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Halloween

Halloween?
Why such a spooky night?
The holiday has its origin from the names "All Hallowed Eve" or "All Hallows Eve" for the night before November lst or All Saints Day (All Souls Day). In the Catholic Church they honored all the Saints in heaven on this day. This was also said to replace the old 7th century pagan holiday for the dead.

An old pagan custom that their god dies on "All Hallowtide" (Halloween) only to be reborn again at Yule, would celebrate the eternal cycle of reincarnation. A day of rituals, sacrifices and forklore. As the souls of the dead roam for All Souls Day, so too do the devil, witches, and goblins with supernatural powers that come with the land of the dead.

A new year celebration since the 1st century in Ireland, that on this day ghosts walked among the living, marking the last day of summer, the final harvest of the year, and the beginning of winter.

In Europe, ghosts were believed to come door to door asking for treats or else they would play a trick on you. When the Irish immigrated to the United States, so did this "Trick or Treat" tradition migrate with them.


Pumpkins? 
Jack-o-Lanterns began with the Irish legend about Jack:

Jack was an ol' drunk who liked to play mean games on everyone. One day he tricked the Devil into climbing up a tree to throw some fruit down. But once the Devil had climbed up, Jack placed crosses on and around the tree making it impossible for the Devil to get down. Trapped, the Devil agreed to not take Jack's mean ol' soul when he died and Jack let the Devil go.

But when Jack died years later, Saint Peter wouldn't allow him in Heaven because of his mean life on earth. So he was sent down to Hell. The Devil kept his promise and Jack was allowed to roam free ... But he was wandering around in the darkness of earth between Heaven and Hell. So the Devil tossed him a burning ember from the flames of Hell to light his way. 

Without a resting place, Jack hollowed out a turnip and placed the burning ember inside ... lighting his eternal way, roaming the earth. On All Hallows Eve, the Irish would hollow out turnips, gourds, potatoes and place a light inside to ward off mean ol' Jack and any other wandering evil spirits. When the Irish migrated to America they found pumpkins were easier to use ... and that became the modern Jack-o-Lantern.

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Halloween Jokes? 
What do you call a Vampire's favorite type of transportation? 
A blood vessel.

Why did the Chef put poison in the waiter's corn flakes?
He was a cereal killer. 

What is a Ghost's favorite fruit? 
Booberries. 

Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist? 
To correct his bite.

 
 

 

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