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Saturday, 31 October 2015

History of Halloween - trick or treat

What do you think about Halloween? Do you feel it is plain hogwash or do you think there is some truth about it? Or do you see it as pure fun? Know the history of Halloween. Know how it all started, how the modern Halloween celebrations came into existence. You will be fascinated, surely. On the big day, impress everybody with your new-found knowledge. Click here to send this page to your friends
History of Halloween, like any other festival's history is inspired through traditions that have transpired through ages from one generation to another. We follow them mostly as did our dads and grandpas. And as this process goes on, much of their originality get distorted with newer additions and alterations. It happens so gradually, spanning over so many ages, that we hardly come to know about these distortions. At one point of time it leaves us puzzled, with its multicolored faces. Digging into its history helps sieve out the facts from the fantasies which caught us unaware. Yet, doubts still lurk deep in our soul, especially when the reality differs from what has taken a deep seated root into our beliefs. The history of Halloween Day, as culled from the net, is being depicted here in this light. This is to help out those who are interested in washing off the superficial hues to reach the core and know things as they truly are. 'Trick or treat' may be an innocent fun to relish on the Halloween Day. But just think about a bunch of frightening fantasies and the scary stories featuring ghosts, witches, monsters, evils, elves and animal sacrifices associated with it. They are no more innocent. Are these stories a myth or there is a blend of some reality? Come and plunge into the halloween history to unfurl yourself the age-old veil of mysticism draped around it.

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bobbingBehind the name, Halloween, or the Hallow E'en as they call it in Ireland, means All Hallows Eve, or the night before the 'All Hallows', also called 'All Hallowmas', or 'All Saints', or 'All Souls' Day, observed on November 1. In old English the word 'Hallow' meant 'sanctify'. Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherians used to observe All Hallows Day to honor all Saints in heaven, known or unknown. They used to consider it with all solemnity as one of the most significant observances of the Church year. And Catholics, all and sundry, was obliged to attend Mass. The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them. The festival was celebrated on February 21, the end of the Roman year. In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints' Day to replace the pagan festival of the dead. It was observed on May 13. Later, Gregory III changed the date to November 1. The Greek Orthodox Church observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Despite this connection with the Roman Church, the American version of Halloween Day celebration owes its origin to the ancient (pre-Christian) Druidic fire festival called "Samhain", celebrated by the Celts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Samhain is pronounced "sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with cow. In Ireland the festival was known as Samhein, or La Samon, the Feast of the Sun. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe'en. In Welsh it's Nos Galen-gaeof (that is, the Night of the Winter Calends. According to the Irish English dictionary published by the Irish Texts Society: "Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered. Faeries were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it the half year is reckoned. also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).(1) The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary defines it as "Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer."(2) Contrary to the information published by many organizations, there is no archaeological or literary evidence to indicate that Samhain was a deity. The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a "lord of death" as such. Thus most of the customs connected with the Day are remnants of the ancient religious beliefs and rituals, first of the Druids and then transcended amongst the Roman Christians who conquered them.

History of Jack-o-Lantern:

Carve a Jack-o-Lantern yourself to make a Halloween pumpkin

This is based on an old Irish legend about the drunk, Jack. One day he was out in the woods and tricked Satan into a tree to throw down some fruit. Once Satan had helped him he carved a cross into the tree and trapped him there. He then struck a deal that Satan would leave his soul alone when he died. This backfired when he died since heaven would not take him either. When he kept bothering the Devil to let him in the Devil gave him a burning ember instead. He carried the ember in a hollowed out turnip (sometimes described as rotton) to light his way as he wandered through eternal darkness on the earth. Eventually this was replaced with the pumpkin in America and became the modern Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-lantern - the genesis

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instructions for carving a jack o lantern According to Rees & Rees, the folks who were abroad in the night imitating the fairies would some- times carry turnips carved to represent faces. This is the origin of our modern Jack-o-lantern. It became popular as house decorations in the United States after immigrant Irish discovered how much easier pumpkins were to carve than turnips, unleashing what has turned into quite an art form in the last decade or so. This later assumed a spooky touch, especially when the glowing faces appear from the darkness.
This halloween, carve a Jack-O-Lantern Yourself , and say Boo !
Carving Tips

Select a pumpkin that is ripe, has no bruises, cuts or nicks. Do not carry a pumpkin by its stem; it may break, and do not bruise it as it will not last as long. For easy cleanup, place your pumpkin on several layers of newspaper before carving. Kids: have a parent or other adult cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin for you. They should use a sharp knife with long, sturdy blade for best and safest results. Or, you can do it yourself with a safer, plastic "pumpkin carving" knife available at many supermarkets during the pumpkin season. Parents: knives are very sharp, so make sure that the proper supervision is maintained when the children carve their pumpkins.

