2Its Halloween and the “spirits” are high IntroductionA very spooky historyTradition says….Pumpkin-SmumpkinMyths and LegendsTrick or TreatAnd other yummy sweetsHalloween-Hallofun
3IntroductionHalloween is holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st in many countries all over the world. Mostly known in the USA because irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Halloween is shortened from All Hallows Eve(eve is an abreviation of the word evening) as it is the eve of All' Hallows Day also known as All Saint’s DayThe 31st of October is believed to be the day when spirits good and evil, mostly evil, are most active.Beware….
4A very spooky historyHalloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain.The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic(-Irish) culture..
6A very spooky historyTraditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops
7A very spooky historyWhen the Romans conquered the Celts in the first century A.D., they added parts of their festivals, Feralia and Pomona to the tradition. Feralia was a festival to honor the dead and Pomona was a harvest festival named after the goddess of fruit (apples) and trees.
8A very spooky historyAround the eigth century, the Christian church made November 1 All Saints' Day to honor all of the saints that didn't have a special day of their own. Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints' Day was called Allhallowmas (the mass of all Hallows - saintly people). The night before was known as All Hallows Eve. Eventually this name became Halloween.
9few! Now that was a long freaky history lesson... Lets get on to the fun part
10Tradition says…On Halloween night in present-day Ireland, adults and children dress up as creatures from the underworld (e.g., ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches and goblins), light bonfires, and enjoy spectacular fireworks displays .Halloween was perceived as the night during which the division between the world of the living and the otherworld was blurred so spirits of the dead and inhabitants from the underworld were able to walk free on the earth. It was believed necessary to dress as a spirit or otherworldly creature when venturing outdoors to blend in, and this is where dressing in such a manner for Halloween comes from .
11Tradition says…The houses are frequently adorned with turnips carved into scary faces; lights or candles are sometimes placed inside the carvings to provide an eerie effect .Most commonly known as jack-o-lanters and in the present day pumpkins are more commonly used than “turnips”.We will talk about this later though.
13MYTHS AND LEGENDSGet ready to be spooked!!! Booo!!!
14Till death do us part!!!! A newly married couple, Billy and Mable, had bought a house in Maine. They disregarded the stories told to them about the house by the realtor about the house being haunted by an insane serial killer and moved in. Mable frequently complained about the feeling that someone was touching her in the night, and Billy resolved to stay up the whole night and see who, if anybody, was doing it. True to his word, Billy stayed up the whole night. Around midnight, he was gripped by the feeling of an overwhelming thirst. He went downstairs to the kitchen to get a glass of water. Before he could get a glass, he heard the most horrible screaming from Mable's room. Billy rushed upstairs and screamed himself. Mable's dead body lay bleeding on the bed. Billy rushed downstairs and called the police. Several nights later, Billy was finally sleeping peacefully, until around midnight. Again feeling very thirsty, Billy went downstairs and got a glass of water. He went upstairs and saw a lump in the bed. He ran over and ripped off the covers; The ghost of Mable floated up above him. She had an unholy light in her eyes, and the dark form of another man floated beside her. In her hand, Mable held the biggest knife Billy had ever seen. "Didn't you promise Billy? Didn't you promise? 'Till death do us part! You promised!" Mable screamed, as she floated towards the frightened and paralyzed Billy.
15Jack-o-Lantern (It’s story time) An Irish tale tells us where the origins of the name Jack o'lantern came from. There once was a man named Jack who liked to play tricks on people. He lived a long, mischievous life. One day he tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved the image of a Holy Cross in the trunk of the tree. This trapped the Devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the Devil that: he would let the Devil down the tree, if the Devil promised to never tempt him again. After Jack died, he was not permitted into Heaven because of his evil ways. He was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the Devil. The devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the freezing blackness. This flame was put inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing. As Jack walked his neverending journey as punishment for his trickery, he carried a burning coal inside a turnip to help him see along the roads everywhere he traveled. Soon he was known as "Jack of the lantern" or Jack O'Lantern.
16A pumpkin poem Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, “My it’s getting late.”The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”The third one said, “But we don’t care!”The fourth one said, “Lets run, lets run.”The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”Ooooooo went the wind,Out went the lightsAnd five little pumpkins wentRolling out of sight.
18TRICK OR TREATTrick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is an idle threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given.Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.
19Trick Or TreatThe practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of "souling," when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain,although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy
21HAVE A PIECE O F BARNBRACK A TRADITIONAL HALLOWEEN (-HARVEST) CAKE
22Halloween-HallofunHalloween is a time of mischief and fun. Even the spirits of the dead are up to no good this time of year by playing tricks on innocent people. But Halloween is not only for the dead but for the living as well so i’ m gonna show some games me and my family play on All Hallows Eve.
23Halloween-HallofunOne game is called: Ghoul with the biggest mouth(I actually just made up the name but the game is real). In this game you hang an apple by a thread high in the air and the purpose of the game is trying to take a bite of the apple without the use of your hands (your hands are tied behind your back).An american alteration of the game is that you have to do the same thing but the apple is in a bucket of water
24THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND HAVE A SPOOKY HALLOWEEN