Monday Morning Message | Happy Halloween

What face did you choose for your pumpkin this year? Is it funny? Scary? This week I want to share a few “fun facts” about this season’s sometimes-spooky holiday.

Perhaps the most famous icon of the Halloween holiday is the jack-o’-lantern, which is of Scottish or Irish origin. The original jack-o’-lanterns were used as lanterns by people who traveled the road at night. The scary face was to frighten away spirits or fairies who might otherwise lead them astray. They also were put on porches and in windows to cast the same spell of protection over the household.

Bobbing for apples also may have descended from a Pagan ‘baptism’ rite called a ‘seining.’ The water-filled tub is a latter-day Cauldron of Regeneration, into which the novice’s head is immersed. The fact that participants in this folk game were usually blindfolded with hands tied behind the back also brings to mind the traditional apple bobbing that we enjoy today.


Something to Think About:

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit front porch.” – Robert Brault


Weekly Challenge:

Funny one-liners you can use tonight with your trick-or-treaters.

  • What did one jack-o’-lantern say to the other?
    Cut it out!
  • What is a pumpkin’s favorite sport?
    Squash!
  • Why do jack-o’-lanterns have stupid smiles on their faces?
    You’d have a stupid smile too if you just had all of your brains scooped out!
  • What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
    Frostbite!
  • How do you repair a broken jack-o’-lantern?
    Buy a pumpkin patch!
  • What’s black, white and orange and waddles?
    A penguin carrying a jack-o’-lantern!
  • Why do pumpkins never quarrel?
    Because they have no stomach for fighting!

Words of Wisdom:

“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” -Erin Morgenstern

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” -Hal Borland

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” -Jim Rohn

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