Seems like only a few months ago, we were preparing costumes and decorations for another Halloween event. Yet, here we are again, getting ready for trick-or-treaters. It is wonderful to see so many schools, community centers and shopping malls hosting events for kids to have fun without walking from house to house along streets after dark. Hoping everyone who dresses up for events stays safe in today’s scary world. Be aware of surroundings and stay alert to anything unusual, so we can prevent another tragedy in Las Vegas.
For those who love German Austrian or Bavarian foods, October is also a time for Oktoberfest celebration, with feasts of special sausages, sauerkraut, beer and other cultural treats from that area of the world.
The first Oktoberfest was to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810 in Munich. All the local citizens were invited to the festivities. There are many places and groups in America that celebrate that event as well, You will hear lots of singing, polka music and see lots of dancing during the festivities.
Pumpkin carving is an American tradition brought here in the 19th century from Ireland, where turnips and potatoes were carved for Halloween. Ireland had no pumpkins, but America had plenty. Pumpkins quickly became the preferred canvas for the intricate carvings of today. Many people wishing to save pumpkins from rotting would paint them instead. This preserved them long enough to be used for Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie.
Whatever celebrations and events you participate in this year, stay safe and have fun. Lucky and I wish you all a joyful October.
Here are a couple items in my eBay and Etsy stores appropriate for the season: Cotton fabric remnants in Halloween prints.