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What's So Great About Halloween?

Updated on September 5, 2015

Sweets in the Streets

Well, there's the candy, for one thing.

Here are some other great things about Halloween:

Street Theater

It's not that often you can bump into witches, ghouls, zombies and ghosts while riding the bus or walking down the street.

Going to the homes of complete strangers. They welcome you, but that's not even the whole story. They even give you the aforementioned candy.

Dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else.

Talking to a guy who jumps out of a coffin. He doesn't actually talk back.

He's dead.

That's why he's in the coffin. (Try to keep up, ok?)

It's also why he's such a great listener.

But, he DOES give you the aforementioned candy.

Kitty in Jack-o-Lantern

Image courtesy of Halloweenclipart.com.
Image courtesy of Halloweenclipart.com. | Source

Back in the '70's

Two of my kids were born in October. I love the crisp, clean, cool autumn air.

The nurses put up little Halloween stickers and clings on the nursery glass windows. There were baby witches, baby zombies, baby ghosts, baby black kittens, baby monsters of all sorts.

I really loved that. It gave me a new lease on life. I sometimes had problems with post-partum depression.

Halloween Zombie, 2005

Hungry for . . . . . . . .???                                            BRAINS!
Hungry for . . . . . . . .??? BRAINS!

Sweets in the Streets

Democracy

Going to a blue-collar, working-class neighborhood where everybody lives in a house.

(Apartment complexes can keep their dag-blasted "community room" party.)

On Halloween, everybody's equal.

We're all dressed up in something weird. We're all out in the dark streets at night--- kids, parents, babies, even old folks like me. I like to piggyback off the kids and grandkids, but some nice folks even give me my own candy anyway.

Saves me the trouble of stealing from the kids.

Oooh, Scary.

He will be breathing fire any minute.
He will be breathing fire any minute. | Source
Who knew that a dragon could become an Untamed Entity ( or ---- something like that?) in a mere four years.
Who knew that a dragon could become an Untamed Entity ( or ---- something like that?) in a mere four years. | Source

Getting Ready to Go Trick of Treat Right Now

{Note: This capsule is from Halloween of 2010.}

Getting ready to meet the rest of the family. My new grandson's first Halloween, since he as born on Easter Sunday. He's a dragon tonight.

BOOOOOOO! Or, shall I say, "Grrrr " --- breathing fire.

2014 ~~~ His Fourth Halloween.

Plus, now he is no longer my NEW grandson, as he has a younger brother --- equally scary, though.


Or maybe even SCARIER!!


If you don't believe me, look below:


Perhaps that will convince you??

See What I Mean?

Have you ever seen anything scarier in your life?

If you're wondering how they got to BE SO SCARY --- just watch the video below.

This is how they have learned to scare the daylights out of all who cross their paths.Two pumpkins and a butternut squash are their mentors --- and singing coaches.

No wonder they're scary.

"This is Halloween" sung by two pumpkins and a butternut squash.

For Us Old-Timers

Does anyone remember back when folks gave out homemade candy and cookies on Halloween? Those were my favorites.

That was before the great "razor blade in apple and banana " scare of ---- was it 1972 or '73?

Back in the early '70's --- one of the last years before the scare --- I made homemade gumdrops from the Joy of Cooking recipe and gave those out, along with some homemade Rice Krispies treats. Wrapping everything in Saran Wrap was kind of a hassle. Saran Wrap stuck all over the place.

The Trick-or-Treaters liked them, and it was fun giving those out. My son was just born, so he was too little to go Trick-or-Treating. He's one of those born in October, as I state above. My main regret that year was that I didn't have any of those treats left over for myself.

But, I felt good about "eliminating the middle man" by making my own. Besides, as I said, the homemade treats had been my own childhood favorites. I wanted to keep the tradition alive.

Here is a link to a recipe for homemade gumdrops. It seems about the same as the one I used back in 1971, for Halloween.

The Man with No Tan

The Grim Reaper is the most democratic guy of all.

Halloween reminds us of this important consideration.

Is Halloween Evil?

We receive a similar reminder on Ash Wednesday when we get ashes on our foreheads: "Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return."

Some folks seem to feel that Halloween is anti-Christian.

Halloween is pre-Christian.

It was the Great Harvest, when all the crops had to be picked and stored for the winter. It was like the death of the sun.

The sun would be reborn at the winter solstice, when days became longer.

The Church of Rome designated this as the day we celebrate Our Lord's Nativity, because of course, Our Lord is the true "Sun King". Our Blessed Lord is also the true Lord of the Great Harvest. That's why Holy Mother Church placed All Saints Day and All Souls Day right after Halloween --- All Hallow's Evening.

But, nobody knows when Our Lord was really born.

