Monday, October 21, 2013


   This diy was found at www.lifeartcollide.blogspot.ie .   This was another cool and wonderful element to add to your indoor Halloween decor.  Especially, it could be the centerpiece of your kitchen table, with a matt black table cloth.  Happy Haunting!

DIY Crystal Ball


GLASS CANDY DISH on a metal pedestal, no plastic parts as this will be going in the oven! Works best if the dish has a lip around the top, more visible in the pictures below. I found my dish at a garage sale missing the top and covered in dust, oh the possibilities!!

GLASS GLOBE - NECKLESS TYPE - only the globe not the entire lamp kit. The neckless type will sit level in the dish.The globes also come in clear, none in stock...darn! Picked mine up at Lowes - $8.99.
BLACK SCULPEY - 8 oz. (227 g) block - I purchase my Sculpey at Michaels

WHITE GLUE - WELDBOND - I use Weldbond as it stands up to the heat of the oven.
PEARL-EX in Aztec Gold - again I get mine at Michaels

GLITTER GEM STICKERS - I buy mine at the Dollar Store.
DANGLING EARRINGS - I buy mine at, where else, the Dollar Store.
LIGHT/S - I used a battery powered LED light like the one shown below. Just remove the globe, flick on the LED light and replace the globe...easy!

1. Apply a 1/8 in thick x (however wide your dish dictates) strip of black Sculpey around the edge of the dish. **Apply a little Weldbond to the dish where the Sculpey is applied. Lightly press Sculpey into place.

2. Cut out leaves from black Sculpey, add veining and dust with gold Pearlex. Don't apply the Pearlex to the area of the leave that will attach to the black strip going around the edge of the candy dish or it won't adhere.

3. Apply the leaves to the edge of the dish pressing firmly into place. Apply more Pearlex to the band ensursing that all the black Sculpey is covered. Poke a small hole 1/4" from the end of each leaf big enough for the wire on the earrings to fit through.

4. When you're happy with your design, place the entire dish in the oven and bake according to the directions on the Sculpey package.

5. When the dish is baked and cured add a few glitter gems and hang the earrings from the leaves.
place your LED light in the bottom of the dish, replace the glass globe and get ready to tell a few fortunes!!


   The history of Halloween costumes ~On November 1st over 2000 years ago, in what is now known as the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern France, the Celts celebrated their new year. This date marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the cold, dark winter season, often associated with death. It was Celtic belief the on the night before the New Year the veil between the land of the living and the land of the dead because blurred. This night they celebrated Samhain. Celts believed ghosts haunted the land and damaged crops. This night was also thought to allow the Druids and Priests to possess a heightened ability to predict the future. For the commoner, these predictions would be a comfort and an insight into the coming dark winter that lie ahead.   Druids built large bonfires where the people would gather to sacrifice crops and their animals to ancient deities.
   The Druids also wore costumes consisting of animal skins and animal heads to mark the celebration and to spread their prophecies. When the celebration subsided the Celts would re-lite their home fires from the celebration bonfire to protect their home with the worshipped god help during the coming dark winter. After the Romans had invaded and conquered most of Celtic land by 43 A.D. two traditional festivals, the Celtic Samhain and the Roman, were combined.
   Feralia, the first day of the Roman festival traditionally occurred in late October and we celebrated to remember the passing of the dead. The second day, Pomona, was to honor the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. This may be an explanation of the traditional Halloween practice of today called "bobbing for apples". Christianity had become a part of the Celtic lands and in the 7th century, Pope Bonfire IV designated Nov 1st as a day to honor Martyrs and Saints, All Saints Day. This celebration was also known as All-Hallowmas or All-Hallows and was widely believed to be the popes attempt to make the dead related Celtic festival a church-sanctioned holiday. The night of Samhain, the night before it, started to be called All-hallows Eve, which soon was named Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, November 2 was named by the church as All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. Like Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and people dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. The combined three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were then called Hallowmas.

Halloween Traditions of Trick or Treat and Halloween Costumes

   "Trick-or-treating", the American tradition of celebrating Halloween is very similar to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. Poor citizens would beg for food and be given pastries called "soul cakes" by families and in return they promised to pray for their dead relatives.
   The ancient practice of leaving wine and food for spirits was replaced by the soul cakes with blessing of the church. Soon children adopted the practice of "going a-souling"; visiting the houses in their neighborhoods to collect money ale and food.
   The modern tradition of dressing up in adult Halloween costumes and kids Halloween costumes has both Celtic and European roots. Many hundreds of years ago the winter was an uncertain time. With people being scared of the dark and low on food the constant uncertainty of the short winter days would set in. On Halloween it was believed that ghosts would come back to the earth plane and would be encountered if anyone left their home. To avoid being recognized by these unearthly spirits, people would adorn masks and Halloween costumes when they ventured out after dark in the hopes these ghosts would mistake them for one of their own. To appease these ghosts, people would also leave food and drink outside their homes to prevent them from entering.

Evolution of Halloween

   New European immigrants brought their Halloween costumes and their customs with them to America. Because early New England contained a strict Protestant belief system, celebration of Halloween in colonial times was extremely limited.
   A distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge as the beliefs and customs from the different European and American Indians melded. In Maryland and the southern colonies this holiday was much more common. During "play parties", citizens took part in the public celebrations of the harvest by telling stories of the dead, dancing, singing and telling each other's fortunes. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and jokes. Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the middle of the nineteenth century, but yearly fall festivities were common.
   Towards the end of the nineteenth century the full celebration of Halloween began. With the new rush of English and millions of Irish immigrants escaping Ireland's potato famine of 1846 Halloween was celebrated nationally. Along the same lines of Irish and English traditions, Americans began to wear Halloween costumes and go house to house begging for food or money, a practice that is now today's "trick-or-treat" tradition. Youthful women believed they could predict the appearance and the name of their future husbands by doing tricks with apples parings, string or mirrors.

