Leaves are falling and owls are hooting into the night- it’s the spookiest time of the year! Happy Halloween from all of us at Redwood Creative. We’ve conjured up a few good movies for everyone to watch, and summoned a few activity ideas. Also, if you didn’t know the history of Halloween, now you will.
The History of Halloween
Dating back 2,000 years ago, the Celtic people (the first people of Ireland and the UK) would celebrate Samhain every October 31. This festival would mark the end of summer, days of harvest, and have some fun before the dreary winter struck. Most importantly, at Samhain, the Celts would light a bonfire and dress in disguise to ward off spirits. Then, when Christianity began to take over in 700 AD, Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as All Saint’s Day. Therefore, October 31 became All Hallow’s Eve, then Halloween. Jack-o-lanterns have a Celtic origin too, although Americans popularized using pumpkins to carve the faces that would come to life by candle.
Scary Movies & Halloween Night Ideas
If you haven’t watched all the classic horror films, sit down with a hot apple cider and see why people are always dying to see these movies. Afterwards, lighten up the mood with these activity ideas.
- It. A classic movie adaption by horror novelist Stephen King about a mad shape-shifting clown that defies time. The original adaption was a miniseries (1990) starring Tim Curry, while Bill Skårsgard brings the evil clown back to life in It Chapters 1 & 2.
- The Orphanage (2007). Not to be confused with The Orphan, this little-less known Spanish film and it is full of secrecy & suspense. It’s about a mother who moves with her son into an empty house that was once the orphanage she grew up in. It has a sad yet heart-warming ending.
- Hereditary (2018). This one’s got it all: ghosts/demons, gore, jump scares, and psychological mind twists. You’ll be terrified to hear anyone click their tongue again afterwards.
If you need to lighten up the mood afterwards, try making this fall-inspired alcohol-free sangria, with notes of apple for that warm autumn feel. Or, if you’re ready to eat something other than candy, try out these Halloween dinner recipes.
Witching you all a very happy Halloween! We hope it’s full of your favorite candy, jack-o-lanterns, and awesome costumes. Be safe and watch out for the boogeyman!
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Jada was born in San Marcos and raised in Texas. She spent a chunk of her childhood in a tiny town of 130 people before moving to San Antonio in junior high, where she lives today. An avid bookworm, she loves mystery and horror genres. She attended Texas State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. She now is building a writing and editing career. Jada deeply cares about the environment and proves it by avidly recycling, reducing energy consumption, and avoiding single-use products.