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The Scare Fest

Monday, October 29th, 2007

This Halloween visit Alton Towers for the annual scare fest between the 13th of October and the 4th of November 2007.

With plenty to do and see Alton Towers provides the ultimate day out. The usual fun the theme park provides such as rides like Air, Nemesis, The Flume, Corkscrew, Oblivion and Rita will be accompanied by some scary treats. There will be Halloween characters parading around the park that you can either run away from or have your photograph taken with, fright lights, an eerie light and laser show on selected dates in the evenings and plenty more.

Alton Towers Scare Fest

For more information about the scare fest, Alton Towers attractions and location visit www.altontowers.com, also if you book online you can save £10.

Table Terrors

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

boolunchnpkins.jpgHaving a Halloween party? You need some suitably terrifying table ware! Well ok this “Boo” table set is more sweet than scary but it certainly will bring a haunting feel to your table. The set includes cups, paper plates, napkins and a table cloth. You can buy them separately so you don’t have to get the lot if you are feeling a bit poor.

pumpkinplasticbowl.jpgIf you’re planning to have a bowl of sweets or crisps on your table why not grab the funky pumpkin bowl while you are shopping or go all out by scattering pumpkin confetti on the table. Halloween only comes round once a year so go mad!!

Some Interesting Facts about Halloween

Friday, September 28th, 2007

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  • The celebration of Halloween is believed to have begun in Ireland where it was known as Samhain Night
  • Halloween only properly became a holiday in America in the 19th century when the potato famine brought Irish immigrants across the water.
  • The commercialization of Halloween did not start until the 20th century beginning with Halloween cards which where popular in 1905. Mass produced costumes appeared in the 30s and ‘Trick or Treating’ was not featured until the 50s
  • Halloween is now America’s second most popular holiday after Christmas and its sixth most profitable – after Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, Easter, and Father’s Day
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  • The jack o lantern comes from the Irish ledged of stingy jack, who was a greedy gambler who was cursed to wander the night after he tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him there by carving a cross on the tree.
  • At one time there were rumors of sharp objects such as pins and razor blades being embedded in soft candy and toffee apples that were given out to ‘trick or treaters’. This worried parents and some hospitals offered x-ray screenings of children’s Halloween loot to discover such items. Finding anything was very rare and there are no reports of serious injury occurring due to malign apple giving! It is reported that virtually all of the few candy poisoning occurrences involved children placing the object there themselves in bid for attention or even more sinister – parents poisoning their own children’s candy!