Saturday, October 28, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

Skulls for the fire pit!?! These fire safe skulls make every day halloween. Perfect for the dark-loving outdoor people in your life. Pile these up and enjoy the wickedness in your own backyard.

Who does not like a good story about the things that go bump in the night! I mean with All Hallows Eve coming up upon us there are plenty of legends and lore! Stories for the people who are slightly scared of ghost and goblins to stories and movies that make our toes curl.  Personally, I had older second cousins who scared the daylights out of me with the Friday the Thirteenth and Nightmare on Elm Street Series. I myself love to write books based on either super scary stories to lightweight stories for the chicken at heart.

So where does this fantastic holiday come from? Well, that would be sending you back almost 2000 years. Where it has gone by many names like All Hallows Eve, Samhain, The Feast of the Dead, just to name a few.

Then there are a few traditions that have come along with this awesome holiday as well!

1. Halloween Masks are for a ghost to not recognize the living.

2.Bobbing for apples started with a Roam festival celebrating Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

3. Jack O Lanterns started out as turnips with candles inside to keep ghosts away.

4.The color Orange represents the Fall Harvest.

5. The color Black represents darkness.

6. Halloween Candy sales are about 2 billion dollars annually!

Halloween has changed a lot over the years from simple trick or treating to elaborate parties.  The costumes went from weird plastic masks to costumes that cost a small fortune.  I remember when the candies used to be lollipops and bubble gum and nowadays kids are getting full-size Snickers bars. Even decorations seemed to have changed since I was a kid, it went from a few spider webs and window clings to huge animatronic statues and massive displays that rival Christmas decorations.

But the one thing that I miss the most now is how people actually used to participate in Halloween. I mean when I was a kid I could go from house to house and my Halloween bucket would be full.  How I have to bring an extra flashlight because there are so few houses actually giving out candy. I remember the rule from when I was a kid light out don't go. Light out ring the bell. Now people will yell at you if you if you even ring the bell. Halloween Trick or Treating is a tradition that the newest generation is losing out on.

So Happy Halloween All!!

Here are my links to my ghost story books!