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Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 113

Halloween

 

 
Hello Everyone

 

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You may not know this, but in the era before 1752, the first day of the year was not 1st January but 25th March. The beginning of spring was the beginning of the year.

 

ln ancient times (before the Mediaeval Era), the New Year started on 1st November and the Pagan festival to celebrate the New Year was called Samhain (pronounced Sow-een). lt is now more commonly called Halloween. This Celtic word meant ‘summer’s end’.

 

This was the time when summer ended and winter began and it was thought to have been a special and magical time. When the transfer took place it opened the door for spirits, ghosts and fairies to slip through into the world of humans.

 

This also happened on 1st May when the winter turned into summer. This festival was called Beltane and is now called May Day.

 

A lot of people nowadays have costume parties at Halloween when they like to dress up in disguises. Are they pretending to be ghouls and ghosts – or are they hiding from them?

 

lt was important to these ancient people to think about and honour their ancestors at this time. They believed on this night the veil between the world of nature and the world of spirit became so thin that it was possible for the ghosts and spirits to come into the world of humans – and then cause havoc if they wanted to.

 

This is where the idea of trick or treat came from and originated in Scotland and lreland where it is called guising.

 

Bill and Bob love Halloween because it is so spooky and they celebrate it by carving out pumpkin, swede or turnip heads. They also like apple bobbing. But most of all they like telling ghost stories.

 

Pumpkins are easier to hollow out than turnips, but were not available in Britain until recent decades.

 

These lantern heads were traditionally left at the front door to ward off any evil spirits that walked around that night. lt is a similar idea to the gargoyles that were later put high up on church walls.

 

Halloween is popular in all the English speaking countries but not so much in Europe.

 

Personally, l think it is always a nice thing for children to have something to enjoy! smile1 (2)

 

 

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Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke

 

Bill: When do ghosts usually appear?

 

Bob: l don’t know. When do ghosts usually appear?

 

Bill: Just before somebody screams!

 

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Modern day Witches

 

image011 Maypole dancing at Beltane

 

image012 A church gargoyle

 

image014 Modern day Halloween symbols

 

image017Besoms are associated with witches

 

image019 Samhain means summer’s end

 

image021 Halloween is an autumn festival

 

image023 Bill and Bob took this Halloween picture in 2014 – the hottest ever Halloween

 
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Sometimes ghosts are captured on camera

Orbs are said to be the first signs of the manifestation of a ghost –

this one is hovering above the floor between the notice and the box

(There are many ghosts at Hampton Court Palace they say) 

 

 

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Bill and Bob have so many Halloween jokes that they asked for another slot on the News Desk as well this week so that they could tell you even more jokes than usual. 

Of course, I had to give in to them.

 

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Here are some of them:-

 

What is a vampire’s favourite dance?

 

The fangdango 

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How do vampires cross the sea?

 

By using blood vessels

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What did the witch say to the zombie?

 

Get a life!

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Why is Dracula so thin?

 

Because he eats necks to nothing 

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Do you know who drives ghost trains?

 

A skeleton crew

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Who was the best dancer at the Halloween party?

 

The boogieman

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What was the ghost doing at the party?

 

He was having a wail of a time! 

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Have you heard there is a new book out called Ghost Hunting by Count Meout. But I don’t think it is as good as The Haunted House by Hugo First orThere’s a Ghost in my House by Olive N fear.

 

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Did you hear about the monster who sent his photo to a lonely hearts club and they sent it back – they said they weren’t that lonely!

 

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If you get to the supermarket and there are no pumpkins left for your Halloween party; I have seen it happen – don’t panic! 

You can draw faces on satsumas or oranges or ornamental gourds or swedes or turnips using black felt tip pen. 

You could even make some pumpkin cup cakes.

 
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At the beginning of the year, I made a New Year’s Resolution to keep writing my blog for all the little (and big) children who wanted to read it.

 

What was your resolution? Have you kept it?

 
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Writing my blog

 

 

 

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And before l leave you, l should say

Happy Easter to all my readers

and give you a word of advice –

don’t eat all your chocolate eggs in one go!

And l shall end the News Desk this week with one last joke – this time an Easter joke –

Why do we paint Easter eggs?

Because they are too difficult to wallpaper! 

 

 

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lf you want to draw a really neat face on your pumpkin, you can use a stencil to draw on the skin before you start cutting. (See Blog Post 97)

 

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Get an adult to cut the top off the pumpkin so that you have a hole big enough to get your arm into it.

Scoop out the flesh and put it into a bowl so that you can use it to make a pumpkin soup or pie or something like that.

Draw the face on the pumpkin with a soft pencil and when you are happy with it go over it in felt tip pen.

Get an adult to cut the face for you and let them deal with the candle or night light you want put inside – or you could use a battery powered light.

 
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No, not like that! 

 

 

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lt’s the Weekend!

 
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HOW TO MAKE A WARM WlNTER OUTFlT

FOR YOUR TWELVE lNCH DOLL

 
This is a lovely warm outfit for when those cold nights begin to draw in. 

*Slip the first stitch of every row instead of knitting it for a smoother edge unless it is on an increasing or decreasing row.

 

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DRESS FRONT AND BACK (KNIT 2) 
Using 3½mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 20 stitches

Garter stitch 2 rows

 

Change to 4mm knitting needles

Knit 40 rows in stocking stitch

 

Cast off 4 stitches in the next 2 rows of stocking stitch

 

Change to 3½mm knitting needles

K3 p2 k2 p2 k3

P3 k2 p2 k2 p3

Repeat the last 2 rows 4 times 

Cast off loosely rib-wise

 

SLEEVES (KNIT 2) 

Using 3½mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 16 stitches

Knit 2 rows of garter stitch

 

Change to 4mm knitting needles

Knit 20 rows of stocking stitch

Cast off loosely

 

TO MAKE UP 

With right sides together sew along the sides of the cowl neck and shoulder seams.

Sew along the tops of the sleeves attaching them to the body.

Sew under arm and side seams.

 

The dress should pull over the doll’s head.

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LEGWARMERS (KNIT 2) 

Using 3½mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 8 stitches

Knit 2 rows of 1 x 1 rib 

Change to 4mm knitting needles

Casting on 1 stitch at each end of the next row (10sts) –

Knit 16 rows of stocking stitch

 

Change to 3½mm knitting needles

Knit 2 rows of 1 x 1 rib

Cast off 

Sew up back seam and neaten loose ends of yarn

 
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SCARF (KNIT 1) 

Using 3¼mm knitting needles and 4ply yarn cast on 70 stitches 

Knit 1 row, purl 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row

Repeat these last 4 rows once

Knit 1 row, purl 1 row 

Cast off purl-wise

 

Run the ends of the yarn through the ends of the scarf to make them neater and sturdier.

If you want to, you can pull the ends in to scrunch them up and attach bobbles to decorate.

 

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HAT (KNIT 2)

Using 3¼mm knitting needles and 4ply yarn cast on 18 stitches 

Knit 4 rows of 2 x 2 rib

 

Knit 8 rows of stocking stitch 

Decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next 8 rows of stocking stitch (2sts) 

Knit 2 together

 

TO MAKE UP 

Sew up side seams leaving two strands to tie under doll’s chin and sew a bobble to the top of the hat.

 
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Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

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