Halloween Art Matchbox

Image prior to completion (I don't want to spoil all the surprise).

Warlocks, Witches, Bats and Goblins... muuuurrrggaghahhhha.  A whisper of a cold draft on your skin, a dark shadow crossing your path, and you'll be wondering, is it All Hallows Eve yet? 

It's been a fun swap at Milliande this month.  Halloween is the theme and this creepy little box has now been sent off to the USA.  The spider is a little beaded treat that I made and it lurks inside.

So many stories abound about Halloween and how it came into being. 

Trick or Treat

I've read that trick or treating came from and old English tradition of beggars knocking at the door and asking for a 'soul cake'.  They promised to pray for the dead of the house in return for the cake.  Here's an excerpt from one article you might find interesting...

Soul cakes, a form of shortbread — and sometimes quite fancy, with currants for eyes — became more important for the beggars than prayers for the dead, it is said. Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo — a doughnut. Circle that it is, it suggests the never-ending of eternity. Truth or legend, it serves a good purpose at Halloween.

A Halloween Art Therapy Activity - Art Therapy Blog has a great art therapy for Halloween article if you'd like to read it... here's an excerpt

The most consistent origin, and probably the most well-known, refers to Halloween as a way to honor the dead. It also signifies the end of summer and the end of the Celtic year…and the beginnings of a new one.
People were very superstitious back in the day and thus arose the idea that souls of the dead frolicked the streets at night. To keep the bad spirits at bay, treats were left outside to pacify the evil spirits. This led to how it works now, otherwise known as trick or treating.

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