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Story contest "How I will be celebrating Halloween"
Halloween stories by artists
The Contest Winner: LadyMishka
Many of you know I live in Moscow, the capital of Russia. There are many orthodox believers in Russia. The Orthodox religion is the most widespread in my country, and I am a Christian myself. Our religion evolved against the background of the pagan religions, and some of those traditions have been preserved till today. For instance, we also celebrate Halloween. However, here it's called The Day of all Saints and has nothing to do with evil spirits. It's actually quite the opposite, being related to the Saints. In spite of that, young people celebrate this holiday like most other countries of the world: they put on costumes of different characters, such as witches, little devils, animals and such, have fun, go to clubs, give each other amusing souvenirs.
I am planning to spend this day in a club where my brother is performing with his band, they are all turning eight!
I decided to wear something sexy and become one of the girls I usually draw =^_^=
This is why I will be wearing corset top, tight-fitting pants, stiletto heels and a headband with a bow and a cameo. I think this will be a blast, because there will be so many friendly faces in the club, fans of my brother's music, also my friends and close relatives. I am also going to bring my boyfriend!
I am expecting fun, friendly atmosphere filled with love.
I will also have a small pumpkin with a candle!
It will all be exactly the way it is supposed to be, including the candy and the scary stories.
For a person who tries to be good and kind for the 364 days of the year, I think I can afford to dedicate myself to something that noisy and devilishly fun, don’t you think?
PFD Team comment: Mishka, this story sounds so good and intriguing, we have to insist on a photo report from you :) We think our taggers would also love to see that! Please post your comments if you support this idea!
Zebrush, Halloween in Belarus
Belarus is a small country where people are quite traditional and religious. Since Halloween is a holiday related to the pre-Christian beliefs, the church here does not approve of the way the holiday is celebrated, but the young people… well we simply do not care. It's fun, it happens just once a year, and why should we always think about the religious context?
For me Halloween is the one day when you can be whoever you want. Being a tad shy by nature, I love this opportunity to wear a costume that lets me unwind completely. This year, I am organizing a Halloween party for all my friends. The theme clearly is Halloween, so every guest must wear a costume that reflects their festive mood.
I personally am going to wear the costume of a witch. I know it may not be too original, but it's going to be one awesome witch, with long black fake fingernails, disgusting fake nose with a wart, plenty of cool makeup and of course a stylish dress that I am going to make look really beaten, and I will have a broom. I am planning to have contests (best costume and such), offer original cocktails, snacks and drinks, so no guest will leave without a real treat. Beware neighbors and get your candy ready!
Halloween stories by taggers
The Contest Winner: Flipster aka Juliana
I live in the Netherlands, we don't celebrate Halloween, it is not a tradition in our country. We have another holiday to give sweets to the children that's called St. Maarten and is held on November 11, but also this celebration is not in the whole country just in parts of the country. We go with the children, singing with light (we call them Lampions) to ask for candy... Halloween is already approaching, but this year we are doing nothing for Halloween.
Hugs and kisses Yolanda xxxx
Halloween all month long.
Halloween is my favorite holiday and time of year. My daughter is a Girl Scout. The local Girl Scout troops are holding their Halloween Carnival this weekend. My daughter is going to dress up as a Mad Scientist as it is the theme of her troop. We are kicking off Halloween early this year!
This year my birthday will be celebrated at Santa Barbara Zoo. The zoo is having Boo at the Zoo on Oct. 22nd This just happens to be on my birthday. The zoo will feature trick or treating, creepy crawlies, spooky storytelling and all sorts of halloween magic. As a family we are regular visitors to the zoo. This will be our first Boo at the Zoo event though. It is just perfect for me since I have always wanted a Spooky Birthday. We'll also visit a local pumpkin patch in Avila Beach. There are animals to feed, and a haybale maze for the kids . Lots of delicious sweets and handpicked fruits & vegetables. We always go into the pumpkin field and choose our pumpkins.I am really looking forward to everything this year with the kids. Our youngest is now 2 years old and will really be able to enjoy our activities with the family.
For Halloween, we will take the kids trick or treating at the local shopping mall. A lot of the kids go to the mall for halloween. The stores give out candy to the trick or treaters and its a lot of fun. The kids all enjoy seeing their friends dressed up in the costumes. Afterwards, we will visit different houses and trick or treat in the neighborhood. We are very excitied because Dad is off this year on Halloween when normally he has to work. Yay for being with the family to help celebrate!
by Sarah Fiack
Actually, Halloween was not celebrated in the Netherlands, but last year it just became popular.
A kind of pumpkin doorbell with a big mouth and a yes button I look around me and no one is looking, and press that button and arrange me a hat shop and scream together. I was so advanced cams saying instead that the teeth and eyes were going to do what I was focusing on, shoot a handful of species within those candlesticks that covers my head cuticle People look at me and laughing, my face gets redder and redder. Oh I'm really a big baby But I have bought the bell in the hope that many people are arranging to get then I still have fun on.
For the rest I'll make some spooky treats on that day but not really celebrate. But for those who celebrate I wish them a very good time, and just let the child in you come
In the old days, here in Bemidji, MN, all the kids went trick or treating all over town. It was a much safer time. Now, they take the kids to what is called BOO Street, where individuals and businesses provide a costume parade, and treats.
After that is over, my Grandkids will be going to a few friends homes to trick or treat, and then will be coming here to our house. Hubby and I will feed them a late dinner, as much as they will eat while they are so eager for their treats. Then, after pictures, we send them home with another bag of treats, much to their parents dismay.
The tag I am entering, with Lady Mishka's darling imp, so reminds me of several of my Granddaughters, sweet, but spunky.
