Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Monday, October 30, 2023

Realizing the Spooky Origins and Evolution of Halloween

11:02:00 PM

The historian in me just kicked-in. So, here's my short article about the origins and evolution of Halloween. Crafted to make the living enjoy life this Halloween.

Halloween, celebrated on October 31st, is a time when people across the world embrace the spooky and supernatural. But where did this eerie holiday come from, and how did it evolve into the modern celebration we know today? Let's explore the fascinating history of Halloween, its ancient roots, and how it has found a place even in countries like the Philippines, predominantly Christian.

A Glimpse into History:
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The Celts believed that on the night of October 31st, the boundary between the living and the dead blurred, allowing spirits to return to Earth. To ward off these wandering souls, people would light bonfires and wear costumes.

Christian Influence:
As Christianity spread, November 1st became All Saints' Day, a day to honor saints and martyrs. The night before All Saints' Day became known as All Hallows' Eve, eventually shortened to Halloween. It integrated some of the Samhain traditions, such as costumes and the belief in supernatural beings.

Here are some of the traditions or activities up right before November 1.   

Five Spine-Tingling Halloween Traditions:

  1. Jack-O'-Lanterns: Carving pumpkins into scary faces or intricate designs is a Halloween tradition that originated from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack.
  2. Trick-or-Treating: The custom of children going door-to-door for candy can be traced back to a practice called "souling" in medieval Europe. In the Philippines, some call it "Nangangaluluwa."
  3. Costumes: Dressing up as witches, ghosts, and monsters is a nod to the Celtic belief in warding off spirits with disguises.
  4. Haunted Houses: The idea of creating spooky, haunted attractions during Halloween started in the United States. In the Philippines you can check out the known places in Baguio City. 
  5. Apple Bobbing: An old tradition that dates back to Roman times, where young people would try to bite apples floating in water without using their hands.

Halloween in the Philippines:
The Philippines, a predominantly Christian country, has managed to embrace Halloween while maintaining its Christian values. Filipinos often participate in Halloween traditions, such as costume parties and trick-or-treating. Still, they add a unique twist by incorporating religious elements, like All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, which follow immediately after Halloween.

Families visit cemeteries to clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones, light candles, and offer prayers. In this way, they combine the spooky fun of Halloween with the remembrance of the departed, blending both ancient and Christian customs.

In totality, Halloween has a rich history, stemming from ancient Celtic beliefs and evolving through the influence of Christianity. Today, it's celebrated worldwide in various ways, even in countries like the Philippines, where Christian traditions harmonize with the spooky spirit of Halloween. So, whether you're carving pumpkins, dressing up in costumes, or simply enjoying some tasty treats, Halloween offers something for everyone to enjoy and remember the past, both the living and the departed. So this coming All Hollow's Eve, Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Creepin' It Real at Royce Hotel and Casino

6:39:00 PM


Royce Hotel and Casino set your Halloween mood by Creepin' It Real. Yes, no tricks just pure chance to win a Royce GC Treat.

So, what Royce wants for this spooktacular season? Just a spook with the role you want to play in a horror movie. Share this photo, whether yourself or together with your pet as long as you're both in costume.

Here's the mechanics:
  • You must have liked/followed RHC's official IG page.
  • Post a photo of you or your pet depicting your selected horror movie role on your IG feed (make sure your profile is not in private mode).
  • Share your post on your IG Story.
  • Tag @royceclarkph and two of your friends. And Use the hashtag #RoyuceSpookedUs2021.
  • Best photo/video will be selected by RHC's management team and will be drawn via
  • The last valid entry will be until November 2, 2021.
  • The announcement of the winner is on November 5, 2021.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Hellcome Home Will Scare You Out of Your Seat this Halloween

10:16:00 AM

When was the last time you've watch a horror movie? Well, if you want some horror movie to watch right before Halloween, then you can have this on your list. "Hellcome Home" the newest offering of ABS-CBN films-Star Cinema this Halloween, topbills Dennis Trillio, Raymond Bagatsing, Alyssa Muhlach, and Beauty Gonzales.

Helmed by young director Bobby Bonifacio Jr. (of last year's Cinema One Originals' top grosser, "Hospicio",) the film tells the story of two families: The Domingos-husband and wife Nandy (Raymond) and Cynthia (Beauty) with kids Fred, Mia and Pia, portrayed by Teejay Marquez, Gillian Vicencio, and Miel Espinosa, restectively - and the Villareals- husband and wife Peter (Dennis) and Marcy (Alyssa) with kids Sky (Nhikzy Calma) and Baby Starr.

The Domingos and the Villareals both want the same thing: to have a peaceful home away from all the outside noise. However, it seems they cannot escape their inner chaos.

