There are signs that tell us Halloween is on its way. For starters, we often notice when people have their Halloween-themed decorations on display at their homes.With that in mind, back in 2016 the owner's girlfriend's mother had this "talking bat" situated in the archway to the kitchen, that would literally fall from the ceiling when someone walked under it. In most cases, the decoration remained idle because it kept hitting people in the head.
This prerequisite piece marks the beginning of a new blogging series: our team will be discussing Halloween culture!
By the time September rolls around, department stores begin promoting the horror fan's favourite time of the year. In the last six months, our team at The Modernist Son started writing from the horror genre, and was able to find a definitive niche for this blog. So, this years Halloween will be that much more special.
As I'm writing this article, it's September 19, 2021. Fall is in the air, and so is the possibility of being kidnapped by ghouls or whatever else is out there. Here's a little story from the owner:
"Today I was out for a walk, and decided to go buy a coffee. Unexpectedly, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Sitting right in front of me, there was an "arm" dangling from the trunk of someone's car. Of course, it was a Halloween decoration. For a moment, I was frightened. The desired reaction for a horror fan. " -donthebanker
Let's clear the air: why do we celebrate Halloween? According to history.com,
"Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats."
When it comes down to it, Halloween is about "being together". It started as dressing up to ward off ghosts, but has become so much more. We have children's books, films, and Halloween parties for those who love this special day. A few years ago, myself and the owner spent the evening of October 31 eating candy, watching wrestling, and drinking. It was a good time. Since Halloween is just over a month away, it's time to watch horror movies. That hard part is choosing what to watch first.
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