The Fun of Halloween

While "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, Halloween as we know it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)" The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels in the British isles is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end” and is most often thought of as a time when the division between the worlds of the living and those who’ve passed is thinnest.

Here in the States we like to laugh at what scares us and so we revel in the ghosts and goblins of the season. Halloween in our store is celebrated 365 days a year in our wonderfully decorated Halloween room which features Department 56’s Village houses such as "The Retching Pumpkin Diner" and the creepy "Lot 13, Crystal Lake,“ peopled by little critters such as "The Zombies" of "The Voodoo Lounge" or the kooky "Dr. Lunatic" in front of his lab. We love the “Eeek, Yuck, Blech!!” We love to laugh with our sometimes surprised guests.

A particularly special item in our store are "The Ghosts of Cape May" book series written by Psychic Medium Craig McManus. Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 document Craig’s travels to Cape May New Jersey and his investigations of the haunted Victorian buildings and hotels in that town. Craig likes to call it "Americas most Haunted Seaside Resort". We invite you to come read about his investigations and also about the nature of ghosts and hauntings and how his psychic mind roots out paranormal ghost activity.

Absolutely fascinating!