History of Halloween
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What is Halloween?
Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31. It is a holiday that was thought of as the day when the dead returns to earth and haunts the living. This holiday commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
What is the history of this holiday?
Halloween originated from a blend of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals, and European folk traditions. All of these different religious and cultural influences are what made the holiday to be how we know it today.
Let’s take it back to 2,000 years ago. At that time, the Celts, who once lived in the area that is now Ireland, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This was the day that marked the end of summer and harvest, and was a sign for the beginning of a long, dark, and cold winter, a time that the Celts believed was associated to human death. The day before the new year, which is October 31st, is when they believe the worlds between the living and dead have become blurred and is when the ghosts of the dead returns. During their celebration, the Celts wore costumes, usually made out of animal skins and heads.
The Christian influence to Halloween came by the 800s, when Christianity itself spread into Celtic lands. By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.
In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children's holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.
By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young.
Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow.
What is associated with Halloween?
Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o'-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips. The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
How is it celebrated?
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to a joking "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country's second largest commercial holiday.
Decorating for this holiday
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Halloween is all about decorating your front lawn, porch, and your house to entice children to come and trick-o-treat at your door! You could decorate with not-so-frightening Halloween decorations such as cartoon ghost Casper or other cute Halloween décor products. However, you could also decorate with very spooky Halloween decorations and place ground breaker skeletons or decorative tombstones in the front lawn, this will show you which children is daring enough to trick-o-treat at your house! You could also go classy and decorate your house with fancier decorations such as LED candles, wired trees, Halloween wreaths, and much more. Remeber to also stock up on those candy corns, candy apples, and all other popular candies for the children! If you want something even more creative and special, make some witch, brains, mummies, or alien cupcakes (click here and here to see detailed recipe from our own blog!). From our store we have the best selection for Halloween as long as the best packages for you to choose from! Shop at our Halloween store now!
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Happy Halloween 2012! We hope everyone has a great Halloween this year! Check out our blog for a few safety tips before heading out for trick or treating this year! Stay safe and have fun responsibly! Next up, we have more Fall and Thanksgiving themed posts coming up! Stay tuned!
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Remember last year's post on Halloween themed candy apples? We have even more we want to share with you this year! Visit our blog post for pictures and inspiration!
Gingerbread houses are not just for Christmas anymore! Check out our newest blog post for Halloween gingerbread house ideas. It's a great way to make use of all the Halloween candy the kids get from trick or treating! Stay tuned to our blog for more posts!
Learn a quick and easy DIY project to make glitter skulls this Halloween in our newest blog post! They're chic, and can be made with any color glitter you want! You can easily create this project with our plastic foam skull! Check out the post for instructions and tips now! More Halloween posts coming up soon on our blog!
Everyone enjoys pizza! Why not make a spooky version for Halloween! Check out our newest post for ideas to make your own at home! Leave a comment if you decide to make one of these Halloween pizzas!
Purple is a great accent color for Halloween to complement orange and black. Check out our newest post for a few ideas and inspiration pictures on how to introduce purple to your Halloween home decor! More Halloween posts coming up soon! Halloween is in 2 weeks! Are you ready?
Want to know more ways to decorate your pumpkin for Halloween other than the original pumpkin carving method? Check out our newest blog post for a few ideas! Whether you want to try a new idea, are strapped for time, or just want less of a mess, these alternate ideas are fun to try this Halloween!
Instead of carving pumpkins this Halloween, why not try a glow in the dark design? Check out today's post for ideas and inspiration to create your own at home! Halloween is less than 3 week away! Are you ready?
Today we have a featured blog post from Alexandra of Alex's Journeys blog! Check out her post for a few Autumn home decor ideas, inspired by homes in Brooklyn! More Halloween and Autumn home decor posts coming up soon!
Our newest blog post shares with you some of our favorite Halloween decoration picks straight from our website! Whether your going all our spooky, chic and sophisicated, or zombified, we have a little something for everyone! Check out the blog post now!
Check out today's blog post for ideas on how to make homemade Halloween costumes with balloons! Homemade costumes are so much fun! One more month til Halloween! Check out blog post for more ideas!
We have a featured guest post today from Shahab of Dulles Glass and Mirror! Check our the post for Autumn design inspiration for your home! Autumn/Fall starts tomorrow September 22, 2012 for all of us here in the Northern Hemisphere!
Fall is starting next Saturday, 9/22/12! Get ready for Fall/Autumn home decor with some of our favorite wreaths! Check out our HomeSeasons.com wreath in the first picture!
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Enter our first ever Halloween decorating kit giveaway! We're giving away up to 25 Halloween decorating kits to our faithful blog readers! It's easy to enter! For entry and full rules and information, please visit the blog post! Good luck to everyone!
Homeseasons would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween 2011! Please share with us how you celebrated this spooky holiday!
