Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Susan's La Bella Baskets: Halloween is 22 days away!

Susan's La Bella Baskets: Halloween is 22 days away!: Hard  to believe that Halloween is 22 days away! The children are getting excited about what costume they are going to where and how much ca...

Halloween is 22 days away!

Hard  to believe that Halloween is 22 days away! The children are getting excited about what costume they are going to where and how much candy they will get Trick or Treating! There are some safety tips that I would like to share with you. Please make sure an adult accompanies young children. Also,check the candy before you let your child eat it. Make sure that the costume fits properly-not to long or they might trip and fall down. Also,make sure that they can see out of a mask! A glow stick is something every trick or treater should be carrying with them on Halloween night! Not only will it help the child see,but it will also help people driving cars see them! As far as older children-make sure they Trick or Treat in a group and they stick together! There is always safety in numbers! Leave your outdoor lights on so the Trick or Treater's can see a clear path to your door. Make sure your outdoor decorations are not in the way-you don't want anyone having an accident on your property! Please if you are an adult attending a Halloween party,and you have been drinking,have someone drive you home or call a cab! Hope everyone has a Happy and safe Halloween!  Susan's La Bella Baskets: http://www.mylabellabaskets.com/susans.html

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Susan's La Bella Baskets: History of Halloween & the story of the Jack-O'-La...

Susan's La Bella Baskets: History of Halloween & the story of the Jack-O'-La...: Halloween dates back two thousand years with the Celtic festival of Samhain (sow-in). It was a harvest festival that celbrated the end of on...

History of Halloween & the story of the Jack-O'-Lantern & more!

Halloween dates back two thousand years with the Celtic festival of Samhain (sow-in). It was a harvest festival that celbrated the end of one year and the beginning of a new one,and to remember the dead. For the celebrstion the Celts dressed in costumes. They spent the night before,being mischieveous and trying to cause trouble! In the 19th century,the witch became the symbol of Halloween,as did her black cat. Originally, Halloween was called All Hallow's Eve,but was shortened to Halloween. The Ghost is another symbol of Halloween-All Soul's Day. November the 1st, is All Saints Day. In the Christian religion, it was originally called "All Hallows Day."

The Jack-O'-Lantern is from an old irish myth. Stingy Jack drank with the devil,whom Jack made promise not to take his soul. When Stingy Jack showed up at the Gates of Hell,the Devil  sent him away. So Jack could see in the dark, the devil gave him a glowing coal for light. Jack put the glowing coal inside a turnip,and is said to roam the earth. Jack-O'-Lantern originally meant a night watchman,or a man with a lantern,this dates back to the mid-17th century.

So many Halloween traditions and symbols come from a long time ago! Interesting! The colors of Halloween are orange and black. Orange being associated with the Fall Harvest and black with the darkness of winter to come. Trick or Treat-going door to door is similar to the poor going from house to house begging for food on October 31st.

Do you remember collecting money for UNICEF while Trick or Treating. This began in 1950,when children in Philadelphia decorated milk cartons and collected money for less fortunate children. UNICEF increases public awareness and raises funds to provide health care,nutrition,immunizations,clean water for children around the world!
Hope you have enjoyed reading about the History of Halloween,the Jack-O'-Lantern and more!
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