Saturday, July 24, 2010


  1. For a late night snack you have a craving for brain pudding instead of ice cream and pickles.(still might be all if you're a pregnant zombie)
  2. You start grunting a lot and pointing instead of speaking words. (more than just being in the bathroom)
  3. You drag your feet a lot while walking.
  4. Hygiene and using the bathroom are a thing of the past.
  5. You turn gray and green, your hair falls out occasionally, your teeth rot, and you become boney BECAUSE YOU'RE DEAD!!!
  6. You tend to sleep walk a lot with your eyes open.
  7. Hang out at the mall  to be with your dead friends. (I might be thinking of teenagers)
  8. Sometimes find a gutter to sleep in. ( more comfortable because you really don't care, BECAUSE YOU'RE DEAD!!!)
  9. Lose different body parts over time. ( ears, eyes, fingers, toes, hair, etc....)
  10. Often find yourself rummaging through the trash at the county dump. (almost like dumpster diving, except on a bigger scale!)
  11. The last time you changed clothes was 3 or 4 weeks ago.(imagine wearing the same underwear for that long period of time, oops I could be wrong.  Athletes do that if they're on a hitting or winning streak, don't want to mess with MOJO!!)

Sunday, July 18, 2010


   I know it may be a little early but I also love Christmas.  I have been writing alot of articles about Halloween time.  So here are some phobias that people may have during Christmas time.  Many people dread the Christmas season for many reasons.  Although the season is stressful, most people don't have actual phobias connected with the holidays.  But Christmas is stressful to many.  And it seems to aggravate a lot of phobias.
  • Ochlophobia or Agoraphobia-(Fear of crowds) It also includes fear of lines, traffic jams and even social events.  Many people suffer from just the fear of not pleasing others during this season and end up overwhelming themselves with too much responsibility.
  • Katagelophobia-(Fear of ridicule or embarrassment) this might include not giving the right gift, being around family and their comments, Christmas party pranks, etc.
  • Mythophobia-(Fear of making a false statement) slipping and telling a secret you shouldn't, or what someone got someone, etc.
  • Pogonophobia-(Fear of beards) sounds crazy but some people fear Santa's beard.  And suddenly men with beards are abundant during Christmas.
  • Pediophobia-(Fear of children) It seems odd, but some people fear kids.
  • Ecclestaphobia-(Fear of churches)
  • Pediophobia-(Fear of dolls) more toy are on display and these people find it stressful.  A normal grocery store suddenly might have dolls to sell where they normally did not.
  • Dronophobia-Fear of driving on expressways) with traffic a mess during the holidays, those who hate freeways usually avoid them.  More traffic means greater chances you off-streets are not available due to accidents or being jammed up.
  • Doraphobia-(Fear of fur)
  • Cherophobia-(Fear of fun) believe it or not, some people fear smiling and having a holly jolly good time.
  • Clinophobia-(Fear of going to bed) for some it's being afraid of the dark.  For others it's a gear of missing out on what's going on.  For others they are afraid they'll never wake up if they go to bed.
  • Phonophobia-(Fear of loud talking or noises) some people actually panic over holiday music pumped over the speakers at malls, stores, etc.  And, others simply can not tolerate loudness in any way.
  • Decidophobia-(Fear of unable to make decisions) Christmas time is full of decisions and for those that have a hard thime with them, or are afraid of making the wrong one, this is a bit of an overload for them.
  • Xenophobia-(Fear of strangers) this of course would not apply to going to malls, church, etc. because these people simply would not go there. But Christmas is a time when you never know WHO might pop in?  For those who fear strangers, this can suddenly be devestation.
  • Haphenphobia-(Fear of being touched or having to touch others) a surprise kiss under a mistletoe or a holiday good cheer hug for these people is like a sudden slap and totally throws them off-balance.
  • Hodophobia-(Fear of traveling) this is a bit different than agoraphobia because these people are not afraid to leave home, they just have a fear of HOW they leave the house.  With some, as long as they walk it's fine.  But public transportation, flying, etc. is a major problem.  For others, traveling is all based on how far they determine in their minds a travel is.  For some travel isn't travel if it's in the same town.  For others it's only if they leave the state.  And yet for others travel is simply NOT being in you home.


