All Hallows’ Eve 2018

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Blessed Samhain!Β πŸŽƒΒ Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Season (Part V) ~ (2015 – 2016)

Today is the last “Halloween Season Monday”. Since I blogged last year, I don’t need to include 2017. If you like to take a look, just click on October 2017 in my Archives list.

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2015

Katelynn and Sara celebrated Halloween as a Pirate and a Witch. The neighbors were asking, if they can take the girls to “Trick-or-Treat” with them, since their girls said it would be more fun with more people. They all went to Deerfield in Plano, while Kevin and I stayed to give out candy at home. It was a quiet Halloween for sure. We had only a few kids.

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2016

In 2016, we went to quite a few events with the kids: Fall Festival at a local nursery, pumpkin farm, 5K Pumpkin Run at Joe Pool Lake, State Fair of Texas, etc. Our October was very busy.

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Our Halloween Outdoor Decoration 2018

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Kevin and I had the Halloween decoration up, since September 30th. The last couple of weekends we’ve got rained out, so we couldn’t finish setting the lights up. But we finally could do it today. I’m so happy the lights are done. On Halloween, we get the witch out.

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After all the rain, the rest of the Halloween lights are up finally this weekend.

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Halloween Season (Part III) ~ (2011 – 2012)

It’s “Halloween Season Monday”! This time, I post about the years 2011 & 2012. Sara was old enough to enjoy Halloween. And she loved to go to Trick-or-Treat with her sister.

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2011

Awww! In 2011 was one of my favorite Halloween Seasons of all time so far. Katelynn had a crush on “Marvin, the Martian” and wanted to marry him. That’s right. She loved this Looney Toon character so much, we had to get her a plush Marvin. She said, she wants to become an Astronaut and be the First Woman on Mars. Well, over the years her idea of flying to Mars has changed. But she still wants to be a Paleontogist, now. πŸ˜‰

Sara was the cutest little garden gnome, I’ve ever seen. It was her first Halloween, she could walk to the houses. But she still had a hard time to catch up with her older sister. Her little feet were not fast enough. So, she called Katelynn to wait for her: “Kaitin, Kaitin! I want to go T’ick-o’-T’eat with you!” Sara wasn’t scared of any monsters either. Since we always made a big fest out of Halloween, she must have thought it is normal.

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2012

Kevin, the girls and I went to a couple of fun events that season. Finally, we made it to “Boo at the Zoo” at the Fort Worth Zoo. The weather was perfect for some Trick-or-Treat time. And Sara had a Halloween Party at her daycare, where she could play a lot of games, had hot dogs, lemonade and cake. Once in a while, it’s fun to splurge. πŸ˜‰

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… to be continued next Monday, October 22, 2018 …

Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain!

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Happy Halloween!

Now in the darkening of the year
the veil between the world wears thin
and those gone on ahead draw near.
In the hours of quiet remembrance
that the waning season brings,
we may feel their whispered presence
like the brush of a gentle wind.

Β Blessed Samhain!

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SAMHAIN (The Summer’s End)

Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on October 31st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just as the Celtic day began at night.
The most magically potent time of this festival is the night of October 31st, known today of course , as Halloween. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.
In the country year, Samhain marked the first day of winter, when the herders led the cattle and sheep down from their summer hillside pastures to the shelter of stable and brye. The hay that would feed them during the winder must be stored in sturdy thatched ricks, tied down securely against storms. Those destined for the table were slaughtered, after being ritually devoted to the gods.
All the harvest must be gathered in, barley, oats, wheat, turnips, and apples for come November, the faeries would blast every growing plant with their breath, blighting any nuts and berries remaining on the hedgerows. Peat and wood for winter fires were stacked high by the hearth. It was a joyous time of family reunion, when all members of the household worked together baking, salting meat, and making preserves for the winter feasts to come.
The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. As a feast of the dead, it was believed the dead could, if they wished, return to the land of the living for this one night, to celebrate with their family, tribe, or clan.
Resource: (brightstone.deviantart.com/art/Book-of-Shadows-Samhain-18…)

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The “Graveyard” 2017

Since the temperatures dropped 40 degrees from yesterday, it was perfect weather to set up more Halloween decoration in the front yard this morning. We sat up the “Graveyard”, and put the ceramic pumpkin in the front garden. Finally we found a good spot for Mr. Skeleton. He hangs out in the graveyard and keeps an “eye” on our visitors.