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Do you know what ASMR is? Well, it’s a really long term that we abbreviate, but I bet you guessed that.
It describes a wonderful prickly-like but also relaxing sensation people experience when hearing certain sounds or seeing certain things. There are common “triggers” but they vary among people. Not everyone responds, but those who do seem to really like it, as I do. I had to experiment with it a bit. I like the whispering and tapping sounds, I LOVE the soft brushing sounds, and I like the wavy fingers. The personal experience ones are really fun.
ASMR practitioners on YouTube create videos — anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour long — full of these triggers, often with a story line or theme. Many people who like ASMR watch these to help them relax or fall asleep.
Here is one with a Halloween theme from my favorite ASMR expert, ASMR Darling. She has a huge following on YouTube. In this episode, she pretends to put Halloween makeup on your face. So much fun! Enjoy and let me know if you like it.
Today, the Postal Service will issue four Forever stamps, just in time for Halloween, and they are beauts! They will be officially dedicated at the Milford Pumpkin Festival in Milford, New Hampshire at 5 pm.
The Spooky Silhouettes stamps feature digital illustrations with Halloween motifs rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. The images include a cat with an arched back beneath a raven perched on a bare tree branch, all against a yellowish-green background; two ghosts against an orange background; a spider and a web against a red background; and three bats against a purple background. Artist Tyler Lang worked with art director and designer Greg Breeding to create these stamps.
I cannot WAIT to stamp my Halloween cards with these! The stamps are available for sale at area post offices (of course) but also online.
So, you must be wondering, are these the first ever Halloween stamps? Well, the answer is no, but you would be right in supposing so because Halloween stamps are not issued every year. In fact, this is only the second issue of Halloween stamps.
The first Halloween stamps were issued in 2016. They featured four grinning jack’o’lanterns and were forever stamps.
However, there have been other spooky stamps. In October 1974, the lovely Sleepy Hollow ten cent stamp was released. You may remember the spectacular Universal Monsters 32 cent stamps from 1997. And who could forget the Disney Villians series? They were issued most recently — in 2017.
Halloween was originally a pagan holiday to honor the dead. It can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland (as well as Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man) that existed more than 2000 years ago. The Druids are famous for being the supposed creators of the shrine of Stonehenge. Their holiday It took place on October 31, the last day of the Celtic calendar, known as Samhain (pronounced sow-win).
Samhain, beginning on the evening of October 31st and ending on the evening of November 1st, marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the Celtic new year. It was celebrated with a harvest festival involving all kinds of traditions (feasts, bonfires, bobbing for apples, fortune-telling) and beliefs about spirits and magical beings, such as fairies. Pagans believed the night of Samhain was very mystical – that the veil between our living world and the spirit world was at its thinnest and most permeable point.
Because of this, the Celts believed the souls of the dead wandered that night. Some were evil. To appease them, people left out food and drink. They believed this could help ensure a plentiful harvest. Some dressed as animals or other beings so they would not be stolen away by the fairies. In some traditions, they went from house to house to ask for food. These customs evolved into today’s tradition of trick-or-treating.
Irish immigrants brought the tradition of jack o’lanterns to the United States. In Ireland, they carved turnips, but the head-shaped pumpkins in America inspired a new tradition.
I’m dying. LOL.
Grab your bowl of cereal and enjoy!
When I was growing up, we didn’t buy our Halloween costumes — we made them from clothes and accessories we found in our Mom’s closet. We bought the occasional witch hat or mask, of course, but mostly our costumes were creative creations. I still remember putting together my gypsy costumes.
This year, Goodwill Industries International and Green Halloween are partnering to encourage Halloween celebrators to create unique costumes for themselves and their children by shopping at one of the 2600 Goodwill stores nationwide.
“Shopping at Goodwill for Halloween is a simple step toward living a more sustainable lifestyle,” says Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Reusing and repurposing items from Goodwill stores are a fun way to make a unique Halloween costume for not a lot of money.”
According to a press release issued by Goodwill, “Shopping at Goodwill is not just good for the planet. It also benefits people in local communities. Revenue from Goodwill stores fund job training programs and career and community-based services for people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Your purchase helps people learn the skills they need to work in Goodwill stores and in growing fields outside of Goodwill such as healthcare, green industries and financial services.”
“In 2010, Goodwill Industries® diverted more than 2 billion pounds of used goods from landfills,” said Gibbons. “Look no further than your nearest Goodwill store to find what you need to celebrate a green Halloween.”
Ready to get your Halloween on? Busch Gardens‘ Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg, Virginia begins Sept. 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30.
Howl-O-Scream is rising to a whole new horrifying level in honor of its 13th anniversary, with new scare zones, shows and gruesome creatures lurking around the park.
The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun.
For more information, visit http://www.howl-o-scream.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.
6 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.
Falls Church City Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, VA
For babies and children through the grade 6. Carnival games, moon bounce, face painting, crafts, haunted house, movies, candy, and a live creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature.
As they have done for more than 60 years, Vienna closes down the main drag and puts on quite a party! Everyone is invited to come in costume and parade. This is a very popular, annual event, with 35,000 spectators (!). I have managed to miss it EVERY year, so I don’t have any insider tips to share, unfortunately. This year, I’m going, however, and I hope I see you there, too. Here’s the bad news: you know traffic in Vienna and Tysons Corner during the week is awful at best. Now this. Expect traffic delays, road closures, and detours. Check the website for parking suggestions. If it were me, I would go as early as possible, maybe even take a bus or metro (although that’s a pretty long schelp), or park somewhere and catch an early dinner in town.
If your kids want to march, be sure to assemble by 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank.
7 p.m. – about 8:30 p.m. (Costumed kids gather at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commerce Bank)
This is a FREE event.
Maple Avenue (Route 123) from Brand Road to Center Street, Vienna, VA
Check out these cute Halloween nails you can do yourself!
Get the kids together for some early indoor trick or treating this Saturday. There will also be face painting, free screening of “The Jetsons,” robotic demonstrations, space aliens, astronauts, and ghostly pilots around this Chantilly, Virginia air and space museum (part of the Smithsonian). Of course, there are also planes and rockets to check out! Check out this cool video; their website has much more information, as well.
Saturday, October 23
2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: FREE, but parking is $15.