Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of “All Hallows’ evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. [Source Wikipedia]
At least that’s the official definition according to Wikipedia. But yes, Halloween originally comes from Europe and not ,as many think, from the USA. However, the USA make it known very well. Especially children then dressed up through the streets in search of candy. But adults don’t miss out on the fun either.
These so-called “trick-or-treaters” come dressed up with funny sayings to grab the sweet. This is the “treat.” If one does not give in to this, they play a trick, the “trick”. All in all, fun for young and old.
It gets really interesting when the “Home Haunts” come into play. These are the houses and properties decorated for Halloween. In the U.S., it doesn’t just stop at decorating in the classic sense. Entire driveways, garages and gardens are transformed into spooky cabinets. Many of them are aimed at children. But some are (or should be) only accessible for adults. In Germany, you would say “Free for P18”.
Halloween at the Old School
The Old School in Quohren has also been involved since Halloween 2018. The house itself with its small clock tower is very good basis for decoration. The tower with the clock already brings its own atmosphere therefore. The courtyard in front of the house offers plenty of space to build creepy things. Just refer to my YouTube channel to get an impression.
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It all started (as always) quite simply. In 2018, there was a only bit of decoration in the form of pumpkins. But then we got a little deeper into the Halloween theme. Looking for possible decorations and what to do, things really took off in 2019. We especially liked projections of ghosts and witches. After a little research, we found AtmosFX. This is a provider for digital decorations, or more simply said videos. And fortunately there was a set for beginners consisting of a beamer and 16 videos. These were projected in the garage, a window and on the clock face of the tower clock. In addition, there were fog and light effects on the front door.
Spurred on by the very positive feedback in 2019, the superstructures should be expanded in 2020. The plan was in place and there were plenty of ideas. Unfortunately, Halloween 2020 was marked by the global “Corona” pandemic. There were exit restrictions and rules on how many people could meet at the same time. We could have stuck our heads in the sand now, but we rescheduled. The structure was adapted so that everything could be seen from the street in passing. The candy was handed out through skeletal arms. With this we were able to keep the refusal requirement of 1.50m. On Halloween 2020 we received a lot of praise from the visitors. Despite all the restrictions, we managed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Since we go crazy about this hobby, the project Old School Haunters were created. So Halloween at the Old School got an official name now.