All Saints’ Day: The History and Traditions Behind the Holiday

All Saints’ Day: The History and Traditions Behind the Holiday

Many Catholic Spaniards celebrate All Saints’ Day by visiting tombstones to honor their deceased relatives.

Many Catholic Spaniards celebrate All Saints’ Day by visiting tombstones to honor their deceased relatives.

Every November 1st, many Roman Catholics and other Christians all over the world celebrate All Saints’ Day, which is to commemorate all the church saints who are believed to have reached heaven.

In the Orthodox Church, All Saints’ Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The following is the history and tradition of this sacred holiday.

 

Where does All Saints’ Day come from

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, although it is now observed in November, Halloween was originally celebrated on May 13, although its origin cannot be determined. Pope Boniface IV officially started what became known as All Saints’ Days on May 13, 609, when he dedicated the Pantheon in Rome as a church to commemorate the Virgin Mary and all the martyrs.

The current November 1st was established during the reign of Pope Gregory III (731-741 AD), when he built a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to commemorate all the saints. Although this celebration was originally limited to Rome, in 837, Pope Gregory IV ordered the official celebration of All Saints’ Day on November 1st each year and extended the celebration to the entire church.

 

All Saints really means all saints

Although many canonized saints have their own holidays (such as St. Patrick), there are no specific holidays for uncanonized saints.

All Saints’ Day recognizes those who only God knows. Even so, Catholic ceremonies tend to focus on known saints, those who have been canonized by the Catholic Church.

 

A holy obligation

Sacred duty According to Catholic Online reports, within the Catholic Church, All Saints’ Day is generally considered to be an obligatory holy day, which means that all Catholics must attend Mass unless they are unable to attend due to illness or other good reasons.

After the Protestant Reformation, many Protestant denominations celebrated All Saints’ Day. For example, according to Christian.com, Methodists admitted that this day was a day to express their sincere gratitude to God for the lives and deaths of the saints.

 

Commemorations around the world

Although it is not a public holiday in the United States, many countries publicly celebrate All Saints’ Day.

In France and Germany, people take a day off and businesses close.

In the Philippines, All Saints’ Day is called “Undas”, not only to commemorate the saints, but also to commemorate and mourn the deceased relatives, usually prayers, flowers and kind dedication.

 

The Best Themed Drinks 

The Best Themed Drinks 

What’s a party without some liquid refreshments? A drink list should be on your mind when it comes to Halloween party ideas. A full bar is always good to have when planning a party. Here are some of our favorite Halloween-themed boo-zy cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks:

  1. Dragon’s punch: What’s a party without a punch bowl? To tie in fall flavors and spices, make a spiced-pomegranate punch with rum — or easily make it non-alcoholic. Plus, the blood-red color will be right on par with the Halloween theme.
  2. Halloween hot cocoa: This Halloween hot cocoa is perfect for cold nights, is non-alcoholic, and a great option for the kiddos. Make traditional hot cocoa, but add some drops of green food coloring. To take it over the top, add some orange or purple marshmallows or even some creepy gummy worm candies.
  3. Cider Sidecar: There’s no such thing as too much apple cider this time of year. Upgrade your favorite sidecar cocktail recipe with apple cider.
  4. Witch’s Brew: Take any soda or beer bottles and make a DIY label that says “Witch’s Brew” and tape it around the bottle for a unique twist.
  5. Pumpkin spice White Russian: Move over pumpkin spiced latte! Introduce this fan-favorite autumnal ingredient into a classic cocktail like a White Russian.
  6. Black Magic Margarita: Make a classic margarita, but add some drops of black and red food coloring to achieve an eerie black look. Top off with lime for garnish.
  7. Ditch the martini glasses: Ditch your classic martini or cocktail glasses and switch them out for vials. For a frightening flare, paint inexpensive candelabras black and set the vials inside.
  8. Bloody Mary syringes: Every Halloween party needs a little blood. Whip up a classic bloody mary recipe and serve them in syringe shooters.
  9. Halloween ice cubes: Polish off any drink with Halloween-themed ice cubes. Freeze olives into ice cubes for “eyeballs” or freeze some gummy worms or plastic spiders into ice for a creepy surprise!

Tip: Make sure to have enough non-alcoholic drink options at your party, especially if kiddos are around.

Festive Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

Festive Halloween Party Ideas for Adults

Music: check. Invitations: check. Costumes: check. What more is needed for throwing a good Halloween party? Lots! But the good news is, it’s super simple to throw a small and intimate gathering for adults that is festive and also stylish. Have your guests talking for years to come with these easy and festive Halloween party ideas.

