Halloween

Today should be the day of recovery I need after going to my brother in law’s party and venturing out to downtown Kent last night.

Downtown Kent on Halloween is like Mardi Gras on a smaller scale. Craziness. Drunkiness. Hardly any room to walk. And if you don’t like to be crammed into small spaces – you should definitely avoid the bars. God help you if you’ve gotta pee. My husband was Rob Zombie and so I was a living dead girl. We both got a lot of comments about our costumes. lol. We had fun. I should also note that it was the first time I was ever hit on by a girl. She totally tried to pick me up and my husband was a little too giddy about it. Hello, dummy? She likes girls. If she wanted a guy in the mix, she wouldn’t be hitting on me.

But now we must go trick or treat with the kiddos @ MIL’s house. Cause they do it the Sunday before Halloween instead of on the actual night. I think that blows. But I’m really thrilled that we live in a town that will “allow” trick or treat in the dark on Halloween and all will be as it should be tomorrow.

 

HALLOWEEN FACTS:

* Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed
candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and
ghosts on the Samhain holiday when the line between the dead and living is thought to be most vulnerable.

* 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 freely during Samhain. So, 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.

* There really are so-called vampire bats, but they’re not
from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America
and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.

* If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a
loved on watching over you.

* 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.

* The history of “Trick’O’Treating” can be traced back to the early celebrations of All Soul’s Day in Britain. The poor would go begging and the housewives would give them special treats called “soulcakes”. This was called “going a-souling”, and the “soulers” would promise to say a prayer for the dead. Over time the custom changed and the town’s children became the beggars. As they went from house to house they would be given apples, buns, and money. During the Pioneer days of the American West, the housewives would give the children candy to keep from being tricked. The children would shout “Trick or Treat!”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

12 thoughts on “Halloween

  1. I love the costumes!!!! That was a great idea.  I know what you mean about the places being crowded, too.  We have this BIG thing on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill on Halloween night and they close off the streets starting at 9 pm.  It gets crazy and I don’t plan on going.  I used to go ‘back in the day’, but it gets too wild for me now. 
    Have a safe and happy Halloween!!!

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