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Trick or Treating at Albion College Residence Halls
Thursday, Oct. 30-5-8 p.m.

Candy Check at the Fire Station, Fri Oct. 31 bar

A Brief History of Halloween!

As a child you no doubt put on a costume and amassed a bagful of candy from generous neighbors. But do you know the history of this ghoulish holiday?
Halloween comes from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). Celebrated in the winter, it was a time of great fear and uncertainty. Food supplies ran low… days were short… and dangerous cold threatened. Many people were afraid of the dark and refused to leave their homes. It was believed that the spirits of all who died the preceding year would return and haunt the living. Those who ventured from home dressed up in grotesque costumes to fool spirits into believing that they were just another spirit. People also left food at their doors to appease the spirits. During the 8th century, the Christian church replaced this pagan holiday by proclaiming November 1 “All Saints’ Day.” The night before was called “All Hallows Eve” (meaning “holy evening”), which eventually became known as Halloween.
There’s more to the Jack-O-Lantern than a goofy-looking pumpkin. Its history goes back to 18th-century Irish folklore about a mean-spirited drunkard named Jack who trapped the Devil inside the trunk of an apple tree. Upon Jack’s death, he was turned away from heaven because of his terrible behavior on earth, and rebuffed by the devil at the gates of hell. The devil threw Jack a burning lump of coal, which he put into a hollowed-out turnip and carried everywhere to help him light his way throughout eternity. To protect themselves from Jack on All Hallows Eve, people placed Jack-O-Lanterns by their doors and windows in hopes that Jack would take the light instead of bothering them!


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Oct. 31, 2003


WHAT: Things to do in Albion this evening. Please visit as many as you can!

Not Just Another Halloween Party
Albion Public Library and the Albion College English Club
501 S. Superior St.
Date = Saturday, October 25, 2003
2 pm-- 3:30 pm
Group: Elementary, Middle School age
Dropins welcome, Community event

Come join the Albion Public Library and the Albion College English Club for Not Another Halloween Party on Saturday, October 25 from 2 - 3:30 pm. The event will take place at the Albion Public Library's Naomi Lane Room. Children will decorate pumpkins, make Halloween crafts, listen to spooky stories and much more. If you have questions, please call Susan at 630-3367

200 N. Clinton
Albion Community Youth Service
5:30 p.m. - 12 midnight
Group All ages welcome
Dropins welcome
Faith based, Community event
Preschool-K ages: 5:30 p.m- 6:30 p.m.
Kindergarden-5th graders: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teenagers (6th grade up): 9 p.m.12 midnight
Carnival Theme- $2 cost at the door! Fun! Free Food! Prizes for everyone! Moonwalk,Dunktank,Face-painting, rollerskating and many more fun activities. No costumes necessary!

Trunk and Treat
Free Methodist Church
1014 Maple
6:00pm- 8:00pm
All ages welcome, a family event
Dropins welcome
Faith based, community event

Our Church parking lot will have trunks of cars and beds of trucks decorated and each will pass out treats to passers by. We have about 400 participate in this event...your come too! In case of rain...treating in the church fellowship room

St. John's Church and the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Halloween Carnival from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31
Costume judging begins at 7:15 p.m. with four categories: pre-school, elementary, teen and adult. There will also be unlimited games and prizes, pumpkin painting, snacks and soda pop. Please use the main parking lot and come in the back door. Admission is $2 per child. There will be loads of fun for all!
St. John's Parish Family Center is located at 1020 Irwin Avenue, Albion.
To find out more, call (517) 629-4532 or 629-6132


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This project was made possible by a grant from the Youth Advisory Committee,
and the Youth Media Bureau which are both funded by the Albion Community Foundation.



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