Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I love Matthew Kirscht's fabulous Hallow E'en collection! I absolutely admire all of his work! Have a peek for yourself at http://www.shiverbones.com/matthewkirscht/index.html. ^_^
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Samhain image found on the web at http://www.susunweed.com/.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o'lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o'lanterns. ^_^
You can find out more about the History of Halloween at http://www.history.com/minisite.do?content_type=Minisite_Generic&content_type_id=716&display_order=3&mini_id=1076.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm a lover of all things Halloween! It must be because I was born in October. I absolutely believe that's the reason. Cake time was fun...I always had some kind of Halloween themed cake on every birthday growing up. My all time favorite was a pumpkin ice cream cake from Carvel! They were the best kind of cakes around back then! You can check out more of their holiday cakes at http://www.delcocarvel.com/holidaycakes.html. ^_^