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• Halloween seems to have its roots in ancient Celtic culture. The Celts were a group of people that lived in what is now Ireland several thousand years ago. They were farmers, and their original Halloween festivals were a celebration of summer harvest and a preparation for the difficult, cold winter ahead.

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• The Celts believed that during this time of year, the division between the known world and the spirit world became very thin, and departed souls might visit them. Huge bonfires were built to scare away any evil spirits. Interestingly, the word “bonfire” comes from the old word “bone-fire,” representing the bodies of sacrificial animals that were thrown into the fire. Special places were set at mealtime in remembrance of deceased relatives and friends. Candles were lit and treats were left along the side of the road to assist their departed loved ones on their journeys. This harvest celebration was called Samhain (pronounced “sow-ween”), which meant “summer’s end.” It was truly a time of magic and superstition. turn the page for more!



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young woman’s husband to be. Wonder what happened if more than one nut burned? • Another matchmaking technique in old Scotland was the eating of a combination of hazelnuts, walnuts and nutmeg before going to bed on Halloween night. It was thought that the young woman who did this would dream of her future mate. Isn’t it interesting that the magical meal consisted primarily of nuts? • A somewhat dangerous practice was to walk backwards down the staircase to the basement of a house while holding a mirror. At the bottom of the stairs the face of their future husband or wife would appear in the mirror. • In old England, men and women in search of a mate would count the number of puffs it took them to blow out a candle while wearing a blindfold. This number foretold the number of years it would be before they were wed. • On Halloween, young women sometimes would peel apples and toss the apple peels over their shoulders while hoping that the fallen peels would form the initials of their husbands-to-be. • When did the custom of trick or treating begin? Trick or Treating is thought to have begun during All Souls’ Day celebrations several hundred years ago in England. All Souls’ Day was a religious holiday in Pre-Reformation England. This holiday honored the lives of those who had died. The poor would go from house to house offering to pray for the dead in exchange for money or “soul cakes,” which were a type of hot cross bun. • When we think of a Jack-O-Lantern today, we usually think of a carved pumpkin. However, hundreds of years ago in Scotland and Ireland, children would make them out of turnips! Turnips were a major food crop in the region. The children would hollow out the vegetables, carve faces on them and place a candle inside. Years later when many Europeans migrated to the United States, they discovered an abundance of pumpkins, and the present day Jack-OLantern was born. Just think of trying to carve a turnip! • Jack of Jack-O-Lantern fame was supposedly a very wicked man named Stingy Jack. This individual was said to be so bad that he was refused entrance to both heaven and hell. The devil didn’t want him but gave him a hollowed out turnip with a lump of glowing coal inside. Jack was doomed to roam the earth for eternity with his turnip to light his way. He was called “Jack of the Lantern.” His name was later shortened to Jack-O-Lantern. • Barnbrack is a kind of Irish fruitcake that is eaten on Halloween today. Small treats are wrapped and placed inside the cake before baking. Finding a ring inside a piece of barnbrack indicates that the person finding it will have a wedding in their future, while finding a straw means that a prosperous year is in store. • Today in Ireland, where the Celts lived and celebrated centuries ago, bonfires are still burned, but now children dress up in costumes and trick or treat, and often attend parties with their families and friends. They play a game called “snap-apple,” which is a kind of bobbing for an apple on a string. An apple is tied to a string hanging from

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Spooktacular Candles Light Up Halloween Invite a ghost, a monster and a smiling pumpkin into your home this month with this super-easy and, yes, just a little messy, rainy-day craft project that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. You’ll be repurposing old vases and tossed jars from your recycle bin, cutting up colorful tissue paper and messing around with lots of sticky glue to create spooky “stained-glass look” votive candleholders that will brighten and bring living color to your Halloween decor. When the glue has dried, line ‘em up and light ‘em up to welcome a spooktacular Halloween holiday spirit at your house. Here’s the stuff you’ll need: --Tissue paper in black and in bright, traditional Halloween colors such as orange, lime green and purple. --Empty, medium-size clear glass pasta or pickle jars with labels removed, old wide-mouth vases and even fish bowls that are collecting dust and ready to be repurposed. --Household white glue such as Elmer’s all-purpose white glue. --Small bowl. --Paintbrush and scissors. Here’s the fun:

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the Nile helped to produce lush crops of wheat. Wheat was a major source of food for the early Egyptians. Flocks of quail would raid the crops of these ancient people, so clever farmers came up with a creative solution to the problem. They built wooden frames covered with netting and scattered them throughout the fields. Then farmers hid in the fields and scared the quail into the nets. The captured quail became a tasty meal for the farmers and their families. • In ancient Greece, farmers carved scarecrows out of wood. They made these scarecrows to resemble Priapus, who according to Greek myth, was the son of their god Dionysus and his wife, Aphrodite. It was said that Priapus was very ugly. So ugly in fact, that when the boy played in the vineyards, the birds would flee, leaving the grapes on the vines and assuring a better harvest. The Greeks took it one step further and painted the statues of the unfortunate lad the color purple and carved a club in one of his hands to make him look more dangerous. They gave him a sickle in the other hand to represent the bountiful harvest that they hoped he would provide. • Around 2,500 years ago, the Japanese developed a different kind of scarecrow to protect their rice fields from avian invaders. They hung fish bones, old rags or meat on bamboo poles in the rice paddies and then set them ablaze. These burning scarecrows smelled so awful that the birds stayed away from the fields. “Kakashis,” which means “something that smells badly,” was the name they gave to them. • Nine-year-old boys were often used as live scarecrows in medieval Britain. These boys were called “bird shoo-ers” or “bird scarers” and roamed the fields carrying bags of stones. Upon seeing flocks of crows or starlings, the young boys would wave their arms and throw the stones to scare off the birds. • After the Great Plague, which killed almost half of the people in Britain in 1348, there were not enough young boys left alive to do the job of bird scaring. The farmers began to make an early form of our present day scarecrow. They carved faces in turnips or gourds, or filled sacks with straw and arranged them on poles in their fields.

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Fall In Love With Pumpkins A large pile of bright-orange pumpkins is my visual celebration of fall. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word “pepon,” meaning “large melon.” “Pepon” was nasalized by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.” The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes. The bright-orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant: beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and helps protect against heart disease. Betacarotene offers protection against other diseases, as well as some degenerative aspects of aging. To select a pumpkin, look for one with 1 to 2 inches of stem left. If the stem is cut down too low, the pumpkin will decay quickly or may be decaying at the time of purchase. Avoid pumpkins with blemishes and soft spots. It should be heavy, although shape is unimportant. A lopsided pumpkin is not necessarily a bad pumpkin. Figure one pound of raw, untrimmed pumpkin for each cup finished pumpkin puree. To prepare the pumpkin for cooking, spread newspaper over your work surface. Start by carefully removing the stem with a sharp knife. If you are planning to roast the pumpkin seeds, smash or drop the pumpkin on a hard surface to break it open. In any case, remove the stem and scoop out the seeds and scrape away all of the stringy mass. A messy job, but it will pay off. You can cook the pumpkin by boiling, steaming, roasting or using the microwave to create your own fresh pumpkin puree. Directions for cooking and preparing pumpkin puree are as follows: Boiling/Steaming Method: Cut the pumpkin into rather large chunks. Rinse in cold water. Place pieces in a large pot with about a cup of water. The water does not need to cover the pumpkin pieces. Cover the pot and boil for 20 to 30 minutes or until tender, or steam for 10 to 12 minutes. Check for doneness by poking with a fork. Drain the cooked

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