[Surfnetkids: 26 Oct 2011] What is Halloween?

[Surfnetkids Free Newsletter] What is Halloween?


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#1. October 26, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to publish my big list of Halloween Resources. Ready? Here goes:

Halloween Games

More Halloween Games

Halloween Coloring Pages

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Fun

Halloween Jokes

Halloween Dot to Dot Puzzles

Free Halloween Music

Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween Recipes

Using Halloween Candy in Math Projects


If you have some Halloween sites you’d like to share, you can do so at Halloween Fun: Submit Site or by leaving a comment on this post on my Seasonal Fun site.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. What is Halloween?

by Barbara J. Feldman

What is Halloween? Printable (** for premium members only)

Boo! Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again, when goblins and witches roam our streets in search of trick-or-treat candies. But, what exactly is Halloween? This week’s sites explore the origins of the holiday and how Halloween celebrations have changed over the years.

Halloween History
This two-page mini-site lacks illustrations, but has a spooky-looking design that suits its subject. This article covers the story of the Jack O’Lantern (“The term is not particularly common outside North America, although the practice of carving lanterns for Halloween is.”) and the history of Halloween costumes. “Costuming became popular for Halloween parties in America in the early 1900s, as often for adults as for children. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.”

Halloween is Here: Halloween History
Halloween is Here tells the story of Halloween, including why we bob for apples, wear masquerade masks, and why witches ride on broomsticks. “The witch is a central symbol of Halloween. The name comes from the Saxon wica, meaning wise one. When setting out for a Sabbath, witches rubbed a sacred ointment onto their skin. This gave them a feeling of flying, and if they had been fasting they felt even giddier.” Other sections of the site offer rancid recipes, ghost stories, costume ideas and safety tips.

History.com: Halloween
“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.” History.com presents Halloween with links to related topics such as History of the Jack O’Lantern and full-length video episodes about monsters, vampires, and Dr. Frankenstein.

… Click to continue What is Halloween? .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

What is Halloween? Printable

Halloween Wikipedia Printable
Halloween Recipes Printable

Halloween Costume Ideas Printable
Halloween Party Ideas Printable

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#4. Related Games

Halloween Games

Halloween Coloring Pages

More Halloween Games

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Red Ribbon Week
Oct 23-31, 2011

Jonas Salk’s Birthday
Oct 28, 1914

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
Signed Into Law

Oct 28, 1998

Statue of Liberty Dedicated
Oct 28, 1886

First Internet Transmission
Oct 29, 1969

Stock Market Crash
Oct 29, 1929

Captain Thomas Preston Acquitted in Boston Massacre Trial
Oct 30, 1770

John Adams’ Birthday
Oct 30, 1735

Harry Houdini’s Death
Oct 31, 1926

Halloween Recipes
Oct 31, 2011

Halloween Costumes
Oct 31, 2011

Halloween Pumpkin Carving
Oct 31, 2011

Fun Halloween
Oct 31, 2011

National Magic Day
Oct 31, 2011

American Indian Heritage Month

Aviation History Month

Alfred Wegener’s (the Father
of Plate Tectonics) Birthday

Nov 1, 1880

President First Occupies the White House
Nov 1, 1800

National Authors Day
Nov 1, 2011

Day of the Dead
Nov 1-2, 2011

Marie Antoinette’s Birthday
Nov 2, 1755

Daniel Boone’s Birthday
Nov 2, 1734

First Scheduled Radio Broadcast
Nov 2, 1920

Over 8 Million American Women Vote for
the First Time in History

Nov 2, 1920

International Space Station Inhabited
Nov 2, 2000

#6. Quote of the Week

“Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” ~~ Robert Browning ~~ (May 7, 1812 – December 12, 1889) British poet, playwright. Click here for more Optimism quotes.

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