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KAREN: Stephanie Burkhart is a multi-published author of paranormal tales. For your treat today, she's here to share some interesting Halloween facts that you're sure to enjoy!!
***GIVEAWAY: For an added treat she's giving away an e-book copy of the 2012 Fall/Paranormal Collection to one lucky commenter. Read on and find out how you may add this prize to your goodie bag. CONTEST ENDS OCT. 28TH AT MIDNIGHT.
Interesting Halloween Facts by Stephanie Burkhart
Karen, thanks so much for having me on your Wicked-Haunt-O-Ween Blog. I thought I'd share a couple of "fun" Halloween facts with your readers and a short excerpt from my story, "Night of Magic" which is featured in the 2012 Victory Tales Press Fall/Paranormal Anthology. Smiles, Steph
The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”
According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis.
During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire.”
Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.
My short story, "Night of Magic" can be found in the 2012 Victory Tales Press Fall/Paranormal Anthology. Stories are sweet/sensual.
BLURB: It's 800 A.D. on the Emerald Isle. Samhain. Dark. Dangerous. Powerful. Dare Finn brave the bonfires to bring Aithne home?
Enjoy this excerpt:
Steeling his shoulders, Finn projected calm and confidence.
Her words echoed in his mind. You need true courage to walk through the bonfire and then you'll find me...
Finn drew strength from the words and didn't hesitate when he entered the pathway between the bonfires. His heart beat in rhythm with the drums as his vision blurred.
"Come to me, come..." Her voice, soft and sweet, issued an invitation he couldn't deny.
A force tugged at Finn when he stood in the middle. He extended his hand and collapsed. A whirling sensation surrounded him, then nothing. Cold pricked his cheeks. Finn gasped for breath and dared to glance up. There was no moon. In the distance, torch lights illuminated the lone castle. Where was he? What had happened to the fire?
A kick to his mid-section sent a blast of pain rattling through his bones and he rolled over. Four men armed with swords, wearing armor and decorated in a coat-of-arms he didn't recognize, hovered over him.
"Get up, Outlander, or we'll drag you by your hair to see the Queen."
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Facts Taken from: Random History Halloween Facts