While you are making last-minute Halloween plans and adding the finishing touches to your costume, be sure to leave some room for your Esplanade neighbors in your plans!
Tomorrow afternoon, October 31, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Esplanade residents are invited to stop by the Channel Club Room to trick-or-treat and celebrate with neighbors and friends. Guests will enjoy light treats and refreshments, along with great conversation and company! Please feel free to wear your costume to get into the spirit of the holiday.
Speaking of this spooky holiday, have you ever wondered how our Halloween traditions came to be? Besides being scary, Halloween is – well, quite weird! From the Huffington Post, here are three strange Halloween facts that will surprise you:
1. Trick-or-Treaters used to have to dance for a treat. Experts trace trick-or-treating to the European practice of “mumming,” or “guysing,” where people dressed in costume and went door-to-door performing. These performances included choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats.
2. Halloween has its roots in Ireland – even more than St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday originated from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” The Celts believed ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this day, and people would dress in costumes and leave treats on their front doors for the spirits.
3. Originally, Jack-o’-lanterns were made out of turnips, beets and potatoes instead of pumpkins. Here is how the Huffington Post describes the old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack, which inspired the jack-o’-lantern:
“According to folklore, Stingy Jack was out getting sloshed with the Devil when Jack convinced his drinking partner to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks without spending money. Jack then put the Devil, shaped like a coin, into his pocket, which also contained a silver cross that kept the Devil from transforming back. Jack promised to free the Devil as long as the Devil wouldn’t bother him for a year, and if he died, the Devil could never claim his soul. Jack tricked the Devil again later, getting him to pick a piece of fruit out of a tree and then carving a cross into the bark when the Devil was in the branches. This trick bought Jack another 10 years of devil-free living.
When Jack finally died, God decided he wasn’t fit for heaven, but the Devil had promised never to claim his soul for hell. So Jack was sent off to roam Earth with only a burning coal for light. He put the coal into a turnip as a lantern, and Stingy Jack became “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack o’ Lantern.” Based on this myth, the Irish carved scary faces into turnips, beets and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack or any other spirits of the night.”
What other Halloween legends – and even myths – have you heard? The Esplanade team wishes you a safe and happy Halloween!