Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Halloween is going to be a busy night for many people – opening the door and dishing out candy and other treats – and in some cases, hiding every time the doorbell goes. Why not add a bit of spice in to your Halloween this year with some of these clever ways to confuse trick or treaters?
1. Give away something other than candy. (Toothpicks, golf balls, bags of sand)
2. Wait behind the door until some people come. When they get near the door, jump out, wearing a costume, and holding a bag, and yell, “Trick or Treat!” Look at them, scratch your head, and act confused.
3. Fill a briefcase with marbles and crackers. Write on it, “Top Secret” in big letters. When trick-or-treaters come, look around suspiciously, say, “It’s about time you got here,” give them the briefcase, and quickly shut the door.
4. Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When trick-or-treaters come to the door, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!!!” Act like it’s a surprise party.
5. Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your dishwasher. Insist that it makes an unnatural “whirring” sound.
6. After you give them candy, hand the trick-or-treaters a bill.
7. Open the door dressed as a giant fish. Immediately collapse, and don’t move or say anything until the trick-or-treaters go away. When you answer the door, hold up one candy bar, throw it out into the street, and yell, “Crawl for it!”
8. When you answer the door, look at the trick-or-treaters, act shocked and scared, and start screaming your head off. Slam the door and run around the house, screaming until they go away.
9. Open the door and pretend to be drunk. Offer the trick or treaters a sampler of liquor (this is especially effective if the trick or treaters are with their parents) – this is a sure fire way to get rid of unwanted visitors!
10. Insist that the trick-or-treaters each do ten push-ups before you give them any candy.
11. Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their own candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.
12. Get a catapult. Sit on your porch and catapult pumpkins at anyone who comes within 50 yards of your house.
13. When people come to the door, jump out a nearby window, crashing through the glass, and run as far away from your house as you can
14. Answer the door dressed as a pilgrim. Stare at the trick-or-treaters for a moment, pretend to be confused, and start flipping through a calendar.
15. Instead of candy, give away colored eggs. If anyone protests, explain that the eggs are the only things you had left over from Easter.
16. Answer the door dressed as a dentist. Angrily give the trick-or-treaters a two-hour lecture on tooth decay.
17. Answer the door with a mouthful of M & M’s and several half-eaten candy bars in your hands. Act surprised, and close the door. Open it again in a few seconds, and insist that you don’t have any candy.
18. Hand out cigarettes and bottles of aspirin.
19. Put a crown on a pumpkin and put the pumpkin on a throne on your porch. Insist that all of the trick-or-treaters bow before the pumpkin and adore it. This is particularly effective if you live in a Southern Baptist neighborhood.
20. Dress up like a bunny rabbit. Yell and curse from the moment you open the door, and angrily throw the candy at the trick-or-treaters. Slam the door when you’re finished.
Since 1986, every third weekend of September, the city of Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire) found its Renaissance colors. Through a festival of a high culture, the city takes the guise of an old and true archery contest to get it back into the glorious past.
For four days in September, priority is given to street performances and the reconstruction of what daily life in the sixteenth century in the Velay would have been like. Tented camps, struggles with the sound of cannon fire, folk artisans, daily cooking and meal time, and pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostela to set up their tents and compounds for so they can rough it just like their ancestors.
Each year, several days after the school year has been out, the entire city and its people gather to live and work in the Bird King Renaissance Festival offering all who who attend the festival, to join them for the four days of the festival. Many attendees come in period costumes and they continue their adventure, learning and participating , but this time as actors. Thus everyone and anyone who attends, to the extent of their expertise, can live and work for a few days of friendship and folly in a time of history gone by.
An atmosphere that "breathes" the sixteenth century
Whether it's costumes, daily life, crafts, cooking, military camps, music and/or dance ... the sites and sounds of the King of the bird must "breathe, sound and look" just like the real sixteenth century.
Each year, the Renaissance du Puy-en-Velay is a real history lesson for many schools and their students. Students are thus likely to move between different sites and locals, exploring the different parts and surroundings of the festival. They take advantage of all of the activities that are scheduled for each and every day, many of which are much more educational than it may really seem.
Journey through a calligraphy workshop, through the learning of flavors, plants, weapons, metalwork from the many participants living and working at the festival and ending with the old games, diving headlong into the Renaissance is a full on life expericence you will never want to forget about.
In addition to the programs and festivities offered for the festivals large crowds. Many street performers and musicians will be strolling in and around the grounds, also at the many different venues that surround the festival. The King of the Bird is also an opportunity to share many moments of spectacles and emotions.