Get inspired by our compilation of pictures to create candy corn shaped fun foods. This way you can over-indulge in candy corn without the sugar rush! Let us know which treat you would like to try to make this Halloween!
Learn two different ways to create a bloody dripping candle this Halloween! Not only do they help illuminate the night for all your Halloween guests and trick or treaters, they also make a spine tingling Halloween decoration!
We want to share some of our favorite (kid friendly) Halloween movies with everyone! Check out our blog for the list! While you're there, please share with us some of your favorite Halloween movies as well! We would love to know what else is out there!
Put away that old witch Halloween costume and try out a new trendy Halloween costume for 2011! Check out our newest blog post for some popular costume ideas that is perfect for this year.
Halloween witch's are known to brew strange potions in the cauldrons. Recreate the same smokey cauldron effect for your Halloween decoration in our newest blog post!
Pumpkins are great decorations for Halloween, but how to we get them to last all the way to Thanksgiving? Paper pumpkins! Learn how to DIY paper pumpkins this Halloween. They are easy to make and fun for all ages. They make great Halloween decorations that will last longer than a real pumpkin!
Get inspired to DIY your own Halloween goodie bags for this year's Halloween party! They make great party favors for a dinner party or for your childen's classroom Halloween party! They also look great displayed on the table as decoration!
Dressing up our pets for Halloween may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those of you who are interested, our newest blog post has cute pictures of puppies and dogs in Halloween costumes! Check them out! They are sure to bring a smile to your face this Halloween holiday!
We know Halloween is all about putting on costumes, carving pumpkins, and going trick or treating, but where do all these traditions come from? Check out our newest blog post written by guestblogger Gisele from Escapade for fun facts about Halloween!
We're all familiar with having a black and orange Halloween, but how about we try a different color scheme this year? A black and white Halloween is a trendy new idea for home decor, perfect for the modern 2011! Check out our newest blog post for ideas and inspiration to create your own black and white Halloween with holiday decorations!
Get inspired (like we did!) to create your own animal Halloween pumpkins this holiday! They are a fun spin on the traditional Halloween jack-o-lanterns we are used to seeing! They also make great Halloween decor!
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Learn how to DIY your own glitter Halloween pumpkins this Halloween. It's a quick and easy project that your whole family can do. Glitter Halloween pumpkins make great tabletop and porch Halloween decorations for the holiday!
Here is part 3 of our Halloween cupcake decorations inspirations! We all love cupcakes, so get inspired to create your very own Halloween themed cupcakes for this holiday. They are great to serve at parties or just for your family! It is a great treat for everyone!
Everyone loves apples, but when they're covered with caramel or candy, they are ten times better! Get inspired with our picture compilation of fun Halloween themed candy apples. Create your own and share them with us in the comments!
Enter in our Halloween 2011 Giveaway for a chance to win one of TWO promo packages full of Halloween decorations! Check out this blog post for rules and directions on how to enter! Enter now!
Learn how to turn paper mache products into Halloween pumpkin lanterns! Create a whole patch and light them up as a fun tabletop decor for Halloween!
Get inspired to bake pumpkin cakes this Halloween with bundt cake molds! Share with us what recipe you would use to bake this pumpkin cake with and inspire others to bake some as well! They will make a great & tasty tabletop decoration!
What's more chic than lace pumpkins for Halloween? Learn how to create your own in today's blog post. Believe it or not, they are actually very easy to make! You can create your own chic Halloween pumpkin patch to decorate your home!
We're always on the lookout for innovative Halloween pumpkin decorations. Check out our newest blogpost for a quick and easy way to turn jack-o-lanterns into bloodthirsty vampire pumpkins this Halloween. They make great Halloween table top decorations, indoor or out!
Remember the Halloween paper bag luminaries from a few weeks back? Here's another spin to create luminaries--milk jug ghost luminaries! They are easy to make and are good for the environment. They make great outdoor or indoor Halloween decorations as well!
Lollipops are not only great Halloween treats, but they can also be turned into spooky ghosts for a Halloween decoration! Learn how to create these fun little lollipop treats for Halloween this year! What a yummy and spooky Halloween treat!
If you enjoy hot dogs, this post is for you! Learn how to transform regular hot dogs into spooky mummy dogs just in time for Halloween! They are quick, easy to make, and tasty! Not to mention, they look great as table decorations at a Halloween party!
Learn how to DIY spooky footprints to decorate your home and driveway with this Halloween! They are quick, and easy to make! It is a fun way to add a lot of Halloween spirit! Visit this blog post to learn 2 ways to make Halloween footprints!
You can't have Autumn without leaves! Learn how to DIY leaves and turn them into spooky ghosts for Halloween! They make great decorations for your home, and they are super easy to make. Your whole family can join in on the fun!