Make sure the hole is large enough to reach in and pull out the seeds and stringy membrane. The bottom of the pumpkin could also be cut off instead, this will allow the pumpkin to sit up straight and make removing the seeds easier! When cleaning out the pumpkin, use and old soup ladle to get out the seeds. Try carving a giant pumpkin, it is easier to carve than a regular pumpkin.

Examine your pumpkin to determine the best place to carve his or her face. Draw an outline of a face on a plain sheet of white paper (use simple bold features) (You can save any of the images given below, and then print it out for ready help), Tape your paper to the pumpkin where you want the face to be. Score the design onto the pumpkin by punching through the paper into the pumpkin with a large nail or pin.

Carefully cut out the design following the holes that were "punched" with your plastic knife. When you are finished cutting, simply push out the pieces to view the final results. Fix some lights inside. Now you're all set to light up your home on Halloween night! Have Fun!

History of Halloween Witches

The Witches Caldron
"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog"
"Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing"

"For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and babble"

"Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and caldron bubble"

~ William Shakespeare
Witches have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve.
The witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and causing other magical mischief.
It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.
When the early settlers came to America, they brought along their belief in witches. In American the legends of witches spread and mixed with the beliefs of others, the Native Americans - who also believed in witches, and then later with the black magic beliefs of the African slaves.
The black cat has long been associated with witches. Many superstitions have evolved about cats. It was believed that witches could change into cats. Some people also believed that cats were the spirits of the dead.
One of the best known superstitions is that of the black cat. If a black cat was to cross your path you would have to turn around and go back because many people believe if you continued bad luck would strike you.


Samhain

Halloween, the foremost and momentous holiday of the Celtic year, was also popularly known as Samhain or Sah-ween. According to the belief of Celts, the ghosts of the dead populace could easily and effortlessly mingle with the living citizens at this particular time of the year. It was believed that at that point of time the souls of the dead men/women moved to the other world. All of them who had died were honored by lighting the bonfires. Huge crowd congregated to sacrifice fruits, vegetables and even animals to aid them on their journey to the different world. It was also important to satisfy the dead souls as they could not come close to the living individuals.
Get to know how Samhain Became Halloween
Once upon a time Christian missionaries attempted to alter the spiritual observances and practices of the Celtic people and from that time the Halloween became Samhain. Before Christian missionaries such as St Patrick and St. Columcille decided to convert the religion of Celts to Christianity, Celts used to practice and perform their religion ornately through their priestly cast, the Druids who were intellectual people and were writers, priests, scientists and scholars at the same time.
Pope Gregory the First
The Christians worked really hard to wipe out the pagan holidays such as Samhain. They were successful and triumphant to transform it. It was 601 A.D. when the Pope Gregory the first had issued a renowned proclamation to the missionaries on native convictions and conventions of the people who were enlisted for religion conversions. The Pope Gregory the First didn’t try to eradicate the mores and beliefs of the natives but very wisely he ordered his missionaries to use them. As an example, if a spiritual batch of people worshipped a tree, he didn’t instruct his missionaries to cut the tree down. Like an experienced and wise person he gave an opinion to consecrate the tree to Christ and allowed the devotees to worship it.
The approach was praiseworthy and innovative. It helped missionaries a lot to spread the Christianity. Purposefully and intentionally those Church holidays were coincided with the native holidays. Christmas date was arbitrarily assigned on 25th December. It was also a mid-winter celebration day for many people. Similarly, St. John's Day had corresponded to the summer solstice.
Good or Evil
Missionaries astutely and intelligently identified their holidays and holidays of the Celts. The supernatural deities of Celts were marked as evil and missionaries had linked those with the Devils. The Celtic gangland inexorably became recognized with the Christian Hell and torment.
The intention was to weaken the convictions of the earlier religion. However, missionaries didn’t want to exterminate the beliefs on the Almighty. Celts used to believe in mystical creatures and power. The Church just redefined the meaning. It was a deliberate attempt to let Celts know that those supernatural creatures are not hazardous and definitely malicious.
Banquet of All Saints
November 1st was the day when Christian fest was organized. The feast day came into the picture to replace and substitute Samhain. Gradually all the traditional and customary deities of Celts were diminished. Later on it became fairy or leprechaun.