   In the late 1800s, the tradition gravitated away from pranks, spirits, divination and witchcraft to a more neighborly holiday. At the turn of the century, Halloween costume parties for families became the most common way to celebrate the holiday. These parties focused on Halloween costumes seasonal foods and fun Halloween games. Now parents were encouraged through local media to remove the grotesque and superstitious overtones that Halloween was typically associated with. By the beginning of the twentieth century these efforts came to fruition and once again the Halloween traditions were altered.
   By the 1920s and 1930s, the October 31st Halloween holiday had become a celebration with Halloween costume parties, Halloween parades as the national Halloween entertainment. All that attended wore Halloween costumes of ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Despite the best efforts of communities, vandalism began to ravage the Halloween celebrations during this time. By the 1950s, community leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween mainly evolved into a holiday for the young. Because of the baby boom of that era, parties were moved from the local centers into the family home and the local schools to accommodate the numbers. Also from 1920 to 1950, the ancient practice of trick-or-treating was also rekindled. Door to door "trick-or-treating" was a great inexpensive way to bring about the community to share in the Halloween spirit.

   Today Americans spend an estimated $6.9 billion every year on the Halloween tradition, making it the second largest commercial holiday.


    In the United States and all around the world are hundreds of haunted places. But did you ever think that while on vacation, the place you choose to sleep could be the very place a ghost or spirit is looking over you? Haunted hotels are known to be the most haunted places on earth.

Kate Morgan

Hotel Del Coronado

    This hotel is located in California and is known to be haunted since 1892. It is also considered to be one of the top resorts in the U.S. There have been reports of voices and apparitions coming from all floors of the hotel. It is also reported that Kate Morgan, a young woman in her 20's was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her body was found on the steps to the front entrance of the hotel. Ms. Morgan is she ghost haunting the rooms of the Hotel Del Coronado.

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel ghost

   The Stanley Hotel is located in Colorado and has a lot of hidden secrets and history behind it. Author Stephen King is known to stay in this hotel when in need of inspiration. His best selling book, "The Shining" is based off of the Stanley Hotel. There have been reports of children laughing, mostly in the ballroom, and sounds of piano playing. The ghost is known to be Freelan O. Stanley and his wife, who was once a piano player. He has been known for stealing guest jewelry and visiting their rooms in the middle of the night.

Crescent Hotel and Spa

Crescent Hotel ghost

   The Crescent Hotel and Spa is known to haunted since 1886 and is located in Arkansas. The ghosts and spirits in this hotel are not so friendly and are considered to be dangerous and don't enjoy guests. It has been reported that the spirits appear through mirrors and seems as though they are trying to reach out. Guests and staff members have recorded seeing hands come through the walls and mirrors.

Myrtle's Plantation

Myrtle's Plantation ghost

   Myrtle's Plantation has been proven to be one of the most haunted hotels in America. This hotel is located in Louisiana. Built in 1796 by General David Bradford was a place meant for this man and his family. But today is haunted by 10 ghosts that were murdered and didn't leave the earth on a good note. Most of the ghosts are known to be children. There are reports of a little girl skipping up and down the stairs, then disappears.

Provincial Hotel

Provincial Hotel ghost

   The Provincial Hotel is located in New Orleans and was built many years ago. It is known to be haunted by soldiers and hospital patients that have suffered throughout that time period. There have been reports of screaming and moaning of wounded soldiers along with blood stains that disappear seconds later. Also, there are feelings of being watched and followed. A lot of these paranormal activities have been caught on tape by ghost hunters.

Heathman Hotel

   Heathman Hotel is located in Oregon. There have been reports of multiple ghosts lurking the halls and rooms of this ancient hotel. The ghosts and spirits are known to do odd and spooky things. To let their presence be known, there are reports of moving objects, tapping, and faces appearing in dark corners. There have also been cold spots in one particular area in a room and voices have been recorded on an EVP.

Carolina Hotel

   The Carolina Hotel is obviously located in North Carolina and has been visited by many paranormal investigators. The investigators discovered this hotel is being haunted by William Jocoks. Mr. Jocoks was a man that lived in the hotel for over 20 years and was known to be a very angry man. His appearance is what spooked a lot of guests that entered their rooms. The described him as a large, tall, heavy-set man, dressed in an all black suit. It has been reported that a feeling of being watched was constant and William was always playing jokes. The man would always turn the door knobs as if trying to enter the room and appear on the foot of the bed several times a night.

Sagamore Hotel

    In New York there are plenty of haunted hotels, but this one seems to get more attention than others. There are reports, once again, of multiple ghosts that appear to be less friendly than most. It is proven that a little boy haunts the golf course and pulls off the wall tricks on the golfers when on the course. The boy is known to throw golf balls from behind trees and a loud burst of laughing is always heard afterwards. On other occasions, there are reports of a woman dressed in all white, entering every room of the hotel at different times of the night. The identity of the spirits are unknown.

Ramada Plaza Hotel

   There is not much information on this hotel and the paranormal activity that occurs. Guests have spoken and admit that something different happens everytime to a different person. This hotel is located in Wisconsin and is built on well-known land. It is proven that this hotel was built on top of underground tunnels that were used by Chicago gangsters. The tunnel ends in the hotel's basement. Walter Schoreder was the owner of this hotel and was murdered on the property. He is the spirit lurking the halls of his enchanted palace. Walter is known to turn the lights off and on in the rooms and the faucets turn on mysteriously. There have also been reports of screaming and banging on the walls