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The History of Halloween and How it is Presented Nowadays.

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´╗┐The Halloween Project The History of Halloween: The idea of Halloween started with the Celts, who celebrated the ?End of Summer? on October the 31st. This occurrence was referred to as ?Samhain Time?. People believed that around this time maddened fairies and monsters lurked in the woods, freezing and killing off plants that hadn?t been harvested and abducting villagers. It was also on this occasion that the boundary between the living and the dead was particularly blurred and weak, allowing druids to make more certain predictions. They often built huge bonfires in which they burnt plants and animals as sacrifices; villagers would wear the sacrifices? skin as costumes. During the Samhain/Halloween celebrations, many unmarried women believed they would be able to come in contact with their future husbands through a series of spells. Most of them were quite simple and required everyday objects, such as seeds or candles, and were believed to show the face of your future spouse, or at least reveal their name. The following spell is just one of many practised on October 31st: ?Take a candle, and go alone to a looking glass; eat an apple before it,(?) ...read more.


This too can be attributed to the Celtic beginnings of the festivity, as the idea of the lantern is based on one of their legends. According to the story, a soul to whom both the gates to heaven a hell were closed, hollowed out a turnip and burnt a coal the devil had thrown at him inside. Since turnips were somewhat harder to come by in America during the immigration flood of the late 19th century, they were substituted by pumpkins. Visually, Halloween has to main colours: orange and black. The orange once symbolised the harvest and the changing colour of the leaves, while black stood for the upcoming darkness of winter and death. Nowadays, purple, green and even yellow are sometimes included. It is in such colours that most costumes are fabricated in. While they change every year, girls usually opt for a witch costume; boys however traditionally choose vampires or werewolves. The first two are often designed in a somewhat more classic style; this is to say medieval-princess-style witch dresses with lace up detailing in the front and long to the floor and velvety jackets with ruffled shirts for the vampires. ...read more.


Other examples include ?The Scream on Halloween? by The Browns and ?Halloween? by The Misfits. The Haunted House Haunted houses have been around for at least two centuries. These buildings are perceived to be inhabited by the souls of deceased past residents; there is usually a gruesome story about how the ghost came into being, mostly featuring murder or suicide. While there is little physical evidence that support such claims, such beliefs tend to come from misinterpretation of noises, shadows or even hallucinations. The concept has since been adapted and made into an attraction featured at fairs and amusement parks. Such haunted attractions will typically take place indoors, where the visitors will experience scenes of terror, created using special lighting, sound effects and costumes. Many have themes, such as zombies, abandoned hotels, hospitals, etc. Around 80% of all haunted house attractions in the US are run by charities, with all profits going to their cause. The ticket will cost on average somewhere between $5 and $25; the experience itself could take anywhere between 5min to 60 min. There are other types of haunted attractions similar to haunted houses. These can be outdoor experiences such as haunted hayrides at farms or walks through the woods, or indoor occurrences such as ghost trains or midnight spooks. Sources: A Halloween Anthology, Lisa Morton (2008) www.history.com/topics/halloween www.hautendhouseassociation.com www.imdb.com ...read more.

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