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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The History of Halloween

Welcome to the History of Halloween. Every year, tons of kids around the USA dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, but what's the real history behind this holiday?

Well, if you're interested, you've come to the right place. You'll find navigation on the side menu. The sections are Holiday Origins, Creepy Videos Clips, The Great Pumpkin, Ghost Stories, Around the World, Historic Haunts, Halloween Treats, Jack-O-Lantern Cut Outs, Fast Facts and Boo-ography.

Holiday Origins: Here you can learn all about the origins of Halloween, from ancient times to modern day. Also, read about the evolution of Halloween as a holiday.

Creepy Video Clips: Check out these video clips about ghost stories and folklore. Choose a video from the left hand menu and it will play in the center video pane. Learn about the ghost Lavender and Barnsley Gardens if you dare! You can even find out about some of the ghosts haunting the Wild, Wild West.

The Great Pumpkin: Here you can learn all about pumpkins and how the Jack-O-Lantern came to be!
Ghost Stories: Here you will find three ghost stories that may be based in fact, but are most certainly interesting to read.

Around the World: Here you can see how Halloween is celebrated around the world and learn about the two related holidays: Guy Fawkes Day and El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).

Historic Haunts: This section centers on the haunting of presidents and of the White House itself.

Halloween Treats: Here you can find some recipes for Halloween treats. There are cupcakes, cookies and even icing.

Jack-O-Lantern Cut Outs: Here you can find two Jack-O-Lantern Templates that you can use on your pumpkins for easier carving. If you click them, they enlarge and you can print them out too.

Fast Facts: Here you can find a lot of fast facts about Halloween. They're just like little blurbs really, but there were some interesting ones, like how many pounds of pumpkins were produced per state.

Boo-ography: And last, but not least, this is really its own site. It will pop open in a new window. Here you can find spooky biographies, celebrities who were born or died on Halloween, Halloween origins and even another section called Halloween Around the World. This was by far my favorite part of this visit!

Are you ready to get your spook on?! Click this link to learn the History of Halloween.

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