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Sunday, 9 October 2011

#167 carve a jack o lantern for haloween

just in case you weren't sure it is halo-ween in a few weeks time and that means dressing scary, eating sugary stuff (lots of it) and of course number 167 on my list carving jack o'lanterns out of pumpkins.

this is on my list because well i have never succeeded in creating a jack o'lantern that is worthy of sitting on the front door. Mine have always looked like someone has melted it's face, so how or why will this year be any different? well im older than i was when i last 'created' a jack o'lantern, i have a little more dexterity and i have designed a stencil to copy this time the plan is fool proof- well maybe not fool proof i am after all the fool who came up with the plan!

i thought i would share some basic history of halo-ween with you (according to Wikipedia anyway) just to get you pumped after i have carved my lantern and can tick this item off i will add some more facts for you and maybe some pictures! so send us your best haloween disguises!


Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)".[1] The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and celts in the British Isles which is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1][2][3]

Snap-Apple Night (1832) by Daniel Maclise.
Depicts apple bobbing and divination games at a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland.

Origin of name

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.[4] Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

so to anybody who thought this was an American holiday, your wrong it originated in Europe. all hallows day or all saints day existed  centuries before colonised/ settler America!