  1. Japan-the Japanese celebrate the "Obon Festival" (also known as "Matsuri" or "Urabon") which is similar to our Halloween in that it is dedicated to the spriits of ancestors.  Special foods are made and bright red lanterns are hung.  The lanterns are lit and then set afloat on the different waterways.  During the "Obon Festival", a fires is lit every night in order to show the ancestors where their families might be found.  "Obon" is one of the main occasions during the Japanese year when the dead are believed to return to their birthplaces.  Memorial stones are cleaned and dances performed.  The festival takes place during July or August.
  2. Korea-their festival is know as "Cusok."  It's at this time that families thank their ancestor for the fruits of their labor.  Families pay respect to these ancestors by visiting their tombs and making offerings of rice and fruits.  It takes place in August.
  3. Mexico, Latin America and Spain-Halloween is know as "El Dia de los Muertos."  It is a joyous and happy holiday, it is a time to remember friends and family who have died.  Commemorated on November 2 (All Souls' Day), the three day celebration actually begins on the evening of October 31.  It is to honor the dead who are believed to return to their homes on Halloween, many families construct an altar in their home and decorated it with candy, flowers, photos, fresh water and favorite foods and drinks of the deceased.  A basin and towel are left out in order that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.  Candles and incense are burned to help the departed find their way home.  Families also clean up the gravesites of their deceased family members.  The grave is then adorned with flowers, wreaths or streamers.  Many times, a live person is placed inside a coffin, which is then paraded through the streets while people toss fruit, flowers and candies into it.  On November 2, relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic and reminisce.  During some of these gathering people may even partake in drinking tequila and mariachi bands will play.  American Halloween is gradually taking over this celebration. 
  4. Sweden-"Alla Helgon Dag" is celebrated from October 31st to November 6th.  "Alla Helgons Dag" has an eve which is either celebrated or becomes a shortened working day.  The Friday prior to All Saint's Day is a short day for colleges and school-age children are given a day of vacation.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010


   As one of the world's oldest holidays, Halloween is still celebrated today in many countries around our blue planet.  It is in  North America that it has most of the popularity.  Every year, 65 percent of Americans decorated their home and offices for Halloween. The only other holiday to exceed it is Christmas.  Halloween is the holiday when the most mount of candy is sold and is second only to Christmas again.  So lets start our country countdown and see what they do for Halloween.

  1. Austria- some people will leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table before going to bed on Halloween night.  They do this because it was once believed such things would welcome the dead souls back to earth, on a night which is believed by the Austrian people, to be brimming with strong cosmic energies.
  2. Belgium- they believe that it is unlucky for a black cat to cross your path and also unlucky if it should enter a home or travel on a ship.  The custom on Halloween night is to light candles in memory of dead relatives.
  3. Canada-Halloween celebrations in Canada began with the arrival of Scottish and Irish immigrants in the 1800's.  Pumpkins are carved and the festivities include parties, trick-or-treating and the decorating of homes, just like we do here.
  4. China-Halloween is know as "Teng Chieh".  Food and water are placed in front of photographs of family members who have passed away, lanterns are lit in order to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night.  Worshippers in Buddhist temples fashion boats from paper in many different sizes, they are then burned in the evening.  The purpose of this custom is as a remembrance of the dead and in order to free the spirits in order that they might ascend to heaven.  They call these spirits "pretas", they are the ones who died as a result of an accident or drowning and whose bodies were never buried.  The presence of "pretas" among the living is thought to be dangerous.  Different societies are formed to carry out ceremonies for the "pretas", which includes the lighting of lanterns.  Monks are invited to recited sacred verses and offerings of fruit are presented.
  5. Czechoslovakia-chairs are placed by the fireplace on Halloween night.  There is one chair for each living family member and one for each family member's spirit.
  6. England- in the early years children made "punkies" out of large beetroots, upon which they carved a design of them.  Then, they would carry their "punkies" through the streets while sing the "Punkie Night Song" as they knocked on doors and asked for money.  In rural areas, turnip lanterns  were placed on gateposts to protect homes from the spirits who roamed on Halloween.  Another custom was to toss objects such as stones, vegetable and nuts into a bonfire to frighten away spirits.  These sacrifices were employed as fortune telling tools.  If a pebble thrown into the fire at night was no longer visible in the morning, then it was believed that the person who tossed the pebble would not survive another year.  If nuts tossed into the fire by young lovers then exploded, it signified a rough marriage.  The English ceased celebrating Halloween with the spread of Protestant Reformation.  Since followers of the new religion did not believe in Saints, they saw no reason to celebrate the Eve of All Saints' Day.  However, in recent years, American "trick or treating", together with the donning of costumes for going door-to-door, has become a popular pastime among English children.  Many adults of older generations have little ideas as to why they are being asked for candy and are usually not prepared to accommodated their small callers.
  7. France-Halloween is not celebrated by the French, in order to honor the dead and departed ancestors.  It is regarded as an "American" holiday.  It was virtually unknown in the country until around 1996.
  8. Germany-the people put away their knives on Halloween night.  The reason for this is because they do not want to risk harm befalling the returning spirits.
  9. Hong Kong-Halloween is know as "Yue Lan" (Festival of the Hungry Ghosts). It is believed that spirits roam the world for 24 hours.  Some burn pictures of fruit or money, believing these images would reach the spirit world and bring comfort to the ghosts.
  10. Ireland-believed to be the birthplace of Halloween, it is still celebrated as it is in the U.S.  In rural areas, bonfires are lit as they were in the days of the Celts and children dress up in costumes to spend the night "trick or treating".  After the visiting , people attend parties with neighbors and friends.  Many games are played, including "snap-apple," in which an apple on a string is tied to a doorframe or tree, and players attempt to take a bite out of it.  Parents often arrange treasure hunts with sweets or pastries as the treasure.  They also play a card game where cards are laid face-down with sweets or coins beneath them.  When a child selects a card, he or she receives whatever the prize might be.  A traditional food is eaten called "barnbrack."  A type of fruitcake with a muslin-wrapped treat baked inside, so it is said, can foretell the future of the one who finds it.  If the prize is a ring, then that person will soon be wed and a piece of straw means a prosperous year.  Children are also known to play tricks upon their neighbors.  One of which is know as "knock-a-dolly," where they knock on the doors of their neighbors but run away before the door is opened.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