Upon settling in, their dream home becomes a nightmare from hell as things happen--sounds and whispers too uncanny to ignore, strange shadows lurking at every corner, and trespassers bearing offerings. Both families experience horrifying phenomena that are eeriely parallel.

Perhaps the house is evil itself, hungry for souls and wants to feed, once every few years. Who can save them from the house? Or is there no escape when hell has come home?

"(Basically), it's a story of two families na tumira sa iisang bahay. Pagdating nila roon they are being haunted, ginugulo sila ng kung anu-amung klaseng evil spirits," says Bonifacio Jr.
"Helcome Home" marks the first time the cast worked together, except for Beauty and Raymond, who teamed up in ABS-CBN's afternoon series "Pusong Ligaw" back in 2017.

This film also marks Dennis comeback to Star Cinema after doing the romance movie "You're Still The One' with Maja Salvador and Richard Yap in 2015.

Alyssa and Gillian both come from blockbuster horror films this year, 'Clarita' and 'Eerie,' respectively.

'Hellcome Home' premiere October 30 in cinemas across the Philippines.

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Whole New World This Halloween at Royce!

8:30:00 PM

In just a few more weeks and we will be celebrating Halloween! So are you excited to attend any Halloween celebration? Well if you are, you might have to book your day or free your time to celebrate.

This year get ready for a shining, shimmering and splendid experience as Royce Hotel and Casino celebrates a Happy HalloWISH on October 27, 2019, at the Somerset Ballroom.

Enjoy a magical day full of fun, games, and surprises for only P1,088 (1 kid + 1 adult) or P544 (1 pax). This already includes event access, food cart access, entrance to the Treat & Treat area for the kids, a pumpkin basket and cupcakes. It’s first-come, first-served, so you better head over to the front office to get your tickets now.

And the fun will not be complete without some sweet treats! There’s nothing scary with these adorable Halloween creatures available at the Lounge from October 1 to November 15, 2019. Try it and see if you have the heart to bite these cute little monsters.

And since this is happening on a weekend and its already the kids’ break from school, why not indulge a little and book yourself a stay at Royce.

Halloween Executive Twin (P12,888 per night)
Overnight stay in an Executive Twin Room, Complimentary Breakfast for four (4), Aqua Planet Coupons for four (4) and HalloWISH Event Tickets for 2 kids and 2 adults.

Halloween Junior Suite (P10,888 per night)
Overnight stay in a Junior Suite Room, Complimentary Breakfast for four (4), Fontana Pool Coupons for four (4) and HalloWISH Event Tickets for 2 kids and 2 adults.

Halloween Deluxe Twin (P8,888 per night)
Overnight stay in a Deluxe Twin Room, Complimentary Breakfast for four (4), Fontana Pool Coupons for four (4) and HalloWISH Event Tickets for 2 kids and 2 adults.

So ready your costumes and take the carpet ride to celebrate a Happy HalloWISH #OnlyAtRoyce.

Terms and Conditions apply. Room Offers are valid from October 26-27 or October 27-28, 2019 only. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63917 150 0276, +63998 993 7652, +63917 710 5076 +6345 499 0265 or visit our website at https://www.roycehotelcasinocom, or like and check out our official Facebook and Instagram Pages @royceclarkPH.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Nickelodeon's Takotown Gives Families a Good Fright

4:01:00 AM

What makes Halloween a scary day for the kids? Well, a good fright it is. Yup, scaring kids in a good way makes their childhood more fun and exciting and this is what Nickelodeon did on the spookiest day of the year with their Takotown: Fright Express - a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience held at SM Megamall Megatrade Hall where it is expected to have over 4,000 fans treated to an afternoon packed with frightfully-fun tricks and treats, surprises and activities, with the highlight being the Spook Station's Terror Tour.

The perfect trick or treat activity for kids (and the young at heart), Nickelodeon's Takotown: Fright Express turned a usually scary Halloween extravaganza into an epic celebration, the Nickelodeon way. And with the Spook Station's unique and thematic areas, the haunted main attraction offered an unforgettable experience to families.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Music Museum's Spooktacular Halloween

4:54:00 PM

Head on to a spooky and fun Halloween getaway for kids and kids-at-heart is in store at Music Museum’s Halloween Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 29 at the Promenade Foodcourt.
With a superhero-themed Halloween special, kids aged 1-12 are welcome to participate in this exciting Halloween treat. (But you can wear any Halloween costume or look that you like.)
Lots of candies and prizes are in store for children with the best costumes.
Registration starts at 12:30PM at the Promenade Foodcourt. The Trick or Treat around MMGI stores will start at 1PM. Games and contests will follow after the Trick or Treat at 4PM.

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