Name: Anna Halloween
Date registered: January 9, 2008
Did you know that Halloween is one of the most popular holidays – second only to Christmas? Every year, people are starting earlier in their preparations for the holiday. Yards are being eerily decorated on a grander scale, costume parties are more elaborate, and many families are starting their own Halloween traditions. I wanted to share with you a tradition that started in my neighborhood a few years ago. It’s called “Ghosting” and believe me your children will have a blast doing it! It usually starts the first week in October giving plenty of time for the whole neighborhood to be “ghosted”. Depending on the size of your neighborhood you can either ghost one family or two. Since our neighborhood is small, I’m giving you directions for “ghosting” one house; however just double it if you live in a neighborhood with many homes. Here’s what you do:
- On a white piece of paper (8 ½” x 11”) draw a big ghost in black permanent marker
- Fill a goodie bag or brown paper sack with treats
- Include the following poem:
You’ve Been Ghosted!
Late last night, we left you a treat,
the tradition is fun, one we hope you’ll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door,
to let others know, you need ghosted no more.
Now it’s your duty to pass on the surprise,
to another family, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver them soon,
within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost with each package you give,
along with this poem for the tradition to live.
Deliver it after dark to your target family by putting it on the porch, ringing the doorbell and running. Don’t get caught – you don’t want them to know who “ghosted” them.
Well, I made it through the dreaded Friday, July 13th with nothing out of the ordinary happening! I’m sure there are a few of you out there that had something suspicious happen to you, but for the most part Friday was pretty much the same old, same old for me. However, did you know that not only do a lot of people find Friday 13th loaded with superstitions, but Halloween Day as well? The dictionary defines the word superstition as, “an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious”. We all know that Halloween and fear go hand-in-hand.
Many Halloween superstitions can be interesting as well as fun. Here are some for you to think about:
The list for all the different superstitions goes on and on, but I think you get the point. My Grandmother was born on Halloween and she couldn’t see or talk to the spirits – at least she didn’t do it when I was around (thank goodness)!