Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Origins Of Halloween

As the month of October approaches quickly, many people are already getting ready for one of the most popular holidays in fall – Halloween. Halloween dates back to over 2,000 years ago when it originated in Ireland. It all began with the Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year. It is also sometimes referred to as the “Celtic New Year.” The Celts believed that on this day, the world and the ‘Otherworld’ collided into one, allowing spirits to pass through. This is the reasoning for people getting dressed up in scary costumes – to keep away the harmful spirits.

Another interesting fact about Halloween is the trick or treating part. Today, it is widely known that you say, “Trick or treat” when approaching a house to get candy or other goodies. However, when Halloween first came to be, you had to do a trick in order to get a treat. If you didn’t have any tricks to show, you were not rewarded with a treat. It was almost like a prize to get candy and easily turned into a competition to see whose trick was better.

Today, Halloween is a time to get dressed up and pretend to be someone or something that you wouldn’t otherwise be. It is a day of fun and adventure for people of all ages. Haunted hayrides, carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, ghost tours, haunted houses and decorating with spooky items, just skim the surface of all the exciting aspects of this eerie day.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Welcome to the Active Acres Haunted Farm’s blog!

Starting October 2, once that autumn sun dips below the horizon, the animals head inside and the ghouls come out to wreak havoc on our adventurous visitors—you!  Whether you decide to embark on our Sleepy Hollow Hayride, wander our Haunted House, or navigate the new Field of Fright, we promise a deadly good time.
And after our ever-so-friendly night dwellers chill you to the bone, come warm up by one of our bonfires.  A bright fire, live music, and refreshments are a perfect remedy for some unsettled nerves.  From now through October, we’ll be updating this blog with scary stories from the farm and be sure to browse our site for more information about dates and ticket sales.  Hope to scare you soon!