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Would these precious Little Ones dress up on their own like this?  They might! Halloween and dressing up stoke our imagination and creative spirits, perhaps innately!

Following is what the History Channel (History.com) says about the origins of Halloween and America's (especially) love affair with the Holiday! But we think there is much more to the story, and love this article by Rod White on how dressing up channels our imaginations and stirs creative juices within all of us: Imagination Comes Alive

Whatever your choice, we hope that you enjoy the 2013 Halloween Season to its fullest!

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From History.com:

HALLOWEEN

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. ...more
 

Halloween Comes to America

Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.  ...more



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Monty
Monty | October 19th 2013 at 1382203581

As I'm sitting on the bus directly one row behind the Turkish bus driver with my fashionable comfrey backpack on my lap, I push on the alert button to make known that I wish to exit at the next stop. Once we reach the next stopping point, the doors slam open as "Freddy" Krueger steps in rolling out a dollar bill with his switch-bladed fingers grinning a horrific smile my way.

Alerted by the bus driver yelling out to me "this is your exit..GET OFF"...

I opened my comfrey backpack with a smile hoping she would fill it up with candies while I say "Trick o Treat"...

She reached over to her left side rear mirror compartment, grabbed some green items and threw them into my bag and waved me away.

It's Halloween, and no goodies earned in my bag. 0h yeppers indeed!

It was getting late so I decided to hitch-hike home hoping some kind soul would stop to give me a lift.

Suddenly to my surprise, this fancy Chicago Chevy pulls up. The automatic hands-free passenger door opens and this Lady yells "GET IN".

As I get into this rose pink leather interior seating, I look up at this Lady wearing a pair of Sophia cat-eyeglasses while we drove off into the sapphire sunset yonder.

She asks: what's your name?

Pike.

Pike? What KIND of name is that?

It's One-Of-A-kind....Ahh, excuse me Lady but what is your name please?

Miss Kind!....tell me where you live kid, so I can drop you off being that I'm pressed for time?

I live on Elm Street.

ELM street? There is no way in HELL will I be going down ELM street ever again!
My ax (EX) hubby, JASON, lived on ELM Street. I will just drop you off the corner and you can walk the rest of the way.

....as we approach the street, once again, the hands-free passenger door automatically opens and the lady yells "this is your stop GET OFF"......

I exit the car, look her way and say...+hanK yoU Lady Kind.....
* she takes off leaving a few huge clouds of smoke fading away from my view (cough cough).

Jeepers! I hope that witch doesn't pass emission inspection once she takes that old relic in for annual inspection! (smile smile, cough cough)

Perhaps I'll knock on one more door before heading home. From a near distance, I see a door sign on a house that reads

"Welcome, The Neill Family"

...ok, maybe they'll have glazed candy apples or fudge this last attempt.

(Knock knock)....Trick-O-Treat!

Hi little one...What a nice blue sport coat jacket you're wearing. What exactly is your costume?

I'm Baby vOGUE....excuse Miss, do you have any candy for me?

Why YES! I've just baked a fresh batch of homemade hemlock cookies. What's that oil dripping from your bag?

Oh, they're Turkish olives the bus driver threw into my bag. I think I'll pass on those cookies but thanks anyway!

Jeepers, what a night! I'm beat and tired. I think I'll call to make an Oct 31st appointment to visit my Chiropractor: Dr. Feelgood

=== For all those that do celebrate October 31st...Happy HALLOWEEN....
ciaO, Monty

http://www.addoway.com/Paparazzi
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | October 19th 2013 at 1382204596

You are fantastic, Monty!! Very creative and fun post! Thank you!!
Monty
Monty | October 20th 2013 at 1382287839 - in reply to NeillsDeals

TO BE CONTINUED...(possibly in the, near future)

If you'll please excuse me for now. I've got a crow baking in the oven for din-din to be topped with a special cranberry "Cranium" sauce splattered nicely over thy juicy a bird along with side compliments of a fresh Boll Weevil salad handpicked by Yours Truly and "urnatotes" imported from the planet Uranius. Then for dessert, something plain and simple called "desert sand pie" easily washed down with beaver juice (if necessary). Guaranteed to make you cry with pleasure from every bite....ciaO, Monty
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | October 20th 2013 at 1382290521

Oh Yum! You need to write a cookbook, Monty, or better yet an e-book thriller! Hope you have a great platform to share your creative insights Cheers!
Monty
Monty | October 20th 2013 at 1382292389 - in reply to NeillsDeals

+hanK yoU...shall keep that in mind.

Dinner is ready and it smells BETTER than Hog's Breath indeed.

Wondering what everyone else here has planned for this event too?

Chatsome later mid-week...Chow!
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | October 20th 2013 at 1382301406

Enjoy! Do think on expanding your audience! Ciao!
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Skok Family | October 27th 2013 at 1382901731

England? We love going to England during the Autumn season. Has anyone been to York in England? That is a nice place to be during Halloween.

My boy will be dressed as a pumpkin this year. I think that its a great way to get kids excited and prepared for Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays to follow. We try to celebrate once each month (except January).

Glad I found this blog today.

My hubby's name is Freddie but not the "Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Horror movie, lol

Montrose, your comment is the highlight of this blog. Placed a smile on my face.
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | October 27th 2013 at 1382907105

Monty is Fantastic and needs his own VIP Monty's Monster Blog!

Happy Halloween to you and your family, Shok Family! Your son will certainly start the Holiday Season out in style as the most favorite Fall Symbol...and yummy pies! Freddie is in vogue now, too!

Cheers and thank you for stopping by and commenting!
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William | November 5th 2013 at 1383717725

Fun blog!
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | November 6th 2013 at 1383753198

You are so right, William, it is fun, and Monty is the star attraction! Thank you for stopping by!
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Daisy | November 6th 2013 at 1383772608

I must have missed this one. Hope it brought you some sales? I have to agree with Wm above.
NeillsDeals
NeillsDeals | November 6th 2013 at 1383788328

Thank you for visiting, Daisy! we sell the costumes on our other Addoway store, Bootsies, and yes, we sold quite a few costumes. Thank you again. Have a great Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!

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