Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween ghost and ghouls!

I love Halloween. It is one of my top five holidays.

Since we moved into the townhouse we now have a proper front door and porch. I am so excited to decorate them! You would be surprised just how exciting it is to have your own front door, especially after 5 years of living in a second floor walk-up with no proper front door to call your own. I have done a few projects already and here is one more.

Front Door Décor – BOO Banner

Difficulty Level: Level 2 Project

Supplies:

  • block letters: B O O
  • long twist ties
  • twine
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon (Optional)

– Lay the letters out vertically to spell B O O

– Take one long twist tie and wrap it around the bottom of the B and the top of the first O attaching them to each other. Repeat between the two Os.

– Taking a length of the twine, wrap around the letters to cover only the areas twist tied

– Cut a length of the twine to use to hang the letters, the length is determined by the aesthetic you are looking for

–  Flip the B over, using a hot glue gun glue the ends of the twine to make a handle to hang the letters from

– If you would like to add a bow do that now, then hang your BOO banner

Pumpkins

I love the look of glowing carved pumpkins. They can be found staring at you from porches, grinning their crooked grins. But where does the tradition of carving this gourd-like fruit, and its name, jack-o-lantern, come from?

It is believed to come from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack.

The Story of Stingy Jack:

Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him one night in the local pub. Jack, being stingy with his money, convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin to pay their tab. Once the Devil did, Jack kept the coin. He placed it in his pocket next to a silver cross so the Devil could not change back. Jack eventually freed the Devil after making him promise that he would not bother jack for one whole year, and that should Jack ever die that the Devil could not claim his soul.

The following year Jack again tricked the Devil by climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up there, Jack carved a cross into the tree’s bark trapping the Devil in the tree until the Devil promised Jack he would not bother him for ten more years.

Soon after this, Jack died. The Devil, upset by all the tricks Jack had played on him, did not claim Jack’s soul. Jack thought his trick had worked, he walked up to the pearly gates and  tried to get into heaven, but God would not allow it. The Devil appeared to Jack and sent him off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way.  Jack put  this coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since.  The Irish refer to this ghostly figure as Jack of the Lantern or Jack O’Lantern.

People began to make their own versions of Jack’s lantern by carving scary faces into turnips, potatoes, even beets, and placing them in windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering spirits. As immigrates came over to the United States they brought their stories, traditions, and folklore with them. They soon discovered that pumpkins, a fruit native to the Americas, was perfect for jack-o-lanterns.

Happy Halloween and be safe everyone!

*Project Difficulty Levels are on a scale of 1 – 5, with Level 1 being Beginner DIYer and Level 5 being Seasoned DIYer

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