Halloween history is one of religious traditions, sacrifices and folklore. While it seems strange to understand the motivation of these ancient actions, it is good to know the roots of our current practices of Halloween.

The History of Halloween for Kids

Halloween is not exactly a typical holiday. Other holidays, like Christmas and Shavuot, celebrate an event. Halloween celebrates a lot of things, including the lives of people who aren't with us anymore.
The history of Halloween is not entirely a clear one. Here's how (we think) it started:
Many hundreds of years ago, a people called the Celts lived in Europe and on the British Isles. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October. They had a festival in honor of these souls of the dead, and they called it Samhain.
In time, the Roman Empire conquered the Celts and took over some of their beliefs as well. This included Samhain. The Romans combined it with their own festivals. And since the Roman Empire spread across a great part of the known world, the idea that the souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October spread far and wide.
Many ideas from the Roman days still survive in the United States and in other Western countries. Halloween is one of them.
But how did we get the name Halloween?
In the 8th Century, the Catholic Church declared November 1 to be All Saints' Day. The church calendar had a number of days honoring saints already. November 1 was picked to be the day to honor all saints who didn't already have a day named in their honor.
And the mass that the Catholic Church celebrated on November 1 was called Allhallowmas. This meant "mass of all the hallowed [saintly people.]" It was commonly called "All Hallows' Day."
And somewhere along the line, the night before became known as Allhallowe'en, which was short for "evening before All Hallows' Day." It was then shortened to what we now call it, Halloween.
One last question: Why do people dress up as ghosts, goblins, vampires, and other scary creatures? The people who started all this Halloween business many years ago believed that if they appeared scary, they would scare away the spirits of the dead who were roaming the earth on All Hallows' Eve. These people also carried food to the edge of town and left it there, hoping the spirits would eat that food and not come raid the village.
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How Halloween Is Celebrated

How Halloween Is Celebrated
The ghouls and goblins are coming to get you. Witches rule and wizards stroll. Scary jack-o-lanterns sit outside doorways, adding to the festive charm. On All Hallows' Eve, the theme is horror. For a change, everybody wants to feel the icy cold chills from the supernatural world.

Each year on October 31, the day before All Saints' Day, the world wakes up to celebrate Halloween. Almost a month before Halloween, kids and adults get busy planning for the celebration. Costume parties are quite common, as you find kids and adults decking up in bizarre attire. Some enthusiasts enjoy a bonfire party where everyone shares a spooky tale and gets listeners quaking with fear.
Jean Baudrillard
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Bertrand Russell
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death.

James Matthew Barrie
A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
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Though Halloween is said to have Pagan origins, it also has religious Christian connotations. Some Christian groups organize prayers, fasting and church services on Halloween night.

The origin of Halloween is often linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain ("summer's end"). The Celts believed that they could communicate with departed souls as they prepared for a cold winter. People lit huge bonfires to ward off spirits.

Christian beliefs about All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) also influenced the observance of Halloween. Some believed that the souls of the departed were at large until All Saints' Day. Halloween was the spirits' last chance to wreak vengeance on their mortal enemies. Christians disguised themselves in costumes and masks for this reason.

Halloween: The Grand Costume Party
Who are you going to be this year? Count Dracula? Spiderman? A zombie? Maybe even Morticia Adams from the Addams Family? Halloween is a great time to have some fun. Put on your thinking cap, and come up with some creative costume ideas. Halloween costume parties bring out the best out of people; this is your chance to showcase your creativity.
Chris Rock
Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.

Gwen Stefani
Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday.

