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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people celebrate the Fall Harvest instead. Those are the places where you eat pumpkins rather than pumpkins eat you!
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.
How to celebrate – Decorate your yard for Halloween. Find the perfect costume for your personality. Go to a haunted house.
It is fitting that the night before Halloween would be Mischief Night. You know, the night where you go soap windows, fling toilet paper, knock on doors and run away, throw eggs and rotten tomatoes at houses, cars and whatever happens to cross your path.
It is said that it started in 19th century England. Perhaps it was before the tradition of giving candy to children the next day. I’m thinking it might not be the brightest idea to do any of that stuff to anyone you are going to ask to give you something the next night.
I think the attitude has changed somewhat these days though. People save the toilet paper because, well… have you checked out the price of toilet paper lately! They just spray the soap off their windows making them clean again and you are likely to get shot if you go knocking on doors. Eggs and rotten tomatoes are a different thing though.. they actually cause damage so you should avoid those.
If you want to do something funny for mischief day you could cover someone’s lawn with pink flamingos! It’s a little costly but at least it doesn’t cause any real damage or get you thrown in jail. Keep the mischief in your mind where it belongs.
How to celebrate – Plan all the evil things you can do for Mischief Night, just don’t do them. Do mischief to your own house and then blame someone else. Scramble up those eggs and add tomatoes to them.
Frankenstein is very popular, after all… this is like the 30th Frankenstein Day we’ve had this year already (not really it’s only three but who’s counting). The fact is, Mary Shelly really hit it big (I wonder if she lived long enough to know it). And what makes today even more special is apparently it was created by Frankenberry Cereal!
Frankenstein is probably the most popular monster ever created (don’t tell the Mummy or Werewolf). There are at least 54 movies created that either feature Frankenstein or he makes an appearance in. That’s even more than Rocky! And that’s not even counting television! He has been portrayed as evil, funny and even love-able.
Now that we are close to Halloween, he will be even more visible than ever. Although, recently he has become a little less of a monster than in past years. Now kids dress up as political figures, various Pokemon creatures and those always scary ballerinas.
Frankenstein is an international wonder. A part of him is British, French, American, Swedish, German, Hungarian, Russian, Brazilian, Spanish… well, you get the picture. He got the legs, arms, heart, kidneys, liver…
So enjoy another of the many Frankenstein Days. There’s enough of him to go around and his wife, The Bride of Frankenstein covers his days off. Invite Frankenstein over for an evening of fun and merriment… just don;t leave any of your spare body parts laying around.
How to celebrate – Read Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Try and build your own Frankenstein. Realize that monster is an ugly word.
Okay, so we all know Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 21 years old. Wow, what an imagination! With Halloween and Frankenstein Day both coming up soon, it’s nice to kick it off with a Frankenstein Friday. The idea was created by Ron MacClosky, who appropriately won the “Franky” award for doing so.
I mean, who doesn’t know about Frankenstein? Children, adults, other monsters… we all know about Frankenstein! I even wrote a play about a fashionable, intelligent Frank Einstein (Available on Playscripts.com). The monster has been played as sad, humorous, curious and just about any other emotion you can imagine.
The thing is, his name shouldn’t be Frankenstein because that was his creators name. If want his last name to be Frankenstein then, okay… but he needed to be given a first name as well. Maybe that’s why he roamed the countryside so angry all the time. How would you like it is people only called you by your last name!?!
He is probably the only monster ever created that heart could really have belonged to daddy. He was very conflicted as well. He had one arm that had belonged to a man named White. The other belonged to a man named Wong. That makes it easy to understand that in the heat of the moment, he might not be able to know White from Wong.
So, you might ask why do we celebrate Frankenstein Friday? It’s simply because if we didn’t we might find ourselves Abbey Normal. Think about it.
How to celebrate – Read the first chapter of Frankenstein but wait to read the rest on Frankenstein Day. If you want a good laugh, watch “Young Frankenstein”. Experiment n your own by mixing parts from a Barbie doll and a GI Joe.