Folks have different theories, though. They're all pretty interesting.

Luminous Blades?

Okay, we can't say the OTHER name ---- because it's copyrighted or something. So, we'll just call this a scene of Celestial Skirmish, using Luminous Blades, ok?
Okay, we can't say the OTHER name ---- because it's copyrighted or something. So, we'll just call this a scene of Celestial Skirmish, using Luminous Blades, ok? | Source

Anakin in 2005

Anakin You Know Who.  (Yes,  Jones.  That's it.  Anakin Jones.)
Anakin You Know Who. (Yes, Jones. That's it. Anakin Jones.) | Source

Two Fiendish Ghouls --- Look Upon Them if You Dare!!

Don't say I didn't warn you, though.
Don't say I didn't warn you, though. | Source

Anakin About To Get Brains Eaten in 2005

Uh-oh, watch out, Anakin.
Uh-oh, watch out, Anakin.

Halloween Book

Halloween Other Festivals: Death And Life
Halloween Other Festivals: Death And Life

I've never heard of this author or this book before. I just happened across it a minute ago. I checked it out on Amazon, and then looked at the author's other books. They all look really good. I love finding a great new author, and I love the topics.

 

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    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks poetryman6969:

      Yes, I agree! LOL

      Thanks for commenting, and for stopping by to read my Hub.

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      poetryman6969 

      4 years ago

      Like Christmas, it's mostly for kids.

      For adults, you can do weird stuff like pretending to eat dead things. Which if you think about it is kind of strange because we eat dead stuff all the time. Few of us could bear to eat anything while its still living. But on Halloween you get to pretend that notice that you are eating fake dead things....

    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Hey, thanks so much, Danielle. It's a great honor that you stopped by. I know how busy you are.

      So glad you thought it's fun. I was going for that. I love Halloween -- precisely for that reason -- FUN!

      Thanks for reading my Hub, and thanks for your comment. I didn't know "Theatre" was British. I thought 'twas French!

      I've said it in German; I've said it in Dutch;

      I've said it in Hebrew and Greek.

      But, I always forget (and it vexes me much),

      That English is what you speak.

      Tee, hee, I'm sure you recognize that old math and logic professor from --- is it Oxford? Too lazy to look it up now.

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      Danielle Farrow 

      6 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Fun hub, Huntgoddess - I especially liked the Street Theatre (sorry, I'm too British to spell it any other way!). But then I would. :D

    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for reading my hub, Nell.

      Oh, my --- so sad to hear this news.

      I'm hoping there are at least some neighborhoods around where they still do it, though? I think it's mostly in the residential neighborhoods with the older homes? Homes that used to be blue-collar. These kinds of neighborhoods are kind of drying up now, I know :-((

      Happy Halloween, Nell. Hope you can at least watch a fun, not too scary Halloween movie, and have some great chocolate.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Happy Halloween Huntgoddess! yes when I was small we always made lots of treats for halloween, sadly these days we don't seem to celebrate it so much as back then, even back in the 90s we did, now its just another night, unless we get the knock on the door with trick or treat!

    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Yes, I agree, Sally's Trove. I'm so glad you like this hub. I think Halloween is really my favorite holiday, as well. Sometimes I wonder if it isn't really everbody's favorite holiday --- deep down inside.

      I agree. It brings out the best in us. That's a great way of putting it.

      Thanks so much again. Happy trick or treats ---- in nine more months from now LOL.

      Meanwhile, keep in touch. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Impressive --- and great reading.

      PS: --- My new soon-to-be daughter-in-law also has an October birthday. We're all set for a big October shebang!

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I really enjoyed your words about October and Halloween. Both my daughter and I were born in October, and Halloween is my favorite holiday. It seems to bring out the best in us by letting us be anything we want to be, if only for a night.

    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Yes, it's a great time of the year. Thanks for your comment, VV68.

      I don't even have to dress up. I'm already a dummy. LOL!

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      vietnamvet68 

      8 years ago from New York State

      Ahh, Halloween a fun time for all the kiddies. One of my favorite times of the year. When I can dress up like a dummy and sit on the porch to scare everyone. I always get a laugh or to out of that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Huntgoddess profile imageAUTHOR

      Huntgoddess 

      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for your comment, eculligan.

      So do I. LOL --- You probably knew that, right?

      I see you're a bit of a newbie. But, wow, a very prolific one. I'm going to have to check out your hubs.

      I grew up on Troy Hill. Actually, that's where my funnest Halloweens happened.

      That was way back in the '50's, though. I moved away from Pittsburgh in 1983.

      Happy hubbing.

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      eculligan 

      8 years ago

      Very informative hub. I like Halloween a lot.

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