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Fun facts and ideas for Halloween
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win").
The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to check supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the dead would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.
Townspeople dressed up as gouls to disguise themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets.
Fun Halloween jokes for kids
What do goblins and ghosts drink on Halloween? Ghoul-ade
What’s a mummy’s favorite kind of music? Wrap!
What is the favorite health insurance for ghosts and goblins? Medi-Scare
What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A sand-witch
Why is a ghost such a messy eater? Because he is always a goblin.
What do you get when you cross a black cat with a lemon? A sourpuss.
Tough audience! At least the kid in the middle gets it.
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The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
“Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.
Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
Pumpkins were originally grown in Mexico.
Pumpkins are not only orange but can grow to be blue, white or green.
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.
According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.
The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.
In Alabama, it’s illegal to dress up as a priest.
Halloween is the second most successful commercial holiday after Christmas
In the UK, white cats are thought to bring bad luck, like black cats in the USA.
Many shelters don’t allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween for fear they my be tortured of sacrified.
Donut eating race
Eating donuts has never been so fun! Hang several donuts with string from a tree branch or a sturdy rod. Blindfold the contestants and on the count of three (with their hands behind their backs), have each player try to eat their donut — the first one to finish wins!
This game will leave you all wrapped up!
Divide your party-goers into teams of two, and give each a roll of toilet paper, white crepe paper, or fabric. At the sound of the music, one team member must wrap the other from head to toe (leaving the head free and not binding the arms to the body.) Once completely wrapped, the "mummy" must run to cross the finish line before the others.
What's in the bowl???
Spaghetti brains! Grape eyeballs! Jell-O guts! This classic guessing game will leave everyone screaming (from fun, of course)! Fill separate bowls with prepared Jell-O or pudding, peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, and anything else you can think of that feels slimy and gross. Cover each bowl with black and orange felt so nobody can peek inside, and have everyone try to guess what it is they're touching.
Bobbing for apples!!!
No Halloween party is complete without this classic game. Fill a round, shallow bucket with water, add some apples, and let the fun begin. And remember — no hands allowed!
I hope you enjoyed and it help get you into the holiday "spirit" hehehe
Be safe and happy this Halloween and don't forget to tell me what you think! Thanks!!!