The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster. According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing longer.
These Halloween symbols pop up everywhere for the season. Witches have been around for eons and were often thought to have mystical powers, partly because of their connection to Satan or the spirit world. Spells would be cast, witches brews boiled, and these creatures would often change their shape during the witchcraft meetings. They flew on broomsticks, gathered around cauldrons, made potions involving toads and kept black cats as pets.
These arachnids have become part of Halloween imagery. Witches were thought to invite spiders into their homes as pets, companions or for use in potions. They are often affiliated with the extra creepiness one might find in the overhead corners of dilapidated houses of haunts or horrors. Not to mention, the stories tied to writing spiders. It is thought that if a writing spider spins your name in its web, you are destined for death in the near future.
Bats are harmless creatures and these mammals actually fly. They eat a lot of insects such as mosquitoes and their appetites can be ravenous. In Eastern countries, bats can represent good luck. There is an interesting bat exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Disneyworld. Visitors may walk through and observe bats (or not) and learn a lot about this night creature’s habits. In both Japan and Western cultures, a black cat can be linked to either white or black magic. For today’s Halloween décor they are most often seen on porches alongside of pumpkins, and made from curly black plastic!
Ghosts are the quintessential Halloween symbol and kids love to dress up as ghosts, while adults can be a lot of different ghostly types such as pirates, dead brides and many others. Ghosts can also come in different shapes and sizes and be seen or not, or even half seen out of the corner of your eye.
It is a customary practice for children. Children in costumes, either in large groups or accompanied by an adult, travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given
The word "bonfire" is said to be derived from such "bone fires." Bonfires and sacrifices guaranteed that the sun would burn brightly after a long, dreary winter. It's common to witness hundreds of traditional bonfires in Ireland every year on Halloween Night. In northern Ireland, it was customary for Druids to perform ritualistic ceremonies and make sacrifices to pacify their gods. The Celts would bring wood and start their Samhain bonfire or, fire festival, on the hilltop. Often, they would throw the bones of slaughtered cattle into the flames.
Halloween costumes originated from the Celts when they lit huge bonfires and celebrated Samhain by dressing up in elaborate animal skins and heads to disguise themselves as spirits and demons. The real ones couldn't distinguish them as being human. Their ceremonies consisted of dancing, telling stories, and reading fortunes. Halloween Costume Ideas
Instructions Before the party, tape a small, lightweight prize to the end of a roll of toilet tissue. Wrap up the prize in the toilet tissue and continue taping prizes and wrapping them until the roll is completely wrapped. Ask players to sit in a circle. Each person gets to wrap the end of the toilet tissue around a body part (an arm, forehead, waist, ankle and so on) until she finds a prize. She then tears the paper and passes the roll to the next player. Play continues until all the prizes have been unrolled. What You Need Roll of toilet tissue 10 small prizes, such as plastic critters, small erasers or tiny candies (1 per guest)
Instructions Before play begins, place a few old towels on the floor, making sure the group of towels offers just enough standing room for all of the players. As in musical chairs, players must walk around in a circle whenever the music is playing. When the music stops, each player scrambles to stand on a towel Players are allowed to clutch onto a friend so that they can squeeze onto an island. Any player who can't stand with both feet on an island is out. After each round, an island is folded (to reduce the available standing room) or removed entirely. You may want to switch to a hand towel or a washcloth for the final rounds. The last person standing on an island wins. What You Need A few old towels Music source
Black Cat Treasure Hunt Catch the Lion by the Tail Grab the Ghost Pin the Face on Frankenstein Game
T onight is Halloween. R emember to wear your costume I f you don’t you can’t go out. C hildren going door to door asking for candy like, K it Kat bars. O dd little skeletons walk on sidewalks, R eal ghouls yell trick or treat, T ricky monsters hide behind walls, R ickety old robots, E lves with pointy hats, A ll roam the sidewalk together because T onight is Halloween.
Flutter, Flutter Little Bat by Leanne Guenther Flutter, flutter little bat, How I wonder where you’re at. Swooping through the darkest night - You find your way without a light. Flutter, flutter little bat, How I wonder where you’re at! Jack-o-Lantern Jack-o-lantern, You are such a funny sight. As you sit there by the window, Looking out into the night. You were once a sturdy pumpkin, growing on a curly vine. Now you are a Jack-o-lantern, See your night lights shine.
Pumpkin Piles of candy Under the bed Make for a delicious snack People Know It’s been Halloween because No one is without candy Helter-Skelter Play by Joel Benton Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite, All are on their rounds tonight; In the wan moon's silver ray, Thrives their helter-skelter play.
This is my favorite pumpkin (x4) It has 1 scary nose (1 nose) 2 scary eyes (1, 2) 3 scary teeth (1,2,3) This is my favorite pumpkin (x4) Happy Halloween! This is my favourite pumpkin This is my favorite pumpkin (x4) It has 1 scary nose (1 nose) 2 scary eyes (1, 2) 3 scary teeth (1,2,3) Scary, scary, ahh!! This is my favorite pumpkin (x4) My pumpkin can jump (jump, jump) my pumpkin can dance (dance, dance) my pumpkin can spin (spin, spin) scary, scary, ahhh!!!
Sing more Halloween songs : What are you for Halloween? What are you for Halloween? Walk like a Ghost The Halloween Theme They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're altogether ooky, The Addams Family. Their house is a museum. When people come to see 'em They really are a screa-um. The Addams Family. Neat, Sweet, Petite So get a witch's shawl on. A broomstick you can crawl on. We're gonna pay a call on The Addams Family.
Materials: Materials 1 cup flour 1 cup salt 1/2 cup water Bowl Wooden spoon Fine-point permanent black marker 1.Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Instructions 2. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and shape each into a ghost, flattening the base so it will stand up. 4.Use a fine-point permanent black marker to draw on eyes and a mouth. 3. Microwave the ghosts on a plate one or two at a time for 20- to 30-second. Let the ghosts cool.
Materials: Paper - brown or black construction paper work well Pencil or marker Scissors Glue Something to color with
Guess who’s coming to trick or treat? A giant, colorful spider full of treats to share! Make Spider Treat Sitter!
Goblin Juice Ingredients: Green food coloring Lemonade (cold) 1. Pour lemonade in a cup. 2. Then you put the food coloring in. 3. Enjoy your goblin juice Ingredients: 2 dozen cupcakes from your favorite recipe 3.4-ounce box of vanilla-flavored instant pudding green food coloring 1 cup of green melting candy 24 large marshmallows, skewers waxed-paper-lined baking sheet M&M's Minis black gel 2 green Tic Tac mints DirectionsDirections Sweet Monster Cupcakes
Spider Cookies Ingredients: 2 choc. wafer cookies white icing red shoestring licorice Directions: 1. Place one wafer on a plate cover with icing. 2. Place either 4 long stripes of shoestring licorice or 8 short, (for legs) 3. Place the remaining wafer on top. 4. Voila! One gooey yummy cookie! I've tried this out on various different groups and the feedback is always positive. 5. Makes 1 scary spider.