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With palm trees rustling in the wind and eerie shadows cast over the ocean, you can feel that Halloween is almost here.
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were curious about “things that go bump in the night” and decided to do some research on Halloween.
Originally called “All Hallows Eve” – Halloween dates back over 2000 years ago to pre-Christian Celtic festivals in Ireland that honored the dead.
Bonfires were lit to aid souls as they journeyed to the underworld.
A day when ghosts, goblins and spirits of all kinds might be about, it was a day when mischief could happen.
Later incorporated into the beliefs of Christianity by the Catholic Church, the day evolved into the scary day that it is now…with costumed merry-makers going house-to- house asking for treats.
A holiday that is celebrated worldwide, today Halloween is second only to Christmas in America when it comes to consumer spending with close to $8 billion going for treats, costumes, decorations, parties and more.
So, if you’re in a spooky mood, join in the festivities – carve a pumpkin, drink apple cider, trick-or-treat, or party on the beach!
Just be sure to clean up after – your apple cores and candy wrappers!
Stash Your Trash on Halloween
When you’re dancing around the fire
watch out for goblins, ghosts and gyres.
It’s nice to have a yummy treat…
Good and Plenty’s, Reese’s Cups, and candy corn to eat.
But, don’t toss your trash on the beach
when recycling cans are in reach.
Remember that Bag Monsters are always near.
You never know when they’ll appear.
With bulging eyes and shark-like teeth to chew,
If you litter, they’ll get you!
SurfWriter Girls Sunny and Patti
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