Halloween Miscellany and Free Halloween Pictures
This is a Halloween miscellany, with lots of pictures, my own and other people's, and also some information about Halloween and Walpurgis Night, a quiz and a poll and a poem I wrote for the occasion.
Image: Photo by Diana Grant /Glorious Confusion
List of Things to do in time for Halloween:
- Get in the Goodies
- Get out the Invitations
- Sort out the Decorations
- Dig out the Disguises
- Plan Halloween food and
- Get Ready to meet the Supernatural
Here's a ghoulish little poem I wrote - Just skip it if it looks too scary!
What do you do on Halloween?
-Trick 'r Treat-
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Why "Trick or Treat"?
In the Middle Ages, on special occasions such as Christmas and All Hallows' Day (1st November) it was customary for the poor to dress up, sometimes in fancy dress, to go begging by knocking from door to door, asking for food and money (alms) in return for prayers for the dead. Sometimes they would perform by singing a song, such as Wassailing at Christmas.
Nowadays children dress up and go to houses asking "Trick or Treat?" - in effect mild blackmail, asking for a gift or threatening some mischief. Traditionally if the homeowner does not give them a Halloween treat such as sweets, cake or coins, they will play a prank or trick, which might take the form of throwing an egg or mud at the window of the householder (who, presumably, has kept all the lights switched off and is lurking about with head below the window parapet, pretending they are not in, or, worse, coming to the door and telling the children to go away).
It's quite paradoxical that a custom which started in Europe and only went to America in the 20th Century has been far more prevalent and popular in the USA than in the UK - that is, until recently, when commercial markets saw their opportunity and grabbed it very successfully. All my own pictures in this web page were from photographs I took in our local 99p shop, and I was amazed by the variety and quality of goodies you could buy for under £1.00 (approximately $1.50).
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I hope you don't meet this fearsome ghost creepng up on you in the night, because it might scare the pants off you:
Nobody would be there to rescue you, and you would have to keep your new companion company until first light of dawn, whereupon he would disappear and never be seen again.
Naturally, it might just be a figment of your imagination - materialising as a result of your celebrating a bit too vigorously with alcohol or halucinogenic substances.
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-You Can Get this scary Fire-Breathing Monster Design on a Mug or T-Shirt on Zazzle:
Fire-Breathing Aztec Mug - Titled "Hot Stuff"by GloriousConfusion
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- You Can Get this Burning Skull Design on a T-Shirt on Zazzle:
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-A Haunted House Party Invitation:
Halloween Party Invitation - haunted houseby GloriousConfusion
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