I'm The Girl Who Loves Halloween, But I'm Not 'Basic'

I'm The Girl Who Loves Halloween, But I'm Not 'Basic'

I love Halloween for the scare factor, not for the "dressing in a "slutty" costume."

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Since I was a little girl, I've loved everything about Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the scary movies, the decorations, I love it all. While that love has only continued to grow as the years have passed, I've noticed that the feedback I receive when I express that love of the spooky holiday has been...unfortunate.

"Oh just another basic b**** looking for an excuse to dress slutty."

Um...no.

While I do love dressing in costume, you'd rarely find me in a revealing one. Don't get me wrong, if you want to dress provocative for your costume, by all means do it. Do what you feel comfortable and confident and don't let anyone tell your otherwise. But what's ridiculous is that I've been ridiculed (mainly by men, but women as well) for having that strong love of all hollows eve.

Halloween is a holiday for the ghosts to come alive, the spirits to rejoin us for one night. For me, it's not an excuse to "dress slutty". It's an excuse to be whoever I want to be. It gives me a new level of confidence because I can become whoever my mind possesses me to be.

If I want to be a half skull heathen, I can.

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If I want to do a couples costume with my boyfriend as a deer and a hunter, I can.

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The possibilities as far as costumes, are endless. From warlocks to ghosts. From animals to everything imaginable. Who wouldn't want to change their identity for a night?

My love of Halloween doesn't stop there. I am a sucker for a good horror film. Hell, I'm even a sucker for a bad one. There's something about scary movies that no other genre could take from them. The thrill, the goosebumps on your skin, sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what could possibly happen next.

On top of it, my first job was working at a haunted house, scaring people. I loved the job and I was really good at it too. My managers would always steer me closer to the direction I wanted to go. They said my acting skills were impressive for the fact that I had never done it before. I'd throw on my character's persona and I never broke character. Even when I had friends that would walk through the haunt.

Halloween is a holiday that doesn't compare to any other. Most holidays involve trying to buy everyone gifts or making sure you see everyone in your family while also trying to include your friends along the way. Halloween is practically a stress free holiday. You don't have to buy anyone a present. Just yourself a costume and, if you feel like it, candy to pass out to kids.

Halloween is a holiday that I've loved and will continue to love for years. Your opinion of it, doesn't bother me. I hope to see those that judge on the holiday so I can actually scare them off with my costume.

Happy Spooky Season!

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Everything You Thought You Knew About Pentagrams is Wrong

Pentagrams and Jesus have more in common than you might think...
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Halloween may have just passed but horror movies are more popular than ever. Thus you more than likely have seen quite a few pentagrams. The pentagram has become heavily associated with the devil and evil practices. However, the pentagram (or pentacle) actually has no relation to the devil at all.


The pentagram is an incredibly common symbol in many different religions, including Christianity.

The pentagram is a common pagan/Wicca symbol. However, the earliest use of the pentagram was actually not from pagans, but from ancient Sumeria. In 6th century BCE, the symbol was used to represent the human body. In the physical form (head, arms, and legs) seen below, and elemental form (earth, air, fire, soul, and water).

The pentagram was also used in Judaism, representing the 5 books of the Torah.

Even in early Christianity, the pentagram was used to represent Christ’s five wounds. Christians thought the pentagram was actually protective, and it was a more common symbol of Christianity than the cross in early times. It was worn on amulets and jewelry. The pentagram actually symbolized Christ himself.

Some LDS churches still have pentagrams on the outside of them, and often receive a lot of backlash because of it.



"Christian Kabbalists of the renaissance were especially enamored of the pentagram, which they viewed as a mystical proof of the divinity of Christ – to them, it symbolized Christ as the Holy Spirit manifest in the flesh."

Simply put, the pentagram was used in a multitude of religions and beliefs.

The symbol started getting bad connotation in the 14th and 15th century, mainly because of the rise of occult practices (study of astrology, magic, alchemy, etc.) that used Judeo-Christian symbolism and beliefs. They used many symbols from Paganism and Gnostic religions, including the pentagram. The Christian church would (surprise surprise) accuse the practices of heresy. So naturally, anything associated with the occult practices became associated with heresy. Even though the pentagram was once a very common Christian symbol, the witch hunt craze in the Victorian times caused the symbol to the associated with paganism, witchcraft, and Satan.

In the 20th century, Hollywood adopts the pentagram as a symbol for evil and devil worship. The symbol creates quite a good shock value, so it’s put into almost every horror movie imaginable.

"For most of human history the pentagram has symbolized good things – the heavens, stars, health, scriptures, truth, and even the Savior, Jesus Christ . The adaptation of the pentagram into a Satanic symbol is a modern invention, another attempt of the Adversary to turn everything that is good into evil ( Isaiah 5:20)." Temple Study

The pentagram has no historical ties to evil or “Satan-worshipping”, and was simply given a bad name due to Hollywood and the emergence of the “Church of Satan”, who used the upside down pentagram with a goat head to symbolize their church (seen below) The “Church of Satan”, however, does not worship the devil or any evil presence (or believe in doing evil), they’re just atheists.

(Note: There is a multitude of backstories and origins to the pentagram. This article mainly talks about its ties to Christianity and Paganism in early times.)

Resources:

www.exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft

www.templestudy.com/2008/02/04/the-ancient-...

http://symboldictionary.net/?p=1893

www.paganspath.com/magik/pentacle1.htm

www.religionfacts.com


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The Holiday Season In Disney Described By These 6 Gifs

Holidays in Disney are a little different in Disney compared to everyone else..

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If you're anything like me and know way too much about Disney or just love it, you'll know that the holidays in Disney tend to be a little different then in other places.

1. It's late August and Fall decorations begin to enter the parks.

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It's only late August and it is still in the 90s in Florida but everyone is excited because all of the Fall decorations are entering the park and Halloween parties are about to start!

2. Don't worry. It's October now, Fall is actually starting.

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It's finally Fall, which means all of the country is excited for PSL at Starbucks. While everyone at Disney has already been enjoying all the Fall food and drink specials for weeks now.

3. It's not even October 31st and it feels like Disney has been celebrating Halloween for 3 years now.

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Halloween and Fall have been celebrated in Disney for so long. We aren't sure if we missed it or if it has even happened at all yet.

4. It's October 31st, which means it's finally Halloween for real this time.

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We finally made it to Halloween after celebrating it for almost 2 months! Yay, good job Disney!

5. November 1st can only mean one thing. Christmas is starting now.

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It's officially Christmas in Disney! Now we get to celebrate Christmas for the next 2 months! Hold on to your Santa hats everyone.

6. If you're wondering, Thanksgiving is the forgotten Holiday.

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No Thanksgiving celebrations in Disney! Just Halloween and Christmas, sorry to all of the Thanksgiving lovers out there.

If you're anything like me and love Disney, the holidays tend to be a little different there. Disney does Halloween and Christmas right every year, but sometimes we just want to celebrate those holidays one day out of the year instead of 2 months each.

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