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Department 56 Village Swinging Ghoulies

Department 56 Village Swinging Ghoulies

Scary figures swing around this lighted, animated accessory. A perfect addition to you tabletop Halloween display. Adapter included. This piece, made of resin by Department 56 measures 10 inches tall.
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Department 56 Village Swinging Ghoulies

Animated Gaseous Zombie Fog Halloween Prop

Animated Gaseous Zombie Fog Halloween Prop

Give your fog machine a cool cover with a 2' Gaseous Zombie Prop. This smoke machine zombie attachment features a monstrous face from which spews fog. Simply hook up this zombie monster to your fog machine and let it rip on the front lawn!
Price:$64.80 (as of March 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm UTC detailsProduct prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on www.amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.)

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Animated Gaseous Zombie Fog Halloween Prop

Solar Lighted Decorative Garden Pumpkin

Solar Lighted Decorative Garden Pumpkin

High-tech jack-o-lantern shines with solar-powered light. Resin pumpkin has a flashing glow that automatically turns on at dusk (and turns off at dawn); on/off button. Use multiple to line a pathway. Requires 1 AA rechargeable battery (included). Hand-painted. 8 1/2"Dia. x 5"H. Sold individually.
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Solar Lighted Decorative Garden Pumpkin

Gifts & Decor Sinister Skull with Lantern Halloween Party Decoration

Gifts & Decor Sinister Skull with Lantern Halloween Party Decoration

Give visitors a greeting they'll never forget. Ghostly grinning skeleton appears to crawl from the ground; clutched in his bony fist, a swinging lantern sheds a ghostly light. Polyresin. Two AA batteries not included. Weight: 3.8-pound Some assembly required. 11-Inch x 6-1/2-Inch x 13-Inch high; lantern: 3-Inch diameter x 6-1/4-Inch high.
Price:$27.82 (as of July 25, 2017 at 6:27 pm UTC detailsProduct prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on www.amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.)

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Gifts & Decor Sinister Skull with Lantern Halloween Party Decoration

DELUXE HALLOWEEN BAG OF SKELETON BONES – FULL 28 PIECE SET – PERFECT FOR A HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD or HAUNTED HOUSE

DELUXE HALLOWEEN BAG OF SKELETON BONES - FULL 28 PIECE SET - PERFECT FOR A HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD or HAUNTED HOUSE

A collection of spooky skeleton bones to spread across your haunted house graveyard! Perfect decor item that'll surely add that extra spooky feeling to your party! Foam Bag Of Bones. Assorted styles in a mesh bag. Pieces are 6" - 12" Accessories shown in picture are not included.
Price:$31.36 (as of July 26, 2017 at 4:13 am UTC detailsProduct prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on www.amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.)

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DELUXE HALLOWEEN BAG OF SKELETON BONES - FULL 28 PIECE SET - PERFECT FOR A HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD or HAUNTED HOUSE

History of Halloween

history of halloweenWe all love to celebrate Halloween. Dressing up in costumes, parties, carving a pumpkin, trick or treating, we love it all. In fact we love it so much that Halloween has become one of the biggest holidays. Millions of people around the world each year all take part in the same traditions and have boatloads fun. However, did you ever ask yourself where all these traditions come from? Have you ever wondered what is the history of Halloween?

The history of Halloween is an old one. It goes back hundreds and thousands of years. In fact, the very word “Halloween” gives us a clue as to its history. “Halloween” is a corruption of “All Hallows Eve”. All Hallows Eve, in turn, is the day and night before two Christian hold days, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. So, the word “Halloween” basically means the day before the holy days. However, this doesn’t tell the whole history of Halloween. To get this full history, we have to look back even further.

On or around November 1st of our modern calendar, the ancient Celts celebrated one of their most important days, a festival they called Samhain. The word Samhain is pronounced “Sah-ween” and is still echoed by millions each year every time they the word “HalloWEEN”. Samhain was a harvest feast, but is was also a time when the Celts believed that the barrier between this world and world of the afterlife was the thinnest. They believed that on Samhain the spirits of the dead, and more terrible things, were able to walk abroad. To keep the worst of the otherworld away, they lit bonfires, set aside food for the dead and carved grotesque faces into gourds to scare the spirits away from their dwellings.

In an effort to stamp out what they saw as pagan beliefs, Christian church authorities made the day of Samhain and the day after into church holy days. However, the ancient beliefs still flourished and continue through today. Each year when you carve a pumpkin, you honor a tradition that goes back into antiquity.

Halloween Food

halloween foodYou can’t have a Halloween party without plenty of Halloween food for all the ghosts and ghouls attending, right? Fortunately whipping up a bunch Halloween food goodies for your crew couldn’t be easier. All you need is a little time, the right ingredients and, faster than a zombie can mumble “Brains”, you’ve got a Halloween food spread you can be proud of.

The one Halloween food no self-respecting party can be without is snacks and appetizers. Dips, roll-ups, small sandwiches and more are essential for that scary gathering. After all, it’s hard work being terrifying! One of the easiest Halloween snacks to prepare are Zombie Cheese Fingers. All you need are some cheese sticks (preferably Mozzarella for that dead skin look), a bell pepper and some cream cheese. Take a paring knife and chop the pepper into largish, fingernail size chunks. Next, using the same knife, slash shallow, horizontal knuckle creases at the appropriate places on the cheese “fingers”. Finally, attach a pepper fingernail to the end of each finger using a dollop of cream cheese. Viola! You’ve got an an appropriately scary and delicious Halloween food snack.

The only other Halloween food that is absolutely, positively mandatory is dessert. After all, this is the day of trick or treat. Don’t trick your party guests by forgetting the sweet treats! One of the easiest of sweet treats is Wormy Dirt Cups. All you need are some snack pack puddings, a bag of Oreo cookies and some Gummy worms. The first thing you do is make “dirt” by crushing the Oreo cookies in a zip lock bag and then combining them with the pudding. Next you spoon the “dirt” mixture into cups. Finally, you garnish each dirt cup with a couple of delicious gummy worms. Nothing says Halloween more than a cup of dirt!

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

pumpkin carving ideasEasy pumpkin carving ideas are an excellent way to breathe new life into an old Halloween tradition. Face it, pumpkin carving has been around a long time. Sure, the traditional ways to carve that Halloween pumpkin are ok, but wouldn’t you like a pump up your pumpkin this Halloween season? Why not make this year’s pumpkin something special, something to remember, something everyone will “oooh and aaah” about? These pumpkin carving ideas will make it a breeze to carve the best pumpkin ever!

One of the first places to start when thinking about pumpkin carving ideas is with the tools you’re going to use. Remember, the better the tools, the better the end result. The traditional tool for pumpkin carving is the kitchen knife or the pen knife. Unfortunately, neither of these knives was designed to carve the tough flesh and rind of a pumpkin. Because of this, when you carve a pumpkin with these kinds of knives you end up with a less than stellar result. In order to get that first class pumpkin you desire, you need tools designed specifically for carving a design into a pumpkin. Fortunately, these tools are affordable and easy to obtain online. They are also safer than the average knife, so a child can use them too. Once you’ve got a set of pumpkin carving tools, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

Let’s face it, even with the best tools, not all of us have the artistic talent to carve a really eye-catching pumpkin. That’s not a problem, since one of the most important pumpkin carving ideas is the use of a pattern or a stencil. Like the right tools, a pattern of stencil insures that you end up with a great result. Fortunately, the best pumpkin carving ideas for faces are available online in affordable packages. All you do is follow the stencil or pattern and you end up with a pumpkin that will make you proud.