Halloween is just a bit of modern fun, imported from USA, and that's how I see it when I write my ghostly pages with horror photos & poems
Halloweeen Trivia and Pictures
You'll Find Lots of Halloween Pictures, Halloween Facts and Some General Halloween Trivia
Some of the Halloween pictures are photographs I took of Halloween items in our local shop and then edited.
Other Halloween scary pictures are posters you can buy and then there are Halloween goodies you can get from Cafe Press, Halloween things from Zazzle and more Halloween stuff from Amazon.
Then there is my short poem, Haloween Ghoul.
There is also some information about the origins of Halloween, so whilst browsing you will also learn something new about the Halloween festival.
Halloween Scary Picture
A Haunted House
I'm letting you in gently - they get more scary after this!
You could buy this picture at our local Pound Shop (which used to be a 99p shop), but I daresay you don't want to travel to a London suburb just to get it cheaply.
Tomb of Dracula
My Poem - Hallloween Ghoul - Tomb of Dracula
Blood trail leads from empty coffin,
Over to the moon-bathed manor,
Shadowy figure swathed in rags,
Blood soaked, death-stained
Wild eyes sightless,
Bony fingers black and bent
A Chilling shriek,
A silent scream
Welcomes in the Halloween
© Diana Grant 5th October 2011
The Origin and History of Halloween - And the Tradition of Carving of Jack O'Lanterns
Halloween derives from the words "All Hallows Eve", meaning the night before All Hallows:
Symbols of Halloween include the Irish and Scottish tradition of carving of Jack-o'-lanterns or turnips to make lanterns to remember souls in purgatory.
From the 19th Century American immigrants would use locally available pumpkins which were bigger and easier to carve than turnips. .
The origins of Halloween are linked to the supernatural, with seasonal autumn elements of harvesting and agriculture, such as pumpkins, corn and scarecrows; Halloween is also linked to Gothic literature and horror stories such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the undead. As early as the 18th Century there was reference to pranks and bogies and the themes of evil, death, occultism, magic and death. Modern-day Halloween decorations reflect this imagery and the traditional Halloween colours are black (the symbol of evil and darkness) and orange (the colours of autumn and hell-fire).
Jack O'Lantern by Atthur Hughes 1872
In the Past I Have Put My Halloween Designs on Zazzle
On Zazzle you can choose a product, or you can put your own design on an item and even add your own wording.
Below is my picture of Halloween skeletons, The same picture could be used as a party invitation or card and it could also be used on Zazzle on a T-Shirt, or anything else they suggest.
It's good fun creating products but, in spite of being in total lockdown at present because of Coronavirus, I still don't seem to have found time to use my artistic skills to sell things on Zazzle.
How About Some Skeletons for Halloween?
Remember This Song? Ghost Busters
Do You Really Think it's Safe to Go Trick-or-Treating?
Add your voice to the discussion
In London going out trick-or-treating is a relatively new phenomenon and has only been pervasive for about 10 - 15 years, although not unheard of before then.
Vulnerable people living on their own are nervous about opening the door after dark to strangers, as it lays them open to becoming the victim of criminal activities, and is directly contrary to advice given by Police and people concerned for their safety.
It's not beyond the realms of possibility for a gang to be "fronted" by young cute children but, when the door is opened, the householder is rushed by older opportunistic gang members pushing their way into the house.
So is it better if children call only on the houses of people who know and recognize them? Of course it isn't always possible to recognize them (the children, not the householders!) if they are wearing a mask.
There is also the danger that children out on their own, banging on the doors of strangers, could be grabbed and dragged inside.
I am a jolly person, aren't I?
But I do personally always have sweeties in vast quantities and money ready by the door to give to the little darlings.
I have noticed that the Halloween visits have grown in frequency in the last two or three years, and I would expect about five or six groups to knock on my door this Halloween, whereas it used to be one or two. It's also usual these days to see adults accompanying the children. They will either hover in the background, or stand with the children when you open the door and sometimes they all wear fancy dress, while other times its just the kids who dress up.
Take This Poll: Is It Safe Or Appropriate For Children To Go Trick-Or-Treating?
This is Where You Can Leave a Comment and Add to the Discussion About Halloween Safety
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on September 12, 2019:
I think being accompanied by an older person is the key, rather than whether they know the person - that should cut out the danger but retain the excitement
DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on September 11, 2019:
Lots of great info on Hallowe'en. My grandchildren are allowed to go trick or treating ONLY to houses they know and who are expecting them and accompanied by a parent.
Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on September 29, 2017:
I used to like trick or tweeting as a child, as did my kids, but I would no longer let children of mine go to the homes of strangers. I think I'd throw parties for them and their friends instead -- maybe hide the treats around the house or yard and let them hunt for it.
I don't open the door for little spooks anymore since they tend to be big spooks with no costumes. I turn off the lights, hide in a back room, and read.
Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on September 28, 2017:
Happy Halloween, Diana! I rarely see anything relating to Halloween here where I live in a senior apartment building. No trick-or-treating happens here. I guess I'll leave that for the children.
jmchaconne on October 31, 2013:
Thank you for a very interesting lens Diana!
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on October 24, 2013:
Fortunately we live in a very safe neighborhood, so I always encouraged my daughter to invite her friends to come and Trick or Treat from our house. We got to know all our neighbors that way! I still decorate the outside of the house and have a bunch of candy ready for Trick or Treaters even though she's off in college now.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on October 06, 2013:
@Lorelei Cohen: Well, at least they were trick or treating, and nothing more sinister!
Lorelei Cohen on October 05, 2013:
Halloween really does spook me some years. There was one time I opening my door to see a group of 4 huge hulking men there leering at me (turns out they were mentally disabled and very excited to be allowed to go out trick or treating.) Lol scared the heck out of me till I figured it out.
anonymous on August 22, 2012:
Great lens. A lot of people might not be aware of the history of halloween and jack o lantern. Thanks for sharing these information.