In the news: It’s that time of year again!

The leaves are falling, the air is cold and crisp, and it’s time to celebrate ghosts, goblins, witches and everything Halloween. Come visit the ipl2 for some history behind this scary holiday along with traditions and treats to make the most of any Halloween celebration. 

Historical and Traditional Halloween

Halloween may be known as a time for costumes and treats, but the holiday did not start out that way. It came about as a Celtic holiday that marked the beginning of a new year by ending the summer crop and beginning the winter crop. On the night of October 31 the Celts celebrated Samhain, which was believed to be when the worlds of the dead and living became fuzzy. Once the dead returned to earth they enjoyed playing tricks by causing damage to crops. In the 1920’s and 1930’s Halloween in America became about “trick or treating,” which stems from the All Souls Day in England where poor people would beg for food and in return for the food, the poor would pray for the families’ dead relatives. Now, kids and adults beg for candy and wear costumes and celebrate by throwing parties. Check out the sites below to read more about traditions and history along with ways to make the most of your Halloween parties.

The history of Halloween and more!  (Find it on the ipl2)

The history channel gives a timeline of Halloween from the early days to present. A series of videos explains different aspects of Halloween such as pumpkins, witches, cultures, and the haunted history of the holiday.

The Statistics of Halloween  (Find it on the ipl2)

Contains facts and statistics regarding trick-or-treaters, pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns, candy, and costumes. Includes relevant place names in the United States, such as Transylvania County, North Carolina, and Tombstone, Arizona.

The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows  (Find it on the ipl2)

An essay about the historical origins of Halloween in the Samhain holiday, “the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year.” Also includes a brief bibliography. From the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

The Halloween Safety game  (Find it on the ipl2)

This game is a fun way to learn about Halloween and trick-or-treating safety. The site includes articles about Halloween traditions but also how to stay safe while executing those traditions. 

NEW! The Pagan Roots of Halloween

Want to know more about some Halloween symbols? Take a stroll through some Pagan roots and how these roots relate to this scary holiday on the Christian Broadcasting Network. 

NEW! Halloween Traditions

What is a Jack-O-Lantern? Ever hear of Mischief night? Factmonster will provide all the answers to these questions and answers to questions you never thought about for Halloween traditions..

Halloween- Party Time!

It is time for a party. Want to know how to roast pumpkin seeds? How to carve that perfect pumpkin? Or plan the scariest haunted house? Or plan the perfect Halloween meal? Well, you have come to the right place. These sites will help you plan a great Halloween party or small get together and everything in-between. Let’s get the celebration started!

Halloween online  (Find it on the ipl2)

Pumpkins, bats, and spider webs meet and “creep” you at this indispensable Halloween site. It’s been around a long time, since 1994. Everything Halloween in one click—costumes, Halloween parties, pumpkin carving, articles and more. Especially useful are the Halloween decoration tips and Halloween party resources.

PBS Kids  (Find it on the ipl2)

Collection of links to Halloween-related activities and content for children, such as a card creator, coloring pages, spooky sounds music maker, games, and write-your-own stories. From PBS Kids.

NBC news  (Find it on the ipl2)

Want to build your own haunted house? This is a great way to see what others have done and the economics behind the haunted house industry, as told by NBC news. This is no longer a kids holiday with adults now forking over cash to receive a good scare.

Costume idea zone  (Find it on the ipl2)

Are you the creative type? Do you start planning your Halloween costume in May or June? Then, the Costume Idea Zone is the place for you. Offbeat, unusual and just downright clever ideas will set you on the path to winning a best costume contest on Halloween night.

Better homes and gardens  (Find it on the ipl2)

Scare up some delicious Halloween party food with our easy-to-make Halloween recipes. Make a creepy cupcake or tasty punch. And don’t forget to build your gingerbread-hunted house.  

How to build a haunted house  (Find it on the ipl2)

Time to make the house haunted. Everyone loves a good scare and building your own haunted house can do just that. Ehow gives simple and elaborate ways to build your own haunted house.

 Grab your favorite costume. Plan a trick!  Take your favorite treat!  And come celebrate everything Halloween!

Reminder: You can now subscribe to ipl2’s newsletter and weekly blog posts via email as well as RSS. The “Email Subscription” feature appears prominently in the upper left page on the ipl2′s News and Information WordPress blog. Subscription is free and open to all!