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Halloween

Halloween-witchWhat is Halloween?

Today, Halloween is all about ghosts and witches, haunted houses, spooky superstitions, dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and watching our favorite horror films. While Halloween has been commercialized, most modern-day Halloween traditions can actually be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival was celebrated on October 31, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth for the night – a belief that remains at the core of this spooky holiday.

Learn more about the origins of Halloween, Halloween’s journey from a religious to a secular children’s holiday, and more by clicking here.

When is Halloween?

October 31 of each year.

How do people celebrate Halloween?

Halloween celebrations include trick-or-treating for candy, dressing up in costumes, visiting haunted houses, throwing costumes parties or Halloween costume contests, telling ghost stories and carving pumpkins.

Learn more about Halloween celebrations and symbols here.

 

Sources: history.com, timeanddate.com
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National Candy Corn Day

Candy-CornOctober 30 is National Candy Corn Day!

National Candy Corn Day celebrates the three-layered, autumn-colored candy made to mimic a kernel of corn. While commonly enjoyed during the fall, particularly on Halloween, candy corn was once advertised as a summer candy in the 1950s and enjoyed year-round as a penny candy, or a type of candy sold in bulk for a penny or a nickel per sack, during the first half of the 20th century.

Celebrate National Candy Corn Day by enjoying a handful or two of candy corn today…After all, you don’t want to be too full for tomorrow’s Halloween treats…including more candy corn!

Did You Know…that candy corn has been around for over 100 years? Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company.  Read more about candy corn’s history by clicking here.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org, theatlantic.com
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Hermit Day

October 29 is Hermit Day!

In the past, a hermit referred to someone who withdrew to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion. In modern times, a hermit is simply one who lives away from society in complete solitude, whether for religious or spiritual reasons, fear of crowds or a little peace and quiet.

The life of a hermit may not be an appealing permanent lifestyle, but on Hermit Day, you can experience the benefits of solitude without living forever as a hermit. So turn off the phone, lock the door and take a break from your hectic life in peaceful seclusion.

Now you can read without interruption, take a nap, reflect on your life (or maybe just the past year), take a relaxing bath, play a game of Solitaire or do whatever it is that you don’t have enough time for in your normal, hectic life. Whatever you do, whether it’s for spiritual purposes or pleasure, today’s your chance to do everything in solitude.

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, wikipedia.org
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Is Your Pet Calendar Worthy?

Well here is your chance to prove it!

TF Publishing is looking for customer submitted images to be featured in the 2014 version of their Cat-A-Day and Dog-A-Day  wall calendars! If you have a dog or cat that you think would be perfect for a calendar, you can send in your images to cats@tfpublishing.com or dogs@tfpublishing.com.

Images must be submitted by November 9 to be considered for publication, and only one dog or car should be in the picture. This isn’t a calendar for you, so no people in the picture either. And remember, this is a professional calendar, so no low res or fuzzy pictures either.

Start submitting and good luck!

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Frankenstein Friday

Celebrated on the last Friday of October, Frankenstein Day celebrates the classic, gothic novel “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley.

Though many people mistaken Frankenstein for the monster created by the young scientist and protagonist of the novel, Frankenstein is actually the name of the scientist, who never names the monster he creates.

Celebrate Frankenstein Day by reading the novel, watching the 1931 film that brought “Frankenstein” to life, or making a costume for Halloween – if your’re planning on going as the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein or his monstrous creation, that is.

 

Sources: Punchbowl, Yahoo! News

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Patrick Kinkade Highlighting Process

Comment on this post for a chance to win an autographed paint palette from Patrick Kinkade!

After our interview with Patrick Kinkade, he took some time to highlight one of his brother Thomas’ paintings from the Disney Dreams Collection. He talks a little about the process of highlighting and the partnership with Disney. We have also pointed out a few details you might not be able to see in the video. Enjoy!

 

 

 

The foreground of the painting really tells the beginning of the story. The setting is London, and Wendy, John, and Michael Darling are flying off with Peter Pan to begin their adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story continues in the top left corner of the painting. You can see the enchanted island of Never Land and the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s crew, take shape in the clouds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top right corner picks up with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee who cause problems for the Darling family and Peter Pan and his gang. You can also see the crocodile, always eager to get his teeth on Captain Hook’s other hand.

 

 

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Punk for a Day

October 25 is Punk for a Day!

If you’re punk everyday, this holiday might not be so exciting. But for those of you who don’t don the punk uniform or blast punk rock on a daily basis, today’s your chance to submerge yourself into the punk subculture that emerged from the punk rock music genre. Full-out mohawks are optional.

Not sure how to be punk for a day? Check out this guide on How to Be a Punk from wikiHow. If that’s not enough, we even found an entire website dedicated to punk and how to be punk!

 

Sources: Holiday Insights, Yahoo! News, Wikipedia

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Calendars.com now offers Custom Wall Calendars!

You can create a calendar with your own pictures, or choose images from our gallery of professional photos at no extra charge.

The personalized calendar builder is easy to use and guides you through the entire process. Choose from a 12-month or 18-month calendar, and start on any month!

You can add birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, or any special date to the calendar grid. National holidays are included in the calendar template, but you can remove any of them you like.

The pictures take up the full top half of the calendar and it is stapled so it looks like a professionally published calendar! You can even see all of your images printed on the back cover.

Even with the best features on the market, it is still only $19.99 for a 12-month or $23.99 for an 18-month version. Personalized photo calendars make great gifts, so make your calendar today!

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United Nations Day

United Nations Day (UN Day) marks the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24, 1945, the date that the United Nations Charter had been ratified by representatives from all of the original 51 Member States, including China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. UN Day was established in 1948 not only to celebrate this anniversary but to celebrate and reflect on the continuous work and accomplishments of the UN.

Find a UN Day event near you to join the celebration!

You can also celebrate by learning more about this history of the UN and the history of the UN Charter.

 

Sources: UN.org, Timeanddate.com

 

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Michael Crichton’s Birthday

October 23 is Michael Crichton’s birthday!

Crichton is the creator of the television series ER and author of  Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Disclosure, and many more novels in the action, science fiction, and techno-thriller genres. He was born on October 23, 1942, and drew upon his lifelong interest in computers and his medical training and science background in his work until his death on November 4, 2008.

Though he received his MD from Harvard Medical School, Crichton eventually worked full time as an author, screenwriter, producer, and director. He published 27 novels (14 of which were adapted to film) and several short stories and non-fiction works,  sold over 200 million books, wrote and/or directed ten films (three of which were adaptations of his novels), and created, wrote, and produced the TV medical drama ER.

Learn more about Crichton at his official website.

Sources: Wikipedia, Michael Crichton official website

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