Spooky Days Ahead

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween is October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, and it’s just around the corner (coming soon). Americans love Halloween because it gives us a good reason for all sorts of activities: costume parties, telling ghost stories, bon fires, watching horror films, bobbing for apples, or going out for trick-or-treat (a children’s custom of visiting houses with the threat of pranks or mischief if they are not given a candy treat). Whatever your plans are, you at least must have a pumkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern.

A jack-o-lantern is the most recognizable symbol of Halloween, where an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto a hollowed-out pumpkin. At night, a candle or light is placed inside to illuminate the effect. It doesn’t matter whether you’re artistic or not because any design on a jack-o-lantern evokes the mood of the season.

*photo courtesy of marthastewart.com

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