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Halloween

Postby BlueWater on Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:30 pm

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Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve,is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day.Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating , attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions,etc.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century. Although the phrase All Hallows' is found in Old English , All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

According to some scholars, the observance of Halloween or All Hallows' Eve combines pre-Christian and Christian traditions;other scholars maintain "that Hallowe'en, as the eve of All Saints' Day, originated entirely independently of Samhain and some question the existence of a specific pan-Celtic religious festival which took place on 31st October/1st November.

Halloween is also thought to have been heavily influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
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Halloween

Postby BlueWater on Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Costumes

Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils.Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.

Hauntingly easy kids' Halloween costumes, including scary costumes, funny costumes, and last minute costume ideas for your little monsters to choose from.

Scary Costumes:
If your children are looking to spook their friends, they need look no further thatn these scary Halloween costumes for kids. These skeletons,, witches, and gargoyles are all ready to do their frightful duty on Halloween night.

Last-Minute Costumes:
Have no fear as the witching hour draws near, our last-minute costumes for kids will have them made up and ready to hit the streets in no time.

Funny Halloween Costumes:
Kids will bring the houses down with these hilarious get-ups. So grab your felt, scissors, and glue and have a frightfully good time making these funny homemade costumes.

Symbols

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time.For instance, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the Christian souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.
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