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“When witches go riding, & black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween”

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I have always loved the mystical spirit of Halloween, and I wanted to share some inspiration with you as it is only a week away ~ 

10 fun facts about Halloween:

(please note there are many versions of the origins of this day, but the traditions remain the same)

1.An intense fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia

2. Halloween originates from a celtic tradition, traced back to around 2000 years ago, to a pre-Christian Celtic festival called “Samhain” which means “Summers end”. It marked the end of the Celtic calendar year for Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. They believed it was the time that spirits and fairies could enter our world

3. Black and orange are colors typically associated with Halloween. Orange symbolises strength, harvest and autumn, while black symbolises death and darkness

4. Harry Houdini was one of the worlds most mysterious and talented magicians, ironically he died on Halloween night

5. There is something sweet about seeing spiders on Halloween. According to ancient legends, seeing a spider on Halloween means the spirit of a loved one is watching over you

6.The owl is a popular Halloween image. in Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, & to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die

7. The tradition of dressing up in costume, initially started to keep away the evil spirits from knowing your original form. Note to self: dress spookier! no bunny costumes allowed …    

8. The word “Halloween” has roots in Catholicism. It comes from “Hallowmas”, a three day catholic holiday, during which saints are honoured and people pray for the deceased

9.Halloween is the second most commercially succsessful holiday world wide after Christmas

10.Did you know carved pumpkins were called “Jack O Lanterns”? and do you know why? They are named after a farmer called Jack. There was an Irish folk tale about a farmer who always played tricks on the devil, because of this the devil forced him to wander the earth with only a lump of coal for light. Jack then put the coal in a turnip to use as a lantern while guiding his soul. during the 1800’s when the myth was brought to the US, families started using pumpkins instead of turnips (as they were not popular), to keep evil spirits away. Doesn’t this make them even more captivating? all the more reason to carve and light up more pumpkins!

Halloween is such an enchanting festival of darkness and I love the touches that cities and individuals add to the nights spirit. I have put some ideas below to get you excited about starting your own treats (I am sure you already know how AHHHmazing pintrest is!).

 

I Love these fun front door decoration ideas. You can also include lights in the hats with strings to light up the night

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Adorable! For the cookies, you could use mini reeses peanut butter for the chocolate heads, YUUM

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 Serve the BAND AID crackers along with trick or treats, haha    

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I am so excited to make this one … Perfect scary movie night snacks!

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Just Adorable and so easy  

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You can put the shot drinks in the Pumpkin too!

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For the healthier options, but not the less creative! 

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“Magick is a Gift that not all can see, But for those who can …

Blessed are we”

 

Have so much fun guys 😉                           

 

 

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