Halloween Special – A Ghost Post
This is just a fun and informational post about Halloween, a festival celebrated in the U.S. Know more about its roots and the story. But don’t get scared. 🙂 ~ Ed.
Hey, Halloween is here! It’s a festival about horror and thrillers, ghosts and spirits, and full of entertainment and excitement!!
I’m neither a Christian nor an American, but I’m gripped in the frightening fever of Halloween. 🙂
It’s a popular festive event in the U.S., not to mention that it is highly commercialized. Of course, it’s also celebrated in the places of its origin in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Halloween is all fun and freaky too! But how many of you know about its roots or the reason why people celebrate it?
Before I proceed, I’d like to ask you a personal question – do you believe in an afterlife? I don’t mean rebirth here, but do you think there’s life after death?
I know that nobody really has an answer – though some people do claim to have visions or even visits to the other worlds.
But if you do believe in the afterlife, then you also accept the existence of ghosts and spirits, which Halloween is all about.
Did you know that Halloween started as a ritual to ward off the evil ghosts? That’s right! You’re supposed to guise and don a mask so the bad spirits do not recognize you.
One more question – have you had a paranormal experience? Do you believe a house can be haunted by evil spirits?
Don’t ask me because after watching all those horror movies, everything appears to be haunted to me!
Okay, maybe you knew all this. But I’ve some more information for you in this short and special infographic post at Aha! NOW.
Yes, you’re right – this is a first of its kind on my blog; the shortest post ever and the first infographic too! That’s good for a change, isn’t it? Or is it horrifying for you to see me write such a short post! 🙂
Coming back to Halloween, do you know the origin of Halloween and the real story behind it?
No, no. Don’t get me wrong! I’m not here to teach you a lesson in history.
If you want to know how Halloween started and how it got its name, you can read the information here that really enlightened me and cleared some of my misconceptions.
Most religions believe in life after death, and also that some people become ghosts or spirits after they die. They are said to be good or bad depending on where they come from or how they lived their life.
They can come from or go to heaven and hell, which again is the popular concept in almost every religion around the world. Do you believe in it too?
I know it all depends on your religious and spiritual beliefs or non-beliefs, and most of you don’t think that deeply and just celebrate Halloween for the sake of having fun. Isn’t that so?
So, here’s some fun for you – don’t tell me that you got booed reading and viewing it! 😉
Aren’t those stats surprising? I need to remember when I had my last paranormal experience – I think I’ll call it better-than-normal experience when I visited my friend Carolyn’s Halloween Pinterest Board. 🙂
Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and zombies – I bet you’ll see a lot many of them in a few days to come. Good that you know more about them beforehand, right?
And most importantly, please do check up to see if there are any signs of your house being haunted!
I’m getting a strange feeling and I’m getting outta here – you wait and shout out your fears or paranormal experiences in the comments below before you go.
“There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.” ~ Joseph Conrad
Here is my wish on Halloween:
May this Halloween be special for you with a lot of creepy and scary moments. Have lots of fun and toffees. Happy Halloween 🙂
I didn’t take it seriously when you mentioned ‘short post’. Short post at Aha Now?? That’s impossible.
It was for real. Don’t worry I’m not horrified just scared to death;) haha!
I have to admit long or short you’re too good. You have managed to give us quality even with a short post. WOW!
Coming to the post. Do I believe in after life? I have never seriously considered it. Never had paranormal experiences either. The 71% who did is not comforting at all.
I have never had those experiences but I watched a few ghost/scary movies that were based on real life stories. My husband likes to watch them and he tells me….Don’t worry: it’s just a movie. It isn’t real. Oh, except when it is.That’s scary right?? And it gets me thinking if ghosts are for real??
Nevertheless, Halloween seems to be fun for kids and adults here in Australia. I have to admit though that some dress ups are so realistic, it gives me the creeps. My neighbour dresses up as a witch every year. She takes her dressing and makeup seriously. I usually stay away from her on this day. But kids come knocking on her door and she gives out those loud, high pitched laughs which is enough to scare me;)
Thank you for this short but informative post:)
Wish you a wonderful Sunday and great start to the week:)
Halloween is as much commercialized in Canada as in the United States. One thing that I find sad is that the candies are not safe anymore because of all the dangerous things that some people put inside. Another scary part is that it’s not as safe as before for children to go trick or treating on Halloween.
