This weekend brought the celebration of Halloween on October 31st. It's amazing to see how many adults are getting into the whole thing, or was it just because it was a Saturday night and a good excuse to act silly ?
It is believed that Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America during Ireland's famine in the 1840's.
It's really a festival celebrating the end of the Summer and the start of the darker half of the year.
The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the next became thin on this dates which allowed spirits to pass through. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks.
Ancient Celts would place a skeleton on their window sill to represent the departed. Believing that the head was the most powerful part of the body lanterns were carved from turnip .
The name Jack-o-lantern traces back to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a greedy, gambling , hard drinking old farmer, who was condemned by the Devil for tricking him, to forever wander the earth at night with only a candle in a hollowed turnip for light.
When the Irish went to America they carved pumpkins because they were more easily available than turnip.
Trick of treat is for the children on Halloween. Children go from house to house asking for treats. The word trick means the children will perform some mischief on the homeowners if no treat is given.
This is my daughter as a corpse bride, it was such a struggle to find rotting roses for the bouquet!
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