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Halloween my favorite holiday

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's so much fun and I look forward to it every year. There's just something about spooky stuff that excites me ever since I was a kid.

I had fun listening to scary ghost stories and watching horror movies, although I had to pay the price of getting scared in the dark. I would even make vampires out of women by adding fangs and drops of blood to their pictures in newspapers and magazines which finally got me in trouble with my dad :)

Are the leaves changing colors? Are the heat and humidity of summer finally being replaced by cool and crisp air? Is it getting dark earlier every day? Is there a full moon hiding behind the bare tree branches? Or perhaps the nights are chilly, foggy and drizzly? Well, then you know it's time for the spirits from yonder world to roam the earth.

Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, and other spooky creatures along with Jack-o-Lanterns start to appear in homes, stores, and other places. Yes, those may be just Halloween decorations but are there real ghosts and creatures of the night lurking somewhere... maybe even close to you? Like... right behind you? He he he!

Anyway, it's time for Halloween fun!

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Halloween fun facts and history

So, what is Halloween anyway? In case you don't already know, Halloween falls on October 31 which is in the fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. On that day, especially after it gets dark, people dress up in costumes, wear masks or make-up (mostly of scary or spooky figures but can really be anything else such as angels, fairies, or celebrities), many have fun going to Halloween parties while others stay home and watch scary movies.

A lot of kids go out "trick-or-treating" from door to door in the neighborhood collecting treats, usually candies but can be other things like fruits and other goodies.

Halloween started as a pagan holiday known as Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") celebrated by the Celts. It is the third harvest festival of the year, and is the time when the veil between the living world and the spirit world is the thinnest. So the spirits of the dead are free to roam the earth, and folks would honor them by offering various "treats."

People would wear masks to confuse or frighten the evil spirits. They also decorate their houses with lighted carved pumpkins (originally turnips) known as Jack-o-Lantern to welcome friendly spirits and scare away the unwanted ones.

The Catholic church then counteracted this pagan holiday (as they did with several others) by moving All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. Thus the name Halloween stems from all hallows (or saints) evening, which is the evening before All Saints' Day.

The European immigrants carried their tradition to North America in the 19th century, and today Halloween is celebrated throughout most of the western world.

However, not everyone celebrates Halloween, particularly those that are religiously devout. They believe this holiday has evil origins and hence, is of the devil. So they want no part of it. They would go as far as forbidding their children from participating in the festivities like wearing costumes or going out trick-or-treating.

I personally don't share that view. I believe celebrating Halloween is totally harmless, especially if it's all done in the spirit of fun. It's not like we worship the devil or demons and turn into evil people by celebrating it. Anyone can believe whatever they want but shouldn't impose it on others and try to prevent them from having fun and enjoying life.

Well, enough of that... on with Halloween fun. So how can you make this holiday more exciting? There are plenty of spooky yet fun activities you can take part in.

Decorate your house for Halloween

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Isn't it fun to decorate your house and make it look like a haunted house throughout the month of October? You will actually see ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and other scary creatures start appearing in stores in August! Did you know that Disney parks start their Halloween theme in mid August? By the way, in the US it's quite popular to say that spooky season starts after July 4th.

Well, as much as I love Halloween, I think July or even August is a little too early to start celebrating it, especially that I live in the South where it's still sultry in August. So the Halloween atmosphere just isn't there yet. I usually start decorating in late September when the weather starts to get a little cooler and the days shorter.

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Many people who love the holiday say that the entire month of September is Halloween eve, and the entire month of October is Halloween. So October 10th would be referred to as the 10th day of Halloween. I think that's cool.

To me the celebration is not complete without a Jack-o-Lantern which is the hallmark of the holiday. Ideally you should carve at least one yourself which is a lot of fun. You can then proudly display your very own Jack-o-Lantern on the porch or by the front door and light it at night to create an eerie sight.

I also like ghosts. Yes, those spooky looking white ghosts with black eyes and mouth. I always have one at home and sometimes I get scared myself in the dark :)

Cobwebs and spiders also make great Halloween decorations. It's quite easy to put fake cobwebs all over your house if you don't already have some real ones :)

Those are just a few spooky decorations I like. You may have your own favorites. You can also come up with new ideas every year. Just use your imagination.