I was never someone who liked getting dressed up, and I don’t even decorate my house. I used to when the kids were young, but nobody comes trick or treating in our street because there are very few children in my neighborhood, so there’s no point in decorating.
I had many ghostly encounters and I lived in several haunted houses. In fact, my husband and I often joked about the fact that the previous owner of our house, who is dead for many years, moves things around when we don’t find something. I also often hear water running at night. My dog doesn’t growl or anything so I know it’s not a nasty ghost.
Thanks for sharing this cool infographic with us, my friend! I was surprised to see that only 34% truly believe in haunted houses. Happy Halloween! 🙂
I know one thing is that Halloween has nothing to do with Christianity to be sure, and I’m not even sure where this comes from.
Let me tell you a secret. I do not like Halloween, I can’t stand horror movies and anything scary in any way shape or form.
I know some kids in the US are crazy about this American holiday, though. Where I work you’ve got grown ups taking on a disguise but I’m not one of them 🙂
Thanks for sharing an event that is so far from your roots, Harleena 🙂
I have had my share of ghostly encounters and so has my daughter and they were horrible.
Our house is haunted but it hasn’t done anything to us and my dogs don’t act strange at all. I do the get lights getting brighter and candle flickering.
Just the other day I was praying in the morning and I was the only one home at the time. While I was praying my Glade Sense & Spray kept going off. It’s set to automatically spray when it senses a shadow. :).
I never really go all out for Halloween. I pass out candy and bake but I don’t go crazy with decorations. I put some pumpkins out and spider web for my grandson but he took that down a week ago ;). My brother on the other hand goes all out and gets scary.
That was a cool infographic Harleena, thanks for sharing it with us! Hope you’re having a great day my friend!
What a fun and informative blog. It was great reading all the comments from people all over the world who have come to know it as a fun family day.
My parents always let us dress up and run through the neighborhood. We knew who made the best popcorn balls, which house had the darkest yard, and who would make us tell a joke to get candy. People didn’t decorate so much back then, but we got more home made treats like caramel apples!
I spent All Saints Day in Europe one year and learned about the traditional origins. Thanks for a walk down memory lane with the ghosts of Halloweens past.
Do I believe in after life?
Part of me does, part of me doesn’t. It works well with my belief in possibilities – every possibility is probable, but comparatively, some possibilities have a higher chance of being probable.
As for paranormal experiences, I remember having one in my childhood. Not sure I would classify it was paranormal though. Maybe it was just my fear?
Thanks for the explanation, Harlenna 🙂 I didn’t quite now the history behind Halloween – I have seen kids trick or treating.
It is Diwali in India right? 😀 Celebrations everywhere 🙂
Halloween, that crazy time of year. It used to be fun out in the country when things were safe. In Canada we had fireworks the same night. We always hoped it wouldn’t rain when we wanted to light our fireworks. Treats were great as the neighbors used to make homemade cookies, candies and popcorn balls. Sometimes we would even get a candied apple. You could go to 14 houses and get a whole bag of stuff. Today if you dare take your kids out you are lucky to get very much and then you have to inspect all the goodies before a kid could take one bite.
Ghost stories, yeah I had mine the first of the month and more fun than making it up. I see Ryan also has had some experiences he would just as soon not have had.
Fun infograph, thanks for sharing.
What a great post for Halloween this week. Your first infographic, well congratulations. And what a fun one to share.
I’ll start by saying yes, I do believe in the afterlife. But I also wrote a post about the origins of Halloween a couple of years ago for someone else’s blog but since that time, like a lot of the guest posts I’ve written, that blog is no longer around.
Depending on which site you read will depend on the real background but for the most part I learned that Halloween originated way back in the early middle ages. It didn’t have anything to do with ghosts and goblins, not at that time.