 

How Do You Plan a Halloween Party

Even if Halloween is full of treats and tricks — planning a small gathering this season doesn’t have to be tricky! We’ll cover everything you need to make your Halloween party spectacular with these important to-do’s:

  • Set a date and time: Make sure you plan your date and location ahead of time. Sometimes, Halloween doesn’t fall on a weekend, so plan accordingly! Also, decide where you’ll be hosting your get together to make planning the rest of your details a breeze.
  • Pick a theme: Once you’ve planned the date and location of your Halloween party, pick out your theme! Some good theme ideas include “Freak Show”, “Haunted House”, “Autumn Harvest”, or “Hollywood Horror” to name a few. Get creative with it!
  • Send invitations: Now it’s time to send out the invitations. Use your DIY skills and create some memorable and spooky invites to send out to your guests. This is also a great time to state if your party will be practicing social distancing.
  • Choose or make your decor: Start planning your decor details according to your theme. Whether you plan to go shopping or DIY, the options are endless.
  • Put together your menu: It’s not a party unless there’s food and drink! Make sure to have your food and drink ideas planned well-before the party so you don’t have to do last-minute shopping or cooking. You can even create a pot-luck list if you want your guests to contribute.
  • Plan activities: Create a list of social distance-friendly activities that your guests can enjoy at the party. This will ensure everyone will have something to do and will make your party memorable. Make sure you have appropriate activities planned depending on if you’re throwing a party for adults or if it’ll be kid-friendly.

Spooky Decor Ideas 

girls with halloween decor

If you want your spooktacular get together to truly stand out, incorporate whimsical yet sophisticated décor elements and finishing touches. From festive centerpieces to fall flowers, these pieces will transform your Halloween party to a frightful and fun holiday event.

  1. Creepy candles: Add a twist to your traditional candles and light up your table with antique-style candle holders or even set them in wine-turned-potion bottles to set a mysterious mood.
  2. Entryway party favors: Stuff some cute bags with fun treats and place them in a bowl near your front door for a sweet and welcoming surprise.
  3. Tableware: Set out plain white serving dishes so you can add pops of orange and black — like striped straws, paper plates, napkins, and funky drink glasses — elsewhere.
  4. String lights: String up some white twinkle lights to set a magical mood. To tie in the Halloween theme, hang pretty orange and black DIY tissue pom poms from the lights.
  5. Candy: Halloween candy is a fantastic way to decorate the table, and gives guests some tasty treats to nibble. Fill clear glass containers with classics, like candy corn and candy pumpkins, and add embellishments, like spooky printable labels that say, “Boo” or “Happy Halloween!”
  6. Florals: A must for every table setting is a floral centerpiece. For this particular occasion, go for something joyful and beautiful with fall flowers.
  7. Paper jack-o-lanterns: Fresh pumpkins, although a staple, can be really messy. Avoid clean up duties and make them out of paper! Then, string them up around your party for some extra festive decoration.
  8. Succulent centerpiece: Spice up your table with a DIY succulent pumpkin centerpiece. Pumpkin succulents are a great way to show off your favorite succulent variety at the party.
  9. Paper bat garland: Cut out paper bats and attach them to string with clothespins. Then, string them around your doorway.
  10. Spider web placemats: Spruce up your table with DIY placemats made out of parchment paper and puff paint. Using the puff paint, make web shapes onto the parchment paper. Let it dry overnight and then peel the paper off the back. Place the mats under clear plates to show off your craftiness.
  11. Upgrade your bar cart: A bar cart is always a nice touch for a party, and is also a great piece for showcasing your fun themed drinks and DIY Halloween decorations.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to DIY! Decorating a Halloween party doesn’t have to be expensive, and making decor yourself is a fun activity to enjoy with your friends or family.

Delicious Halloween Party Food Ideas

table with halloween treats

Halloween and sweets are pretty much synonymous with one another. Here are some simple yet sweet treat and appetizer ideas for your Halloween party.

  1. Pumpkin pie cheesecake dip: Fall is all about pumpkin flavors, and it’ll sure be a hit at your Halloween party. Make a sweet pumpkin-flavored cheesecake dip and serve it in a pumpkin-shaped dish with some pretzels or graham crackers for dipping.
  2. Mummy brie: Class up your Halloween party with a yummy cheese and cracker platter. To match the theme, wrap puff pastry around round brie for an instant mummified look.
  3. Scary sugar cookies: These are an easy one, and are great in a pinch. Cut out dough using Halloween themed cookie cutters and frost them however you like!
  4. Candied apples: For a twist on the traditional candied apple, serve “poison” apples with all-black toffee instead of caramel.
  5. Candy corn cupcakes: Make candy corn themed cupcakes using orange and yellow batter. Then, top with creamy marshmallow frosting and candy corn pieces.
  6. Monster pizza bites: Everyone loves pizza! Bake some pizza bites in the oven — these serve as great finger food. To give it a Halloween touch, place black olive slices on top for eyes.
  7. Spooky spinach dip: Amongst all the sweets you may have at your party, make sure to have some veggies! Make your favorite spinach dip and place it in a bread bowl that’s shaped into a cauldron. Serve with pumpkin-shaped tortilla chips.
  8. Mummy meatballs: The tastiest party bites get a Halloween twist. Wrap the meatballs in strips of dough so they resemble mummies and bake in the oven. Serve with your favorite condiments for a delicious appetizer.

