Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Well, it's THAT night, again.

The yearly slog of the calendar when you're supposed to give away tooth-destroying candies to small (and large) costumed children (here, in the Northeast, they're getting a break, it's windy, but balmy, in the low 60's).

Even as a child, I never quite got into this holiday, or event ... Or whatever it is ...

Wikipedia says that ...

Halloween (more traditionally spelled Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and gets its name from being the eve (e'en) of the Western Christian holy day of All Saints (the Eastern Orthodox celebrate All Saints Day in June). It is largely a secular celebration but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones ...

The colours black and orange have become associated with the celebrations, perhaps because of the darkness of night and the colour of fire or of pumpkins, and maybe because of the vivid contrast this presents for merchandising. Another association is with the jack-o'-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Ahhh ... "Merchandising" ...

Like there's not enough balls-of-string - electronic, or otherwise - to waste your money on.

Moving along ...

Last year we gave you the funky 'Blues for Dracula' from Philly Joe Jones.

This year we go with the original rappers, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross;

Halloween Spooks Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

You can check out The History of Halloween

And, 'Ben and Jerry's Halloween'

Or, "Trick or treat: Is Halloween another tacky American import or a bit of harmless fun that boosts the economy?"

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