R. L. Stine
When I was a kid my family was really poor and I remember one Halloween I wanted to dress up really scary and my parents came home with a duck costume. I wore that costume for years! I hated it.
Themes for Halloween Parties
If it were not for the plethora of Halloween costume parties, most people would not even step out of their homes. However, the numerous invites to the coolest Halloween parties in town are enough to get even the laziest couch potato off his sofa. American actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, who was born on 31 October, once quipped, "Being born on Halloween, there's always a party. It's a convenient birthday because you don't really have to organize a party."

Themes from classic horror films add to the celebration. The decor includes bats, jack-o-lanterns, vampires, and witches -- all of them grinning ghoulishly at you. Cool Halloween sayings set the mood for the evening. The fruit punch is blood red. I have even seen mozzarella canapes that look like eyeballs. Some of the dishes may activate your gag reflex. But they are sure to pique your sense of humor, if you have a strong stomach.

How Kids Celebrate Halloween
Not everyone hits the party scene on All Hallows' Eve. Parents, for instance, are left running after their children. The thought of dressing up as their favorite cartoon, or most feared villain makes children look forward eagerly to the annual festival.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids. Celebrating Halloween with kids will not just be a fun experience, but also a great way to bond with them. And if your children want to see you in a costume, be a sport. Wear devil's horns on your head or a pirate eye patch to keep them happy. Relive your own childhood this All Hallows' Eve.
Matthew Broderick
My son wants to be Batman and he wants the Batman costume that comes in the mail. It has fake muscles in it, which is very disconcerting on a four-year-old.

Joel McHale
I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn't that great?

Jack Prelutsky, The Troll, Nightmares - Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
His blood is black and boiling hot, he gurgles ghastly groans. He'll cook you in his dinner pot, your skin, your flesh, your bones.

Jack Prelutsky, Nightmares Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
She comes by night, in fearsome flight, in garments black as pitch, the queen of doom upon her broom, the wild and wicked witch.
Trick-or-Treat: Keep Your Candies Handy
A well-known Halloween quotation by Robert Brault highlights the stresses that adults face on Halloween. Brault said, "I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids." Ask children what they like most about trick-or-treating, and they will probably echo the words of short story writer Steve Almond, "Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." Trick-or-treat is not just a cultural experience, it is a game that kids and adults play to win.

Make sure that you stock up on Halloween-themed candy before the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door. If you don't want the pranksters to trick you, keep the candy in candy pots outside your door.

Movies Add to the Magic of Halloween
Catch up with the latest horror movies on All Hallows' Eve on TV. The scarier, the better. Enjoy hair-raising horror flicks like The Shining, John Carpenter's Halloween, The Ring or that eternal classic, The Exorcist. Some of the dialogues are enough to set your spine tingling. One of my favorites is spoken by Mrs. Mills in The Others, "Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead." Read some spooky Halloween movie quotes.

If the Halloween mood is too morbid for you, lighten up with some funny Halloween sayings. Here is a funny quote made by famous American writer Kurt Vonnegut: "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Shaggy, Scooby-Doo
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.

James Ferguson
Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole....

Linus Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

Lindsay Lohan
Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.

Lauren Springer
Sadly, Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and the increasingly sick adults, has become and utter bore.

Dennis Yost and the Classics IV
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.

Loretta Lynn
We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween.

Lindsey Wallace, Halloween
Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don't, I don't care. I'll pull down Annie's underwear!

How Halloween Is Celebrated

How Halloween Is Celebrated
The ghouls and goblins are coming to get you. Witches rule and wizards stroll. Scary jack-o-lanterns sit outside doorways, adding to the festive charm. On All Hallows' Eve, the theme is horror. For a change, everybody wants to feel the icy cold chills from the supernatural world.

Each year on October 31, the day before All Saints' Day, the world wakes up to celebrate Halloween. Almost a month before Halloween, kids and adults get busy planning for the celebration. Costume parties are quite common, as you find kids and adults decking up in bizarre attire. Some enthusiasts enjoy a bonfire party where everyone shares a spooky tale and gets listeners quaking with fear.
Jean Baudrillard
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Bertrand Russell
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death.

James Matthew Barrie
A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
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History of Halloween
Though Halloween is said to have Pagan origins, it also has religious Christian connotations. Some Christian groups organize prayers, fasting and church services on Halloween night.

