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Wednesday, 31 October 2007


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Halloween originated in Great Britain and Ireland. It was derived from the name all hallows eve the Catholic holiday in celebration of all the saints.

The Irish introduced the tradition to America during the 1840's when many were fleeing their country to escape the potato famine.

The Irish also introduced America to the more superstitious folk lore surrounding Halloween as we know it today, that of witches and evil spirits.

To keep ghosts away from their houses on Halloween, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from entering.

Trick or Treat

Halloween was a time for making mischief - many parts of England still recognise Halloween as Mischief Night - when children would knock on doors demanding a treat (Trick or Treat) and people would disguise themselves as witches, ghosts, kelpies and spunkies, in order to obtain food and money from nervous householders.

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Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

It's looking mighty spooky on here! LOL!

2:58 am  
Blogger staci said...

Happy Halloween to you!!! Fantastic pictures!!!

4:14 am  
Anonymous Nima said...

I always wonder what Halloween is....i'm an Indian and we don't celebrate it and i didn't actually know the significance of this festival (but now it is a fun event for kids in our country too).

Thank you for posting this in your blog ...halloween pictures are too cute ...i just loved it...

I'm a frequent visitor to your blog...you have beautiful crossstitch finishes too.

4:50 am  
Anonymous Cécile said...

Happy halloween to you. Lovely decorations

9:14 am  
Anonymous Sylvie said...

I love your pictures!
Happy Halloween to you :)

9:25 am  
Blogger Susan said...

Lovely decorations!

12:04 pm  
Blogger Sally said...

Love the pictures Helen:)

Happy Halloween!

12:41 pm  
Blogger Nancy said...

Happy Halloween Helen!

What wonderful decorations. Enjoy!


12:44 pm  
Anonymous NatQuebec said...

Nice decorations.Happy Halloween :-)

1:05 pm  
Blogger Vonna said...

What a lovely bunch of pictures and thanks for telling us the folklore! I loved reading it :)

1:30 pm  
Blogger Anne Bradshaw said...

Thanks for a great blog. I hopped over from someone elses (not sure which one now :-)) and had fun reading all this. Happy Halloween!

1:54 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...

Love your witchy lamp H. and those pumpkins are just so cute - Happy Halloween to you too..ooo.oooo cackle cackle!!!

4:24 pm  
Blogger Patti said...

Love your lamp and all the little witches and Casper the Friendly Ghost and also the folklore. Happy Halloween to you too ... cackle cackle cackle

6:43 pm  
Blogger Nicki said...

What great decorations! And thank you for posting the history behind Halloween - so much more than just weeties and chocolate :)

7:12 pm  
Blogger Von said...

Hope you had a fun Halloween, Helen! I'm down to one trick or treater in this house - she dressed as Hermione Granger. :) The twins carved their pumpkins just before the neighborhood kids started coming around so the front doorstep was appropriate decorated! :D

3:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope your Halloween was a real scream. Your decorations are a real 'treat'too, especially the witch on her broom. She reminds me of Pippi Longstocking :>)
Hugs, Angela

8:13 pm  
Blogger Marie-P said...

So many wonderful Halloween decorations at your house!
Hope your Halloween was happy!

1:53 am  
Anonymous Dianne said...

Nice to see some posts from you. I'm glad things are better for you. Thanks for sharing your trip with all the wonderful stitched pieces.
Your decorations for Halloween are so cute!

3:57 am  
Blogger Leena said...

Oh Helen, it's SO wonderful to hear from you and see you blogging again!! I've been thinking of you and your family a lot.

I'm stitching the autumn exchange for you at the moment and every time I stitch it, I think of you of course :)

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of the cafe and your Halloween decoration!

7:36 am  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

You just have the prettiest Halloween decorations ever!! I just really enjoyed the pictures of the cafe too! Great to see you in the blog once again! We all missed you!!

Debby :)

11:17 pm  
Blogger sammyjo said...

hope you and amy had a good halloween. i love the witch and ghost candle holder can i ask were you got it?

3:34 pm  
Blogger Sticken macht immer noch Spass said...

What cool halloween decorations you have;-) I woulöd take them all....

Gaby from Germany

4:44 pm  
Blogger Sachiko said...

Lovely decorations!

12:56 am  
Blogger stitcherw said...

What a fun, and interesting, write up on Halloween, and I love your decorations, very cute. I also enjoyed the tea room and sampler pictures you posted. Hope things quiet down for you soon, it sounds like you've been quite rushed with dealing with things, and also have upcoming stitching deadlines which will keep you busy.

1:27 am  

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