Baron Van Pyre

I found him in the mountains of Virginia

I found him in the mountains of Virginia

Fun Halloween costumes for the entire family

Dressing up for Halloween is so much fun. That's the one day of the year when you can be someone else. My favorite character is Dracula. I've been fascinated by Dracula since I was a kid. He is scary but yet dignified and classy! I enjoy dressing up as my favorite Count.

You can basically dress up as anything you like and get away with it on Halloween. It doesn't even have to be something scary. Since I like going barefoot, I also love dressing as Incredible Hulk or Tom Sawyer. Great Halloween costumes are not hard to find but you need to shop early.

My wife is a fan of Lord of the Rings. If you're like her, you may want to look for some Lord of the Rings costumes. She told me I should dress as a Hobbit in bare feet. Well, I'm not too sure about that since their feet are huge and ugly (sorry, Hobbits!), and mine are not :p I would actually have to wear shoes that look like Hobbit's feet to make them look real. Yuck!

Halloween costumes for adults

Grown-ups can have fun on Halloween too. Your imagination is the limit.

Baby and child Halloween costumes

There are plenty of not-so-scary kids Halloween costumes. If you have a baby you certainly want to include them in the fun festivities by having them wear cute costumes for babies.

Have a Halloween party

Halloween party food

Halloween party food

Now that you have the costume, you're ready for a party, right? Whether it's at your workplace or a friend's house, attending parties is part of the spooktacular fun of the autumn holiday. You can also host one of your own. Invite friends and family and have a spooky good time together. If there are birthdays and other special occasions such as anniversaries, baby showers, etc. in October, you can combine them with the Halloween party and double the fun.

You can decide on a theme such as spooky/ghostly, vampire, zombie, or whatever else you can conjure up, and ask everyone attending to dress accordingly. You can prepare spookylicious food and drink as well as decorate to fit the theme. Don't forget to add some scary music or sound effects. You may add watching a horror movie or two to the list of activities. When there are kids involved, you may want to choose a fun and not-so-scary theme.

If you have kids you can plan a fun Halloween party at home where they can invite their friends and play exciting games and have some yummy treats. You can also read scary story books (which are kid appropriate) with them or get some fun coloring books with spooky pictures.

Halloween fun treats

Some of my favorite Halloween treats are chocolates, candy corn, caramel apples (candy or toffee apples), and cookies.

Yes, I'm a chocolate lover and I especially like marshmallow and coconut filled ones. Of course, I can eat chocolates anytime but I have a good excuse to eat more in October along with candy corn :)

I also like apples, and with caramel coating they taste even better.

I like cookies but not just any kind. I especially love those with sugar icing or glaze. Again, I can eat them anytime but during Halloween I can find sugar coated cookies crafted into my favorite Halloween figures such as Jack-o-Lanterns, ghosts, and vampire bats. They can also function as decorations.

More spooky fun activities

Visiting haunted houses is a fun Halloween activity for your whole family. You can find haunted houses at various theme parks, as well as free standing ones often run by charity organizations throughout October.

Going on a haunted ghost tour is also a popular activity in the fall although many ghost tours are also available year round. There are many cities and areas all over the US and other countries that have real haunted houses and establishments you can visit on guided tours. If you're planning to do this around Halloween, be sure to make your reservations early.

Following are some of my Halloween decorations.

LED Jack o’lantern

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"Sheets"

The (friendly?) ghost

The (friendly?) ghost

Ghost and pumpkin

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Bat

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Halloween video - With beautiful music

Aiden's Halloween Fun Guestbook

ArtbyMAR on August 22, 2013:

Halloween is my favorite holiday also!

aidenw (author) from USA on October 31, 2012:

@donnetted: Thank you so much!

