The History of Familiars

For centuries, it seems that fabled witches were always accompanied by black cats. Today, many people just accept this combination as readily as they accept the pairing of peanut butter and jelly. But where did it begin? Why do we see pictures of old crones and their feline friends in celebration of Halloween? To understand these creepy companions, we must look hundreds of years to the past.

 

Why We Love Being Scared

Thrill Seekers. Adrenaline Junkies. Call them what you like, there are many people who enjoy the rush of being scared. It isn’t at all uncommon, but why do some people voluntarily crave fear? The answers are really quite simple. Both real danger and fabricated fright trigger the same fight or flight response in our brains. When a person is afraid, the amygdala, a set of neurons in the brain, alerts us of danger and triggers the fight or flight response. This causes palms to sweat, pupils to dilate, and pumps the body with dopamine and adrenaline.

History of the Jack-o-Lantern

The connection between the pumpkin and Halloween is intuitive: pumpkins require warm weather and frostless ground to grow, so they can only be grown during the summer and harvested during the fall. Pumpkin harvest season begins in September and goes through October, when the vegetables are at their freshest and most delicious. This is the only time of year they can be enjoyed properly, making them the perfect addition to Halloween folklore.

40 Adorable Halloween Costumes for your Pet

There are few things in life more fun than forcing your furry friends into an adorable costume. You can get them costumes to match your own or dress them up in their own unique look. Here's a list of every costume you could ever imagine. Most of these come in a variety of sizes so you can fit them on any size dog or cat (your cat will hate you for this, but I think it's worth it).

Animal Costumes

 

21 Awesome Pieces of Halloween Jewelry

Halloween is the time of year when you can step away from yourself and feel comfortable being totally outrageous. You can wear things you generally wouldn't be brave enough to wear. Here's some amazing Halloween jewelry you can buy for this October.

 

1. Jack-o-Lantern Rings

What did they eat at the First Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays thought Canada and the United States. It’s an excellent time to get together with our loved ones and eat the traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. We like to tell the story of the first Thanksgiving when Native Americans and pilgrims put aside their differences and sat down together for a meal. We try to follow this tradition as closely as we can by coming together and sharing love and thanks with relatives near and far.

How the Pagan Festival of Samhain became Halloween

The origins of Halloween can be traced back to several different sources. One of the most prominent precursors to Halloween is the Gaelic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-en). This festival was celebrated starting on the night of October 31st through November 1st. It marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, the darkest part of the year in northern Europe. It was a time to take stock of food and prepare what needed to be prepared to get through winter.

 

How Candlemas Became Groundhog's Day

If you’ve never heard of Candlemas, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Candlemas is a Catholic celebration that goes back hundreds of years in Europe. It celebrates Jesus being taken into the Temple of Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. It is still widely celebrated across Europe and in some South American countries, but in North America it’s almost never heard of. That’s because here in the United States and Canada February 2nd – the date of Candlemas – has become something else entirely.

 

Why we put up Christmas trees

There’s nothing that signifies the holiday season as much as Christmas trees. The end of November means seeing them in town squares and home windows everywhere you go. That star-topped tree is so synonymous with Christmas that we put them up each year without giving much thought to where they came from. And that’s probably because the connection between the evergreen fir tree and winter holidays goes back to before Christmas was even celebrated.