Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spooky Weekend Double-Whammy

Special treat for you guys tonight! A double post since I couldn't post the new playlist last night due to other events going on (coughhalloweenpartycough). Starting off the night with a new Things post. Unlike the last post, I think all of you could appreciate this one. 

This week's Things I'm Obsessed With is-


The Jack-O-Lantern

I could have gone with just the pumpkin itself, but I know there are probably plenty of people who are sick of everything pumpkin flavored by now. Too bad I'm not one of them :) I love pumpkins and  pumpkin flavored anything, sweet or savory. But I'm mostly in love with the Jack-O-Lantern. Scary face, happy face, logos, faux, or real. It doesn't matter how they look. These gourds are a Hallowe'en icon and I personally always get a real pumpkin (although I've seen people also carve turnips and beets, which are historically also used for these lanterns). Why a real one? Well, even though the faux ones are probably much cheaper and, in the long run, better for the environment, it doesn't beat the creative and fun atmosphere that happens when you are carving a pumpkin. As far as my research has show, jack's origin's are virtually unknown, although legends circulate as to how they came to be. 

One story goes that the jack-o-lantern got its name after the will-o-the-wisps that flicked over peat-bogs in Europe. Another is that the lantern was created to sit in windows and frighten off the spirits that wandered the earth when the veils thinned during Hallowe'en and All Saint's Day. The most common story I've heard personally is that of the trickster named Jack. Supposedly, Jack tricked the devil up a tree and trapped him up there by carving a cross onto the trunk. When he died, because of his mischievous ways, Jack was denied going to heaven and couldn't go to hell because he tricked Satan while he was on earth. The only pity Satan took on him was to give him a small burning ember to light his way in the never-ending blackness of limbo. This ember was put inside a hollowed out turnip and made into a lantern that Jack carried for eternity. Those who saw his wandering spirit began calling him "Jack of the Lantern", which then shortened to Jack-O-Lantern. Spooky, eh?

Have any of you made a jack-o-lateen this year? Do you have any spooky stories related to the lanterns? I'd love to see your pictures and hear your stories!
 Email me at theburntnickel(at)yahoo(dot)com



And now, onto the fourth installment of the Hallowe'en Playlists! This time around, you may see a bunch of familiar favorites! Get to creeping, friends...



Hallowe'en Playlist Four

This Is Halloween- Nightmare Before Christmas/ Danny Elfman

The Time Warp- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Grim Grinning Ghosts - Disney's Haunted Mansion Ride


Have A Little Priest- Sweeney Todd film soundtrack 

666- The Devil's Carnival soundtrack

The Monster Mash- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers

The Addams Family- Vic Mizzy



(Jack-o-lantern pictures found via WeHeartIt, bat vinyl found via WeHeartIt and edited with the ABeautifulMess app for the iPhone. Links found on YouTube.)

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