Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a traditional celebration. It is on 31st October. There are costume parties and entertainment with horror films, haunted houses and other activities about ghosts, witches, Dracula, werewolves (hombres lobos) and the supernatural. Children love to dress up in halloween costumes and go from door-to-door in their neighborhood (vecindad) following the old tradition of trick-or-treating, collecting sweets and gifts, sometimes money.
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Halloween is a Celtic festival in Great Britain and Ireland. Immigrants from these communities carried the tradition to North America.
Originally Halloween was a pagan festival with the idea of linking the living (vivo) with the dead (muerto). It is associated with All Hallows Day, or All Saints Day (el día de todos los santos), which is on 1st November. A vigil for the festival was held on All Hallows Evening on October 31. All Hallows Evening became Hallowe'en and later the Halloween we know today.

The celebration of Halloween survived most strongly in Ireland. It was an end of summer festival, and was often celebrated in each community with a bonfire to ward off (repeler) the evil spirits. Children would go from door to door in disguise as creatures from the underworld to collect treats, mainly fruit, nuts and the like for the festivities. These were used for playing traditional games like eating an apple on a string or bobbing for apples and other gifts in a basin of water, without using your hands. Salt might be sprinkled on the visiting children to ward off (repeler) evil spirits. Carving (carve-tallar) turnips as ghoulish (morboso, macabro) faces became a popular part of the festival, which has been adapted to carving pumpkins in America.

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Halloween is usually celebrated by both adults and kids. Some families celebrate by having costume parties and playing special games like bobbing for apples and telling ghost stories. Sometimes children go "trick or treating" - knocking on doors.

Are you hungry?

Look these delicious Ghostly Eyeballs

2 packages red gelatine Vanilla ice cream Raisins Red decorating jell
Prepare jello according to package instructions. Fill individual glass serving bowls with jello and place in refrigerator to set. Once jello has set, using a spoon scoop out a circle of jello in center of bowl. Fill circle with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Place one raisin in center of ice cream and using red decorating jell paint lines going down the side. This will create a "bloodshot eye" swimming in "blood".

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Giant Warts

1/4 cup butter, cubed8 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate1/2 cup heavy cream2 bags fun size candy bars, chopped into small pieces
Melt butter. Remove from heat and add semisweet chocolate. Cover and let sit until chocolate is melted (3 to 5 minutes approximately) then stir to smooth. Gradually and carefully add in the heavy cream while stirring, keep stirring while you pour, chocolate will lose it's shine. Refrigerate about 25 minutes to gain firmness. Roll globs of the chocolate into round balls in the palm of your hand, then roll them in the chopped up candy bars pressing so that it sticks to the edges.
A great way to get creative with the Halloween candy haul after trick or treating or for a great handout at your party. Remember not to give trick or treaters homemade candies, most parents will throw it away.

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Which one do you prefer?
Why couldn´t the mummy
answer the phone?
Because he was al wrapped up.

Why didn´t the ghost go to the party?
Because he had no-body to go with

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Fraidie Catby Clinton ScollardI shan´t tell you what´s his name:When we want to play a gameAlways thinks that he´ll be hurt, Soil his jacket in the dirtTear his trousers, spoil his hat--Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!The Old Witch
by The Brothers Grimm

There was once a little girl who was very willful and who never obeyed when her elders spoke to her - so how could she be happy?
One day she said to her parents, "I have heard so much of the old witch that I will go and see her. People say she is a wonderful old woman, and has many marvelous things in her house, and I am very curious to see them."'
But her parents forbade her going, saying, "The witch is a wicked old woman, who performs many godless deeds - and if you go near her, you are no longer a child of ours."
The girl, however, would not turn back at her parents' command, but went to the witch's house. When she arrived there the old woman asked her:
"Why are you so pale?"
"Ah," she replied, trembling all over, "I have frightened myself so with what I have just seen."
"And what did you see?" inquired the old witch.
"I saw a black man on your steps."
"That was a collier," replied she.
"Then I saw a gray man."
"That was a sportsman," said the old woman.
"After him I saw a blood-red man."
"That was a butcher," replied the old woman.
"But, oh, I was most terrified," continued the girl, "when I peeped through your window, and saw not you, but a creature with a fiery head."
"Then you have seen the witch in her proper dress," said the old woman. "For you I have long waited, and now you shall give me light."
So saying the witch changed the little girl into a block of wood, and then threw it on the fire. When it was fully alight, she sat down on the hearth and warmed herself, saying:
"How good I feel! The fire has not burned like this for a long time!"