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The origins of Halloween

A jack-o’-lantern, one of the symbols of Halloween

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

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Jack-o’-lantern – The symbol of Halloween

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A jack-o’-lantern is a carved pumpkin, or turnip, associated chiefly with the holiday of Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern. In a jack-o’-lantern, the top is cut off to form a lid, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out of the pumpkin’s rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid is closed. This is traditionally a flame or electric candle, though pumpkin lights featuring various colors and flickering effects are also marketed specifically for this purpose. It is common to see jack-o’-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations during Halloween.

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Morticia Addams – The inspiration for horror movie hostess

Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams in the 1960s television series.

Morticia A. Addams (née Frump) is the fictional matriarch of “The Addams Family“, created by cartoonist Charles Addams and based on his first wife Barbara (who became the second wife of John Hersey, a colleague at The New Yorker and the author of Hiroshima).

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Vampira – the first horror movie hostess

We decided to start Halloween earlier and bring back to life the amazing horror art of 80s and 90s.

Here is the queen of scream: VAMPIRA!

Vampira in " Plan 9 from Outer Space"
Vampira in ” Plan 9 from Outer Space”

The idea for the Vampira character was born in 1953 when Maila Nurmi attended choreographer Lester Horton’s annual Bal Caribe Masquerade in a costume inspired by Morticia Addams in The New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams. Her appearance with pale white skin and tight black dress caught the attention of television producer Hunt Stromberg, Jr. (1923–86), who wanted to hire her to host horror movies on the Los Angeles television station KABC-TV, but Stromberg had no idea how to contact her. He finally got her phone number from Rudi Gernreich, later famed as the designer of the topless swimsuit. The name Vampira was the invention of Nurmi’s husband, Dean Riesner. Nurmi’s characterization was influenced by the Dragon Lady from the comic strip Terry and the Pirates and the evil queen from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Do you still remember Elvira The Mistress of The Dark?

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With all the movies we see on TV, Internet and also in stores (DVDs) we shouldn’t aspect young people to ever heard about The Mistress Of The Dark,  ELVIRA. Teenagers are captivated by movies like Hannah Montana,  and if we look now at Miley Cyrus she is not the best role model for kids and teenagers,  they all forget about art and real great movies that pass the biggest test: THE TIME!

Who or what is Elvira?

Elvira is a female given name. It is of Spanish origin, originally believed to mean “the white”. Other theories are that it is of Germanic or West Gothic origin and that the name means “alert” or “trustworthy”.

Elvira is a horror character created by Cassandra Peterson for a local horror show.

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