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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 10/19/17

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TOP HALLOWEEN PARADES IN THE UNITED STATES!!







  The Autumn season brings with it the cool air, pumpkins, the color changing in the leaves and most of all the fun! Who can resist a fun fall festival or parade. Below are some fall parades that will be going on in the U.S. Have fun.










The Village Halloween Parade In Manhattan, New York

    With 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, The Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan is said to be the most outrageous and most colorful Halloween parties in the United States. This parade has everything you would think a Halloween parade would have. Everything from huge paper-mâché puppets, jugglers, stilt walkers and break dancers and one of the hugest crowd of onlookers possible leading up in the millions. The parade takes place on October 31st at 7pm in Greenwich Village, along 6th Ave from Spring Street to 22nd Street.











New Orleans Halloween Parade ~ Krewe of Boo


    The Krewe of Boo in New Orleans is a Voodoo themed Halloween Parade that happens in the French Quarter. Come see a cast of scary creatures along with the Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau that will highlight the New Orleans' Krewe of Boo. The parade pays homage to the history and culture of New Orleans Unlike carnival parades, this one is a fund raiser for the city's first emergency responders, especially those who served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The parade is on October 30th, at 6pm, starting at Elysian Fields and Decatur and down to Canal Street and Convention Center Boulevard.












Toms River Halloween Parade

    Toms River New Jersey is having their 73rd Toms River Halloween Parade. Sponsored by the Toms River Fire Dept. Toms River claims this to be the 2nd largest Halloween parade in the US with everything from simple masks to full blown fire-breathing floats.
   With some 6,000 participants and 100,000 spectators, it is sure to be a wild evening. The parade takes place on October 30th at 7pm.










The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade

    The Anaheim Ca. Halloween parade takes place in Downtown Anaheim on October 30th. They are in their 74th year and they don't plan to slow down. This festival will have everything from a pancake breakfast, games, to costume contests and of course the Halloween parade. The fun starts at 11am and goes until 5pm. The parade will be at noon and will start at Harbor Blvd.












Salem Mass. Haunted Happenings


    How complete would Halloween be to visit Salem Massachusetts. Salem is full of haunting history, and every year starting in October through to Halloween night there are several events, festivals and parades that go on in this city. Some of the haunting events that are fun for kids and adults are:
    Fright Nights at the Witches Cottage, Tricks, Treats and Treasures, Spirit ways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village, Spirits of the Gables, Legacy of the Hanging Judge, Halloween Extravaganza at Vic's Boathouse, Ghost & Legends Trolley Tour and so much more.

HALLOWEEN AROUND THE WORLD, PART III!!






Australia

    In Australia they celebrate Guy Fawkes Eve as the day for Halloween or as it is also known Mischief Night or Danger Night.
   On this night it is a day for children to create mischief by doing tricks or getting a treat.
It is not widely done in Australia as it is in America and elsewhere, in fact most children in Australia celebrate it as dance at their schools or in other activities. Not as a day to create lawless or other mischief.











Estonia 

   In Estonia folktales tell of unsuspecting people who wander into village churches on All Saints' Day night only to find all the pews filled with ghosts who sit and kneel attentively while a ghostly priest celebrates mass at the altar.












France

    In France people celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day but not Halloween.
   French bellmen would walk through the streets warning of the arrival of, "The spirits are about to arrive!" Once everyone heard this they would all hurry to bed and shut their eyes.
   Today the French children beg for flowers with which to decorate churches and the graves of loved ones.











Guatemala

    In Guatemala, the advent season is a time of men dressing up as the devil in costumes playfully chasing children through the streets.
   To bring the season to a close on December 7, people are to light bonfires in front of their homes. They would toss accumulated garbage and other debris onto these. In the City fireworks explode into the night.
   This event is called the Burning the Devil or La Quema del Diablo.










Holland

    Saint Martin's Day, November 11th, is a celebration in Holland very much like "trick-or-treat". People in Holland go around getting treats by ringing on some doorbells, singing songs for which they are given sweets or tangerines. They go around with lanterns and here is one the songs they sing:
Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje,
Dat mijn lichtje.
Elf November is de dag,
Dat mijn lichtje branden mag.

Words to Sint Maarten Song.

   This is the story of why the Dutch celebrate Saint Martin. It was a dark and stormy night. Martin was quite alone on that dark stormy night. He only had a cloak and a singular piece of bread. He was returning home when suddenly a poor and homeless man appeared in the darkness. Martin felt pity for the man and gave him half his piece of bread, and half his cloak and offered him hospitality in his home. Now he is called St Martin and is known for his kindness to the stranger. That is why they celebrate Saint Martin's Day.










