The Meaning of Halloween | An All Hallows Toast 2015

Thank you for checking in with us during our 2015 Countdown to Halloween!  We shall see you all next year…  Until then…

Mothers have a holiday.  Fathers do too.  Veterans, the United States of America, laborers, pilgrims, grandparents, and Jesus all have holidays.  But do the children have one, a day that is all their own?  Yes.  Yes, they do.

There exists one night each year when the children make the rules, when they use their imaginations to the fullest, when they are given free reign of their worlds, when every door opened offers the opportunity for reward.  That night is Halloween.

Halloween is the one day out of the year that truly belongs to the children, the ones ages two to twelve, and the ones ages thirteen to 102 who refuse to grow up.  Halloween is the one night of the year when it is all right for each of us to return to the fantastic world of childhood, when we can allow make-believe things to scare us, and when we can dress up, be silly, and be ourselves – just as the children do.

So, here is to the children, both young and old, to the fantasies of youth, and to the one night when imagination knows no boundaries.  Here is to our holiday.  Here is to Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!


Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Creatures of the Night

The Big Scare is proud to announce the final installment of this year’s Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery.  We hope you have enjoyed all of the frightening images you have seen here.  We will be back with even more images next year.  Until then, take in the terror-ific sights of these Halloween frights.  We’ll be back in two days with another post.


Dinner on Halloween Night

The real question on Halloween night isn’t “What’s for dessert?”  It’s “What’s for dinner?”

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There are a variety of options out there when it comes to dining on Halloween night, before all of the trick or treating festivities begin.  Many folks opt for a traditional dinner.  They eat whatever they normally would before heading out for Ghost Night.  Some, however, get a little more festive.  They order special treats, like the Papa Murphy’s Jack-O’-Lantern Pizza.

But there are plenty of other options!  One thing is for certain, no Halloween dinner would be complete without the “Official Drink of Halloween”….  Chocolate Milk.  This year, Kroger stores are selling bottles of the creepy concoction with a “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” theme.  Paired with some Bat-Shaped Chicken Nuggets from Banquet…  That sounds like three cheers from The Wolf Man to me.

Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Jack-O’-Lanterns

Greetings, Boils and Ghouls!  Today we continue our series on The Big Scare featuring images that will bring the Halloweens of Yesteryear to electric life!  Today, we highlight the magic of the Jack-O’-Lantern.  Enjoy these boo-tiful creations.

Halloween Cardboard Die-Cut Gallery: Witches

They call it the season of the witch, so what better Halloween character to feature in today’s gallery than that of the Wicked Witch!

Evil Green Witch

Today’s gallery features depictions of the craftiest old crones in the history of Halloween.  The images seen here were produced from the early 20th century through the 1980s by a variety of manufacturers.  There are certain traits that most of the witches share.  Green complexions, long noses, warts, and capes appear on several of the witches in the gallery, and nearly all of them are seen riding brooms.  (The association between witches and brooms stretches back the Dark Ages where the first images of witches riding brooms were depicted on elaborately illustrated manuscripts.)  And while the broom is but one of a series of similarities, there’s really only one thing that all of the images truly have in common: the tall, pointy hat.  That conical hat was first associated with witches in the early 18th century; it became popular in Victorian storybooks, was donned by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, and, as such, has remained a staple of the witch’s wardrobe ever since.

Now that you have been educated on the origins of these witches’ outfits, feel free to delight in the devilment of the delightful die-cut art!

Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Treats of 2015 III

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The Countdown to Halloween continues with a look at some of the sweetest treats available this year.

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Halloween Treats are in abundant supply this year.  Rice Krispies Treats have gone into full-on Spook Mode this season.  The classic Kellogg’s sweets are now being offered as Halloween “mini-squares”.  Each box of Halloween Treats features 60 individually-wrapped snacks, all of which come in fashionably-freaky packaging featuring black cats, pumpkins, and spiders.  The fantastic box artwork is featured below.  These can be found at multiple retailers, including Target and Shopko.


Rice Krispies Treats (No Tricks!)

Stauffer’s is also getting in on the Halloween festivities.  They have released individually-packaged shortbread cookies.  But these are no ordinary shortbread cookies, they are Halloween-shaped shortbread cookies.  From ghosts to witch hats, these cookies are brimming with Halloween spirit.  Plus, the bags are absolutely boo-tiful.

Another company spreading Halloween cheer is Pillsbury.  The Dough Boy is bringing his inimitable Funfetti flavored cake mix to the Halloween Harvest Table.  This mix is certain to bring Halloween fun to a spirited new level.  So be on the lookout for these creepy concoction is stores now.  In the meantime, share your favorite Funfetti recipes in the comments below!

Dracula Returns to Theaters: Bela Lugosi’s Un-Dead


“Just a moment ago, I stumbled upon a most amazing phenomenon, something so incredible, I mistrust my own judgment…  Look!”

Bela Lugosi, the king of Terror, returns to cinemas for two nights only as Fathom Events presents Universal Studios’ Dracula: Double Feature.  The classic film, and its Spanish-language counterpart, will be playing in select cinemas on October 25 and October 28.  For a complete list of cinemas showcasing the Universal Monsters event, be sure to check out this link.  The terrifying trailer follows.