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Monday 1 October 2018

It's October, the tenth month of the year !

image from here

"It won’t be long before we’re deep in October, but what is the tenth month of the year famous for?

Well, did you know it is named after the Latin word for eight — ‘octo’ — as it was originally the 8th month of the Roman calendar? Or that it is the same month Sir Walter Raleigh, Che Guevara and Harold II met their untimely deaths? Or that October is when we celebrate Hallowe’en every year?

You knew that last one, right?

As we’re morbidly fascinated by it, here are our top 10 favourite facts about Hallowe’en!

1. Hallowe’en has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain marking the final harvest of the year

2. Why October 31? Because it was the last day of the year in the old Celtic calendar

3. The name is a contraction of All Hallow’s Evening, also known as the night before All Saints Day (“hallow” being the Old English word for saint)

4. Hallowe’en and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are very different celebrations: Hallowe’en fears the dead, Día de los Muertos celebrates the dead

5. Which is why people started wearing masks at Hallowe’en - so the ghosts wouldn’t recognise them!

6. ‘Trick or Treat’ dates back to the 9th century when beggars would knock at houses for a type of biscuit called ‘soul cake’ — in return for a prayer

7. The colours orange and black are traditionally associated with Hallowe’en as they represent harvest and death

8. Samhainophobia is the fear of Hallowe’en

9. According to tradition, if you wear your clothes inside out, and walk backwards on Hallowe’en, you’ll see a witch at midnight! 

10. 10 years ago, consumer spending on Hallowe’en in the UK totalled £12m — now it is a £300m+ industry! (I'm sure consumer spending in many other countries is also high) 

That last fact is enough to give you a fright, isn’t it?" 
Words above from Mary Mocklow here

How about some Spookily Friendly Peppers For Halloween !
more details here 

Enjoy the month of October 
All the best Jan


Tom said... those peppers.

Jo said...

Another year whizzing by. Love the peppers.

Linda said...

I love those peppers. While I would not eat them, I would eat out of them. Cute idea.

Valerie-Jael said...

Lots of fun information today. I must try out number 9! Valerie

mxtodis123 said...

My favorite time of the years. Yummy peppers. Funny, until I joined WW, I never liked peppers but when I began looking for ways to make my grilled chicken more tasty I began making peppers and onions. Grew to love them.

Ygraine said...

Wow...those facts are so interesting. Numbers nine and ten are particularly fascinating...and I had no idea there was a phobia attached to Halloween for some people!
And I just adore those peppers...what a brilliant idea! :))

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Happy October to you! The pepper are cute!
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Cheryl said...

Peppers are great fun.

When our children were younger we spent Halloween in America.
It was terrifying. They really go to town there, people were literally hiding in shop doorways etc dressed as vampires or the like. My children were petrified.
Boo is enough for me now but I loved all the historical facts. So interesting.

DIMI said...

Hello! I Love Halloween,but unfortunately we don’t celebrate it here in Greece!
Thank you for all the information! Like the pepper decorations! So preety indeed!
Wishing you a lovely day and a happy October!

Chris Lally said...

Thanks for the giggle, Jan! Love those peppers.

Martha said...

Happy October! Wishing you a wonderful month ahead.

Christine said...

Fun facts on Halloween!

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

Awesome colors;-)


A pesar de que en el sur de España las temperaturas siguen siendo altas, nos encontramos ya empezando un nuevo otoño.


A Casa Madeira said...

What a beautiful image.
Around here we always eat a lot of salads.
Thank you for your presence in the house.
Post new all day first.

Lowcarb team member said...

"A pesar de que en el sur de España las temperaturas siguen siendo altas, nos encontramos ya empezando un nuevo otoño.


Google Translate:
Although in the south of Spain the temperatures are still high, we are already starting a new autumn.


Elephant's Child said...

We really don't celebrate Halloween here. The stores push it but I don't think many people play.

Crafty Green Poet said...

those peppers are brilliant!

This N That said...

Thanks for all those facts! Very interesting. We are approaching my favorite time of year. I’m so glad that summer is over. It was not a nice one! Love the peppers .Have a great month.

DMS said...

Those peppers are too cute! Perfect for the season. I can imagine that lots of money is spent every year on Halloween between candy, costumes, and decor. :)


Bob Bushell said...

Happy October to you.

William Kendall said...

There's actually a term for a fear of Hallowe'en?

Lorrie said...

I'm not particularly fond of Halloween. I think people have taken it too far. It's fun to have the trick or treaters come to the door and give them candy, but that's about all we do. Maybe we'll make a jack o lantern.
All that money makes me shake my head!

Carla from The River said...

This was fun trivia. :-) I love those peppers. :-)

It's me said...

I hope october brings you health...and good days ...enjoy love Ria 🧡🌻🌾🍁🍂🍄

Iris Flavia said...

#4 I knew, it´s still creepy. If actually a very good thing as you cannot do anything about dying after all.
#6 was new to me and #9 is hilarious! I might even give it a go!! :-)
Last year we had one kid trick or treating, one!!! It´s not a German thing (yet).

Pam said...

Great info! Here in Tn and all around the states Halloween is a big business. Decorations outside, inside and then the costumes bring the money value in! Personally, I have always LOVED Halloween and fall, so seeing Oct come made me very happy. But I had to ask where Sept went cause it seemed to really fly by!

Bill said...

Happy October to you too. Fun Halloween info and those peppers are awesome. Very creative indeed. Enjoy the day!

Lois said...

What a cute idea with the peppers!

happyone said...

Cute peppers! : )

Magic Love Crow said...

Great post Jan!!! Really enjoyed it! Thank you! Big Hugs!

Lisabella Russo said...

Thanks for the information, it was fun! Those peppers look fantastic.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Fun facts about Halloween! I am amazed how this holiday has grown to such worldwide and epic proportions. I think I read that more money is spent on Halloween decorations now than on Christmas!

Gloria Baker said...

Love these peppers and I love fall. We arein spring but my favorite is Fall ! xo

carol l mckenna said...

Informative post and lovely photos for Oct! ^_^

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