New Zealand

   In New Zealand they celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as the day for Halloween. It is popularly a night for mischief and is called Mischief Night or Danger Night, which is on November 5th.










Nigeria

    The Odo Festival is held to mark the return of the dead (odo) to those still living, this occurs in the village of Igbo Nigeria.
   The festival has three stages. The first stage is observed with ritual celebrations and festivities to welcome those returning from the spirit world. The spirits stay for six or more months. Their departure is an emotional affair as they will not return for two years.
   There are Odo plays featuring different characters in costumes. Most roles are by men with women as chorus members and as spectators.











Sicily

    Children in Sicily go to bed on November 1 well aware that outside, in all the graveyards, the dead are rising from their tombs and coming like Santa Claus to deliver candies, cookies, and gifts to leave for them in celebration of All Saints' Day.
   On All Souls' Day the Sicilian chefs mark the holiday with almond-flavored "bones of the dead", bone-shaped biscotti, with molded-sugar dolls, and with fave dei Morti, little Venetian cookies in the shapes of fava beans, a legume associated since ancient times with rites of the dead.











Vietnam

   Vu-Lan or Wandering Souls' Day is a festival celebrated by all Vietnamese. When a person dies it is believed their soul goes to hell where it is judged and, depending on the person's behavior on earth, is sent to heaven or kept in hell. Souls in hell can gain release by the prayers of the living. Wandering Souls' Day is the best time for these rituals. Hell's gates are opened at sunset and the naked hungry souls fly out, returning to the family altars.
   Tables are spread with a meal for the ancestors and 'wandering souls', and incense sticks and votive papers are burned. This takes place in large rooms or outdoors so there is plenty of room for the 'wandering souls' who have no relatives, or whose relatives have forgotten them.











Wales

   In Wales people build Halloween fires on the Vigil of Samhain. The celebration is very somber. Each of the family is to write his or her name on a white stone which is then thrown in the fire. Then all of the family members march around a fire, praying for good fortune. The next morning, after the fir has died out, each member sifts through the ashes to search for the stone. If any stone is missing, it means that the spirits will call upon the soul of that person during the coming year.

TOP TEN MAD SCIENTISTS!!


    • Johann Konrad Dippel (1673-1734)Germany


     
  • A fact that few know is that this alchemist and theologian of the seventeenth century, the inventor of one of the first synthetic dyes, he worked in the Castle Frankenstein, near Darmstadt, Germany, not clear whether the writer Mary Shelley was inspired by this character to create her famous novel. The truth is that Dippel spent much of his life in search of an elixir of immortality, and ironically died in the attempt to drink a potion of his invention.



    Jack Parsons (1914-1952)United States



     
  • Rocket propulsion researcher at one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA was also a believer in the occult and black magic practitioner. Part of the success of the space program of the United States is the work of this remarkable self-taught scientist. Friend of the 'wizard', English Alestes Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Dianetics. Parson's tragic death in a home lab cemented his legend.



    Oliver Heaviside (1850-1925)England



     
  • It is known as one of the founders of modern theory of electrical circuits and vector analysis in electromagnetism, and his ideas are evident to this day. He almost won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1912. He replaced the furniture in his house with stones of granite, was obsessed with chickens running over his bike, documenting what he ate, so he left detailed accounts in his diaries, he could make bowls and glasses of milk for days, suffering termofilia, fear of not being well covered for the cold. But the most bizarre was that he kept his sister Marry Way as his maid for 7 or 8 years, in a state of virtual slavery.




    Blondlot Rene (1849-1930)France



     
  • Although a respected scientist in his day, especially for his work with electromagnetism, is remembered for having 'discovered' the N-rays, "a new form of radiation that could never be proven and suspected it was a hallucination of his.




    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) Hungarian-US




     
  • Perhaps one of the most important inventors in history for his contribution in the development of the electricity industry (to him we owe the first practical use of the AC). The list of inventions (such as AC power generator, the induction motor, etc.). And ideas generated in life contrasts diametrically with his eccentricities. He never had a permanent home, as he preferred to live in hotel rooms where his demands were quite peculiar: he had a strange case of trifilia, a marked obsession that made him as daily for towels, pates or silverware in multiples of three. He left his hotel 3 times daily to go around the block and counted his steps, and always chose hotel room 207. He also washed his hands all the time, and had a terrible phobia of germs, and also developed an irrational fear of round objects. In addition, he experienced visual and auditory hallucinations. He came to regard pigeons as his only friends.




    Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) Germany




     
  • A disciple of Freud and one of the reformers of psychoanalysis, his figure and work are still controversial. Although the creator of many theories in the field of psychology, he is remembered, perhaps unfairly, for creating the concept of orgone, a kind of vital energy that could be stored in a device he invented. This led him to prison by order of the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, who considered him mentally unstable. And ordered the burning of many of his books on the subject. He died in prison. Out of this incident, many of his ideas have influenced other creative minds.




    Theodore Kaczynski (born 1942)United States




     
  • With an IQ of 170, this brilliant mathematician specializing in geometric function, a graduate of Harvard. Considered a young genius, he had rather peculiar habits. He suffered a pathological shyness and hated human contact. At a level of living in isolation in a cabin in the word of Montana. He began a campaign of terrorism by the nickname of "Unabomber. He had the authorities on his trail for nearly twenty years.




    Jacques Beveniste (1935-2004)France




     
  • His brilliant career in biology broke down when he published an article establishing the existence of certain elements in the water was suggested that it was biologically "active. His experiments claimed that water was the "memory of substances that had been dissolved in it. He was declared a fraud by the scientific community.




    Bruce Edwards Ivins (1946-2008)United States




     
  • This American microbiologist worked at the Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. In a 2001 bioterrorist attack with anthrax spores, he was one of the main suspects. Ivins committed suicide a few days before the FBI could file charges against him, so his apparent involvement in the events will remain a mystery.



    Trofim Lysenko (1898-1976)Ukraine




     
  • Under the regime of Stalin, this character led the agricultural science in the former Soviet Union. He claims the concept of Lysenkoism, a campaign against the genetic theory that was maintained for thirty years, arguing that this was contrary to the Marxist concepts and calling it a "bourgeois science". this model is currently interpreted as submission of science to the political interests of the state.

DIY HALLOWEEN PAPER CENTERPIECE!

  Another one of my finds while looking for some Halloween Ideas and inspiration.  I even made some of these and my wife, took it  to work and put them on her desk.  I really like these, the are also a good idea at Christmas time.  Brought to you by www.littleluna.com .  These are really simple and are a nice gift for someone special.

Misc. Monday - Halloween Paper Centerpiece





Hi Friends!

 In case you didn't get to see it over at Eighteen25 last week,
I thought I would post on here my tutorial for the

Halloween Paper Centerpiece

This project was SOOO much fun and would be an awesome craft nite with the girlfriends.

I hope you like it.

SUPPLIES:
- Box/Vase/Cart to use as Centerpiece Base
-Floral Foam (Found at the Dollar Store)
-Spanish Moss (Found at the Dollar Store)
-Skewers
-Paint
-Foam Brush
-Scrapbook Paper
-Hot Glue
-Embellishments

INSTRUCTIONS:


 
 
 
 

1. Begin by picking out your Halloween Paper (BEWARE: there are so many stinkin' cute ones at the Scrapbook stores right now!!), and cut TWO 12 inch strips that are 1 inch - 2.5 inches wide (per accordion flower).







 
 
 

2. Put two strips together and fold back and forth until you are all the way through. Then, hot glue the two ends together as well as the other ends so it makes a circle.
 
 
 


 
 
 

3. Push edges of strips IN to make an accordion flower. Hot glue center and hold, and do the same on back. For another tutorial on these flowers, I used one HERE.





 
 
 

4. Paint skewers the desired color you'd like and let dry. I stuck mine into the floral foam to dry.







 
 
 

5. I wanted to add a little something to the skewers, so I cut out .2 inch white strips of vinyl and twisted them along the skewer. My hubby is super smart and suggested I stick them in his drill, turn it on, and let the drill do the twisting. It takes seconds (isn't he smart?). (I used black electrical tape, something everyone has, for the stripping)





 
 
 
 
6. Add buttons or other embellishments to your flowers.
I used some of these FREE vintage Halloween Prints from Matthew Mead found HERE.



 
 
 
 

7. Hot glue skewers to backs of flowers. Set aside.
8. Add floral foam and moss to your centerpiece base.
I got my Halloween Box at Hobby Lobby for $7.
Not too bad. (when I made mine I used a styrofoam pumpkin)










9. Stick skewers through the moss and foam into your base and arrange as desired