It apparently originated in the early Middle Ages as a Catholic vigil observed on the eve of All Saints Day which was November 1st. Even before that it’s known to have been observed in ancient Ireland to have marked the end of summer and the onset of winter, and was celebrated with feasting, bonfires, sacrificial offerings, and homage to the dead.
It’s just evolved over time and now we have dressing up and getting candy. Sounds great to me.
Thanks for sharing this very interesting infographic with us and it’s so interesting about how many people believe in ghosts or have thought their homes were haunted. Spooky!!!
Enjoy your week and Happy Halloween.
Hi Harleena – I had a good laugh with the infographic, will definitely try the match stick one once i reach home, cant wait though 🙂
Sometimes we just get in with the flow and do not even try to know and understand the reason behind such vague rituals. Thanks for explaining it a bit, and also the link helped 🙂
My daughter just cant wait for the day, she is all set to go out and score some candies…
I think that Halloween is a fun holiday for kids. It is a time to act silly and dress up. As for believing in the afterlife, yes I do. I believe that after death of the body our soul goes to heaven or hell. Heaven is living with God and our Savior and hell is living without God. Sometimes when it comes to ghost I wonder if they are the ones that don’t believe it God and maybe that is why they are wandering around this world.
When my mother was close to the end, she would ask me if I could see those people walking around. I ask her what they were doing. She said that they were just walking around and they would look at her and smile. I believe that being close to death that she could see things a healthy person could not see. (My father was seeing only a few people before he died.)
Any if my book Halloween is a fun time for kids and yes, we do have s soul that leaves the body at the time of death and as long a we believe that Jesus died for us we will spend eternity with God. That’s my take on it.
I think it is sad that here in the USA people think Halloween is bad and don’t want the kids to have their fun. I call them ‘Party poopers!’
When we lived in England my daughters’ international school didn’t celebrate Halloween because some cultures and religions object to it But I hosted an American chili dinner with parents while kids from all countries went trick or treating in our neighborhood. It was so much fun!
In the US Halloween isn’t a religious event, just fun for kids and a great way for neighbors to meet each other.
Loved the Infographic! What a nice addition to Aha-Now!
My in laws were here with us (they are on their way to India as I share this here) for a few months. We had a great time. And, one of the things that amazed them the most was the effect or Halloween everywhere. The malls, housing communities, apartments – everywhere there is a scary stuff and all kinds of decorations.
It is also Diwali time in India and seeing lightings and decorations makes us relate to this festival in our Indian way except that we don’t decorate our houses with ghosts there 🙂
It’s a fun festival and as you rightly said, it is highly commercialized! Thank you for sharing.
Hi, Harleena mam,
Halloween is a festival celebrated in America and some part of the Europe. The concept of the Halloween has come from life after death. Really, I don’t believe much in this concept. 🙁
However, it is a festival, of entertainment and excitement so people celebrate. It’s a nice info-graphic on Halloween.
Thank You very much for the post about Halloween. 🙂
That’s absolutely alright because not everyone believes in it 🙂
I saw a couple of videos too when I learnt more about Halloween and its origin, which was an eye opener for me too, or perhaps it’s new for those who don’t celebrate and know much about it, isn’t it?
Yes indeed, for most people it’s a fun and enjoyable occasion, and they love just doing that. Glad you liked the infographic, which I thought might be a good new change for Halloween 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂
Never had a paranormal experience though I would love to visit one such place for sure. Though being a Hindu, there are lot of religious stuff we are told to believe because it will be good for our next life. For me, there is no past life and no after life. Life is given to you to live in a right way, so just live it to the fullest and be happy. For the rest, “Almighty” is sitting somewhere and watching us.
Nor me, and I don’t think any of us would want to have it either 🙂
Yes, we do have a few relatives who have friend’s living in remote areas who get possessed and have even had paranormal experiences. Just listening to their stories shakes us up.
