Razumich & Delamater October 2018

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With Halloween right around the corner, it was pretty easy to come up with a theme for this month’s newsletter. In addition to costumes and candy, another thing that goes GREAT with Halloween is scary movies. For those of you who have seen the inside of Jack’s office, you know that he LOVES movies and meeting the actors who starred in them. One of his hobbies is going to autograph shows, and this year was no different. Back in August, Horror HoundWeekend was in downtown Indianapolis. Horror Hound is one of the largest horror-themed conventions in America, and this year, Jack was able to meet Robert Englund, better known to the moviegoing public as Freddy Krueger from the“Nightmare on Elm Street”series. As you can see above, Mr. Englund was a great sport, and was more than happy to menace Jack for this picture. Make sure to ask to see all of his great pictures next time you stop by the office. Happy Halloween and pleasant dreams!

What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions.

WHERE DID ALL THESE BATS COME FROM?

Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th-century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were WHAT’S UP WITH BOBBING FOR APPLES?

-John Razumich and Joe Delamater

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