. The people dress up with their costumes and celebrate this Happy Halloween 2017, there are a lot of skeletons everywhere, and there are special sweet treats and candies given out. Also, people spend a lot of time in graveyards and death imagery is everywhere.