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October 9, 2014

11 Facts About Hallow’een & Jack-O-Lanterns

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11 FACTS ABOUT HALLOW’EEN AND JACK-O-LANTERNS

First, find the perfect pumpkin...

First, find the perfect pumpkin…

  1. How were Jack-O-Lanterns made in the British Isles?
  2. Immigrants from what country brought the Jack-O-Lantern tradition to America?
  3. Who was Stingy Jack?
  4. The Guinness World Record for the most simultaneously lit Jack-O-Lanterns occurred in 2011 in ____________ and included ________ carved pumpkins?
  5. What was the medieval tradition of souling?
  6. How were Jack-O-Lanterns made in the British Isles?
  7. What various names have Jack-O-Lanterns been called?
  8. When did Jack-O-Lanterns change from being just a trick to being a seasonal decorating standard?
  9. What was the medieval tradition of souling?
  10. What popular comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide today?

BONUS QUESTION

What is behind the Jack O’Lantern legend featuring a man named Stingy Jack?

Second, carve that pumpkin...

Second, carve that pumpkin…

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October 24, 2013

Halloween—-Children’s Stories & Poems

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HALLOWE’EN

CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Halloween entertainment, including jokes, tongue twisters, and coloring pages.

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JOKES

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Q. Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders?
A. Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
A: I scream!

Q: When is it bad luck to be followed by a black cat?
A: When you’re a mouse.    More

How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
He turns into a bat every night.

How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery? (more…)

October 31, 2012

Hallowe’en 2012 Cancelled!

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HALLOWE’EN 2012 CANCELLED! 

HALLOWE’EN’S CANCELLED!

               NO…oooooo…oooooooooooooo! It was cancelled last year too. Who or what is taking Hallowe’en away from us?

HALLOWE’EN’S POSTPONED, not cancelled.

              Well, that’s more like it. Extend the ghoulish times four days. HURRAH!  

Across the Northeastern United States bad weather (understated—ghoulish, freakish weather) caused Hallowe’en celebrators dismay. Parts of the Buffalo, New York, region did retain celebrating Hallowe’en on October 31, but most of the Northeastern section of the United States postponed the planned community activities until Saturday, November 3 (according to my sister, Lee). Where I live this was good, since the rains came down steadily, creating an atmosphere of poor celebration.

My son-in-law Michael, who lives just around the corner from me, considers Hallowe’en one of the best holidays. Every year he increases the graveyard scene on the front lawn home where he lives with my daughter (yes, married). His birthday falls near Hallowe’en so I have no problem finding him a birthday gift. This year it was a spooky ghost that freaked out young and old alike as they passed ghosty blowing in the breeze.

Unfortunately, the winds blowing from Hurricane Sandy (no pun intended because my daughter is named Sandy) knocked off the ghost’s head. Michael said he knows how to fix it. I hope he does, because I liked the eerie image, especially at night when the wind was blowing and my headlights lightened it up.

If Hallowe’en were cancelled Michael would freak out. We might then have to take him to a mental institution.

Other persons might feel put out at having to cancel Hallowe’en cancelled for the second consecutive year. Among them would be those whose birthdays fall on that day. How else can they celebrate? What would they do if they couldn’t celebrate due to inclement weather?

  • John Keats, born 1785, might write an Ode to the (more…)

October 25, 2010

Orange is so Passe—Go for the White Pumpkin!

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ORANGE IS SO PASSE—GO FOR THE WHITE PUMPKIN!

New England Discovers the White Pumpkin

Ligonier, PA, Discovered it First

      Orange is so…yesterday.

     Here in New England, white pumpkins, once a novelty, are becoming increasingly common…*

     Hmmm…I never thought I’d say this, being a New Englander, but Green Mead Farm in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, was ahead of the race, by seven years, at the time I wrote an article for the Ligonier-Latrobe section** of the Tribune-Review about the lunar pumpkin.

     My husband Monte had just retired. By July 1, 2003, we were starting our full-time life in Laurel Mountain Borough, about five miles from the Green Mead Farm in Ligonier Township farm in Ligonier Township. By the end of July we on the road to New England for three-month vacation that would include much genealogy/writing research.

     My daughter Sandra had discovered the white orb a couple of years earlier. In 2002, she took me on a pumpkin excursion with her then six year old daughter, and so I had my first view of the Lunar Pumpkin. I had made arrangements to write the news article before we left

      The farm is a growing mecca for people seeking the unusual—an unbelievable, spooky white pumpkin… I wrote.**

     Meanwhile, Beckius linked to a Martha Stewart Living picture of a white pumpkin, noting that they’re elegant unadorned as a table centerpiece. The picture was taken in 2003. She’s always ahead of the curve! Kim Knox Beckius, editor of the About.Com: New England Travel e-mail newsletter, wrote, noting that these intriguing white orbs are all the rage when it comes to (more…)

October 30, 2009

A Jack-O-Lantern Interview

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A  JACK-O-LANTERN INTERVIEW

During our October Beanery Writers Group meeting a Halloween prompt was given out: You are the star reporter for Halloween Headline, and you’ve just landed an interview with Casper the Friendly Ghost. Write out 20 questions to ask during the interview. Responses from members of the group are posted at:

I decided to change the character being interviewed from Casper the Friendly Ghost to a Jack-O-Lantern. Below is my list of interview questions.

Now I need to locate a Jack-O-Lantern who is willing to be interviewed. If you are a willing Jack-O-Lantern, please contact me with your information in the comment box at the end of this post.

Where were you planted and harvested? Was it in (more…)

October 27, 2009

Ghostly white pumpkins of the Lunar variety

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GHOSTLY WHITE PUMPKINS OF THE LUNAR VARIETY

Pumpkins have become the Christmas trees of fall festivals, the Easter bunnies of Halloween. From jack-o’-lanterns to the formal centerpiece, pumpkins are a focal point of autumn.*

     The discerning autumn bride doesn’t decorate her reception table with just any pumpkin. She places intermixes floral arrangements with traditional orange pumpkins and the Lunar pumpkin, which delight and intrigue her wedding guests.

     If you’ve never seen the Lunar pumpkin you will probably (more…)

October 31, 2008

HALLOWEEN WISHES

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HOPES YOU

HAVE A

GOULISHLY

HAPPY

HALLOWEEN!!!

 

HALLOWEEN STORIES:

JOURNEY’S END

THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

EMILY AND MR. SPIDER

 

ADDITIONAL STORIES:

IS THIS CHEERS?

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

TIMES CHANGE: FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

I HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY

RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

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