~ Happy Halloween ~



Sadly, black cats are not safe at Halloween so please keep yours safely inside until after the holiday.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOU ALL
FROM THE JERSEY CATS EMPORIUM






Trick or Treat

Halloween is finally here
Tricks and treats galore
Little ones all dressed up
Eager to be out the door

Witches with their brooms
A goblin here and there
A multitude of monsters
Sporting claws and hair

A beautiful princess maiden
Angels with halo and wings
A ghost floating slowly by
Clowns, rock stars and kings

Bags full of assorted candy
Maybe a shiny coin or two
Red apples a healthy treat
Tricks are played on you

A strange but fun holiday
Enjoyed by young and old
With haunted houses to visit
And scary stories to be told

Lisa Jo Ewert
Copyright� October 2002
Words From The Soul


Greetings from Sammy and his friends





Sammy and friends do "Thriller" as vampires
Click this link to see the whole dance: Click here

Checking on my friends below
From way up in the sky
Riding all around the place
With magic broom so high

Moon is full ~ a perfect night
To try and scare a few
But not me ~ I'm a gentle witch
This  story just for you

Once upon a broom you see
I travel fast and light
I bumped into another witch
She was looking for a fight

We'll she sure got her gander up
I said ~ hey what's with you
She said you weren't watching me
I said to her that's true

I'm watching for my little friends
They trick or treat today
I love to see their costumes on
I love to watch them play

She said ~ hey girl you are a pain
You know what witches do?
Gentle witch just looked at her
Said yes ~ I know that too

I love to be a witch you know
But never want to scare
I only feel the greatest peace
It's love I want to share

She looked at me with such disdain
I knew that she was mad
So I figured I would offer her
A special brew I had

I have a special treat for you
I have a cup right here
Like magic in her hand appeared
A golden cup of cheer

The cranky witch she took a sip
Said ~ what magic is in  here
The gentle witch said it's just love
The mean witch disappeared

Below she saw some children play
She started to descend
The kids were so excited now
They knew she was their friend

The gentle witch just looked at them
She winked and gave a hug
Started telling stories now
Gave their hearts a tug

Every Halloween you'll see
This gentle smile so sweet
Witch who loves to share her joy
She's such a special treat.

~
Francine Pucillo
~
©and used with permission
POETRY-EMOTION

 

Hark! Hark to the wind!
'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away;
The dead, forgotten this many a day!
~ Virna Sheard ~






Halloween
(by Harry Behn)

Tonight is the night
When dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches
Across the sky,
When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night
When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
Everywhere,
When ghoul and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.



Here are our Halloween Costumes for 2016:




Sammy and Aurora as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin





Trick or Treat

Halloween is finally here
Tricks and treats galore
Little ones all dressed up
Eager to be out the door

Witches with their brooms
A goblin here and there
A multitude of monsters
Sporting claws and hair

A beautiful princess maiden
Angels with halo and wings
A ghost floating slowly by
Clowns, rock stars and kings

Bags full of assorted candy
Maybe a shiny coin or two
Red apples a healthy treat
Tricks are played on you

A strange but fun holiday
Enjoyed by young and old
With haunted houses to visit
And scary stories to be told

Lisa Jo Ewert
Copyright© October 2002
Words From The Soul

 

 

 


Here are some halloween treats! So here are your trick or treat rewards, my little kitties:


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Here is Catnip, Cat Chow, canned Cat food, Candy, and 2 catnip mice!...Enjoy!
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Here are Toy Catnip Mice and some Candy Corn!!!







 

   




    


  

 




 
















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History of Halloween

Halloween history dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, approximately 2000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the UK, and northern France. They celebrated their new year on November 1st, a day marking the end of the summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. This was a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Celtic priests (Druids) to make predictions about the future. These people where very dependent on their natural world, and these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

For Halloween history, Druids built sacred bonfires, and people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The night before it began was called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.


Modern Traditions


The American tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives.

The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.




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More History of Halloween



The story of Halloween goes back over 2000 years to the ancient Celts. Druidic priests regarded the day as the end of the year. Not only was it their day for celebrating the year's harvest, but October 31 itself was also the day of Samhain, a festival for honoring the dead. In order to appease the wandering spirits they believed roamed at night, the Celtic priests made fires in which they burned sacrifices, made charms, and cast spells.

Portions of the Celtic holiday of the dead eventually passed into Christian culture after the Romans conquered the Celts and tried to bring the Celts into the "Christian fold." It eventually became apparent to the church leaders that the Celts, in spite of their conformation to some aspects of Christian culture, were stubbornly sticking with elements of their old religion.


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So, in the seventh century AD, the church moved its All Saints' Day, a holiday for honoring early Christian martyrs, from a day in May to November 1, thus associating it with the old Druid death rituals of October 31. By the tenth century A.D., the Catholic Church had added a new holiday, All Souls' Day. This day was set aside to honor all of the dead, not just the early Christian Saints.

Celebration of Halloween came to America with early Irish and Scottish immigrants. By then, though, it had already started to lose its mysterious overtones and was becoming merely a harvest celebration: a night of bobbing for apples, eating popcorn, and telling ghost stories around a bonfire. It was already changing into the holiday for children with which we in the 20th century are so familiar.

(History of  Halloween courtesy of  HALLOWEEN ETERNAL.)



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History of Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating - The story behind trick or treating dates back to the earliest times, when people wore masks when droughts or diseases or other disasters struck. They believed that the hideous masks could frighten off the demons who brought about their misfortunes. The pagan festival of Samhain came at a time of year when the weather was turning chilly and the cold, envious ghosts outside were constantly trying to trick mortals into letting them in by the fire. People who went out after dark often wore masks to keep from being recognized.

Similar practices went on throughout Europe. In parts of England the poor once went to houses singing and begging for soul cakes or money. Until very recently children would dress up as ghosts and goblins to scare the neighbors, but there was no trick or treating. Around 40 years ago people began to offer treats to their costumed visitors Spanish people put cakes and nuts on graves on Halloween, to bribe the evil spirits.


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The Irish brought Halloween to America in the 1840's although the custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have its origins in a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes" made of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they promised to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. It was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, would expedite a soul's admittance into heaven.

Over time the custom changed and children became the beggars. As they went from house to house they would be given apples, buns, and money and other treats to insure that the ghosts or goblins didn't play tricks.

(History of  Trick or Treat courtesy of  HALLOWEEN ETERNAL.)






Have a Happy Halloween all you kitties!