History of Halloween – Luiz Brazil
When you’re young Halloween is about scary costumes, candy, and haunted houses; and when you’re older it’s about partying late into the night. But what was Halloween about originally? Where did the tradition come from?
It started with the ancient Celts. Specifically their festival of Samhain, which marked the new year on what is now November first. It was the end of their harvest season, and the beginning of the harsh cold winter. This was a time associated with sadness, fear, and death — the realities of the time.
The Celts believed that this was a special night, when the barriers between the realms of the living and the dead were at their weakest. Those long past would return the world, causing trouble and even damaging the fall harvest.
The crossing over of the dead made it easier for the Celtic druids to work their magic, making predictions of the future. This was an important source of comfort for a people who lived in an uncertain and dangerous time.
This tradition of adopted by the Romans, and later the Christians. All Saints Day was an already established tradition on the first of November, and the day before came to be known as All-Hallows Eve, and today, as Halloween.
Still, the modern incarnation is relatively new. The Irish were the ones who brought the tradition to the new world, when they emigrated from their home country during the potato famine of 1846.
Spending Halloween in – Rachel Sterzai
There’s no shame in spending Halloween at home with your buddies or alone with your cat, because being at home can be just as fun as a night out. It all depends on what you decide to do. This year, if you want to spend an evening in, here are a few tips to make your regular night at home a little more festive!
Buy a box of candy and eat it all yourself (or share, if you want): Tiss’ the season, am I right? On your next trip to Zehrs grab a trick r’ treat size box of your favourite snacks and mow down.
Perfect movie marathon: The amount of spooky movies that exist is endless so compile a list of the best and the classics and go to town, you’ve got all night.
Carve some pumpkins: It’s not too late to make some jack-o’-lanterns! Google some stencils and make a masterpiece – even if it’s just for a night.
Holiday baking: There’s no better time than the holidays to get in the baking spirit. Grabs some groceries and hit the kitchen. Cookies are a quick and easy treat that you can whip up in 30 minutes or less.
Ghost-storytime: Get your friends together, grab a flashlight and take turns trying to scare each other with your creepy tales. Creepypasta.com has hundreds if you need some inspiration
Get in costume and take pictures to pretend you went out: Pics or it didn’t happen, right? Even if you don’t end up going out, it’s always fun to dress up and take some pictures with your friends. Also a good way to liven up your Instagram profile and prove to your parents that you did, in fact, have something to do on Halloween.
Five spooky things to do for Halloween – Joanna Ward
Downtown, NOTL, & Fort George Ghost walks
Nothing says Halloween quite like ‘real’ ghosts. Ghost walks down town, in Niagara-On-The-Lake, and at Fort George take you on a trip around town to ‘haunted’ historical locations and give you a quick lesson on the history of the place as well. Educational? Maybe. Fun? Absolutely.
Niagara falls is full of Haunted houses, and new ones pop up just for the Halloween season. Gather up your friends and head out to Clifton Hill for a spooky good time and you don’t even have to come up with a good costume.
Rocky Horror in support of Positive Living
For the last 14 years, the Oh Canada Eh dinner theatre have been putting on productions of Rocky Horror (without Tim Curry or Laverne Cox) at Halloween in support of Positive Living Niagara.
Howell’s family pumpkin farm
Who doesn’t like a pumpkin farm? People who don’t like fun, that’s who. Howell’s offers a barn where you can jump in straw, a tractor wagon ride, and a ‘goat walk’ where you get to hang out with and feed goats. It’s a great time for those who love autumn so much they started wearing sweaters in September even though it was way too hot.
And if you can’t afford that stuff, stay home and bake Halloween treats with your friends! A Halloween themed gingerbread house (full of candy of course) will get you and your housemates into the spirit and a delicious sugar coma without breaking the bank. Find a recipe online, split the money for the ingredients, and make a day of it
Going out on Halloween – Nick Brayford
Many students will be hitting the streets of downtown St. Catharines this upcoming weekend, as many places are putting on a Halloween themed event. For example, L3 is putting on a Halloween event, “Freakshow”, courtesy of XL Lifestyle (the company that puts on Frosh Circus). As well, many other bars will be jam packed as people get together to show off their clever, unique costumes. Make sure you think of a really good costume, because the last thing you want is to be just another *insert over-worn costume here*.
If you don’t like going downtown, maybe a house party is more suitable for you. Just talk to friends and see if any are happening. Check your Facebook events page, chances are you’ve been invited to a few already. If not, invite some of your friends over and have your own party. In my opinion, this is the best thing to do because you spend it only with your friends, and you can control everything about the night. Maybe you can find some awesome Halloween decorations, pick some scary music on spotify and think of some Halloween themed games.
Forget about school for a moment because Halloween is about having fun and de-stressing.
Just remember, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating a great holiday with friends, but do it responsibly.
Horror Films – Shannon Parr
It’s finally Halloween season and you know what that means – midterms! Just kidding, forget midterms, it’s time to sit down and marathon some of the great Horror films that you’ve been wanting to see. Of course, you’ll want to start with the greats. Although it is timely, I personally do not recommend Halloween, or any of that series – instead, why not sit back with your loved ones and watch through the Alien and Predator films; this includes Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Predators (2010). The list is a little long, but it is an adventure worthy of being taken. If you’re looking for something other than the alien/space horror genre, I sincerely recommend Creep (2014), the REC series, Trollhunter (2010) or the Grave Encounters series. There is also, of course, a couple horror films that are more funny than thrilling, which might be better for some of you who want to sleep or whatever. The cult classic Sharknado (2013) is good, but I also highly recommend The Cabin in the Woods (2011) for those who haven’t seen it and the classic Shaun of the Dead (2004).
Halloween playlist – Kat Powell
Scary good tunes: The Perfect Halloween Playlist
Halloween is upon us, and the social gatherings to attend or host are plentiful. If you’re throwing your own spooky bash or even if you’re just planning on chilling in your pajamas with a bowl full of candy (for trick-or-treaters… right), we have the ultimate playlist for having a bone-chillingly chill night.
We Only Come Out at Night – Smashing Pumpkins
Dracula – Gorillaz
Ghost – Neutral Milk Hotel
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – David Bowie
The Devil’s Rain – Misfits
Tear You Apart – She Wants Revenge
Go (ft. Blood Diamonds) – Grimes
Blood – My Chemical Romance
Little Ghost – The White Stripes
Seven Devils – Florence + the Machine
The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen
Highly Suspicious – My Morning Jacket
To listen to this playlist on Spotify, you can visit:
http://sptfy.com/1M16 or scan the QR code below