Eat, Drink, and Be Scary

Friday, October 31, 2008

These are the things that go bump in the night... Today finally marks my favorite holiday of the year... it's HALLOWEEN!! I just love being able to act like a kid all over again and play dress up with all my friends and celebrate the fun that this beloved holiday brings. Today at work, we are having our annual Chili Cook-Off celebration, and everyone has dressed up for the festivities- we've got an Elvis, a Jerry Garcia, lots of hippies, an Operation Man, Batwoman, a cowboy, "the last UT fan", and some of my friends and I are dressed as the Deal or No Deal ladies- one of the guys we work with has dressed up as Howie, complete with a Bald Wig and phone, too... I'll make sure I take pictures to post, too.

Then tonight, the real fun begins- my friend Leah is hosting an Are You Afraid of the Dark party at her house in Germantown. Tons of my friends are going, too and I can't wait to see everyone dressed in their freakish and crazy costumes... including me and Rory-- we are going as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. He tried on his costume the other night and looks absolutely ridiculous, as he should. Although I love everything associated with the holiday, the history behind trick-or-treating and dressing-up in costumes is just as interesting... (sometimes I think I'm a bit of a nerd since I love history and Jeopardy). I found this background from the website Halloween is Here

Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe. The autumn rite is commemorated in the United Kingdom, although with a surprising and distinctive British twist. In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls' Day, the third day of the three-day Hallowmas observance, is the most important part of the celebration for many people. In Ireland and Canada, Halloween, which was once a frightening and superstitious time of year, is celebrated much as it is in the United States, with trick-or-treating, costume parties, and fun for all ages. The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), which means "end of summer", the Celtic New year.

Halloween is coming, Coming in the night... So do your skeleton dance and look out for all the crazy ghosts and goblins out on the town as they cause a fright
A picture of Me and Rory from last year's festivities as a German Beer Boy and Girl! I think we have topped it, but you'll have to wait and see =)

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