Lets Get Spooky!
Every October we see everyone getting into the spirit of Halloween. Ghoulish faces are carved onto Pumpkin and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. But where has this tradition come from and why are we accustomed to carving a pumpkin?
Origin of Jack O'Lantern from and Irish Folk Tale.
As the tale goes, a man called Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink and convinced him to transform into a coin to pay with. When the devil obliged, Jack decided he wanted to keep the coin and kept it in his pocket beside a small, silver cross to prevent it from turning back into the devil.
Jack eventually freed the devil under the condition that he wouldn’t bother Jack for one year, and wouldn’t claim Jack’s soul once he died. The next year, Jack tricked the devil once more by convincing him to climb up a tree to fetch a piece of fruit. When he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk so the devil couldn’t come down until he swore he wouldn’t bother Stingy Jack for another ten years.
When Jack died, God wouldn’t allow him into heaven and the devil wouldn’t allow him into hell. He was instead sent into the eternal night, with a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his way. He’s been roaming the earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this spooky figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” which then became “Jack O’Lantern.”
This legend is why people in Ireland and Scotland began to make their own versions of Jack’s lantern by carving grotesque faces into turnips, potatoes and beets, placing them by their homes to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits and travelers.
Halloween Activity - Wicked & Spooky
Why not try creating your own Jack O'Lanterns by carving interesting ghastly faces on a fruit or a vegetable. There are lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables that can be carved for Halloween; butternut squash, courgette, marrow, turnips and melons to name a few.
Once they are carved place them in your porch with battery operated tea-light candles, and watch the smiles brought to by passers by.
Spooktastic Halloween Party
Children Love Halloween as they can dress as ghastly characters and scare the adults. For once they are in control. Here are some tips on how to make sure your party is as spooky as possible.
TIPS FOR YOUR GRUESOME PARTY
Children Love Halloween as they can dress is ghastly characters and scare the adults. For once they are in control. Follow these tips with your child for a fun-filled Halloween Party:
1. Design a ghastly invitation and send out to your child's friends.
2. Decorate your house with fake spiderwebs, lanterns and other ghostly decorations.
3. Sit down and tell the children the Jack O'Lantern tale and other spooky stories.
4. Organise a carving competition: Get all the children to carve a Jack O'Lantern and the best carver wins a prize.
5. Mummy Wrap Game
Divide your party-goers into teams of two, and give each a roll of toilet paper. At the sound of the music, one team member must wrap the other from head to toe (leaving the head free and not binding the arms to the body.) Once completely wrapped, the "mummy" must run to cross the finish line before the others.
6. Hot Or Cold Game
1 person is the concealer and hides a small skeleton toy other ghostly item somewhere in the room. Once the item is properly hidden, other players search for it slowly. The concealer needs to direct the players by using of verbal indicator temperature to find the item; Cold = faraway, Warm + close and Hot = very close). Whoever finds the object must then hide it and start the game again.
7. Monstrous Menu
You cannot have a Halloween party without Halloween themed menu. Why not bake Frankenstein cupcakes, Dracula's Blood punch, or chocolate spider cookies.
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