The Origins of Halloween!

Many do not know the origins of Halloween. Do you? I had to look it up to find out more about it. I knew it was a pagan ritual but that was all. Here is a link to the origins of Halloween on the history site. Thank you to the site for the use of this information.

Here are some photos that I snapped while walking around the neighborhood.

Grim Reaper

I had some projects to do with leftover felt material. It is a perfect color to use for Halloween. I ordered some appliques and created some of my own to put on the bags (my own design). It was the first time I had tried to make a bag out of this material. It was a little tricky to iron on the appliques but I ended up sewing them on since they were not sticking to the felt. But, I think they came out pretty good. The kids loved them.

Halloween bag for my granddaughter (back side)
Front of Halloween bag
Halloween bags I made for my grandson on left and granddaughter on right
Halloween bags – grandson’s on left and granddaughter on right

Here is a poem that I wrote in 2013 for Halloween.


If you look in the windows of stores everywhere

You will see all kinds of signs that Halloween is near.

There are ghosts, goblins and pumpkins galore.

And cobwebs and spiders and much more.

There are costumes for princesses so fair,

Or monsters that will instill a little bit of fear.

There will be tons of candies to choose from

To fill all the children’s bags to your houses they will come.

Halloween is a magical and mysterious time.

As I relate all this through this holiday rhyme.

But parents and children, please beware.

Check over all the candy and give your children their fair share.

Children, please remember to be polite and have fun out there.

Halloween is a fun time for children everywhere.

But, please be careful out there!

I hope you enjoyed learning about the origins of Halloween. Hope to see you back real soon. Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support of my books and blog and for all the reviews you post wherever my books are sold.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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6 Responses to The Origins of Halloween!

  1. Great photos, especially the first one. I love the contrast between the Grim Reaper and his pretty surroundings – really atmospheric!

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    It’s so interesting to me where our traditions originate. Thanks for the history reminder, Janice. And I love the neighborhood decor! Happy Halloween!

  3. noelleg44 says:

    I just finished explaining what Halloween is to friend in Pakistan!

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