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So, Halloween is upon us once again guys and ghouls. That special time of year when all the good goblins, vampires and were creatures come out to play. In past years I have always tried to do something up for Halloween but never been able to carry it through because I had to redesign the Aattic. By the time the special day rolled around I found the very thought of trying to do something special even to scary for me to bare.
Now that The Attic has been moved to WordPress I shall give it another go.
First up, where did Halloween come from? I mean, as a kid I was more than happy to get dressed up and head out in search of all kinds of sugary goodness fit to give my dentist paroxysms for another year. I used to think it was pretty cool that someone actually thought up a great holiday geared solely for the ruination of children’s health. I mean, diabetes anyone? Tooth decay? Sugar rushes galore? That is, when I even gave Halloween any kind of deeper thought, which I rarely did.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Halloween:
Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwin, –oʊˈin, ˌhɒl–/; a contraction of “All Hallows‘ Evening“), also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by western European harvest festivals, and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as “guising“), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Pretty funky, eh?
This Year, I hope to share some of my favorite horror movies with you, along with some websites to help you get in the All Hallow’s mood, costume ideas, party ideas, spooky music… you name it and I’ll post it.
First up, I’m going to take a look at Carrie, Stephen King’s first published novel, subject of a classic horror movie, directed by non other than Brian DePalma and inspiration for a new remake / re-imagining / Hollywood no longer has any decent freaking ideas of their own coming attraction.