Friday, October 31, 2014

All Hallows' Eve AKA Hallowe'en 2014


Photo I took from Solus, Vancouver BC
"Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2000 years to the time of the Celts who lived in Britain?" according to the weather network (www.theweathernetwork.com).

Here is some info on Halloween - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween - I need to keep this post relatively short as I'm busy preparing my costume for tomorrow ... ;)

And the following is the way in witch - I mean which ;) - Halloween is celebrated in various countries around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Halloween. Note that there are secular and religious-themed ways of celebrating.

I associate Halloween with (1) the colours black and orange (2) pumpkins and candy (3) an early dark night, usually cold and/or wet (4) dressing up in costume and (5) music like Enigma and more so Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', his album which I am listening to, right now in fact.

About two years ago, I had the opportunity to actually learn the dance moves from the Thriller track, only to end up sick on the day of the performance unfortunately. Below is a shortened version of the song on video, though it really demonstrates the moves well, don't you think? ;)



I have had inspirations for costumes from various sources. Here is one of my favourite Halloween costumes I came up with...read on what inspired it:
http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2011/10/safe-and-happy-halloween.html

It is interesting to note that the National Retail Federation cites the following as the most popular Halloween costumes for adults, in order as witch, pirate, vampire, cat, and clown.

My Halloween costume this year could have been two of those mentioned. I will have to show you later – tomorrow perhaps? – inspired by an outfit I purchased at a local 'Sally Ann' (Salvation Army) earlier this month. One costume I have never donned yet and was always curious about in terms of wearing it. Not sure why I never did. I’ll give you a hint: hahahahaha (evil laugh) ;) If you still can't guess, how about this one: which witch is which? ;)

For those of you who live in places where Halloween is celebrated, do take care, beware - be aware that is, and enjoy a safe and fun Halloween! That includes your pets too please as the loud explosion from fireworks really frightens and makes them nervous. You'll be doing your pets and you a favour!

I'm linking this post to writetribe and ultrablog and ultimateblogchallenge.

24 comments:

  1. I really wish we would celebrate Halloween here...It would be so much fun, sounds like so much fun...By the way witch, sorry which costume are you wearing? ;)

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    1. Yes, it can be a lot of fun Nabanita. At least, I love to dress up for Halloween and if you do, you would love it too! ;) Are you teasing me? ;) Yes, I am a bit of a mixed witch...I will have to upload the pictures and share more...later! ;) <3

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  2. We dont celebrate Halloween in our country as such but the concept of Halloween parties is catching up in India. May you have a memorable Halloween filled with loads of adventures, Elly. :)
    PS : Wanted to see you dress, but the link is not working it seems!

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    1. Too bad you don't though if you get a chance, do dress up as it's certainly more fun! ;) Thanks, and I do plan to have fun at a community dance event later on. The link is actually not a dress...I don't have that on digital...yet! ;) <3

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  3. In India this festival is not celebrated. Have a nice time,Elly.

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    1. Too bad Usha. And thanks, I plan to! ;) <3

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  4. Have a great time. Thriller is an excellent choice! Looking forward to seeing pics of you in costume.

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    1. Thanks Marie. Yes, love Thriller...so appropo, of course! Perhaps you can feature MJ's music on your blog post? ;) <3

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  5. My memories of Halloween from the years I lived in the US are about distributing candies to the kids who came to our house dressed in all fun costumes. Personally I was never into dressing up for this festival! Enjoy your fun holiday, Elly!

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    1. Yes, it can be fun to see the kids all dressed up in various costumes. However, some people are either really into Halloween or not....so no worries Beloo. And I do plan to have fun! Thanks! ;) <3

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  6. A firework factory burned down with plenty of explosions in England yesterday. That's too much of a celebration.

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    1. Wow! You mean as a result of Halloween fireworks? That is such a shame. Some people do not know how to celebrate properly. ;)

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  7. The Thriller Dance is one of the greatest ever. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love Halloween, and Thriller is great! I recently shared an article about the myths and legends surrounding Halloween, along with the facts. It amazed me as I realized that there are so many myths that are considered fact now.

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    1. Yes, it is quite the day with secular and non-secular beliefs and traditions that I'm sure contribute to various myths. ;) <3

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  9. This is the first time in 7 years we are not celebrating Halloween. My kid is missing the fun we used to have when we were in Phoenix. Your post brought out a lot of memories. :) Thanks for sharing, Elly. Have a great time! :)

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    1. Ah, too bad Vinitha as it sounds like you really enjoy it. I appreciate your well wishes and I hope you get to celebrate it again sometime...soon? <3

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  10. I have a feeling our cats will be hiding in the basement all evening! Hope you have fun!

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    1. Yes, I think they should! Thanks Laurel...enjoy the day too! :) <3

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  11. Hope you had a great Halloween. It seems to be picking up here in Australia. In fact, we actually had kids knock on our door but had nothing for them!

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    1. Thanks, I did have a great Halloween Sanch. I've heard that other the Halloween tradition of handing out candies and dressing up is picking up in different parts of the world. I'm surprised Australia doesn't celebrate it already! ;)

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  12. That were really amazing info on Halloween, Elly :) I always wondered why Haloween is celebrated. Now I know why :)
    Would love to see you in witch costume you chose to wear... I mean which costume ;)

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    1. Yes, I was too busy that night to pull info which is why I only copied the links. And you had it right the first time Asma...witch costume...later! ;) <3

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