Halloween Fun

Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening) also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve, is a holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints’ Day. The Christian feast of All Hallows’ Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals of the dead, like the Celtic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that the feast originated independently of Samhain.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Transfer Your Design: Use a pumpkin template or draw your own design on a piece of paper. Affix it to the pumpkin, and trace the design by poking holes with a sharp awl, needle tool, or T-pin.

Carve the Features: Remove the template and carve along the pattern with a miniature saw or linoleum carving tool. If you want to make holes in the pumpkin for eyes, use a drill with a 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch spade bit. You can start with holes, then shape the holes into different designs

Light the Pumpkin: Use string lights (white Christmas lights) wrapped around a glass jar, and secure the wires with tape.

Cut a hole in the hollowed-out pumpkin for the cord, and place jar inside. If using a candle, place it in a glass or votive holder, and cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin for ventilation (or leave the top off). Prevent exposed areas of the pumpkin’s flesh from turning brown by applying a film of Vaseline.

Halloween Tongue Twisters

In the spirit of Halloween fun, try on some nonsense with these tongue twisters:

• He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

• Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters

• Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons.

• Ghostly ghouls gather gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses.

• Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins

• Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses.

• If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?


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