A Haunting History of Halloween 👻

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Halloween … Hallowe’en … All Hallows’ evening …

All Hallows’ Eve … All Saints’ Eve 

October 31 is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, beginning the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remember the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed. Historians have theorized that many Halloween traditions were influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain (thanks Wikipedia 🙌🏼).

David Skal, author and Halloween historian, describes the ancient Celtic harvest observances on October 31 as:

“the time when the veil between death and life was at its thinnest.”

These ancient cultural and religious observances influenced the spectacle of modern day Halloween, in what is now a full month of seasonal décor, entertainment, and spooky festivities! 

And we’re here to confirm that Halloween is a DIYers dream – take a walk down memory lane with us through some past Creator’s Studio projects:

Halloween Spooky Swap and Share (2021)

@Vimarhonor's fireplace witch; @Settewongse's demon crossbow; @Chunky Mermaid' Mr. Big Stuff.

Get Creepy with ColorShift (2020)

@HLabarbera's whiskey bottle transformation; @maryhunn's night sky pumpkins; @Raneem's seasonal mantel.

Spooky Mystery Kit Challenge

@Sidhaynes's home greeter; @Mconnorsmac's not-so-spooky decor; @PerfectlyPaintedDesigns's Hocus Pocus Books. 

And so many more amazing projects through the years [we promise you will be inspirationally-spooked when you do a Creator’s Studio-wide “Halloween” search 👀 ] 

Now that your spines are suitably chilled - we are pleased to announce the Spook-tacular Halloween Challenge!  

Head over to the challenge brief to see all the details, including a new voting structure and some not-at-all-nightmarish prizes 🎃 We're looking forward to seeing your hair-raising Halloween DIY projects!