Halloween is the season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets, asking for candy and scaring one another silly. Spooky stories are told around fires, scary movies appear in theaters and pumpkins are expertly (and not-so-expertly) carved into jack-o’-lanterns.
Amid the silly and scary antics, Halloween is much more than just costumes and candy; in fact, the holiday has a rich and interesting history.
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries.
Because ancient records are sparse and fragmentary, the exact nature of Samhain is not fully understood, but it was an annual communal meeting at the end of the harvest year, a time to gather resources for the winter months and bring animals back from the pastures…(read more)
Halloween Pin-up, photography by Retroatelier
I like the cartoonish simplicity of this carved pumpkin with eyes that move.I contacted the Belgian maker, Jan De Coster, to find out a bit more about it. Jan says:
I have a passion for character design and I love making things nobody else is making. I have been doing that for a very long time. I started making all kinds of robot characters a few years ago. In one of these experiments I made this simple asymmetric eye rig.