I agree about the afterlife and what all we are told about it, based on our religion and beliefs, but like you, I too don’t believe in it. I strongly believe in living in the NOW – this is all the life you have, so better make it a worthy one, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂
I’ve been reading your blog for a while, enjoying your relationship advice. And now, your sense of humor.
Just loved this post- especially the great advice about ridding my house of unwanted ghosts, zombies, and the like!
Who could have known the importance of music when killing a zombie.
Thanks for this.
Welcome to my blog Winifred!
Ah…nice to know that you are enjoying the relationship posts, and a little bit of humor in this one 🙂
Do you believe in ghosts, zombies, and spirits? I honestly don’t, or perhaps we were always taught that where there is God, such things never come. But yes, I shared the infographic for those who do believe in them and to create a little spookiness in the air!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us 🙂
I can’t believe that 71 percent of people have had a paranormal experience! That sure is comforting to me because I have them all the time. To me, it’s kind of normal lol. But that’s who I am and what I do.
Ghosts? For sure! I believe that there is a parallel universe whereby those on the “other side” can be communicated with. Poltergiests are rather different because they make things go bump in the night. Now that’s where I draw the line!
Oh and absolutely I do believe in the after life!
What a fun post! Thanks Harleena.
Lol…I just knew you were going to say that about the paranormal, which is so normal for you 🙂
It does make me wonder though how you manage it and what all do you really see and visualize. Perhaps this could make an interesting post idea for your blog sometime – I’d really want to know.
Yes, I’ve also heard a lot about ghosts, spirits, and how people get possessed, and as you mentioned – people on the other side can be contacted. It does sound eerie, but I don’t really believe in it, or perhaps we were always taught to believe what we see by our parents, but I respect those who do, because such things do happen as people say. Just the thought sends a shiver down my spine!
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Ah…I just thought to write less for a change, and make it a little fun post for Halloween 🙂
Hmmmm, Halloween, I must say i have heard alot about halloween but since we do not celebrate it in this part of our world i didn’t bother to find out what its really about. Anyway I hope to experience it someday.
Thanks for sharing this.
Have a great week ahead.
I can quite well understand that because we also don’t celebrate it in our country, except for those who want to do so. I think these festivals are all basically our own personal choices and it entirely depends whether we want to celebrate them or not. Some do it just for the fun of it, while others want to follow what’s done by others, so it all depends on your own personal choice, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week ahead too 🙂
As you say I am not associated with this festival in any way but my children who are here in America love to celebrate it and only yesterday we had a big Halloween party at home to celebrate the first Halloween of my first grand daughter and I must say I was really amazed at the spirit of participation!! All the children were looking fabulous in their costumes and what looked more interesting was their parents too came dressed in lovely costumes!! So it was great FUN! with lots of candies and balloons and scary sandwiches and lots of stuff. I think this is like American Diwali!!
Though I frowned upon this event earlier but now I have started liking! Thanks for all the information[ as always] your article is loaded with!
Ah…that must be so wonderful! Yes, the kid’s do love it, more so if they are in America, there’s no way they can get away without having their share of fun 🙂
First Halloween for your granddaughter – that’s so cute! Congratulations too, though you don’t look like a granny from any angle! I hope she didn’t get scared seeing all the masks and other horrifying costumes. I think when the parents are dressed up too, it adds to the fun and the kids too aren’t all that scared, isn’t it?
I like that – American Diwali! That’s exactly what I was just telling Bren above, that the celebrations are pretty much the same, except for the costumes and horror effects. Yes, no crackers for Halloween too, but for the lights 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Glad you like Halloween now, and why not with all the fun there’s to it 🙂
Halloween is HUGE here in the United States and very much overcommercialized, not to mention all the candy that’s given out to children who really don’t need it. Halloween used to be one of my favorite events. The thought of getting dressed up and going trick or treating or as I got older, going to a Halloween part, was very much fun. Now? Not so much. The thought of children running and screaming up and down the street, banging on doors (despite the lights being off) and disrupting my dog are gut wrenching. I often wonder how long Halloween will be played out in years to come. It’s not exactly as safe as it was like 35-40 years ago. Too many sick people out there that would want to do harm to trick or treaters. Sad… I’d like to fast forward to Thanksgiving! 😉
Great post as always gf!
