Eureka Elks 652

Exalted Ruler's Message

by Jennifer Cory  

Happy Fall! We are approaching one of the most exciting times of the year with all of the fabulous functions at the lodge. Mark your calendars for the Oktoberfest Dinner, Halloween Havoc, and the Men's Fashion Show. As we approach one of the busiest times of the year, we always need volunteers to help out with all our activities. Also, approach either our Loyal Knight Gwen Carroll or our Leading Knight Dennis Hunter about volunteering for one of their events. We need all the help we can get. I'm excited to be part of the Men’s Fashion Show this year. We have some AMAZING models that I assure you, that you will not be disappointed.

A reminder to folks, if you have any concerns, questions, or general feedback for myself or others within the lodge, please feel free to drop me a note in my Exalted Ruler’s box located in the hallway. I will respond as quickly as I can. We received feedback from our District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Joe Tato regarding his visitation to our lodge. We received nothing but praise for our efforts at the lodge. Also, I received a lot of feedback and compliments regarding our Jamboree weekend and its success. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Thank you again to all our wonderful volunteers for making this lodge such a success and I am more and more proud each and every day.

I look forward to seeing you at the lodge!
Best Regards,

Jennifer Corey, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler


Halloween

All-Hallows-Even  

Origin of name
The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.

Trick-or-treating and guising
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls' Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas."

In Scotland and Ireland, Guising-children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins - is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. The practise of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighborhood.

Games and other activities
There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties. One common game is dunking or apple bobbing, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin. A variant of dunking involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drop the fork into an apple. Another common game involves hanging up treacle or syrup-coated scones by strings; these must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string, an activity that inevitably leads to a very sticky face.

Some games traditionally played at Halloween are forms of divination. A traditional Scottish form of divining one's future spouse is to carve an apple in one long strip, then toss the peel over one's shoulder. The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse's name. Unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror. However, if they were destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear. The custom was widespread enough to be commemorated on greeting cards from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

Another game/superstition that was enjoyed in the early 1900s involved walnut shells. People would write fortunes in milk on white paper. After drying, the paper was folded and placed in walnut shells. When the shell was warmed, milk would turn brown therefore the writing would appear on what looked like blank paper. Folks would also play fortune teller. In order to play this game, symbols were cut out of paper and placed on a platter. Someone would enter a dark room and was ordered to put her hand on a piece of ice then lay it on a platter. Her "fortune" would stick to the hand. Paper symbols included: dollar sign-wealth, button-bachelorhood, thimble-spinsterhood, clothespin- poverty, rice-wedding, umbrella- journey, caldron-trouble, 4-leaf clover- good luck, penny-fortune, ring-early marriage, and key-fame.

The telling of ghost stories and viewing of horror films are common fixtures of Halloween parties. Episodes of television series and Halloween-themed specials (with the specials usually aimed at children) are commonly aired on or before the holiday, while new horror films are often released theatrically before the holiday to take advantage of the atmosphere.