When it comes to Halloween there's so much I could write about. I'd love to talk about the origins of Halloween and how hypocritical it is that so many condemn it as something evil due to its pagan origins. I remember one girl at my high school telling me that if I really knew how Halloween began I wouldn't celebrate it. Well, as far as I know, Halloween was thought to be the easiest day for fairies and the souls of the dead to cross over into the mortal world. And while it may seem a bit scary to think that trick-or-treating came from the practice of bribing the otherworldly beings with food so they would not harm the living, I think it's worth noting that departed loved ones were thought to revisit their homes. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that people would set a place at their dinner tables to welcome family members who had died. Keeping in mind that these are the customs of a people from a very different time, place, culture, and lifestyle, I would think October 31st was a day that reminded people to show their ancestors the respect they deserve, but also a day that comforted the grieving, making them feel as if their loved ones were not far away, and ultimately reminding them to appreciate their loved ones who were still living.
The following are some Halloween Rose Magnets I made using 2-sided scrapbooking paper, orange and black ribbon, refrigerator magnets, and hot glue.
To make the roses I followed instructions found on Pinterest. I hot glued them in place, glued 2 strips of ribbon onto each magnet, and then hot-glued each rose onto a magnet. I only managed to make 6 roses, and some of them I gave out with candy to trick-or-treaters.
It's kind of hard to stay made at her though ...