Set at 19:40 on October 20, 2009
A short history of Halloween
The ancient origin of Halloween comes from the Celts. They celebrated November 1 as the mark of the new year, the beginning of the cold and dark season. They believed that the night before (October 31), the boundaries between life and death were blurred, and that the dead would walk the earth. In celebration, they dressed in costumes (animal heads and skins), built bonfires, and told fortunes. As the Romans conquered these lands in the 1st century, Roman and Celtic festivals were combined.
Early on, Halloween celebration in America was sparse due to the rigid religious beliefs of the 'New world', but it was celebrated in some areas. It was not until the Irish potato famine that the immigrants brought with them the further popularization. 'Trick or Treating' soon became a well-known standard. Halloween in America today is a community-centered holiday, and I am totally proud to live in a society where I can openly adore it. And on this profile, I shall celebrate it all year 'round ;)
-A personal section-
I was born in the month of October, so all things 'October' have always been close to my heart. Every time I was getting ready for my own personal festivities, the world as I knew it was decorating for Halloween. There are so many reasons to love the holiday. Even with conservatives trying their hardest to squash the idea as 'evil', it has lived on, and continues to get better with time.
So growing up, I would oftentimes receive Halloween cakes instead of the conventional birthday cake. What an awesome season- a time when you can be a witch, a vampire, a werewolf... all those things that people would raise their eyebrows at any other time of the year. You can turn yourself into a legend of myth and folklore. Not the people of today who call themselves *real* witches and *real* vampires~ but the glorious storytime characters that are supposed to be fake. That's what makes it fun. Time to be creative and imaginative. As I have explained elsewhere on Vampire Rave, Halloween is the one time a year when people can feel free to knock on anyone's door and (for the most part) be happily greeted. It's a time for community and camaraderie. People are walking the streets at night for a change, and it's really quite safe in doing so.
I've always enjoyed books and movies with gothic and horror themes. That's no novelty to a site such as this. But my interests are still my own. Like so many of you, I adore Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Interview With The Vampire, The Lost Boys, and more. My collection is pretty vast.
Vampires: I am passionate about the fictional vampire. I like to spin tales and dive into my inventive side. Everything I conjure is an absolute fictional creation and supposed to be. Fiction has no boundaries and shouldn't. I prefer the fairytale witches and vampires over the modern-day versions. This is insanely fun and enjoyable for me to decorate, tell stories, and escape the everyday world. Halloween is a wonderful time, a magical time, and my personal favorite time. I also have the pleasure and honor of living in a place where this theme is prized and celebrated as it should be.
Images on this profile came from this website, all free Halloween graphics. The avatar is a screenshot of my character on World of Warcraft (level 80 Night Elf Death Knight- at the time), flying on my magic broom to Stormwind after trick or treating in Goldshire ;) 'Hallow's End' season in-game is one of the coolest times to play. I also adore 'Winter Veil'... but hey, this profile is about Halloween ;)
Some great Halloween websites:
The History of Halloween
Halloween on the net
All About Halloween
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