Saturday, October 23, 2010

Preparing for The Holidays - First Stop Halloween

Halloween Pumpin carving ideas

It is again that time of the year where everybody is getting excited on...well...the Holidays, most people all over the world loves the last quarter of the year since it is where most of the holidays are found, from Halloween to New Year (though technically that is the first quarter of the coming year). This is also the time when parents become restless that is because of the fact that they would want to give their children a wonderful Holiday experience. Parent's who would host parties for their children would sometimes get worked up on finding unique ideas on how to prepare and implement their holiday parties. Sometimes its because Holiday celebrations are done yearly that we ran out of ideas on what unique things or activities to do on the current year. Well let us take the different holidays one by one shall we?

First stop, Halloween although officially it is not celebrated worldwide a considerable number of people observe this "Holiday". Halloween according to legends was coined from an old Scottish name Old-Hallows-Eve which is translated into the night before All Hallows Day. According to folklorists and historians Halloween festival is the same as the summers-end festival known as Samhain (pronounced as sow-in). Samhain is sometimes called a Celtic new year and it is a celebration of the end of the "light-half" of the year and the beginning of the "dark half" of the year.

pumpkin carving ideasAccording to folklore ancient Celts believed that during Samhain the border between our world and the spirit world opens and thus allowing spirits to traverse and enter our world. The use of scary costumes was believed to be a method of warding of spirits by disguising yourself into a harmful spirits. Today people celebrating Halloween wears masks and costumes as part of the tradition and through the years the festival has grown to be a lot more elaborate with the inclusion of parties and modern festivities.

Children specially are looking forward to Halloween as it is a chance for them to go "trick or treating", and attend parties. Of course the latter would be one of the parent's main concern, going back to the basic question what unique activities should I do this year for the children? As the festivities draws near it would be prudent for you to start your research, the internet is a vast source of information anyway, but if you would like to have a compendium of activities in one resource buying books would be the way to go. Books about what activities to do during Halloween, Cook books if you ran out of unique recipes and even how to decorate your home for the Halloween with the traditional Jack-o-lanterns would be of great help teaching you several pumpkin carving ideas that way you would not need to rush and spend so much time in researching.

The following are my recommended resources to make your Halloween Parties Unique and Exciting!

Halloween Recipes, Pumpkin seed recipespumpkin carving ideas
Halloween Activities Kids Halloween Activities Pumpkin carving ideas

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