Death is Best in the West

I am so excited for next month, you have no idea. Not only is October the best month of the year, its the month that I was born in and a lot of amazing people in my life are also born in this month. If your a Libra, then you know how I feel. To add even more excitement to the mix, next month is Halloween! Yes, my creepy crawly friends, Halloween!!! My ultimate favorite holiday! There is nothing more exciting to me than pulling out the Halloween decoration box and going to town. New tablescape, black and orange everywhere and pumpkins galore!!!  Man, I can almost taste the candy corns now! Wait, I actually don’t like candy corns, lets go with popcorn balls instead 🙂 Much better, alright, where were we?

Also known as All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve, Halloween is always on October 31. Now if you come from our great state, you also know that Nevada Day falls on the same day. Does anyone remember as a kid, in some cities they would actually hold Halloween on the 30th so that Nevada could have its own celebration day? I swear in Fallon, they did this. I remember trick or treating in Fallon the day before, then going up to Reno and trick or treating on the actual day?! Am I just making this up, or did this really happen?

The word Halloween dates way back to about 1745. Its of Christian origin and its meaning is “hollowed evening” or “Holy Evening.” In Scots, the word eve, is even and this is further broke down to e’en or een. Over time, All Hallows Eve, evolved in to Halloween. There is a popular Irish Christian folktale associated with this special night. A very cute, but sad story.

On route home after a night’s drinking, Jack encounters the Devil and tricks him into climbing a tree. A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark, thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul. After a life of sin, drink and mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies. Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest

The American tradition of carving pumpkins is first recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with the harvest time in general. Not becoming associated with Halloween until the mid 19th Century. Interesting to know where it comes from and why we do what we do. But like many holidays, they turn more modernized as time grows on.  Halloween was a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed souls. By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing church bells for the souls in purgatory. In addition, “it was customary for criers dressed in black to parade the streets, ringing a bell of mournful sound and calling on all good Christians to remember the poor souls. “Souling”, the custom of baking and sharing soul cakes for all christened souls,has been suggested as the origin of trick-or-treating.The custom dates back at least as far as the 15th century  and was found in parts of England, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy. It wasn’t till the 19th century that Halloween had made its way over to North America and has slowly over the years adopted some other non traditional aspects. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to souling.  John Pymm writes that “many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church.” These feast days included All Hallows’ Eve, Christmas, Twelfth  Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practiced in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who “paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence.”

Modern day costumes include super heroes, villains, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches and devils. It is also customary in modern times to celebrate Halloween with lavish parties, where all kinds of fun foods and beverages are being served. Games including Apple bobbing, haunted houses, scavenger hunts and pass the pumpkin.

Now that we all know the history of this awesome holiday, what are some of the ways you’ll be celebrating Halloween this year? My favorite decorations are ones that you make. There are so many places to get creative ideas from these days, then let the fun of being creative begin. Below are some of my personal favorites to make, with and without the kiddos!

"A perfect addition to your home this Halloween season! Made of glass, the exterior of the container has been wrapped with an adhesive material and a coffee and cinnamon stain applied for an aged appearance. A complimentary tea candle casts a tawny glow making the image 'pop' and come alive!" - Red HedPrims            DIY  Witch brooms          DIY ghost ladies made out of chicken wire.

Very creepy, but also very awesome.  Need to do this one!           Glitter Pumpkins-  Paint dollar store pumpkins with glue, sprinkle glitter all over.  Cover with spray adhesive to keep glitter in place.      

From luminaries, witches brooms, dancing ghosts, carving and decorating pumpkins, the making of spooky treats and setting your table as if the devil were to dine with you. Whats not to love about Halloween. Get creative with a costume and have a brew with your goblin friends. If you happen to have little ones, this is perfect holiday to really get creative. Don’t  buy one of those horribly made costumes from the store, below are a few awesome ideas that you can do at home. ( Thanks Pinterest)

Raggedy Ann!  I remember when I was Raggedy Ann for halloween soooo many years ago. A Lovely Lark: Even More DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids                Will one of my friends with babies PLEASE dress their little one up as Dobby this year?? This is awesome!

      The Crow Scaring Cutie Cute costume for lil boy or girl           A Baby Burrito | 30 Best DIY Kids Halloween Costumes Your Mom Never Made For You

Halloween is an anything goes kinda day! Its the one and only day where your allowed to either dress up like a hooker or just wear whatever comes to mind! Grab that pillow case and hit the streets. Check around town and see what kinds of cool Halloween events are going on in your town. I know that here in Reno we will have our ever so famous, Zombie Crawl. I’m sure that most clubs and casinos are going to have costume parties, some you can win money at. We have a bunch of really neat pumpkin patches in our area. Ferrari Farm and Andelin Family Farms here in Reno or the Corley Ranch out in Gardnerville.  Workmans & Lattin Farms out in Fallon.  Lazy P Adventure Farm in Winnemucca and McKee Ranch in Las Vegas. All of these guys are the real deal, they have all kinds of pumpkins and gourds to pick from, some offering hay rides, corn mazes and petting zoos. Its a lot of fun for the whole family. One of my first dates with the hubby was to Ferrari Farms and we picked out pumpkins together (too cute) What a better way to get to know someone, by weather or not they like my pumpkins 🙂

I’m dying to know what everybody is going to be doing this Halloween. If your throwing a party, you know how to get a hold of me!  Make sure this years Halloween is the funniest yet! Till next time, keep being ghastly inspired by all things black and crawly, love eating those Nevada bugs and lay with dead in the Virginia City Cemetery!


Shoot, call up your friends and throw a Halloween Bash of your own.

Now of course, I couldn’t complete this Halloween bizarre without a few safety tips. Have a ton of fun out there, but be safe. Look both ways, wear something reflective so that you can be seen. Stay in a group, don’t venture alone. Make sure an adult or in some cases if you are the adult, someone of responsibility, knows where your at. With candy, separate out the opened candies or any suspicious looking treats. Try to stay in the neighborhoods that you and your family know well. Check with your child’s local school, as they might be having a Halloween Party of their own, which is perfect!!!!


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