October 29th Frankenstein Friday

Ron MacCloskey of Westfield, New Jersey placed Frankenstein Friday on the last Friday of October in 1997 to have some fun. To, in a way, start Halloween before Halloween started. Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein back in 1818 at the age of 21. He creature was different from the one we now celebrate, it’s up to you whether the newer version is better or the older one. Either way, today, or maybe tonight, you should celebrate Frankenstein because it would be a monstrous shame if you didn’t.

How to celebrate – Dress up like Frankenstein. Read “Frankenstein”. Watch old Frankenstein movies.

October 27th Black Cat Day

Talk about being born bad. Most of the world considers the black cat as an omen of bad luck and with Halloween coming on, if you are a black cat you’d better be careful! Not all places believe black cats are unlucky, Great Britain, Egypt and Japan consider the black cat a sign of good luck. I wonder if cats even know what color they are? And if so, do they even care? A cat is a cat no matter what color they are. Any luck they bring, good or bad, is not because of the cat. Don’t abuse animals. They don’t care what color you are so why should you be worried about what color they are.

How to celebrate – Adopt a black cat. (They are the least likely to get adopted). Defy superstitions today! Have a Happy Halloween.

October 10th National Costume Swap Day

October 10th National Costume Swap Day

Ah, I’m not to sure I want to co-operate with this day all that much. First, who are you changing your costume with and have they already been wearing their costume and gotten it all sweaty. If you are a man you might look good in that French Maid outfit (But probably not). And if you are a woman, well I guess Jason just doesn’t make sense at all. Of course, this is not just for Halloween. You can swap theatre costumes, or if you work for a theme park I guess you could change any costumes you might be required to wear. Today was created by GreenHalloween.org.

How to celebrate – Find someone to change costumes with. Wear a generic costume so anyone can use it. Make sure whoever you trade costumes with is close to your size, otherwise there could be a problem.

October 31st Halloween

In case you have been living under a rock for a few decades, tonight is Halloween. It has it’s traditions dating back to Pagan festivals but we really don’t consider those anymore. It is a huge, sort of, holiday. (We don’t actually get time off for it) Many rank it second only to Christmas. It can be fun, those little scares that get the heart pumping. However we must remember, those evils that are often created for Halloween do not really exist. Real scares are driving on the highways anymore! It’s fun to dress up, takes kids around to get candy and if you are like me, it’s a great time to decorate your yard outrageously! I do go a bit overboard. There is no harm in having good, clean fun, but don’t over do it. Scares are meant to last seconds, not a lifetime.

How to celebrate – Go trick-or-treating. Dress up for Halloween. Decorate your house or maybe, even make a haunted house!

October 26th National Pumpkin Day

Oct. 26th National Pumpkin Day

The pumpkin has become the symbol of fall, Halloween and is now put into every kind of food or drink imaginable. Pumpkin is actually a squash, okay… a really big squash and is believed to be native to North America, perhaps as old as 9,000 years. Seeds have been found in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C. Today is celebrated by carving pumpkins, building machines that throw pumpkins and in chunking pumpkins (If that is such a thing). Now they have made pumpkins into everything but my favorite is still pumpkin pie. It has become a huge part of Thanksgiving, Halloween and fall in general.

How to celebrate – Visit a pumpkin patch. Make some sort of pumpkin dish for your family. Plant pumpkin seeds.

October 25th Frankenstein Day

With Halloween coming this seems like a logical day to celebrate. It was created by Ron MacCloskey to celebrate Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelly who wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was 21. He has terrorized the world ever since! There have been rumors that Frankenstein might have been based on some real activities taking place during Shelly’s lifetime. Either that, or wow, what an imagination! (Particularly for that era) Mary had an interesting life and continued to write though most of her other efforts are not as well recognized. Frankenstein has changed over the years, now it’s more about the monster than about creating him, as it was in the original novel. Considering the real monsters we have in the world today, Frankenstein seems harmless, though he still scares us. Since 1818, we have learned how to harvest human organs for use in other people than originally intended for. It sort of shows that maybe Frankenstein wasn’t as far fetched as they would have thought back in the early 1800’s.

How to celebrate – Read the original, “Frankenstein”. Try to find Mary Shelly’s other works. Get ready for Halloween!

September 28th Ghost Hunting Day

Sept. 28th National Ghost Hunting Day

You might think this would fall better in October when the spirits are a little more active but in all honesty if there are spirits around, they are always there. This day always falls on the last Saturday of September, getting us ready for Halloween. Scarefest starts with a shot-gun blast in Lexington, Kentucky sometime after dark. Lets hope that the shot-gun blast doesn’t add to the ghosts we are hunting. Make sure you want to find what you are looking for if you find it because in the case of a ghost, it might be a little hard to get rid of.

How to celebrate – Visit Lexington, Kentucky. Look for good ghost locations near you. Learn about the ghosts near your home, make sure you want to seek them out.

August 30th Frankenstein Day

Wow, there are a ton of Frankenstein days during the year. Seems like most of them come around Halloween, I can’t imagine why? They each have their own reason for being created but I believe today has one of the top reasons. Today was the day Mary Wollenstone Shelley, the author and creator of Frankenstein was born. August 30th, 1797. Did you have any idea that Frankenstein was created back in 1818? Of course the monster we celebrate today is quite different from the one she wrote about. She still gets the credit though. And well she should, if she had not created the monster we would never have had it in our lives. It does sort of make you wonder though, what monsters were running around in her head in 1818?

How to celebrate – Throw Mary a belated birthday party. Read Shelley’s original “Frankenstein”. Dress up like Frankenstein.

February 9th National Pizza Day

This is one of my favorite holidays of the entire year! Well, maybe it’s not really a real holiday, but of the not so real holidays this is may favorite. I love pizza! I am one of the national average American’s when it comes to eating pizza, that’s 23 pounds of pizza a year. Over 3 billion pizzas are sold every year in the US, the most coming at Superbowl Sunday and second, oddly, Halloween!

No one knows exactly when pizza was invented. I have heard it was the Greek soldiers with Alexander who used to bake cheese and herbs on pita bread on top of their shields. Maybe true, but like most everything else, it was probably first served up by the Chinese.

Chow Mein pizza, yum. And yes I know chow mein is actually an American dish. I wonder how you use the chopsticks!?!

How to celebrate – Order pizza today. Make your own pizza today. Try a white pizza for a change.

October 31st Halloween

Another year has passed and it’s that day of the year again where we all go out and get candy from our neighbors. Well, maybe not all of us… and maybe not all neighbors. In fact, the chance of getting visited by little monsters at your front door is getting to be less and less of a tradition anymore. Now we meet at malls and in parking lots.

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The idea of Halloween in the past was to ward off evil. When I was a kid Halloween was one of the most fun events on the calender, the chance to get candy, dress up in silly outfits and walk the streets of a safe neighborhood where friendly neighbors were thrilled to greet you.

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Many people celebrate the Fall Harvest instead. Those are the places where you eat pumpkins rather than pumpkins eat you!

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I miss the old Halloween. The one where it was fun to get a little scared and do a little scaring. Where candy wasn’t laced with something and front doors were always opened in good will and caring. And nobody gave out toothbrushes as a treat.

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How to celebrate – Decorate your yard for Halloween. Find the perfect costume for your personality. Go to a haunted house.