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October 20 2004

Spooky Snaps. The Halloween 2004 event is less then 2 weeks away and more details are sneaking forth. Attendees will have their photo ops with James and David against a backdrop of gravestones and burial plots.

Dare you brave the horrors of the graveyard to have your photograph taken with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel stars David Boreanaz and James Marsters?

The York Hall Hellmouth is opening for Halloween and lurking in the bowels of the building will be a special graveyard setting.

Attendees will be able to have their photographs taken with the two popular American actors against a backdrop of gravestones and burial plots. It's enough to make even the undead feel at home.

Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?
Okay, picturing myself standing between the two of them for that picture now. Hmm, I seem to be getting hot...

They really need to do this, at least once, in the States also. C'mon. I'm sure it'd be entertaining for everyone if I hyperventilated and passed out right between the two of them.

[ edited by Angela on 2004-10-20 00:24 ]
Those fans attending the event are so lucky!Aww...I feel so jeleaous!!I'd do anything to take a photo with them!
Displaying my cultural ignorance: Do they even do Halloween in the UK?

I seem to remember something about Guy Fawke's Day...but, Halloween?
Lizard, speaking as the ex-pat that I am: we did celebrate Halloween a little as kids (talking 25 years ago now), but it was always considered an American holiday. I remember knocking on doors shouting "trick or treat!", and people responding "what the bloody hell are you talking about?"

You're dead right: Guy Fawke's Day (or Night) was the English holiday, celebrated on November 5th because, for those who don't know, an attempt was made by a group of "treasonous" catholics to blow up the Houses of Parliament and James I along with it. To this day, kids in England make "guys" out of old clothes stuffed with newspapers, prop them on the side of the street, and ask for "a penny for the guy" from passers-by (used to be very lucrative I recall). Traditionally, the guy would then be thrown on a bonfire. In some towns, Lewes most notoriously, effigies of the Pope would be thrown on the bonfire instead. Nice tradition. Here endeth the lesson.

Halloween has gained increasingly in popularity I suppose thanks to the movies, and to US cultural imperalism, I mean awareness, in general. Probably quite common now.
Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?

Amen to that!

-Jewel (also in Virginia)
Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?
I second and third that motion, Chris and Jewel!

I think it's a nifty idea, give the folks who get their picture taken something extra special besides a boring old backdrop.

-T. (in the West Virginia Panhandle; middle of nowhere but yet close to Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and Pennsylvania)

[ edited by T. on 2004-10-20 03:02 ]
Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?

I third it!

Well, at least we have Galaxy Con coming up here. (D.C)
"Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?"

Yes, please. Please oh please.
I am interested to hear transcipts from the Q&A's at this event!
Why can't they have something like this in Washington, DC? Or even Philadelphia?

I fourth or fifth or whatever that motion!

-Arista (in S. MD)
Displaying my cultural ignorance: Do they even do Halloween in the UK?
I seem to remember something about Guy Fawke's Day...but, Halloween?


To follow up on SNT's answer yes we do do Halloween and I guess it has gained quite a lot of popularity in the past 25 yrs. Certainly when I used to go "Trick or Treating" I never found anyone who didn't know what the hell was going on. This was about 15 yrs ago. It's still not quite the holiday that it is in the US but I doubt there's anyone beyond the most remote of hermits who isn't aware of it.
I live in the states and I recently found out that I get to go to this. It happens to be my birthday and lets just say best.birthday.present.ever. I can't wait to go, and I swear on everything holy in this world, if I don't get my passport in time I might have to hurt somebody. I have resorted to drastic measures already by paying and arm and a leg for the damn thing. Hopefully I will be able to post up all kinds of wonderful information for all those who couldn't attend to read and enjoy :)
i remember bobbing for apples on halloween and making toffee apples and u had to peel an apple throw it over ur shoulder to see the letter it formed that would be the first letter of ur future spouses name this was in the 1960s so we do celebrate but we never trick or treated
Just another post voting YES for having a simialr event like this in America - East coast - DC would be fine!
As a Wiccan I am quite familiar with the origins of Halloween and because the subject came up I thought I'd share a bit of the history that I got from the History Channel. (http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/holiday_origins1.html)

"Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas."
Wow that's really cool. I'd heard some of these things before, but the whole thing put together is really informative. Thanks, bl!

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