Halloween

Halloween

Do you remember your favorite Halloween costume from childhood? Mine was a pumpkin and I blush to admit I was fourteen at the time. A girlfriend of mine and I decided we’d go trick-or-treating as pumpkins. We died white sheets orange in her bathtub, stitched them up (sort of) when they were dry and stuffed them full of wadded up newspapers. We wore black tights and black shoes. I can’t remember exactly how we made up the green leaves or the stems, but we had a blast. We even went trick-or-treating though we got a few questionable raised brows because we were a bit too old to be running around the neighborhood.

But I’ve never regretted our last trick-or-treating romp. It was a last fanciful flight of childhood before all that carefree fun was left behind. Of course, when I had my kids and they reached the age when they could dress up in costumes, I got to relive my own joy of the season.

FunFacts about Halloween (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Halloween or Hallowe’en is a contraction for All Hallows’ Evening
  • Other names: All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve
  • Originally, there were three days that were celebrated in a joined term called Allhallowtide: All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day.
  • The purpose of Allhallowtide was to remember the dead, especially the saints and martyrs of the Christian religion.
  • In earlier times, you had to dance for your treats.
  • Halloween has its origins in a Celtic harvest festival called Samhain.
  • Jack-o-lanterns were originally carved out of beets, turnips and potatoes.
  • In 2014, US citizens spent $2.8 billion on Halloween costumes.
  • Candy corn was invented in 1898. Today, nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.
  • Candy can last: dark or milk chocolate can last up to 2 years, hard candy up to 1 year and candy corn, 9 months. With four kids growing up, it was never an issue in my house, lol!

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October Winners: Bonnie C., Mary P., Marie S. and Karen M.

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