Halloween, Doorbells, Pumpkin Carving, Magic, Psychic Powers, Knock-Knock Jokes, and Caramel Apples

October 31, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my spooky fiends. Today is Sunday, October 31, 2021. October 31st is the 304th day of the year, and 61 days remain.

Halloween

Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31 – the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain Festival. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.
The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Halloween” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scottish, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, the word evolved into Halloween. Although the phrase “All Hallows’” is found in the Old English mass-day of all saints, “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself was not seen until around 1556.
North American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th century give no indication that Halloween was celebrated there. The Puritans of New England, for example, maintained strong opposition to Halloween, and it was not until the mass Irish and Scottish immigration during the 19th century that it was brought to North America in earnest. Confined to the immigrant communities during the mid-19th century, it was gradually assimilated into mainstream society and by the first decade of the 20th century, it was being celebrated coast to coast by people of all social, racial and religious backgrounds.
Although there are still plenty of ghosts and ghouls, Halloween has evolved into a secular, family-friendly event, and over 40 million children trick-or-treat in their neighborhood each year. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “trunk-or-treating”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The word “trick” refers to “threat” to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
To celebrate Halloween, I hope that you have lots of “treats” on hand for all of the spooks, goblins, superheroes, and princesses who come knocking on your door this evening – you don’t want to get “tricked”. As much as you may want to go to the extra effort to reward the little imps, refrain from giving out homemade treats unless you know the children and their parents well. In today’s sick and twisted (and litigious) society, most responsible parents throw away home-made treats anyway.
Factoid: 
One-quarter of all the candy sold in the United States is purchased for Halloween.

National Doorbell Day

National Doorbell Day is celebrated each year on October 31st. Even if you’re a total “ding-dong” you should be able to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the, unique tones, buzzes, and/or rings that alert us to visitors at our doors every day of the year. This holiday was created by NuTone™ to celebrate the innovative development of the first melodious door chime invented by J. Ralph Corbett during the Great Depression and to honor the door chime you will receive tonight as the “Trick or Treaters” come to your door. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Doorbell Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.  Mr. Corbett’s invention replaced the knockers that often alerted residents to visitors in the past.
On Halloween, doorbells will ring more than any other day of the year. Nearly 50-million American children dress up and trick-or-treat every year and the doorbell is the primary way they announce their arrival at your house.
Celebrate National Doorbell Day by making sure that your doorbell is in proper working order so you can greet your costumed visitors promptly this evening.

Carve A Pumpkin Day

Carve A Pumpkin Day is celebrated annually on October 31st. You needn’t be an agronomist, or an artist, to deduce that this holiday urges us to channel our “inner artist” today and carve a pumpkin. This is a holiday for all of you procrastinators out there who have not yet taken the time to carve your jack-o-lantern. It is your last chance to carve your pumpkin before the “trick or treaters” arrive.
If you don’t have, or can’t find your patterns from last year, don’t bother rushing to the store to buy some new ones, they’re probably already sold out anyway. You’ll have to carve your pumpkins free-form. As you celebrate Carve A Pumpkin Day today, be imaginative. Carve something out of the ordinary. On the bright side, you won’t be limited by the “cookie-cutter” patterns that your more-prepared neighbors used to carve their boring jack-o-lanterns. Yours will be unique.
Author’s Note:
Don’t forget to save the seeds for roasting later.

National Magic Day

National Magic Day is celebrated yearly October 31. Contrary to what you might think, this holiday does not celebrate legerdemain, or the mystic arts. Rather, this holiday was created in honor of Harry Houdini, the world famous magician and illusionist who died on this date in 1926. The Society of American Magicians, known for its professional and charitable works, promotes public events and exhibits for the week leading up to this day.
To celebrate National Magic Day, read about magicians and illusionists, or learn a magic trick to surprise the “trick or treaters” who visit you tonight.

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day 

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day is celebrated each year on October 31st. You don’t need to be psychic to conclude that this holiday urges you to strive to increase your psychic powers – but if you’re already psychic, you already knew that. This holiday appears to have roots in England back to the nineteenth century, but there is no written documentation to verify this fact.
Many people claim to have psychic powers, but I have one question. Why is it that the first thing a ‘psychic’ asks you is, “How can I help you?” Shouldn’t they already know? They’re psychic! I mean, really!
If you believe that you may have psychic abilities, Increase Your Psychic Powers Day was created just for you. And, what better time to improve your psychic abilities than on Halloween, the one day a year believed to have the highest concentration of supernatural activity? This website will help you get started.

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day 

National Knock-Knock Jokes Day is celebrated annually on October 31st. You don’t need to be a comedian to figure out that this holiday celebrates those sappy, corny bits of humor – knock-knock jokes.
If you’re looking for the answer to the perennial question, “Who’s there?”, this is the holiday for you. It’s a day to tell knock-knock jokes to your family and friends. Celebrated on the same day as Halloween, it gives another reason for kids to knock on their neighbors’ doors. Knock-knock jokes don’t have to be funny. In fact, sometimes the louder the groan, the more satisfying the joke.
To celebrate National Knock-Knock Jokes Day, simply tell as many knock-knock jokes as you can.
Let me get you started.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I covered this holiday? 

National Caramel Apple Day 

National Caramel Apple Day is celebrated annually on October 31st. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates one of the world’s favorite candied fruits – caramel apples. My research did not find any information regarding who created this holiday or why October 31 was chosen to celebrate it. However, I did discover that caramel apples were invented by Dan Walker, a sales representative for Kraft Foods, in the 1950s – and that red candy apples were created long before caramel apples.
Caramel apples are created by dipping or rolling apples-on-a-stick in hot caramel, and sometimes then rolling them in nuts or other small savories or confections, and allowing them to cool. More elaborate apples use white chocolate over the caramel to hold a variety of candies, nuts or cookies. Tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fiji apples are preferred to contrast with the soft, sweet caramel.
To celebrate National Caramel Apple Day, simply enjoy a caramel apple today. If you don’t want to bother making some at home, caramel apples are often available in most supermarkets this time of year, so you can easily just buy one.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

 

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