It sure is! I’ve just been reading so much about it all over the Internet and the various blog posts people are sharing nowadays. Makes me wonder how they can afford to spend so much now, and then again during Christmas 🙂
Yes, my kid’s used to love getting dressed up too, though there was a phase when they really enjoyed doing that and getting their friend’s over, partying away and having fun. Perhaps they enjoyed the simple fact of creating a spooky, scary, and horrifying atmosphere more than anything else and the fact that they were all gathering for having fun. But with their higher studies now, their attention is more onto that now.
Oh dear…the dogs do hate such uncalled for noises and disturbances. Our dogs hates it too, and with Diwali fast approaching (where there are lots of firecrackers that are used) – the dogs need to be well protected and want to hide in safe corners.
I think any celebration that’s safe is enjoyable, though people still love Halloween and all such festivals, no matter what! I agree with you there – Thanksgiving would be more of my cup of tea too 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with us. Good to have you back 🙂
I am visit after a long time to your blogs and happy to find a post on Halloween. As I am reading about this festival last year, its really very popular and very interesting. I am also hear that most of the people’s shop many things on that festivals and range of e-commerce portals offers flat discount on each product.
Nice to have you back after long 🙂
Oh yes…Halloween is the second most popular festival about Christmas in the U.S., and I think the kid’s enjoy it the most, though at times it can get a little scary for the young ones.
Being one of the most commercialized event, there is a lot of shopping that goes on, especially the costumes market is in full boom this time. Fun time for everyone 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂
Hi Harleena !
Halloween is an interesting and unique kind of festival .In India .Halloween is celebrated everyday.. 😀 . There would be no Indian television channel that doesn’t show crazy people engaging themselves in activities that can be considered strange and frightening …isn’t it? .Thanks for sharing the information and have a great week ahead !
It sure is, though in our country, most of us don’t celebrate it. 🙂
Lol…of yes – that way it is celebrated every single day! Not to mention the horror shows we keep seeing on television that keeps us forever entertained. Indeed, pretty frightening and terrifying. I think there’s never a moment when there’s nothing going on, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂
Halloween! Halloween!! Halloween!!! Seriously, i haven’t seen where they do Halloween because i am from Africa and we don’t celebrate such 🙂 But if you talk of paranormal activities, it sure do happen at this part of the world regularly…
Nice post because it sure scare some people :)…
Majority of my blog readers are from America and Britain and I thought to have a short fun post that they could identify with. Though I know that Halloween is not celebrated in most parts of Africa and Asia, its fun aspect is really interesting, specially for kids anywhere in the world. 🙂
Ah.. paranormal activities, now that’s what most people could identify with all over the world, isn’t it? Such beliefs do feed on our basic instinct of fear or do you think there’s any reality in them?
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I wish you’ve a great week ahead! 🙂
I have lived in the UK and Canada so I know what Halloween is. Its a pagan tradition that still survives, some Christian don’t like this festival. But nonetheless, its a spooky one and what I saw was that children would dress up in ghost costumes and do trick or treats stunt. Its a lot of fun. But I get scared easily. Very interesting infographic.
Yes, you’re right that Halloween is a Christian festival that has roots in the pagan ritual Samhain. But like Valentine’s Day, Halloween too is gaining popularity worldwide including Japan and Australia with the popularity of American pop culture mainly for its fun aspect.
Children do have great fun during Halloween and that’s really the highlight of the festival. I’ve used the infographic about paranormal experience but I personally don’t attest to it – it’s just for fun so don’t really take it seriously! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences. Have a great week ahead! 🙂
This is my first time ever on your site and I cant believe I am only just discovering it! I discovered you on Indiblogger. You have done some great work on this site. The content, the layout I just love all of it.
Loved the Halloween themed post. This is my second year with my daughter, here in the US celebrating Halloween. I am discovering the jobs of being a kid all over again. While I don’t believe in zombies, ghouls and ghosts (mainly for my own sanity) I have to say I am beginning to love Halloween since I became a mom. 🙂
Welcome to my blog!
