Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The History of Halloween - Part Four.

In our final posting on the history of Halloween, by the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs.

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The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas. The night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils.

So, there you have it. Partymart’s four part posting on the origins of Halloween. Hopefully by now, you’ve already got your costume picked out and ordered. If not, it’s never too late at Partymart.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Never to old to feel like a kid...

You are never too old to feel like a kid.

This past weekend I was at a wedding at a local hall. I couldn’t believe how much fun the adults were having with the blow up musical instruments. I think these are great items for any type of party for people of all ages!

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Monday, October 13, 2008

The History of Halloween - Part 3

Did you know that by A.D. 43, the Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

To Boo or not to Boo...

Everyone knows that small children are easily frightened. Don’t let this deter you from having a little fun this Halloween when those thrill seekers come looking for candy at your door. I’m not saying that you should do anything absurd; clearly the guy hiding in the bushes is no longer an acceptable part of society. But there are a few nice little touches that will have the little ones checking their nerves as they march toward your door.

Yard and house decorations are important.

You’ve carved your pumpkin for maximum fear inducement and scattered your fake spider webs carefully over the real ones, but now what? How about a nice thick fog rolling out carelessly towards the street, some skeletons dancing in the wind beneath your tree branches, or a 6 foot Freddy Kreuger standing guard at your door? Turn your place into a masterpiece of Halloween decoration; let them know that only the brave ones would dare ask you for candy.

You’ve got to dress up to really pull it off, so grab a costume and enjoy the excuse to wear one. Most other days won’t tolerate you as a Ghost Pirate or an Evil Witch, so take advantage of it, and remember to be generous with the candy as well as the terror.

And don't foget, Partymart is here to help you make those Hallowen fantasies come alive October 31... which is coming up soon.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

The History of Halloween - Part 2.

Did you know that during the original celebrations from which Halloween has evolved, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

Something those characters Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble may be likely found doing.

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