#Halloween - History Lessons

Ansley Ansley




Welcome to Edenfantasys Halloween History lessons! All of the information for this event was kindly put together by Airen Wolf, even though she can't join us today due to her own festivities!

This activity is a laid-back way for us to share our knowledge of the different customs celebrated during Halloween and we're especially interested in information you may have regarded cultures outside of North America and how they might celebrate.

While we're waiting for everyone to join, can you remember your favorite costume or your best haul? What was so awesome about it?
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Kitka Kitka
My best costume was last year's. I was a 1920-30's inspired vamp vixen complete with the little veiled hat and a corset
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sweetiejo sweetiejo
My favorite costume was a blue and silver vampire costume because my mother hand sewed it because I wanted a super cool one and we didn't have the money to buy one but it was the prettiest one i ever had.
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Kitka
My best costume was last year's. I was a 1920-30's inspired vamp vixen complete with the little veiled hat and a corset
Oh that's sounds crazy sexy!!!
10/31/2012
Pixel Pixel
My great grandma made me a tiger costume on year. It was pretty awesome, and we crimped (oh dear gods. Does anyone remember that 'style'?) my hair to make a mane!
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by sweetiejo
My favorite costume was a blue and silver vampire costume because my mother hand sewed it because I wanted a super cool one and we didn't have the money to buy one but it was the prettiest one i ever had.
Aww, that's so awesome!!! Think my best was a pumpkin. I often found myself grounded during Halloween because of my grades. Why the hell do schools do that to kids? Release six week reports right before Halloween?
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Ansley
Oh that's sounds crazy sexy!!!
It was really kickass!
10/31/2012
Intrepid Niddering Intrepid Niddering
I don't know about my favourite costume, but my best haul was when I was eleven or so. My best friend and I hit up the condominium complex we lived in, the apartment complex next door, the houses across the street, and the apartment complex across the street from that. We only went home because our bags were getting too heavy to carry. We each had ten pounds of candy.
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by sweetiejo
My favorite costume was a blue and silver vampire costume because my mother hand sewed it because I wanted a super cool one and we didn't have the money to buy one but it was the prettiest one i ever had.
Aww, that's awesome!
10/31/2012
SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
IM FINALLY GOING TO GET TO JOIN LOL IVE MISSED THE OTHER CONTESTS BY LIKE 3 MINUTES
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Pixel
My great grandma made me a tiger costume on year. It was pretty awesome, and we crimped (oh dear gods. Does anyone remember that 'style'?) my hair to make a mane!
Ooo I remember crimping!
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley

Traditionally the end of October and beginning of November is the time of the last harvest when all the late fruiting farm goods are gathered up and butchering is finished. By this time all smoked meats should be ready to lay away in their places, all the last fruits are ripe, and the grain has been sheaved and stored away. For our ancestors it was a time to party, feast, and remember those who couldn't be there for the partying and feasting. It is also the time when gathering is over and hunting, in earnest, begins. The horned God begins to show up to ritual and be celebrated in a sympathetic magic way. Honoring Him brings meat to the tribe/village.

No one really knows why or how this festival of light became associated with more negative energies and beliefs but the supposition is that the focus on honoring the dead and inviting them to a "dumb supper" became corrupted and was given a different meaning by outsiders who misunderstood the symbolism. During the "dumb supper" an extra place setting is placed for the spirits and they are invited to stop by for a meal. The entire super after the initial prayer is silent. The food is left by the back door, outside, for the spirits to finish and the remains are buried the next morning. The drink is poured out as an offering. In recent years the supper has evolved into a merry occasion rather than a solemn one but some folks still hold true to the original ritual.
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SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
HOW MUCH LONGER? LOL I HAVE TO LEAVE FOR LUNCH BREAK SOON
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Intrepid Niddering
I don't know about my favourite costume, but my best haul was when I was eleven or so. My best friend and I hit up the condominium complex we lived in, the apartment complex next door, the houses across the street, and the apartment complex ... More
Nice!
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by SexToys-R-Us
IM FINALLY GOING TO GET TO JOIN LOL IVE MISSED THE OTHER CONTESTS BY LIKE 3 MINUTES
Could you unlock your caps lock key please? All caps is the equivalent of shouting on the internet. Thanks!
10/31/2012
thatonegirl thatonegirl
best hall was when we went to a diff nauberhood then ours and ended up with cans of soda and king sized cndy bars.
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SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
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Originally posted by Ansley
Could you unlock your caps lock key please? All caps is the equivalent of shouting on the internet. Thanks!
ooopps my bad lol
10/31/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
My favorite costume was when I wore a clear trash bag and filled it up with little colorful balloons and went as a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans. It was super cheap and creative.
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by Ansley

