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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Washington state school district is canceling its annual Halloween celebration, and the explanation has some parents baffled.
"Let them have their 30 minutes of dressing goofy and having candy," Silas Macon, a father of two school-age girls, said Wednesday outside Maplewood Elementary School after learning that the grade-school tradition of a party and parade in costume during the last half-hour of class before Halloween night won't happen this year in the district.
A letter sent home to parents Wednesday said there will be no observance of Halloween in any of the district's schools.
"We really want to make sure we're using all of our time in the best interest of our students," Puyallup School District spokeswoman Karen Hansen said.
The superintendent made the decision for three primary reasons, Hansen said. First, Halloween parties and parades waste valuable classroom time. Second, some families can't afford costumes and the celebrations thus can create embarrassment for children.
Both of those reasons seemed sensible to the parents who spoke to ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle. But the district's third reason left some Puyallup parents shaking their heads.
The district said Halloween celebrations and children dressed in Halloween costumes might be offensive to real witches.
"Witches with pointy noses and things like that are not respective symbols of the Wiccan religion and so we want to be respectful of that," Hansen said.
The Wiccan, or Pagan, religion is said to be growing in the United States and there are Wiccan groups in Puyallup.
On the district's list of guidelines related to holidays and celebrations is an item that reads: "Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion."
"I do lots of things that are not revolving around wearing a black outfit and stirring a cauldron," Wiccan priestess Cheryl Sulyma-Masson said in an interview with ABC News in which she explained that Wiccans, or Pagan Clergy, celebrate nature.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Halloween collector and artisan Bruce Elsass throws frightfully whimsical parties in his home decked out in fanciful antique Halloween decorations. Take inspiration from his approach for ways to display your own collectibles. The decor in Bruce's dining room is typical of 1920s party decorating with exotic paper lanterns, colorful streamers, and ghoulish pumpkin faces. The room's focal point is a grinning Beistle black cat centerpiece that's nearly 80 years old.
A contemporary cat holds a lit jack-o'-lantern for the freeloading birds circling his tail. Their backdrop is a former doll's chest made from old orange crates and filled with German papier-mache pumpkins. For collectors, the smaller the pumpkins, the greater their value.
Majolica pottery -- stored year-round in a hutch -- complements the seasonal addition of Halloween decorations. The whimsical rectangular plates in back are paper pieces produced by the American Dennison Company between 1930 and 1950.
A grinning skeleton holds court among cobwebbydesserts. The homemade paper-pulp skeleton is held together with wires. The figure is surrounded by a permanent display case of antique bottles and jars, dressed up for the party with spray-on spiderwebbing. Dare kids and adults at your party to pick up candy and cookies at the skeleton's feet.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So I was looking around today at some vignettes to see what I could do with my new and old Halloween Decor. Here are some ideas I found....mind you there was loads but these caught my eye
I hope this helps to give you some ideas...I went on did a google search of Halloween vignettes images and loads popped up....happy decorating....
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Ok y'all I am calling this a sneak peak LOL anyways the characters are gettin restless in the old hollow to come out and play. They are anxiously awaiting an adoption so be sure to stop by and peruse them and if you so like we can fill out the paperwork so one of them can be yours to take home or more ...I know they have been partyin and causing much chaos here at the house and I will be glad to adopt them to a good prim home.....
Monday, August 9, 2010
I grew up in the Northeast USA, where pumpkin carving was a MASSIVE Halloween tradition. Over here in Europe, people look at me like I’m an idiot when I tell them I want to cut a pumpkin up and stick a candle in it. At least, I hope that’s why they look at me like I’m an idiot – hard to know what these Europeeps are thinking. I was once asked why we (Americans) do this every October, and I realized I actually didn’t know. My answer was something along the lines of, “Well, cos we do.” Hmm. I may have just discovered the reason behind the aforementioned look.. Well, in case you’re clueless like I was, let me just fill you in on why we do it.
Where did all this start?
First, let’s mention that the idea of carving lanterns out of vegetables originated in Europe. Specifically, Scotland and Ireland. Which makes sense, considering the legend of Jack o’ Lantern started out with Stingy Jack – an Irishman.
Jack was cheap, eh?
Well.. yeah. I doubt he was a real person, however, so don’t get too upset about it. Legend says he was having a drink with the Devil and then refused to cough up his share of the check. He convinces the devil to turn himself into a coin, and once in that form, Jack puts him in his pocket. Seems Stingy Jack had a cross in there, which then made the Devil powerless. Before Jack released him, he made the Devil promise not to claim his soul.
So Jack was sly, eh?
Actually, I’m more inclined to think the Devil a total fool. If he could turn himself into a coin, surely he could have turned something else into a coin, and just paid for the drinks? Jack probably would have made a nice sized purse!
Well, he was sly enough to get away with it!
Depends on how you look at it – he saved his soul from the Devil, but God didn’t want him after that, either. So he was cursed to wander the earth in darkness. When Jack asked the Devil how he’d be able to find his way around, the Devil chucked him an ember from the eternal fire. I think we can all imagine how hot that would have been to hold, so Jack promptly carved a hole into a turnip and dropped his little light into it.
Sorry, did you say turnip?
Yeah. Sorry. If it were my legend, it would sound a lot better, I promise.
So what’s this to do with pumpkins, then?
It seems that people in Ireland and Scotland started carving faces into all kinds of vegetables, in order to keep ol’ Jack away – and other spirits, too. When these peeps emigrated to the USA, they brought their veggies along. No, I’m kidding. They got new ones – and discovered pumpkins were particularly well suited for scary faces and candles.
How long has it been associated with Halloween?
Wikipedia claims since 1866. I wasn’t there, however, so I can’t verify that claim. It would seem, however, a logical conclusion as the scary face thing does seem to go well with the general scary theme we associate with Halloween.
And there you are - the history of the Jack o' Lantern!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Get ready for some serious sugar highs and heeby-jeebies because this Halloween party is all about getting the little ones grossed out and sugared up. Get ready for the oooohhhhs and aaahhhhhs because it's gonna be a good one!
Things You'll Need:
Monday, August 2, 2010
Come in and see what I just put up how about a Witch vacuum cover?
or some pilgrims?
or some pilgrims?