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Happy Halloween, everyone! I have donned my work appropriate cat ears and kitty make up, and the bag of Halloween candy managed to make it through the weekend mostly unscathed, so it’s time to get things in gear. Also, how lame is it that Halloween is on a Monday this year? Seriously, how is one supposed to revel and overindulge in candy if you know you have to roll out of bed and go to work in the morning? Anyway, for your holiday enjoyment, here are some fun facts about Halloween.
- The origin of Halloween can be traced to the Celtic festival for the dead called Samhain. The Celts believed that on this day the dead roamed the earth and would set out treats by the door to appease the visiting spirits.
- Trick-or Treating dates back to the Middle Ages where Halloween was actually “All Souls Day” and people would go door to door begging for soul cakes.
- The tradition of collecting candy on Halloween started here in the US but has now spread to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe.
- In the 1800’s, you were much more likely to be on the receiving end of a trick rather than a treat, but by the 1950’s, things had calmed down into the family friendly traditions that we enjoy today.
- Chocolate based candies make up 3/4 of the candy handed out at Halloween each year.
- Originally Jack-O-Lanterns were made from turnips, beets, and potatoes.
- Back in the day, saying “trick-or-treat” wasn’t enough; you were expected to dance for your treats.
Image from here.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with costumes. Growing up I was a dress-up fiend, ballerina, mermaid, every shade of princess or fairy imaginable; I did it all. As I got older though, I developed a bit of distaste for store bought costumes. Especially ones that have a picture of the character you’re dressing up as on them. I didn’t want to be someone wearing a picture of a princess or a fairy. I wanted, as much as I was able, to be that character. This is something that has continued into adult-hood. So much so that I usually don’t participate in Halloween. Or if I do, it’s mainly a clever way to get away with wearing PJ’s or lounge wear to the office. All that being said, there are people who kick so much ass at the art of dressing up, that it inspires my inner 5 year old and makes her want to play some next level dress up. Pinterest, as many of you are aware, provides tons of this particular kind of inspiration. Below are some of my favorite concepts for Halloween this year.
I did rock the cat face a few years ago. It was the perfect excuse to make myself a gorgeous pair of black rhinestone cat ears. Oh yeah, and I still wear them 😉
All these images are from my Halloween Pinterest board.
It’s that time of year again, the time where we humans get in touch with in our inner ghosts and ghouls. Enter Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, the “Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind”. Need some soothing Banshee Balls after all the wailing? Maybe some Fang Floss to keep those pearly whites sharp and ready for action? I am particularly interested in Milk Tooth:
A smooth milk chocolate, with utterly delicious chunks of delicately roasted milk teeth. Our chocolate is made with only the finest quality molars, gathered by our skilled team of tooth fairies – and children are always paid a fair price for their teeth.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by their bounty of specialty goods, Hoxton’s provides a helpful “Notes for Humans” section for each of their dreadfully delightful products.
It has been a while since I’d browsed the Hoxton website, but when I saw some interesting products featured in this post by Tiny Grey Cat, I just had to look in to see what was new. Unfortunately, it seems that not all of the Hoxton products are available online, so you’ll have to stop in to get your “Thickest Human Snot” or “Farts in a Jar”. Quite sad really.
I think it’s great that Halloween is on a Friday this year. How is a person supposed to do anything fun after work on a Tuesday? Especially knowing you have to go into the office the next day. Not that my Halloweens are super crazy, but the trick-or-treaters alone are out until as late as 10:30-11 sometimes. I don’t have any big plans yet, other than the going to the party at my office, but to get in the mindset, I decided to share a few of my favorite things/memories of this the spookiest of holidays.
Favorite Halloween Centerpiece: Plaster Hands
Favorite Halloween movie when I was a kid: The Halloween Tree
Favorite Halloween movie now: Practical Magic
Favorite Halloween Creeper – Witches: flying and magic, doesn’t get any cooler than that. I’d take that over glitter and immortality any day.
Favorite Halloween Dinner Detail: Spooky Forks
Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy Now: Twix
Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy When I Was a Kid: Tootsie Rolls
Favorite Halloween Makeup: Faun Makeup
Favorite Costume Ever: The Sand Woman – I wore pj’s, slippers and fairy wings to the office and kept a giant jar of sleep dust (glitter) on my desk.
Favorite Costume as a Kid: Skunk – ears, nose and fluffy tail with a shirt that said “I’m a little stinker”. I was 1, and I was adorable: just ask my mom.
Favorite Holiday Dessert Design: Red Velvet Spiderweb Cucpcakes
Favorite Halloween Tradition When I Was a Kid: The Halloween carnival at my elementary school. Games, prizes, costumes, cakes and candy? What’s not to love?
Favorite Halloween Tradition Now: Passing out candy. I don’t care how great your costume as a grown up you’ve got nothing on the tiny ones. We had a kid come by as the Lorax last year, and he was so cute I would have given him all the candy if he’d asked. His dad was dressed up as a tree.
All images from my Halloween Pinterest page.
Happy Halloween! I hope you all have your costumes and candy ready. Since our neighborhood has some many young families we’ll probably have trick-or-treaters showing up as early as 5-5:30, but we’re all set. There are two giant bags of candy on the coffee table. There may have once been a third bag, but we’re not going to talk about that. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, have fun, be safe and eat a crap ton of candy!
13 Fun Facts about Halloween
- Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
- Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
- Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
- If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.