Garlands are not just for Christmas anymore! They are quick, easy, affordable, and great to spruce up your home in a jiffy. Check out this post for our current stock of Halloween garlands and get a few tips and tricks on how to use it to decorate your home!
Transform regular candy into spooky Halloween themed treats! Get inspired with the ghoulish ideas we compiled for you in our newest post. Put then in jars and display them as Halloween decorations for your home! They are tasty and decorative!
How do you decorate for Halloween? Are you and indoor decorator, outdoor decorator, or both? Let us know how you like to decorate your home for Halloween!
After Halloween, it's hard not to gorge ourselves on all the fun and tasty Halloween goodies. However, this also means having mounds of candy wrappers in the trash afterwards. What a waste! Check out our newest blog post to see all the fun things that can be made with Halloween candy wrappers!
Silhouettes and shadows are perfect for Halloween. They add an unexpected spooky factor to any home decor. Learn a few ways to use them for Halloween in our blog post!
Candy corn is a can't miss treat for Halloween. Learn how to make jello that looks like candy corn! It is easy to make and are perfect for dessert at your next Halloween dinner party! Cut them into triangles and put them on on a plate as a tasty decoration!
Learn how to DIY your own mummy lanterns this Halloween. They are quick and easy to make, and add a lot of character to your Halloween decorations! Visit our blog now for the directions to this project, and many more holiday decor inspirations!
Get inspired to create Halloween terrariums! Learn how to DIY these decorative pieces using just a few art supplies! They are great as tabletop decorations for Halloween (or tweak them a bit and use them for any holiday)!
The long awaited Part 2 of the Halloween cupcake decoration compilation is here! Get inspired by witch themed cupcakes this holiday season! Create some of your own and use them as table decorations to add a bewitching atmosphere to your Halloween party!
You can't have a Halloween party without serving your guests Halloween drinks! Learn how to concoct spooky drinks this Halloween with the recipes we compiled for you! Not only do they look great as table decorations, they also taste great, too! Try a few of these kid friendly recipes this October!
Cheesecloth is an extremely versatile (and not to mention cheap!) material that can spook up your Halloween decor in a jiffy! Learn a few tips and tricks on how to use cheesecloth this Halloween holiday from our latest blog post. Share with us how you decorate with cheesecloth!
For a quick and easy (yet still festive) Halloween decorations, paper cutouts are a really versatile option. They come in a variety of colors, styles, sizes, and finishes. There is bound to be one that can fit your needs. Check out our blog for tips and tricks that you can try to make the most out of your Halloween cutouts!
In order to have fun on Halloween, we must learn to stay safe! We want everyone to have a good time for the holiday! Check out our blog for a few tips on Halloween safety. The tips are great for children as well as adults! Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Learn how to spruce up a few of our Homeseasons Halloween items with this tip guide. With a little imagination and a few crafting supplies, you can personalize your own Halloween decorations with flair and style. You will have the most unique decorations on your block!
Here's a few tips to make your Halloween a little spookier. Learn how to create a creepy ambiance and decor! If you have any Halloween tips, share them with us! Let us know how you'd decorate for this Halloween holiday!
Learn how to DIY pumpkin goodie bags this Halloween for everyone in your life! Fill it with lots of Halloween treats. DIY a pumpkin patch's worth and display it on your table at a dinner party as decoration. Let your guests take one home at the end of the night as a party favor!
Create your own Halloween cupcake decorating masterpiece with our compilation of picture inspiration! Not only are Halloween cupcakes tasty, they also make great table top decor! Stay tuned for more holiday decorative ideas!
Halloween decorations are far more spooky when they glow in the dark! Create your own glowing Halloween decorations with these DIY tips! All you need is a few art supplies and a lot of creativity!
Learn how to turn our jointed paper skeleton into a "pin the skull on the skeleton game." This fun and interactive game is also a great wall decor item for a Halloween party! Great for all ages!
Will you be hosting a Halloween Dinner Party this year? Check us out for fun DIY place card inspirations. Create personalized place cards for decorating your table or as party favors. Your Halloween party guests will be thrilled!
Come and check out our compilation of innovative pumpkin decorating images! Try out these inspirations for yourself and let us know how it goes. Get working on them soon so they will be ready this Halloween! They will be perfect for decorating your porch or used as table top decor!
Create spooky paper bag luminaries to light up your driveway with this easy to make DIY craft project this Halloween! Perfect for lighting up the front yard for your Halloween party guests! You can also use them as table top decorations during a dinner party as well!
Let's take a break from pumpkin recipes to try a DIY beauty treatment to conclude the pumpkin series! Stay tuned next week for more different Halloween and holiday decorating tips for your home and garden!
