Have a Spooktacular Halloween
With the leaves changing color, crisp air and the kickoff of football season, fall is one of the best times of the year. But what makes it even better is celebrating Halloween, a holiday that has evolved over the course of centuries from a mixture of beliefs and traditions. Here’s a quick history lesson, from History.com:
“Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. In the 19th century, Halloween began to lose its religious connotation, becoming a more secular community-based children’s holiday. Although the superstitions and beliefs surrounding Halloween may have evolved over the years, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people can still look forward to parades, costumes and sweet treats to usher in the winter season.” –History.com
Whether you like to get spooky or just goofy for this holiday, take a few of our suggestions to make it the best Halloween ever:
Not just for jack-o-lanterns. Not only are pumpkins necessary for making the all-important jack-o-lanterns, but you can also use all the parts of the pumpkin to make some great fall treats, including:
Pumpkins come in other colors. A final note on pumpkins: they come in all sizes and even colors! Try decorating your house with miniature white pumpkins for a spooky yet chic effect!
Fire is a great addition to any Halloween party. Halloween parties are for all ages! Whether you’re hosting an adult’s only cocktail party or a bash for all the neighborhood kids, you can create a great atmosphere and keep outdoor party-goers warm with a cozy fire. We recommend a fire pit in your backyard and allowing guests to gather ‘round. Take it to the next level by adding a fire dome, (a piece that simply sets on top of the fire pit), and watch your guests “ooh” and “ahh” as the flames dance.
No space for a fire pit? Want to have fire at your party, but aren’t ready for a full-scale fire pit? Try a fire bowl or tabletop fire feature, which can sit on a table indoors or out and produces a real flame–very cool and can give a very spooky effect!
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