Category: Halloween

Samhain: The Celtic Festival That Gave Us Halloween

Halloween has roots in the Celtic celebration Samhain (SOW-in). Samhain means “End of Summer” and is often referred to as the Celtic New Year. It is the start of the dark winter half of the year, as opposed to Beltane (occurring on May 1) which is the light summer half of the year. The festival …

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3 Fun Cult Films for Halloween

If you’re a fan of cult films, you know that nothing satisfies you more than watching what could be best described at a bad attempt at making something called ‘art’. Well, perhaps that’s a bit harsh. Truth be told, a cult film is really just a movie that takes on a life of its own, …

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A History of How Halloween Came to America

Halloween has most definitely been “Americanized,” in the sense that it has become all about buying large amounts of candy and discounted decorations.  It is a mindless holiday that people ritualistically practice without even thinking about it.  It is rare to hear someone talk about the history of Halloween.  However, the history of Halloween and …

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3 Minute Pumpkin DIY

Pumpkin carving has become a traditional activity used to celebrate the upcoming of Halloween for many years now. The uprising of pumpkin patches in local neighborhoods and grocery stores have made finding a perfectly plump pumpkin an easy task. However, the actual carving part is another story. Cutting through a meaty, bulky pumpkin can be …

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The Folklore of Pumpkin Carving

How did pumpkins become a symbol for Halloween and when did we start to carve pumpkins? The carving of pumpkins has certainly evolved from a jack o’ lantern face of two triangle eyes, triangle nose, and carved teeth, to anything from elaborate animals to the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars. Pumpkins are a symbol of …

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Haunted Castles in America

The allure of haunted castles, especially around Halloween, is undeniable, and there are several in America. These immense structures typically hold a long, rich history that is filled with intrigue and mystery.  In this guide, you will be introduced to three of the country’s most haunted castles. The Preston Castle The Preston Castle is located …

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Halloween Party Food Ideas & A Sophisticated Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Halloween party food can be really fun to make, it’s the time of the year when you can make your food look unappetizing and people will still want to eat it. Children love the thrill of eating what they think is dismembered body parts and ordinary food that has been dyed fun colors. If you …

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Haunted Hotels for Halloween Travelers

October is here again and so are Halloween activities. For the Halloween enthusiast or wannabe paranormal investigator, nothing is quite as exciting as the chance to travel and stay at a haunted hotel to see what transpires through the night. Here are three options for hotels that are purportedly some of the most haunted in …

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3 Fun Historic Halloween Celebrations

There are hundreds if not thousands of Halloween celebrations that happen sometime during the month of October across the United States and the rest of the World. In some cultures, the celebrations are called the Day of the Dead as a way of paying respect for loved ones who have gone before us. Other people …

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Halloween Gourd Friends

Fall has arrived and pumpkins have arrived with it but today, I’m not really looking at the pumpkins.  Instead, I am looking at the cute little bags of gourds that are lining the produce section of your local grocery store. Usually, these little treats are found in a bag of about 12 gourds.  They are …

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