Traditionally the end of October and beginning of November is the time of the last harvest when all the late fruiting farm goods are gathered up and butchering is finished. By this time all smoked meats should be ready to lay away in their ... More
Very interesting!
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by sunkissedJess
My favorite costume was when I wore a clear trash bag and filled it up with little colorful balloons and went as a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans. It was super cheap and creative.
Oh that is creative!!!
10/31/2012
SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
my favorite costume was when i went as mystiq from X-men in high school! well its between that and when i went as Selena
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley

Often the simple rituals of ancestor honoring or worship gets a bad rap because death is such a hard topic to deal with. This is the time when the weather begins to truly show the changing of the seasons and it is a time of finishing up the preparations that will carry the family/tribe/village through the winter. It is a time to honor the dead in an effort to thwart it's presence from being felt too heavily during the winter to come.

At the times in the year when the seasons visibly changed the Celts noticed that spirits seemed easier to feel and contact. The veils between the worlds thinned and the "Unseely Court" would become more active. For this reason maleficent spirits were appeased through ritual and benevolent spirits were welcomed and made to feel at home in the hopes that they would both bless the coming year. For the ancient Celts Samhain was the end of the old year.
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by sunkissedJess
My favorite costume was when I wore a clear trash bag and filled it up with little colorful balloons and went as a bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans. It was super cheap and creative.
Awesome idea!
10/31/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
My favorite as a kid was when I went as Spider-Man. I wore that costume out, I probably wore it everyday for a month after Halloween. There's even a picture of Thanksgiving that year with me in my costume.

As an adult, I would honestly say this year. It sounded really cheesy, but my wife said "Why don't we go as the couple from 50 Shades of Grey?" I was dubious, but I wore dark jeans, a white shirt, a grey tie (that I ordered from EF) and go some grey-tinted contacts. She wore a dress, had handcuffs on her wrist and a masquerade mask. Also she used her Kegel balls at the party, but that was just for us to know. It worked out well.
10/31/2012
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by AHubbyof2SexualMinds
My favorite as a kid was when I went as Spider-Man. I wore that costume out, I probably wore it everyday for a month after Halloween. There's even a picture of Thanksgiving that year with me in my costume.

As an adult, I would honestly ... More
Sounds like a fun time!
10/31/2012
SexToys-R-Us SexToys-R-Us
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Originally posted by AHubbyof2SexualMinds
My favorite as a kid was when I went as Spider-Man. I wore that costume out, I probably wore it everyday for a month after Halloween. There's even a picture of Thanksgiving that year with me in my costume.

As an adult, I would honestly ... More
wow thats awesome! lol I love me some Fifty
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by AHubbyof2SexualMinds
My favorite as a kid was when I went as Spider-Man. I wore that costume out, I probably wore it everyday for a month after Halloween. There's even a picture of Thanksgiving that year with me in my costume.

As an adult, I would honestly ... More
I remember you mentioning the 50 Shades, I think I sent you the link to the tie we carry. Glad to hear it worked out well.
10/31/2012
DaS13 DaS13
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Originally posted by Ansley
Welcome to Edenfantasys Halloween History lessons! All of the information for this event was kindly put together by Airen Wolf, even though she can't join us today due to her own festivities!This activity is a laid-back way for us to share our ... More
Oh man, I've had a lot of favorite costumes, however THIS is my favorite. My wife and I both have one and we LOVE IT. So scary, especially in the dark of the night. Even teenagers are a little spooked, haha! We walk up and down the street together and get so many oohs and ahhs!


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Ansley Ansley

It was a Celtic tradition to go begging treats door to door dressed in funny or scary costumes to keep the fae from recognizing you. Since you never knew if it was a human or a fae knocking at your door you gave them little sweet treats for good luck in the coming year.

This is a traditional festival of lights so large bonfires were lit both to light the festivities and to burn off the chaff from the growing season. These fires could attract insect life and became a lovely smorgasbord for bats. This is one possible explanation for why bats are such a part of this holiday. For the Celts the holiday had many names but the most popular was Samhain (pronounced sow-en, or sah-whin). It roughly translates to Last Harvest or Summers End.

One interesting fact: An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia!
10/31/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by DaS13
Oh man, I've had a lot of favorite costumes, however THIS is my favorite. My wife and I both have one and we LOVE IT. So scary, especially in the dark of the night. Even teenagers are a little spooked, haha! We walk up and down the street ... More
Nice!!
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