In the "Spirit" of the season we wanted to share with you a few Halloween Fun facts that you might find interesting and if you are in the Sammamish/Issaquah area please come by and join us for Terror At Trossachs on Halloween evening from 5:30 until 8:30!
- "Halloween" is short for "Hallows' Eve" which was the evening before All Hallows' Day celebrated on November 1.
- Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
- The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings on Halloween night.
- According to Irish legend, Jack O'Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
- According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
- Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
- Another Celtic tradition was the dressing up as ghouls and other spooks by townspeople to disguise themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.
Please join the Terror At Trossachs team this Tuesday for some fun on Halloween Night, October 31st from 5:30 until 8:30.
The Haunted Graveyard “Terror At Trossachs” will feature several good scares, live actors in costume and animatronic characters full of mischif…. With FULL size candy bars as a reward at the end for those brave enough to make it to the front door!
There is no charge for the event and it’s open to all ages (Though there are some pretty intense scares so little ones should be ready).
Canned goods are gladly accepted if you would like to donate. All donations will go to NW Harvest. While we celebrate being scared on this night, there is nothing more scary than being hungry and your donations are greatly appreciated. Several students from Eastside Catholic school in Sammamish along with members from The Cascade Team Real Estate will be on hand to collect the food donations and deliver them to NW Harvest.
Nestled deep in the Cascade foothills, hidden far from passing eyes by tall pine and towering rock laid the old cemetery. It was here that the worst of the Pacific Northwest lay buried. They were the robbers, murderers, and worse that no church would allow to be set to rest on their sacred soil. Old stones covered in moss marked their graves, the black as night crows gathered around the clearing that was their cemetery and sat silent on the branches, watching the graves with their glassy yellow eyes.
Then came progress. Roads and highways were built into the mountains, and soon little towns, businesses and residential communities took hold. And somewhere along the way, as quaint and charming house after house were built and occupied, as the trees and forest were cut down to make room for parks, trails and business, from under the crawl of the heavy machinery that chased the night crows from their perch, the cemetery was lost.
Only the perfect homes with their perfectly manicured yards and all of those friendly neighbors remained. No one knew of the old cemetery that once existed, or of the tombstones buried under their grassy lawns. No one thought about who “Or What” might be buried under his or her rose bushes.
Simply put: the tortured souls of long ago laid to rest in this and now long forgotten cemetery are not pleased with what has transpired above ground. Legend has it, that on one night every year those old tombstones raise up from the cold black ground in the perfectly manicured yards give way to jagged tombstones covered with moss and age. Those old crows come back and land in the few remaining trees and on all of those new housetops. Then, on Halloween night, as the tombstones glisten in the moonlight, the restless spirits of the long dead crawl from their graves looking for those who would dare to make their homes on their final resting place.
If you are brave or foolish enough, come to 1014 270th Pl SE in Sammamish, WA on October the 31st “Halloween Night!”. Take a guided tour and venture between the homes in search of “The Haunted Graveyard”. If you do dare, frights are assured, as well as the potential for fantastic rewards………
Come if you dare! There is a slide show available for viewing at the bottom of the homepage on the website below.....
Visit www.TerrorAtTrossachs.com for more information!