The origin of Halloween is often linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain ("summer's end"). The Celts believed that they could communicate with departed souls as they prepared for a cold winter. People lit huge bonfires to ward off spirits.

Christian beliefs about All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) also influenced the observance of Halloween. Some believed that the souls of the departed were at large until All Saints' Day. Halloween was the spirits' last chance to wreak vengeance on their mortal enemies. Christians disguised themselves in costumes and masks for this reason.

Halloween: The Grand Costume Party
Who are you going to be this year? Count Dracula? Spiderman? A zombie? Maybe even Morticia Adams from the Addams Family? Halloween is a great time to have some fun. Put on your thinking cap, and come up with some creative costume ideas. Halloween costume parties bring out the best out of people; this is your chance to showcase your creativity.
Chris Rock
Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.

Gwen Stefani
Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday.

R. L. Stine
When I was a kid my family was really poor and I remember one Halloween I wanted to dress up really scary and my parents came home with a duck costume. I wore that costume for years! I hated it.
Themes for Halloween Parties
If it were not for the plethora of Halloween costume parties, most people would not even step out of their homes. However, the numerous invites to the coolest Halloween parties in town are enough to get even the laziest couch potato off his sofa. American actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, who was born on 31 October, once quipped, "Being born on Halloween, there's always a party. It's a convenient birthday because you don't really have to organize a party."

Themes from classic horror films add to the celebration. The decor includes bats, jack-o-lanterns, vampires, and witches -- all of them grinning ghoulishly at you. Cool Halloween sayings set the mood for the evening. The fruit punch is blood red. I have even seen mozzarella canapes that look like eyeballs. Some of the dishes may activate your gag reflex. But they are sure to pique your sense of humor, if you have a strong stomach.

How Kids Celebrate Halloween
Not everyone hits the party scene on All Hallows' Eve. Parents, for instance, are left running after their children. The thought of dressing up as their favorite cartoon, or most feared villain makes children look forward eagerly to the annual festival.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids. Celebrating Halloween with kids will not just be a fun experience, but also a great way to bond with them. And if your children want to see you in a costume, be a sport. Wear devil's horns on your head or a pirate eye patch to keep them happy. Relive your own childhood this All Hallows' Eve.
Matthew Broderick
My son wants to be Batman and he wants the Batman costume that comes in the mail. It has fake muscles in it, which is very disconcerting on a four-year-old.

Joel McHale
I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn't that great?

Jack Prelutsky, The Troll, Nightmares - Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
His blood is black and boiling hot, he gurgles ghastly groans. He'll cook you in his dinner pot, your skin, your flesh, your bones.

Jack Prelutsky, Nightmares Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
She comes by night, in fearsome flight, in garments black as pitch, the queen of doom upon her broom, the wild and wicked witch.
Trick-or-Treat: Keep Your Candies Handy
A well-known Halloween quotation by Robert Brault highlights the stresses that adults face on Halloween. Brault said, "I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids." Ask children what they like most about trick-or-treating, and they will probably echo the words of short story writer Steve Almond, "Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." Trick-or-treat is not just a cultural experience, it is a game that kids and adults play to win.

Make sure that you stock up on Halloween-themed candy before the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door. If you don't want the pranksters to trick you, keep the candy in candy pots outside your door.

Movies Add to the Magic of Halloween
Catch up with the latest horror movies on All Hallows' Eve on TV. The scarier, the better. Enjoy hair-raising horror flicks like The Shining, John Carpenter's Halloween, The Ring or that eternal classic, The Exorcist. Some of the dialogues are enough to set your spine tingling. One of my favorites is spoken by Mrs. Mills in The Others, "Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead." Read some spooky Halloween movie quotes.

If the Halloween mood is too morbid for you, lighten up with some funny Halloween sayings. Here is a funny quote made by famous American writer Kurt Vonnegut: "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Shaggy, Scooby-Doo
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.

James Ferguson
Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole....

Linus Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

Lindsay Lohan
Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.

Lauren Springer
Sadly, Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and the increasingly sick adults, has become and utter bore.

Dennis Yost and the Classics IV
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.

Loretta Lynn
We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween.

Lindsey Wallace, Halloween
Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don't, I don't care. I'll pull down Annie's underwear!