If you're tired of always having chicken noodle soup in the Fall to warm you up, try this creamy pumpkin soup recipe instead. This recipe can feed 7-10 people, so get a Halloween dinner party going and invite your closest friends! This is sure to be a hit with your guests. Decorate and garnish the top with parsley or bacon for an additional gourmet touch!
Plain toast in the morning is bland. Try this recipe to make a pumpkin cream cheese spread perfect for the fall or Halloween! Try it on toast or crackers and serve them at your next Halloween party. Sprinkle on some nutmeg and cinnamon for added decoration! It is sure to be a hit with your guests!
Want to learn how to create a spinoff on the classic creme brulee? In continuation with the pumpkin series, we have a pumpkin creme brulee recipe that can add a little spice to your Halloween holiday this year! Use them as decorations and treats for your next Halloween party!
Booooo! Scare your neighbors with this Halloween Black "Boo" Bat Wall Hanging Decoration! Hang it indoor or outdoor for a boo-licious Halloween time.
For the next few blogposts, our blog will be introducing a pumpkin series! Learn how to use up every bit of your Halloween pumpkin decoration! To kick off the series, we have a savory pumpkin seed recipe that can spice up any Halloween party!
Spook out your neighborhood with our Homeseasons Halloween Black "Beware" Wall Hanging Decoration! Learn how to spice it up for a more customized decoration this Halloween!
How many times have you spent hours carving a Halloween pumpkin just to realize that it is way too hideous to put on the front porch? Learn a quick tip to having perfect Halloween pumpkins every time to decorate your front porch with for the holiday!
Remember the bright red, holiday punch? Learn how to concoct your own spooky Black Halloween fruit punch to scare your guests out of their socks (and costumes)! Not only is this Halloween punch yummy and creepy, it can serve as a spooky decor next to your other Halloween decorations!
For a weekend in the summer, some campgrounds across the country celebrate Halloween early by hosting a Halloween themed camp, complete with trick-or-treating, haunted houses, Halloween parties, and with the added fun of ghost stories around the campfire! Find a Halloween themed camp near you to join in on the festivities! Don't forget to decorate your area, or risk your tent getting tp'd!
It's never too early to start brainstorming about Halloween! We know it’s only mid-July, but we can’t help but be excited for this year’s Halloween! Halloween has become one of the top go-all-out-and-decorate holidays, only second to Christmas! For such a big, momentous occasion, we have to have all our spooky Halloween decorations ready before the Halloween rush on the weekend. Halloween is on a Monday this year!
Hello again! I promised you more posts on cupcakes for Halloween. I believe the previous cupcakes are fairly easy to design, have you tried making them yet? Here are the second batches you can try for Halloween! After you are done making these, place them so they add to your Halloween decorations.
Don’t know what food to prepare for a Halloween party? Let food be an accent to your Halloween decorations! Make some cupcakes and decorate them Halloween style! Everyone will go gaga over your cupcake designs. These are very unique ones that I am about to share with you here.
Pay a lot of attention to your lighting. Turn your lights very low, or even turn them off, using only candles to create a spooky Halloween glow. For this Halloween decor, we carry candles that use LED flicker candles, meaning it is completely flame-less so you would not have to worry about fire hazards!
Stop playing nice and start spooking your family with mysterious decor. Creep out the neighbors with these chilling outdoor Halloween decorations. From the clever to the creepy, these easy Halloween decorating ideas will keep everyone on their toes. All you need are some basic supplies and a wicked sense of humor. Family and friends will be left wondering how sweet you really are, when you can conjure up such ghoulish fun once a year.
Are you throwing decorating for your Halloween party? If you are, here are some great tips to make your party the most fang-tastic one in your neighborhood!
If you want to go for the classy, fancy Halloween decorating, we have covered it. For your dining or living room tables, we have nice black wooden table decorations in the shapes of a bat, cat, haunted house, or witch on a broomstick. These table decor are very durable and light and is a great addition to an otherwise boring dining table.
We showed you what Halloween decorations you could add to your front lawn, now we shall introduce you to items to add within your home to further add onto your festive Halloween spirit! To start off, we have paper cut out skeletons that you could put on your wall and display however you’d like (the ‘joints’ are movable!). You could even choose to decorate your wall with a glow in the dark, a non-glow in the dark paper skeleton, or even both!
BOOO! Today we picked out some scary skeletons to make your Halloween decoration even more scream worthy. One of the most important places to decorate is your front lawn, where everyone will see how much effort you put into this ghoulish holiday! For that we have tombstones with skulls and crossbones and ground breaker skeletons that can take this day to the extreme and challenge trick-o-treaters to step onto your porch and ring the doorbell. Are you spooked?
Good news! We have just received our Halloween decorations! We are also offering Halloween decorating packages for your convenience, so all you have to do is to pick out which one you like, Indoor or Outdoor Standard, Platinum, or Gold.