Monsters in the White House: The Best Presidential Halloween Costumes

  While the commercialization of Halloween began in the United States in the 1900s, it wasn’t until first lady Mamie Eisenhower that witches, goblins, broomsticks, and jack-o’-lanterns made their way into the White House. Since the Eisenhower days, every president has hosted a Halloween celebration. Even vice presidents, first Read More …

Spook-A-Weekend Starts Today

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, which means the celebrations, will continue for six days. Dress up for a costume party, take the kids to see a movie or go trick-or-treating, cheer for the Rockets, celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, party all night at Read More …

Halloween Superstitions

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 …

Today’s Halloween Traditions

The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the Read More …

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end Read More …

Halloween Comes to America

Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians Read More …

Workplace-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking for work-appropriate Halloween costume ideas, I have a few you can for you. Over the years, I’ve gone as a housewife, an alien, Cleopatra, a fortune teller, Elvira, a Ty Beenie Baby, and more. Below, you’ll find a list of things to Read More …

Halloween Party for Adults: Spooky Recipes

Who says Halloween is just for kids? We’ve got a Halloween party loaded with spooky recipes featuring grown-up twists: candy apples with brandy, cashew brittle with chiles, chicken with more cloves of garlic than you can even imagine. Use this collection of adult Halloween recipes to Read More …