Concert In The Land of 1001 Nights
Ambassador Suleiman the Magnificent wanted to offer our first Sir Francis a gift that would be worthy of a king of his high quality.
Also, it is an evening full of perfumes and spices from the East, that will be seen and smelled during the ceremony: silk, coffee tables, mint tea, colored projections, as you will be the guests of His Highness the Caravensérail and have the chance of leaving you enchanted by the music of DAYAZELL at the nights concert!
At the opening of each of the dances, the group of dancers, well known throughout the city, and Pavanes Caprioli, offer evocative dances full of imagination and of the ball that would have happened at the time of the Renaissance period.
Then driven in turn by the groups: Picabofà, Zucati, and Tempradura Waraok, great balls of Velay and the Verbena Harvest, will provide an opportunity for everyone to discover his and her talents as dancers through the advice of Mr Sauret, the master of the ceremonies.
Finally, to complete the setting of the ball, the walls will be dressed with colorful images and the combination of poetry and surprise ...
The March of Time in the Footsteps of François IMore than ever, the approach is to take on the looks of different parts of Europe and its many cultures, the King of the Bird, in collaboration with the twinning committees department and the departmental committee of hiking. There has been a new, organized march to the festival with costumes and equipment from the Renaissance time period. The European guests of twinning committees and all those who might want to try their luck in the conditions of the 16th century, are invited to be at the church square of Polignac on Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m., to trace the route used by their ancestors in 1533 and by Her Majesty François. First by stopping at Le Puy Sainte Marie. At about 2:30, historic marchers parade through the city, partying and marching to the celebratory music and will meet up with the Consuls and other municipal officials of the city.
The promise for a better future for children born during the year, and for those aged. The seven harvests will be welcomed by all the people, cheering, in which water, light and nature become the guarantors of a bright future of every child, for they are the hero's of the day!
The Parade of Adventurers
Vellaves groups gather and get ready to embark on the third expedition of Jacques Cartier in Quebec ( the military, farmers, loggers, bad girls chained ...) walk and march in a procession from the home of Mgr Galard, to Martouret to bid farewell to His Majesty, François I.
Ceremony to the King
Courage is one of the virtues of the people of Vellaves, they are likely to want to sail with Jacques Cartier on his last expedition to his landing at Quebec ... However, before leaving the good town of Le Puy Sainte Marie and not knowing when they will see it again, they want to say goodbye to their sovereign people during a special ceremony, combining the art of music and dance, in a tribute to the military.
The Coronation of The King of the Bird 2011
The finals of the archery competition and the unique spectacle of the Coronation of King's, winner of the Bird 2011, will be held on Saturday, September 17th, in the large gardens of Henri Vinay Lice! Also of note, is that the coronation will result in many spectacular sights and sounds, including the Sonneurs Velay and the Alchymère acrobatic Company. An event not to be missed!
Presentation of "Embassies of Distant Lands"
Her Majesty will give the French representatives the first hearing to listen to them talk of distant lands and conquests, that they have recently discovered or have long been linked by trade and political relations. Thus, she will surely welcome, as it should be, the Embassy of Suleiman the Magnificent and the caravans of Samarkand, returning from their long journeys on the Silk Road, but also the brave passengers of the Isles and other settlements of the city, who presented the many exotic objects brought back from their expeditions to Aztec, China or in the frozen steps of other northern countries.
The Historic Parade
The traditional historic parade is on Sunday. Participants gather at the same time every year. Thousands of participants will start to convene at approximately 4 p.m at the cathedral, the parade will finnish up late afternoon at the top of the Boulevard du Breuil.
Shooting the Bird
Archery competitions and archery law are the main theme of the celebrations of the King Bird. Pull the bird was once a widespread custom throughout France. It was established by Charles V, after the close of many of the gambling halls and houses. Pull the bird was similar to kill the parrot or Papagaï (the name given to the parrot in Occitan), some of the other well known archery event that had taken place in Europe.
Le Puy-en-Velay, dates back to 1524. That year, archers and musketeers had organized into a brotherhood by the consuls and were allowed to compete in the bird to create a healthy rivalry among the younger members of their brotherhood, and thus, in turn to get the younger members to not "follow your lust of gambling and taverns or deal with a thousand other passions and dissolutions, how youth is subject ". The shooting of the bird was held annually after that.
