Halloween, a beloved holiday for some and a lifestyle for others. People who live and breath Halloween or Samhain, are now in trouble with the banning of the Season Greetings of allowing children to be creative while having fun.
What is Samhain? Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.
How did Trick or Treat Begin? Trick-or-treating is said to have been derived from ancient Irish and Scottish practices in the nights leading up to Samhain. In Ireland, mumming was the practice of putting on costumes, going door-to-door and singing songs to the dead. Cakes were given as payment.
Halloween pranks also have a tradition in Samhain, though in the ancient celebration, tricks were typically blamed on fairies.
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Spirit of Children: Brings fun and funding to local hospitals at Halloween and all year round by providing monetary donations, Halloween costumes, accessories, decorations, and so much more. Our mission is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families through support of the Child Life department at partner hospitals in our local communities. Since 2007, Spirit of Children has raised $65 million to provide Child Life funding for art, music, aquatic and pet therapy programs as well as the purchase of educational items and toys used for distraction during medical procedures, and much more. 100% of every dollar donated supports the Child Life Department in our 144 partner hospitals across the United States and Canada.
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Ween Dream: Provides free Halloween costumes to children in need. Our volunteers believe every child should be able to dress up and participate in Halloween, regardless of his or her family’s ability to buy a costume. We collect donated costumes (both new and gently used) throughout the year. When we receive a costume, we put certain information about it into our system (size, gender, description, etc.). In August, we start reviewing ‘WEENSTER applications. Parents or guardians fill out a form that tells us the child’s age, size, and desired costume. We try to match ‘WEENSTERs with costumes we already have. If we don’t have a costume for a child, we add him or her to our ‘WEENSTER Pumpkin Patch so that someone will (hopefully) purchase the particular costume needed for that child. Whether through general costume donations or our ‘WEENSTER Pumpkin Patch, we try to get costumes to as many applicants as we can before Halloween. We accept costume applications from all over America and try to help as many kids get costumes as possible, no matter where they live.
Scares that Care: As a 100% volunteer organization, we are focused to fight the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families who are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden by raising and providing $10,000 per recipient family.
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