My Halloween Traditions (By Kiya)
Born and raised for most of my years in West Africa, I never really understood the concept of Halloween except for the little I had read in books and magazines. I was always under the impression that it was a holiday devoted to worshipping evil things, and that ghosts and ghouls would make use of that night to haunt people, and that in fact, you weren’t supposed to leave your house on that day!
However, once I moved to the United States, it turned out that my fears and concerns were all for naught. A holiday I once thought ‘frightening’ ended up becoming one of my favorite times of the year. It all began in high school where we were allowed to dress up in costumes on the day (or if Halloween was on a weekend, we got to dress up on the Friday before then), and have small parties and share out candy. It was fun coming up with great costume ideas with friends, and that gaiety transferred to handing out treats to the costumed children that came knocking at our door later in the day.
I enjoy the decorations, including walking around the neighborhood to admire creative homes where some families go as far as setting up coffins and dry ice (to give the illusion of smoke), and statues of witches and mummies and zombies on their front lawn. It really is a thrill! Another tradition I partake in, is watching as many horror movies as I can. In my younger years, they used to scare me a lot, but nowadays...not so much. It’s still enjoyable though.
All in all, Halloween (in fact the entire month of October) is fun for me. It signals the beginning of fall, when the leaves begin to turn brown, sepia, and orange and there’s a slight chill in the air; a prelude to winter and Christmas and to the end of another great (or not so great) year!
Hugs n more
We live in Pulaski, VA. This year Halloween falls on a Monday so that night we will dress up our kids and take them trick or treating in a near by subdivision. This is something we've done since we were kids and something we've passed on to our kids. My daughter wants to be a dead cheerleader and my son wants to be batman. During the entire month of October our community gets together and puts together a little Halloween party and costume contest at our community center for the kids. We also like to go around our town and look at decorations. Some people in our town go all out on decorations. Since our kids are still kinda small we don't do any haunted houses or spooky places.
My name is Rosa and I'm from Barcelona (Spain).
Halloween here in Spain is not something widely celebrated, only in school children have a parade, but there is no tradition. On November 1st we celebrate the Day of the Dead, where all the people who have someone that passed away will visit cemeteries and bring flowers, which is what those days are for.
To me it is a party that I really like and if I'm going to celebrate ... How? On October 23 I'm going to a theme park in Salou in Tarragona and these days the park's Halloween special theme with all decorations for the occasion, and I will spend all day there admiring everything and enjoying the park's Halloween celebration and its attractions.
I love to create with the PFD Halloween tubes, like the cute little witches from Grafik, but you can only send in one tag I saw these tube little-imp from Lady Mishka. The big asking eyes, says 'all is so new for me now I’m little witch' I thought about the photo I had made I bought the tube
I put here in the photo, alone in the wood. She is thinking, 'mother witch told me I must bring home a mushroom but I’m little afraid to take the mushroom out of the ground…' With font 101 witheshat I type the wizard words heat with PFD' It’s stands for Pics For design – PFD.
I live in The Netherlands Halloween is coming more and more into the country Young people celebrate it but it’s not national/big holiday fest. I celebrate Halloween by making Halloween tags :)
I grew up in south Florida. Every year, I could not wait until Halloween! I would plan out my costume (which I always make myself) and gather friends to go Trick or Treating with in my neighborhood. My neighborhood was always the best one to trick or treat in because there were some huge houses that gave out gigantic candy bars as opposed to the little treat sized ones. Aside from bringing friends, I was also in charge of the small neighborhood children on Halloween. I would take them with me, usually a group of five to ten, and go house to house, making sure no one got left behind. Some of the little girls were afraid of the dogs in the homes so I had to comfort them afterwards and reassure them that it was just a puppy and would do them no harm. After trick or treating time was over, at around 10 at night, we would all go back and dump out our candy. We went through it piece by piece, first making sure that they were properly wrapped and had no tears or holes for safety purposes. And then we traded amongst each other till we each had exactly what we wanted. I would go home and go to bed, and the next morning, all my candy would be missing. My father would have stolen it and eaten all the good parts before I woke up, hehe. But I love him and thought it was funny, and it became sort of a tradition.
Now that I have moved out on my own and am too old for trick or treating, I don't do much. I still dress up in a costume made by me and try to get together with some friends. We usually end up watching scary movies and eating halloween goodies I baked for the occasion. This year it will be just me and the boyfriend watching movies, but we will still be dressing up to greet all the trick or treaters that come to our door.
Here in the Netherlands Halloween isn’t a big holiday, especially here in the small town where I live.
I decorate the house with all sorts of decorations. My favorite is a skeleton I named Sam the Hangman.
During the daytime me and my husband are going to visit our loved ones that aren’t among us anymore.
When the dark settles in we will light black candles so there are shadows dancing on the walls.
I love vampires, so I have a set of fangs that I’ll put in.
Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
JR, Gijon (Asturias) - Spain
In Gijon (Asturias), the Spanish city where I live, there is no peculiar customs for Halloween. On that day, the youth and children dress up as some terrifying character! It's fun! Young people go out at night, pubs and disco clubs are very crowded. On November 1st, the day of the dead, it is customary to bring flowers to the graves of dead relatives. This tradition has been followed without exception by all the families for a very long time.
My family usually gets together every year over at my dads house (which is my house now since he has passed). We live in the Dayton, Ohio area. Between my siblings and me we have a total of 16 kids that range in the ages of 2 and 17. Every year now for the past 17 years we all would meet up on beggars night and take all the kids out to get candy. Someone usually does stay behind at the house to pass candy out. Sometime through out the night we would split up and the smaller kids would end up with my sisters while me and my brother would take the older ones. After beggars night is over we would all go back to my house and have hot cocoa and apple cider to warm up.