Saturday, October 31, 2009

just a little bit of pixie dust

Halloween originates with an ancient Celtic harvest festival called Samhain. The Celts believed that the spirits of the dead would visit them to damage crops and haunt the living. Years later, the Romans brought their autumn holiday, Feralia, a day honoring the dead, to the Celtic regions, influencing the Samhain festival. Finally, Christianity spread to the Celtic regions (in modern day England, Scotland, and northern France) and Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st to be "All Saints Day," later remamed All Hallows. The festival of Samhain (October 31st) was thus deemed "All Hallows Eve," and the name was eventually shortened to Hallowe'en.

There...a brief history of Halloween.

I didn't really celebrate it unless you call working the whole day celebrating. I did come up with this super duper Peter Pan outfit after being inspired by myself the other day. Look...I even stuck a red leaf in my hat (instead of a feather)!

I am completely falling in love with these vintage pin up girl prints, especially the ones by Gil Elvgren...soooo beautiful and sexy. The witch is probably my favorite of all time (well, besides the librarian). I like to think that every woman has a pin up girl somewhere inside her...

Wow...could I be any more of a dork? I think not. That's okay...dorks have it goin' on.

Witches are probably my favorite of all Halloween characters. They first started being associated with the day because it was said that all witches of the world gathered together when the seasons changed (April 30 and October 31st) to attend a party hosted by the devil. Remember some of these famous witches (or alleged witches) such as:
  • Morgan Le Fay
  • Glinda
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Baba Yaga
  • Lucy
  • Joan of Arc
  • Samantha
  • Hermione Granger

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Happy Halloween, all. It's probably my favorite holiday (then again...I love Valentine's Day...and my birthday...). There's something so romantic about the history, art, and characters associated with Halloween that I just can't helped but be absorbed with it. I think I'll go watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown now.

"I saw Lon Chaney walking with the queen...doing the werewolves of London..."



Grace Jaquelinne Emylia Lovenska Paath said...
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Poisoned Amour said...

great history lesson, lol.
love your costume, you look so adorable!

fhen said...

your outfit is fun!
to bad i didnt really dress up for halloween :(

Anonymous said...

Lovely... you're just too cute!

Malina said...

Thank you so much. :)
I like your costume!

Naddl said...

thank you for your charming compliment!

and I love your outfit for halloween, it looks so cute!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

The Peter Pan costume is great--though I'm always confused as to whether it is Peter Pan or Robin Hood...they look so similar to me!

Rachael.observing said...

thanks so much for the compliment on my costume!

Pin up portraits are always so gorgeous and your Peter Pan costume is adorable!

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

t expect an award on my blog and I've put a translator to help you in English that translates the whole page; O)

Patty Ann said...

omgggggggg so so so cute!!! who was your tinkerbell??

Who are you Weesha? said...

I LOVE your costume! I imagine u as Tinkerbell for some reason, but you make an adorable Peter Pan too!

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