by Sandra Liatsos

There's a goblin at my window,
A monster by my door.
The pumpkin at my table
Keeps on smiling more and more.
There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
A witch whose face is green.
They used to be my family,
Till they dressed for Halloween.

by Mary Jane Carr

Witches flying past on broomsticks,
Black cats leaping here and there,
White-robed spooks on every corner,
Mournful moaning in the air.

Goblins peering out of windows,
Spirit-things that rap and run-
But don't be scared-it's just October,
Having one last hour of fun!

Monday, July 5, 2010


 Oct. 23, 2009 Sharon Falsetto

   The witch is a symbol of Halloween , yet many people do not know the legends and folklore associated with broomsticks and why witches are green.
   Just as the pumpkin and haunted hotels are synonymous with Halloween, so is the witch.  There are many myths, legends and folklore associated with the popular Halloween witch and it is difficult to determine exactly how the common Halloween image of the witch evolved.  However, many legends surrounding witches appear to date back to Medieval times.
   Witches were persecuted for several centuries before a series of Witchcraft Acts (1541-1735) of Medieval Europe spurred an even greater fear of witches.  Fact or fiction, many tales abound concerning the images and practices of Medieval witches.  Today, the Halloween witch is depicted as a green, ugly, old lady who owns a black cat and rides a broomstick.
   Witches are famously depicted as green; the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz is immortalized in the color of green.  Witches may be green due to the brutal beatings witches received in the Medieval witch hunts; usually, old, unattractive women were victimized in the role of the witch although sometimes young women or men were targeted too.
   Witches were beaten to "confess" their evil magic and dragged through the streets with  green, blue, and black bruises on their faces from their beatings.  In addition, Medieval witches often had teeth knocked out and their hair was in wild disarray from the beatings, leading to the popular image of the witch today.

   Brooms were common household objects in Medieval Europe and many peasants used them.  There were a number of plants available which had hallucinogenic properties; one such plant was Belladonna and it is said that, when combined with Wolfsbane, the hallucinogenic properties convinced witches that they could fly.  Belladonna and Wolfsbane have often been associated with magic and used in fictional tales. 
   Another theory is that witches cleaned their broomstick with a potion made from many of the different hallucinogenic herbs available and witches "rode" their broomstick as a way to rub in the potion.  However their is no conclusive evidence from Medieval times to support the theories of witches riding or flying broomsticks.