How Halloween Is Celebrated

How Halloween Is Celebrated
The ghouls and goblins are coming to get you. Witches rule and wizards stroll. Scary jack-o-lanterns sit outside doorways, adding to the festive charm. On All Hallows' Eve, the theme is horror. For a change, everybody wants to feel the icy cold chills from the supernatural world.

Each year on October 31, the day before All Saints' Day, the world wakes up to celebrate Halloween. Almost a month before Halloween, kids and adults get busy planning for the celebration. Costume parties are quite common, as you find kids and adults decking up in bizarre attire. Some enthusiasts enjoy a bonfire party where everyone shares a spooky tale and gets listeners quaking with fear.
Jean Baudrillard
There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

Bertrand Russell
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death.

James Matthew Barrie
A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.
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History of Halloween
Though Halloween is said to have Pagan origins, it also has religious Christian connotations. Some Christian groups organize prayers, fasting and church services on Halloween night.

The origin of Halloween is often linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain ("summer's end"). The Celts believed that they could communicate with departed souls as they prepared for a cold winter. People lit huge bonfires to ward off spirits.

Christian beliefs about All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) also influenced the observance of Halloween. Some believed that the souls of the departed were at large until All Saints' Day. Halloween was the spirits' last chance to wreak vengeance on their mortal enemies. Christians disguised themselves in costumes and masks for this reason.

Halloween: The Grand Costume Party
Who are you going to be this year? Count Dracula? Spiderman? A zombie? Maybe even Morticia Adams from the Addams Family? Halloween is a great time to have some fun. Put on your thinking cap, and come up with some creative costume ideas. Halloween costume parties bring out the best out of people; this is your chance to showcase your creativity.
Chris Rock
Charlie Brown is the one person I identify with. C.B. is such a loser. He wasn't even the star of his own Halloween special.

Gwen Stefani
Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday.

R. L. Stine
When I was a kid my family was really poor and I remember one Halloween I wanted to dress up really scary and my parents came home with a duck costume. I wore that costume for years! I hated it.
Themes for Halloween Parties
If it were not for the plethora of Halloween costume parties, most people would not even step out of their homes. However, the numerous invites to the coolest Halloween parties in town are enough to get even the laziest couch potato off his sofa. American actor Eddie Kaye Thomas, who was born on 31 October, once quipped, "Being born on Halloween, there's always a party. It's a convenient birthday because you don't really have to organize a party."

Themes from classic horror films add to the celebration. The decor includes bats, jack-o-lanterns, vampires, and witches -- all of them grinning ghoulishly at you. Cool Halloween sayings set the mood for the evening. The fruit punch is blood red. I have even seen mozzarella canapes that look like eyeballs. Some of the dishes may activate your gag reflex. But they are sure to pique your sense of humor, if you have a strong stomach.

How Kids Celebrate Halloween
Not everyone hits the party scene on All Hallows' Eve. Parents, for instance, are left running after their children. The thought of dressing up as their favorite cartoon, or most feared villain makes children look forward eagerly to the annual festival.

Enjoy Halloween with your kids. Celebrating Halloween with kids will not just be a fun experience, but also a great way to bond with them. And if your children want to see you in a costume, be a sport. Wear devil's horns on your head or a pirate eye patch to keep them happy. Relive your own childhood this All Hallows' Eve.
Matthew Broderick
My son wants to be Batman and he wants the Batman costume that comes in the mail. It has fake muscles in it, which is very disconcerting on a four-year-old.

Joel McHale
I loved New Jersey. I thought it was the greatest place in the world because on Halloween kids could start trick or treating right after school. Isn't that great?

Jack Prelutsky, The Troll, Nightmares - Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
His blood is black and boiling hot, he gurgles ghastly groans. He'll cook you in his dinner pot, your skin, your flesh, your bones.

Jack Prelutsky, Nightmares Poems to Trouble Your Sleep
She comes by night, in fearsome flight, in garments black as pitch, the queen of doom upon her broom, the wild and wicked witch.
Trick-or-Treat: Keep Your Candies Handy
A well-known Halloween quotation by Robert Brault highlights the stresses that adults face on Halloween. Brault said, "I don't know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids." Ask children what they like most about trick-or-treating, and they will probably echo the words of short story writer Steve Almond, "Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." Trick-or-treat is not just a cultural experience, it is a game that kids and adults play to win.

