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Trick or Treating at Albion College Residence Halls
Thursday, Oct. 30-5-8 p.m.
Check at the Fire Station, Fri Oct. 31
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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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
- 12 midnight
Group All ages welcome
Preschool-K ages: 5:30 p.m- 6:30 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
All ages welcome, a family event
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 TO HOST HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
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,
To find out more, call (517) 629-4532 or 629-6132
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