HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Did you know???

Halloween originated from a Samhain, Ireland’s Celtic festival, which celebrates the end of the harvest season.

Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s plunder

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

Before  carving pumpkins for Jack-o-Lanterns To celebrate Halloween people used to carve turnups!

Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world

 Keene, New Hampshire hold the record for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns on display  (30,581)!

Halloween has had various nicknames through the ages: All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool,Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer’s End.

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Vintage Halloween costumes are TERRIFYING!!! Nightmares will ensue !

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Happy Frankenstein Day!

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Frankenstein Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in October (and this year it just so happens to fall on Halloween, eerily ironic!)

“Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.”—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Mary Shelly Fun Facts!

1. Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, in London, England

2. The first edition of Frankenstein was published in 1818, when Shelly was only 20 years old. She had finished writing the book at age 19!

3. Mary Shelly had a series of unfortunate events occur throughout her life, including the death of three out of her four children, the suicide of her half-sister Fanny and the death of her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who drown on a boating trip in the Gulf of Spezia. All of these tragedies happened before she was 24 years old!

4. The book Frankenstein has inspired more than 130 films, starting with the silent film Frankenstein in 1910.

5.Mary Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, at age 53, in London, England. She was buried at St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth, laid to rest alongside her father and mother and with the cremated remains of her late husband’s heart.

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