Superstitions and Halloween

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps Read More …

Halloween Parties in the United States

    By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide Halloween parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague some celebrations in many communities during this Read More …

The Trick or Treat You Know Today

“Trick or treat” has become the most popular activity among the many forms of Halloween celebrations in America, and it is also a rather recent development. Trick or treating has been around less than a hundred years. Having children going door-to-door to get sweet treats Read More …

Your Halloweeny List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston Halloween Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 2018, plus a bonus Halloween Day.  Sample rare and limited-release beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s beer gurus; scope out a two-day art festival featuring local Read More …

What Do You Know About The Origins of Halloween?

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Read More …

The Wonder of Blue Tourmaline

Blue Tourmaline evokes the tranquility of deep blue water and gliding well beneath its surface. It invites surrender of all thought to the solitude of a liquid silence, a graceful world of letting go; then rising to the light. It is also known as Indicolite, Read More …

The Virgin Opal

Opal is not known to be a very expensive gemstone, but this beauty broke the ceiling and then some. Opal, a valuable stone that forms out of silica and of course, glows with an astonishing array of colors that you’re bound to love. It truly Read More …

Haley’s Comet Opal

“Halley’s Comet”, is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest uncut black opal. The massive stone was found by a group of opal miners on the Leaning Tree Claim at Lightning Ridge known as “The Lunatic Hill Syndicate” about the time Read More …

The Andamooka Opal

The Queen’s extensive post-Coronation tour of 1953-54 yielded several jewels for her collection. The South Australian government wanted to present their new Queen with a stone their region was known for, the opal, and set about finding the best example around. The chosen gem came Read More …

Your Spooky List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2018.  Support a local charity at one of many ritzy galas; tour a slew of homes designed by innovative architects; bust a gut Read More …