Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows‘ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows‘ Eve, orAll Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows‘ Day. Autumn is finally here! My favorite time of year! And the best way to start out October 1st being as Halloween is right around the corner is DECORATING! FUNNNNNNNNNNNN
The classic Hallowe’en jack-o’-lantern, a carved grinning pumpkin, is both a new and an ancient practice.
Originally, it seems to have come from an old Irish legend of a man called Stingy Jack, a miserly farmer who played a trick on the devil and as punishment was cursed to wander the earth, lighting his way with a candle inside a hollowed-out turnip.
When the tradition moved to America pumpkins were used instead of turnips, as they were both more available and easier to carve.
My favorite time of year… fall weather (love spring too), but here come the stink bugs! YUCK!! I hate bugs. Batavia (where I live) is being bombarded with them. They’re everywhere. 🙁 Here are some things I found that you can do:
Rub screens with dryer sheets – the more pungent the better. Some homeowners have found this can reduce stink bugs entering a home by up to 80 percent.
Hang a damp towel over a lawn chair or deck railing overnight. In the morning, stink bugs will blanket the towel. Dispatch bugs in a bucket of soapy water.
Squish a few stink bugs outdoors. The odor warns other stink bugs to flee. Spray bottle with two tsps Dawn ultra dish soap in a quart of water. Kills in a few seconds. I guess it dissolves a protective wax on them…??? What methods do you use??