Tip: Since guests are likely to mingle, foods that you can eat with your hands are ideal. Also, be sure to have balance when it comes to the amount of sweet and savory foods you’re serving!

Fun Halloween Party Activities 

photo of kids doing halloween activities

Making sure to have enough things to do at a party is important! Here are some great Halloween party activities that are fun for adults and will also keep any kids entertained:

  1. Scavenger hunt: Bring fun and adventure to your Halloween party with a themed scavenger hunt. Divide your guests into teams to hunt for items on the list. Whichever team wins gets to enjoy a nice cold drink.
  2. Horror movie trivia: Play a drinking game or movie trivia with classic scary movies.
  3. Candy corn toss: Sweets are just as fun to play with as they are to eat. Just like the classic ring toss game, make it unique and turn cones into candy corn using spray paint.
  4. Apple bobbing: Revive this classic game of apple bobbing that kids love. To take it to the next level for adults, swap out the water for white sangria!
  5. Halloween charades: This activity is great if you’re hanging out with a group of friends or if you’re with family members. Just swap in Halloween-themed phrases and clues!
  6. Mad scientist guessing game: Cut a hole in a box or fill non-transparent jars with funky-textured foods. Let your guests guess what’s inside by using their hands to feel what’s inside.
  7. Halloween pinata: Have some candy-filled pinatas for the kids, or fill them with mini bottles of alcohol for a more adult-friendly pinata.
  8. Murder mystery: If you have a large enough group, plan a murder mystery game for a chilling touch to your party.

Tip: Be sure to accompany these fun Halloween party ideas and activities with a playlist with all of the best seasonal hits!

Halloween is a night of fun and fantasy — and there is no better excuse to gather with close friends or family on a cool autumn night. From yummy treats and drinks, fall flower decor and these other Halloween party ideas, you’ll be sure to make it a fright night to remember.

Easy Paper Witch Craft

Easy Paper Witch Craft

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. It can be sweet and cute like our Easy Paper Witch Craft. I love her rosy cheeks, jeweled wart on the end of her nose and glittery black hat.

This craft is all about using and being creative with the materials you have available at home or laying around the class room.

Perhaps you have some leftover wrapping/packing paper? Buttons, yarn or random sequins that could benefit from some love, and bring this paper witch to life!

Our witch is a mixed media project consisting of yarn, newspaper, stock card, patterned paper and glitter, and is perfectly open-ended enough for your kids to create their own spin.

If you don’t have yarn or fancy paper, perhaps the hair could be replaced with your Arty Crafty Kids handprint.

The newspaper could be painted with watercolours or not, and maybe your kids would like to plat the hair of their witch?

With so many options, I wonder what direction your kids will take…

 

Easy Paper Witch Craft: Materials

  • Newsaper
  • Yarn
  • Buttons
  • Googly Eyes
  • White Card Stock
  • Black Card Stock
  • Watercolours paint

Easy Paper Witch Craft: Tutorial

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 1: Gather your materials

White card stock to stick your witch to and black card stock for the hat, and then whatever materials your Arty Crafty Kids choose to use for the head, eyes, nose and hair!

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 2: Start with the witches head

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 3: Add the eyes

Add a pair of googly eyes, or round white paper circles and buttons could be a good alternative to googly eyes!

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 4: And now her hair

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 5: Your paper witch is really coming together now!

Cut out a witches hat from black stock card. We’ve gone with the shape of the traditional witches pointy hat!

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 6: Apply glue to the hat and stick

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 7: Nearly finished! Stick a nose upon your witches face

Add a nose using colored paper or card you have left over.

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Halloween Crafts for Kids | Easy Paper Witch Craft | Easy mixed media Witch project for preschoolers and young children!

Step 8: A witch just isn’t complete without a wart on her nose!

I hope your Arty Crafty Kids have enjoyed our Easy Paper Witch Craft!

 

 

How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, kids can learn how to make a fun paper bobble head black cat craft. This easy DIY kitty craft includes a free pattern, making it perfect for home or school. 

HOW TO MAKE A FUN BLACK CAT CRAFT FOR HALLOWEEN

Since the time of the Puritans, black cats have been a popular symbol of Halloween. Long ago, people believed that black cats could shift into human form to act as spies for witches. In many cultures, black cats are a symbol of good (and sometimes bad) luck.

