Halloween Ideas

Halloween Ideas

All About the Spookiest Night of the Year!


No end of schemes were there of old
By which love's tender charms were told;
And still may fairies intervene
To bless the fates of Halloween.

-- from "Halloween", a poem from Harper's Weekly, Vol. 39, No. 2033, December 7, 1895, p. 1069.

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year in the United States and is also celebrated in many other countries. The origins of Halloween are in the British Isles and northern Europe, but Halloween as it is typically celebrated today is an American creation.

Although Halloween is traditionally considered a magical time of year, when witches cast their spells and the dead return to the earth to visit their loved ones, the real magic of the modern Halloween is in the power of imagination. Halloween is a time when you can be anything you want, if only for just one night.

Many people think of it as a holiday mainly for children who are young enough to go trick-or-treating, but in the past, Halloween has been more for adults. It has been considered a time of romance and dreaming about the future as well as a time for costumes and treats and scary stories. In recent years, Halloween has once again become more popular among adults.

What you will find here is a mixture of history and tradition, party and costume suggestions, and ideas for both children and adults. I have a special interest in history, so much of the focus of this site is on Halloween history and tradition. I've included some modern recipes and games, but in general, most of the ideas here are based on the idea of traditional Halloween celebrations. The sections on superstitions and Halloween tricks are mostly for historical interest, although there are a few harmless pranks included that might do well for a laugh at a Halloween party. Also, I haven't included any tips for Halloween decorations because those, along with various modern recipes, are the most common tips you can find in magazines and other sites about Halloween parties. I have more of an interest in activities, which is why I put together the sections on games, movies, and music.

Victorian card
From Pixabay

While we're talking about scary things, there are some things that you should understand about web security to protect yourself from some unpleasant tricks.

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I'm thinking of making further additions to this site at a later date. The form below asks various questions about what you liked about the site and what you might like to see added.

At this time, I do not have the ability to receive data from a form. In fact, this entire form (and the one above it) is part of a class assignment, for practice. So, what does the form actually do if it doesn't sent me information? As you answer the questions below, the form will compose a letter to me, based on the information that you enter on the form. You can see the letter in the feedback section beside the form. Any changes that you make to your answers on the form will change the content of the letter.

Will I actually see this letter? Nope! You'd have to actually e-mail it to me. (Right now, only my classmates can do that.) But, you can play with it as much as you like, enjoying the ability of the modern Internet to dynamically create form letters.

I hope that you've enjoyed my site and the changes that I will make in the future!

Which of the pages on this site did you enjoy the most?

If I were to expand (add information to) one of the existing pages, which page should it be?

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