Make sure that you stock up on Halloween-themed candy before the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door. If you don't want the pranksters to trick you, keep the candy in candy pots outside your door.

Movies Add to the Magic of Halloween
Catch up with the latest horror movies on All Hallows' Eve on TV. The scarier, the better. Enjoy hair-raising horror flicks like The Shining, John Carpenter's Halloween, The Ring or that eternal classic, The Exorcist. Some of the dialogues are enough to set your spine tingling. One of my favorites is spoken by Mrs. Mills in The Others, "Sometimes the world of the living gets mixed up with the world of the dead." Read some spooky Halloween movie quotes.

If the Halloween mood is too morbid for you, lighten up with some funny Halloween sayings. Here is a funny quote made by famous American writer Kurt Vonnegut: "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Shaggy, Scooby-Doo
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.

James Ferguson
Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin' as a mole....

Linus Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.

Lindsay Lohan
Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.

Lauren Springer
Sadly, Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and the increasingly sick adults, has become and utter bore.

Dennis Yost and the Classics IV
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.

Loretta Lynn
We used to go around tipping outhouses over, or turning over corn shocks on Halloween.

Lindsey Wallace, Halloween
Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. If you don't, I don't care. I'll pull down Annie's underwear!

Now! - Funny Halloween Quotes, Scary Messages and Free Cards

Halloween is a fun time of year filled with exciting costumes, yummy candy, and festive decorations. Whether you have friends that wait year round for the opportunity to don their Halloween attire and carve their jack-o-lanterns, or your buddies simply appreciate the holiday for a few good plays-on-words, here are some fun (and possibly witty) greetings you can share with them this Halloween season. From goofy to ghoulish, here are 40 quotes and card messages you can send to share in the fun of All Hallow’s Eve this year:
  • Happy Halloween to you…Hope it is a “spook”tacular one! Enjoy the yummy treats!
  • I hope your Halloween is all treats and no tricks…enjoy the candy and festivities!
  • Black cats skitter and ghouls patter by, it’s time to celebrate as All Hallow’s Eve has arrived!
  • Ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns at night; I sure hope your Halloween is the best type of fright!
  • I hope you have a great Halloween and enjoy dressing up and getting lots of candy! Have a super fun night.

  • Witches and warlocks, spirits and specters; give us some treats or prepare for some hecklers!
  • Let’s carve out pumpkins on Halloween and enjoy the thrills of the frightful night. Have an awesome Halloween and enjoy all the tasty treats!
  • When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whipsers, ’tis near Halloween.
  • I wish you have a happy Halloween filled with loads of great adventures! May the spirits and witches grant you all your wishes.
  • I wish you have a spooky time on Halloween. But don’t get too scared though.
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  • The witches and goblins are near! What a night of frightful cheers! Spread some spooky queers! For Halloween is here!
  • May your jack-o-lantern burn bright all through the night! Happy Halloween…hope it’s the best one yet!
  • I hope you have an un-boo-lievably fun Halloween! Eat lots of candy and have a great time! May you only receive treats and no black cats cross your path this Halloween. Have so much fun!
  • Don’t let any vampires suck the fun out of your night…have a frightfully festive Halloween!
  • Beware of the demons and witches and goblins…and of the houses that don’t give full bars…have a super fun trick or treat and a great Halloween!
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  • Yarrrgh! Ye be a mighty fine pirate this Halloween…be sure to scour for plenty o’ plunder and take heed to the night!
  • Whether you dress like Garfield, Odie, or Pookie, I hope that your Halloween is spectacularly spooky! Happy Halloween.
  • Cauldrons and broomsticks take shape in the night, making your Halloween full of fun and of fright, don’t cross any witches or fall under their spell, and your Halloween night will go perfectly well!
  • Zombies and monsters may lurk in the dark, jesters and vampires may even embark, but if you are ghoulish and ghostly wherever you’re seen, you’re sure to have such a wonderful Halloween!
  • Ballerinas and pirates will take to the streets; looking for candy and other good treats; if you don’t have these items when they come to beg; you may find your house, then, covered in egg. Happy Halloween!