Donnette Davis from South Africa on October 31, 2012:

Great lens. Blessed x

aidenw (author) from USA on October 03, 2012:

@FallenAngel 483: hahaha! my wife used to do the same thing before we were married. she even made one of the neighbor's kids cry :)

FallenAngel 483 on October 03, 2012:

I love Halloween. One year I dressed up as a ghost and instead of going trick or treating I waited for them to come to my door then jumped out and scared them a bit. I gave them sweets after so I wasn't totally mean. They certainly weren't expecting a ghost to jump out at them though :)

halloweenprops on August 31, 2012:

Halloween is a lot of fun!

justDawn1 on April 01, 2012:

Love Halloween! I also have a Squidoo Halloween lens :)

blsriramsmkting on October 19, 2011:

Awesome Sauce . .Great Lens... Have a great Halloween

bead at home mom on October 03, 2011:

I've always enjoyed Halloween and even more so with my own children. Great info. I'm featuring it on my '5 fun fall family activities'

costumediva on September 15, 2011:

Very nice Halloween lens. I love the Baron Van Pyre doll. Sooo cute!

KonaGirl from New York on April 04, 2010:

Aiden, This is a great Halloween lense! 5 stars for you. I joined your fan club and added you to my faves. Mahalo nui for featuring my Haunted Hawaii - Spirits of the Pacific lens. It is greatly appreciated. I see we have a lot in common - Hawaii, dogs and dog costumes. I'll be visiting more of your lens soon.

BrandyT LM on February 25, 2010:

I love Halloween with all the fall activities and dressing up. It's so much fun!

Kate Phizackerl1 on November 23, 2009:

Nice Halloween lens 5* and blessed

pkmcr from Cheshire UK on October 23, 2009:

Great fun lens and nicely put together! Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

hayleylou lm on October 13, 2009:

I love halloween, not long now, 5 stars

Lisa-Marie-Mary on October 04, 2009:

Halloween is *totally* my favorite holiday, too - I absolutely love it! If I can spark up the energy - the kids and I will get down the Halloween decorations today! Woohoo!

Lee Hansen from Vermont on October 31, 2008:

W00t! Bats, spiders and Halloween are my favorites. I love Baron Von Pyre and the fuzzy bat.

anonymous on October 25, 2008:

love your lens especially the pictures, very creative. 5 stars for you!

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on October 20, 2008:

Great job on the Halloween lens. You have so many good ideas for celebrating Halloween.

anonymous on October 19, 2008:

You have done an outstanding job on your lens, almost made Halloween my favorite holiday LOL

Mortira on October 12, 2008:

Hallowe'en is the best holiday ever! There's no seriousness or in-laws, just FUN! Great lens - 5 stars!

PartyGames on October 12, 2008:

I love Halloween too! 5 Stars! Feel free to check out my lens scary Halloween party games I'd love some comments and a vote

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on October 10, 2008:

Gonna have to go through this reading one more time when I have more time... Lots to learn about Halloween! 'Rolled to 2 of my Halloween lens!

Robin S from USA on September 16, 2008:

Thank you for joining us at the Gothic Temptations group!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 15, 2008:

I love Halloween, too. I've rolled to my Squid Boo. 5*

Joan4 on August 28, 2008:

Great lens! Fun to read! I enjoyed this! Halloween is our anniversary! lol We love Halloween! 45 years this year! that's 45 Halloweens!

anonymous on February 04, 2008:

The video list on Netflix reminds me of my favourite Halloween movie: H20.

GypsyPirate LM on October 25, 2007:

Super lens! Thanks for joining us in The SquidBOO Home!

Margaret Schaut from Detroit on October 19, 2007:

I'm featuring your page on Squidoo-It-All!

anonymous on October 16, 2007:

Nice job Aiden! I've rolled you too.

Lisa-Marie-Mary on October 14, 2007:

Great Halloween lens, Aiden! Lots of good information! :D

Collectibles on October 09, 2007:

Me too, I don't understand staying home on Halloween and told your kids not to enjoy it!? Halloween is for fun and everyone shouldn't miss out on it.

Great lens! 5 stars from me!

Also Lensrolling you to my Halloween Decorations lens

oniyagi on October 07, 2007:

Great lens! 5 Stars for sure

Robin S from USA on September 28, 2007:

I love Halloween. Lensrolling this one onto my Pumpkin Carving lens.

anonymous on September 27, 2007:

I enjoy Halloween too and agree, if you keep it fun and cute - there is no harm in celebrating Halloween! Thanks for your work on this lens!

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