Pair this easy family-friendly Halloween craft with Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting or Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty for an afternoon full of Halloween fun!

 

Easy and Fun Black Cat Craft for Kids

TO MAKE THIS BLACK CAT CRAFT YOU WILL NEED

  • Free printable cat template
  • White card stock
  • Black construction paper
  • Pink construction paper
  • Rotary paper cutter or scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • White colored pencil
  • Wiggly eyes or sticker eyes
  • White school glue or double sided tape
  • Crayons (optional)

Learn how to Make a Paper Black Cat Craft

DIRECTIONS FOR BLACK CAT CRAFT

1. Print the free template on card stock, cut out the shapes, then use a white colored pencil to lightly trace the shapes onto black construction paper.

The printable has 2 sets of cat patterns.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

2. Fold the ends of the long, thick paper strip towards the middle as pictured below. Glue or tape the 2 flaps together to create a 3D half circle shape.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

3. Trace the small petal shapes onto pink construction paper. Trace the larger petal shapes onto black construction paper. Glue the pink petals to the black petals to create ears for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

4. Glue the ears to the back of the cat’s head (the heart-shaped piece). Use a single hole punch to create a circle for the cat’s nose, then glue it to head. Use a white colored pencil and sticker eyes to create a face for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

6. Glue the cat’s tail (the short strip with the curved end) to the back of the cat’s body. Fold the last strip like an accordion. Snip off the excess, leaving about 4 folds.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

7. Glue the cat’s head to the accordion fold paper strip, then glue the accordion fold to the front of the cat’s body.

Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Isn’t it cute? If you tap their little heads, they bobble up and down. Perfect for Halloween or for any child who loves cats!

KID-MADE BLACK CAT CRAFT SAMPLES

My kids chose to color their cat templates instead of tracing them onto construction paper. Both of them did a great job and enjoyed playing with their cats afterward.

If you do this craft with a group of kids, I recommend preparing the templates in advance. Tracing, cutting, and folding are great fine motor activities for kids!

Kid-Made Paper Bobble Head Black Cat Craft

 

 

Masking Tape Hand

Masking Tape Hand

This creepy glow in the dark hand is the perfect DIY addition to add to your Halloween decorations.

This project takes approximately 15-20 minutes. You can try wrapping your own hand, but it’s definitely easier to borrow a friend’s hand.

tapehand_materials

Materials

  • Glowstick (green or orange look great)
  • Masking Tape
  • Disposable drinking straw
  • Scissors

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Step 1. WRAPPING THE HAND- Always start with the sticky side of the tape facing OUT, otherwise the tape will stick to your model and will be harder to remove.  Place a straw against the wrist and palm of the hand as shown. This will keep the tape from getting too tight and help when removing the tape at the end. Hold the end of the tape in place with one hand, while wrapping the tape around the wrist with the other hand. Leave at least an inch of the straw exposed at the bottom. Overlap the tape, so that it sticks to itself. This will make it easier to wrap the rest of the hand.

Step 2. Continue wrapping the tape up the wrist, sticky side out. Remember, make sure not to wrap the tape too tight or your model will be uncomfortable.

Step 3.  When you get to the hand, wrap the tape across the palm and around the thumb, similar to how you might wrap a hand with a bandage.

Step 4. Keep wrapping until the palm is covered.

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Step 5. The back of the hand should be covered as well. You can add more tape in spots that are still uncovered, making sure to keep the sticky side facing out.

Step 6. Next, start wrapping the index finger. The fingers will be tricky, the tape is sticky and the fingers are close together. Use the scissors as you are wrapping to cut any tape that sticks to itself.

Step 7. Finish wrapping all the fingers until everything on the hand is covered with tape. It might appear messy at this point but that will be fixed in the next step.

Step 8.  Repeat steps 2-8, this time with the sticky part of the tape facing in. You can cut the tape into smaller pieces to get into the areas around the fingers. When you are finished, the hand should no longer be sticky.

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Step 9. REMOVING THE HAND FROM THE TAPE- If possible, you should let the model do this step.  Insert the scissors into the end of the straw and cut carefully along the straw.

Step 10. Continue cutting the tapped hand apart, until the model can slide their hand out, you will use the tape to fix the cut seam.

Step 11. Use the masking tape to put the hand back together and fix any places the might be coming undone, especially around the fingers.

Step 12. The hand is complete. You can use this wrapping technique on other parts of the body, like your feet. Add a glow stick inside the hand for a creepy effect. You can also create a zombie rising from it’s grave.

Congratulations! You made it through this DIY! If you’re still missing some components for the perfect Halloween, head over to the shop to browse through decorations and party supplies that will bring your haunted house back from the dead.