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The devil is out to get you! The devil is out to get you!

One of the hottest message-minded costume options this year is a green jumpsuit covered in oil, with a ‘bp’ logo, where ‘bp’ stands for bad planning. The jumpsuit is reflective of the various transformations that make Halloween an eagerly awaited secular celebration and a retail boom occasion that leaves both advertisers and shoppers happy. That apart, all those lusciously huge pumpkins you grew in your hydroponics garden are now waiting to be utilized in ways that range from the creative to the outrageous. Take the pumpkin-smashing extravaganzas that some farmers use as a marketing spiel!

Folklorists link Halloween to the Roman feast in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, and the festival of the dead, Parentalia. But more commonly, it is known to originate from the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Roman Catholic Solemnity of All Souls Day, followed on November 1st by All Saints, better known as All Saints Day. Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest and the summer, was lodged ephemerally on the cusp of summer and winter, one world and the other. On this day, it was believed that spirits had easy access to the human world. People honored their ancestors and disguised themselves as harmful spirits to ward off the real ones. Versions of this tradition came to North America with the influx of Irish and Scottish immigrants in the 19th century.

Your jack o’ lantern will attract the little devils.Your jack o’ lantern will attract the little devils.Soon, the neighborhood kids will raid your house in colorful costumes. But they’re good kids, and they give you a choice – trick or treat. Elsewhere in Scotland, the children veritably sing for their supper as they go ‘guising’, a custom in which the child might display a talent to earn its treat. The custom of begging for treats dates back to the Middle Ages, where the poor would go from door to door on Hallowmas to receive food in return for prayers for the dead.

And how will those children know your house is full of delicious non-spooky surprises? Leaving an eerie jack o’ lantern on your porch is the best way to let them know. An old Irish folk tale talks of Jack, the lazy but shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. The Devil avenges this defeat by refusing Jack entry to hell when he dies. Jack, refused entry to heaven and hell, is mocked by the Devil, who throws him an ember that will burn forever. Jack carves out one of his turnips and places the ember inside it. He then begins wandering the earth to find a resting place. Thus he became known as ‘Jack of the Lantern’ or Jack-o'-Lantern.

Don’t get left out of the excitement, for Halloween is your chance to go on the scary overdrive and up the scary quotient in your lives! We end with a special scary tip – the prequel/sequel Paranormal Activity 2, which follows on the heels of Oren Peli’s blockbuster movie, released last week and is grossing millions. From its humble beginnings as a small-budget independent film, Paranormal Activity went on to become a haunted (and haunting) hit. The second edition surpasses the first in matters of evil, we are told. We’re going to be there, spooking the reel demons with our wacky Halloween attire. We better find you, or else – trick-or-treat!

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