October means Halloween, costumes, trick-or-treating and lots of candy for the kids. Our local communities are creating more fun events to entertain families close to home, as people stay closer to home to save money.
Local “day trips” are fun and we certainly have our choice of apple and pumpkin picking, cider and freshly made donuts and don't forget the hay rides. All of these are great as they support local businesses. I live near Portsmouth NH and spotted the pumpkin scarecrows today, and thought they'd be a great addition to the pumpkin treasure hunt, here at HomeTips4Women.com.
If you're searching for fun activities for your family, a great website to visit is WhoFish.com (more than 30 states and growing) where they list local events and send you a weekly update so you can always find something fun to do. You've simply got to find (make) the time to relax and have fun.
History of Halloween
Halloween began 100s of years ago. Celtic farmers believed that spirits rose from their graves on the last day of summer. They used huge bonfires and disguises to repel and confuse these spirits. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory the 3rd, created All Hallows Day on November 1st, in an attempt to distract the Celts. This quickly became All Hallow's Eve as the Celts didn't want to give up their traditions.
During the Irish potato famine, more than a million people immigrated to the US and brought these traditions with them. Bonfires turned into Jack-O-Lanterns and disguises became costumes. The tradition of Trick-or-Treat is less clear.
Halloween Happenings in Your Town
Look for fun events to celebrate Halloween near your home. Here are some of the things happening in southern NH:
- Pumkpin Weigh-off and Pumpkin Regattain Goffstown NH, 10-16-17
- Jackson NH's Return of the Pumpkin People until 10/20
- Portsmouth NH's New Hampshire Film Festival, 10/14 – 10/17