The winner was proclaimed king for a year, during which he was entitled to wear the sword, to attend the processions to the rank of consuls and order " a company fusilhers arquebuziers with sergeans and drums". He was also entrusted with the keys of the city and was exempt from taxes. After a few interruptions in history, shooting the bird was done regularly until the Revolution. After this, an attempt to restore the custom of shooting the bird was held onSeptember 3, 1814. It was not until the inter-war period, from about 1920 to 1940, the tradition gained favor at Breuil Mercoeur, by historian Albert Vellaves Boudon-Lashermes.
Finally, it is with the creation of the Renaissance Festival and of the King of the Bird in 1986, that the city of Puy, reestablished the famous festival once again and became a popular tradition to this day.
The Assistance of the King of the BirdPlayoffs: Equipment, bows and arrows, is provided by the Organizing Committee of the King of the Bird. The playoffs will take place at du Breuil, Saturday, Sept. 17, after registration.
Final coronation of the new King and Prince of the Bird 2011: Finalists will compete in the gardens of Henri Vinay, Saturday, September 17th. After this competition, the winner will be announced and crowned "King", by the archer that reaches the heart of the bird target or the one that ends up the closest.
The Tented Camps
One of the greatest features of the King of the Bird is the impressive number of camps that take hold and populate the grounds around the city and allow the towns people to live and play in all pomp and circumstance of a Renaissance fare, recreating the festival of a time gone by.
Around Halloween every year a fair number of Christians express disgust at the idea of celebrating a "satanic holiday." To some Christians the very idea of Halloween is repulsive. Halloween and everything involved in it seems to strike a chord deep in the hearts of the most adamant Christian believers. It appears to be contrary to everything a Christian believes is good and holy with all of the evil ghosts, devils and witches floating about. But is Halloween really the evil satanic holiday that some Christians think it is?
The best place to begin is... at the beginning. There is a lot of literature available on the history of Halloween, including web sites and books. Some of it is even accurate! Most of it boils down to a few simple facts. Halloween appears to have started with the Celtic people. I say it "appears" to have started with them because they didn't write much down. They had a strong oral tradition much like American Indians. What we learn about Celts often comes from the writings of non-Celtic people (often their enemies). While there's a bit of truth to it, the writing obviously has to be taken with fair amount of skepticism.
What we do know with certainty is that the early Celtic people were not Christians. The Celts believed that there was a natural world and a supernatural world. They had gods, spirits, elves and fairies controlling and influencing their lives. However, since they weren't Christians, there was no concept of Satan! This means that from the very beginning Halloween was never intended to be a satanic holiday.
The earliest form of Halloween was a harvest festival, more like Thanksgiving than anything else. The Celts thanked their gods for the harvest and they consulted them for predictions about the next year. They believed that the natural and supernatural worlds were close enough to almost touch on Halloween so they did their best to use the
opportunity to get some helpful insight for the next year. Life was tough back then and they were trying to figure out how to make it through another grueling year in Ireland. Stories of worshiping the lord of the dead around this time are just that... stories.
Fast forward a few hundred years and we have people dressing up like pirates, Batman, witches and Elvis while they go out drinking. Meanwhile masked children are roaming the streets in search of candy. There are also a few obscure cults and Satan worshipping religions that have attached special meaning to Halloween. The question any Christian should be asking is whether any of those things matter. Is it wrong to dress like a pirate and ask for candy? I'm sure if you ask the question "what would Jesus do" that's probably not the answer you'll get, but that doesn't make it necessarily wrong. You'll have to measure whether dressing like a giant M&M and asking for candy is right or wrong based on your own values.
The cults and dark religions are a different issue. What if a group of people started sacrificing animals to Satan on Christmas? Would that make Christmas a satanic holiday? What about 500 years from now? Sadly, that is what has happened to Halloween. It has been hijacked over the years by different groups using it for their own purposes. Its meaning has been distorted over the years (purposely by some Christians) but the original intent was never to be anything other than a harvest celebration.
Perhaps it's time to take Halloween back. The next time you hear a Christian saying they don't believe in Halloween or they think it's evil, take a few minutes to set them straight. Tell them to take this opportunity to thank God for the harvest and ask for His wisdom for the upcoming year. After all, that's what the holiday was intended for. If you go out and get a bunch of candy, well then it would be a good thing to thank God for that harvest as well (you might want to pray for good teeth too).
This Halloween, instead of fighting against the holiday embrace the original meaning of it and use it as an opportunity to educate others. After all, it could be that the Celts had it partially right. Maybe on this one day, we're closer to the supernatural world. Maybe just maybe, if we use the opportunity to pray for wisdom we'll be able to get some of our own divine guidance for next year!