Thanks for the appreciation and I’m glad you like my blog.
Halloween is fun for kids, and yes you too get the chance to get kiddish! It’s exciting , isn’t it?
You don’t really have to believe in all the paranormal stuff to enjoy Halloween. It’s good that you discovered some new fun and joy because of your daughter.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences. Have a happy Halloween this year! 🙂
You got me scared with all those photos of masked figures.
On a serious note, Halloween is much exploited to the favour of online and offline merchants that its grand essence is lost in the pile of pressure to buy, buy and buy again!
Thanks for the enlightment – your post made quite refreshed reading.
Do have a great weekend.
Booo.. I’m sorry I scared you with this post! 🙂
Yes, Halloween has become highly commercialized, the most money making festival after Christmas in the U.S. But then, people love it and children enjoy it. It’s all fun and that’s good in life at times, isn’t it?
You’re right that the festivals, rituals, or traditions loses their real meaning and become more like fun and social events with time, and it happens with many of them all around the world.
I’m glad you liked this different post. Wish you a happy weekend! 🙂
I believe in spirits & exorcism as my very close friend and my aunt got victim of some evil spirit.Afterlife is there, the people who met accident,suicide are termed to the death of “akal mrityu” as they have to complete their tenure of lifespan.These spirits can be good or evil but they don’t have material body only reflection of high energy waves.
Welcome to my blog! You seem to know a lot about the spirits. I didn’t know about the exorcism bit, but I hope your friend and aunt are safe and sound now.
Yes, I’ve read that some spirits with unfulfilled purposes stick around and don’t leave this world. I don’t know how much of it is true, but there are plenty of stories of people experiencing them.
Halloween is about warding off the evil spirits. If these high energy waves attack you, then who do you call? Ghostbusters I think! 😉
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your knowledge and experiences. Have a great Sunday! 🙂
I have had more than a few paranormal experiences Harleena. Scared the heck out of me! lol…..my sister also lives in a haunted house. Lots of paranormal activity in her town in Southern New Jersey. So yep, I believe that spirits do live on a different plane at times, and that they can interact with us because I have experienced a few whacky, unexplained situations in the past.
Cool post buddy.
Wow, you experienced a paranormal experience! Though I haven’t myself, but I love to know about them. Was it so scary?
Your sister must be very brave and courageous, living in a haunted house is no fun, I guess. So, is the whole town haunted? That makes it a must to visit! 🙂
Thanks for sharing your paranormal experiences and I can understand they can be very confusing. Yes, that’s what they all say about spirits. And, it’s said that during the time of Halloween, it becomes easy for the spirits to cross the planes and enter our world. That’s spooky, isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by and have a fun paranormal weekend! 🙂
Oh yes Harleena it was SUPER scary LOL! One time I was poked by a spirit, another time, some-thing turned on a light – a twisting switch no less – in the house when I was alone. Chills, for sure during both experiences 😉
Lol…I would have fainted had I been there for sure. Just the mere thought of it all sends shivers down my spine. 🙂
Has your sister encountered the Jersey Devil yet? There are a lot of ghosts rumored to be haunting hoses in Cape May too. South Jersey is full of spirits, according to legend.
Carolyn, she once heard a wickedly bizarre sound coming from a creature flying over the house at like 3 in the morning. Might have been a night crane….but who knows 😉
She lives in Mullica Hill, so much paranormal activity there. Not too far from Philly as you know 😉 Cape May is a big spooky spot too.
Have heard about Halloween couple of time, but your post really give the chance of know some hidden facts about halloween..
Due to my religion being a Muslim i believe in afterlife, though i don’t believe in rebirth..
You have a nice infographic also,really looks cool..
I’m glad this post helped you to know more about Halloween.
Thanks for sharing your personal beliefs. Yes, most religions believe in afterlife, though there are only a few that believe in rebirth.
I tried to have an infographic this time for a change. It does save you time and looks cool too.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