Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.
Because Protestant England did not believe in Catholic saints, the rituals traditionally associated with Hallowmas (or Halloween) became associated with Guy Fawkes Night. England declared November 5th Guy Fawkes Night to commemorate the capture and execution of Guy Fawkes, who co-conspired to blow up the Parliament in 1605 in order to restore a Catholic king.
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.
According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.
During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire.”
Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.
The National Retail Federation expects consumers in 2010 to spend $66.28 per person—which would be a total of approximately $5.8 billion—on Halloween costumes, cards, and candy. That’s up from $56.31 in 2009 and brings spending back to 2008 levels.
According to the National Retail Federation, 40.1% of those surveyed plan to wear a Halloween costume in 2010. In 2009, it was 33.4%. Thirty-three percent will throw or attend a party.
In 2010, 72.2% of those surveyed by the National Retail Federation will hand out candy, 46.3% will carve a pumpkin, 20.8% will visit a haunted house, and 11.5% will dress up their pets.
We'd like to thank all of our 2013 visitors....especially the ones that made it to ALL FIVE EVENTS!!!
2013 is our 13th year in operation and boy did we attack it with a BANG. Not only were we able to accomplish three nights of our home haunt, but we are now OFFICIALLY Professional Haunters and have completed not just one but TWO professional events this year.
We began our haunted journey by performing at the Ghoulish Gala 13 in Turlock at the Stanislaus Fairgrounds. It was a successful event in which we had a lot of fun. Shrieks and screams filled the building as many of our visitors filtered through the Wicked Doll House, The Zombie Hospital, Scarecrow Row complete with a corn area, The Clown Carnival and The mad scientists' human to reptile transformatorium. We cannot also forget the two mazes inside which hid some scary roaming actors.
Opening Night brought "The Darkness" back to Deathworkz and our visitors had to brave the darkness with only a glowstick to light their way through. The monsters inside were INTENT on stealing away their glowsticks and many of them achieved just that!! Congrats to those of you who made it through with your glowstick!
Sunday brought Deathworkz' favorite Thrill Seeker Scare night. Since we really gave it to you last year, we toned it down a bit this year, but still had a bloody/gory good time! SO many of you request this night and we are SO happy to provide it to you and you can BET it will be back for 2014!!
Halloween Nights performance was a bittersweet one as we said goodbye to two castmates that have been with Deathworkz for numerous years. Our line was ridiculously long but we got EVERYONE who made sure to show up early to get in line through the haunt. We had some of the best screams, the most awesome sound of laughter and absolutely NO incidents this year! Special shout out to our increased Security Staff.
Thank you ... to so many of you for your return to our haunt, for sharing your screams and laughter with us and for being a huge source of support to our haunt family.
Lynette and The Deathworkz Crate of Crazies
We recently entered a special fx zombie makeup contest and won!!! Our very own Joshua Taylor has made the front cover of Haunt Nation Magazine. Haunt Nation Magazine is a fantastic new source for all things haunted.
You must check it out here: Haunt Nation