Halloween

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.  Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

The celebrations we have today are just as a result of American film makers, who took the tradition and made it a base for spooky horror films.

It is also one of the most celebrated festivals of followers of Wicca.

Orders now being taken for spells, Love spells, money spells, happiness spells, and prosperity spells, nothing evil or harmful will ever be considered as any harm done via witchcraft is returned threefold. 🙂

Wuthering

Wuthering Heights is the name of a place high up on the Yorkshire moors. It is also the name of a book. The moors inspired Charlotte Bronte to write the haunting story of love trancending death for Heathcliffe and Cathy in the 1800’s.

A classical book, it is still much read today, and has been made into a variety of films. The latest one, in 1992 was a little off centre, there being no castle set on those particular moors in Yorkshire 🙂

Haworth was the last home of the three Bronte Sisters, daughters of Patrick Bronte the village vicar,  all were authors who wrote under male pseudonym’s as it was a scandal for women to have such thoughts in those days. It is now a huge tourist centre. On any day hundreds of visitors scoure the streets, looking for reflections and ghosts of those who once abided there.

I was lucky enough to spend some time on location with the crew filming one version of Wuthering Heights, and was amazed at the transformations that could be wrought with pieces of polystyrene, plastic and fake wood! I was also amazed at just how much food was always available, day and night. 🙂

Kate Bush also wrote her song of the same name about the book. A spooky melody, though the scenery in the clip is gain not true to life – more camera trickery and props manipulaton it seems.